The Walking Dead: The Oath

Blick Tolkien reviews THE WALKING DEAD: The Oath

The Walking Dead: The Oath3 episodes, 2013
Written by Luke Passmore
Directed by Greg Nicotero
My rating: ★★★
IMDB • YouTube: ep. 1, ep. 2, ep. 3

Swear to me!!!!

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In the first episode we find the female lead from The Last Exorcism happens to be in this one. Her name however in this feature is Karina, and she is holding the corpse of a female, screaming. This woman obviously meant a lot to her, but her male companion Paul snaps her back to reality and insists they get out of there. They find an abandoned car and a map with medical stations marked off in several locations. She finds out moments later that he was cut and conveniently in need of medical attention. They travel to several med stations in need of supplies, but each one is worse than the last. On the 3rd try Karina finds a med station that’s not overrun (as Paul loses consciousness) with walkers or “DK’s” as she calls them, just to find a medical supply room and nearly get herself and Paul both devoured.

Episode 2: They are saved by a strange woman taking a zombie out. It turns out she is the last doctor here at the station. She’s been looking after patients as they come or go due to a need to honor her Hippocratic Oath. She patches up Paul as best she can. While they wait to see if he will recover from his injuries and blood loss, she tells Karina that this place was overrun by people not walkers. As Paul’s pulse fades the doctor rolls him out to spare Karina the heartache of seeing him turn, and stores his body in a room full of walkers. However, it turns out he is still alive.

In episode 3 Paul escapes the room full of zombies, but just barely. As he is trying to make his escape Karina is given the choice by the doctor to end her suffering with a simple injection. She turns out to be a Kevorkian angel of death. Moments after she accepts the offer and takes the injection he makes it to the room just in time to see the life drain from her face. The doctor tells him they both thought he was dead and how she did this poor girl a kindness, but it was in the end her choice. The doctor is not seen again, so we don’t know if he killed her or left her to her mission of mercy, but he sits by the girl’s hospital bed until she resurrects. He promised her he wouldn’t leave her, and in keeping with that promise he removes her teeth, puts her in a straitjacket, and they ride off into the sunset.

This webisode takes the theme of an oath and looks at it from several angles. The doctor’s oath to do no harm is violated, but she doesn’t see it that way since she is providing a release. Paul promises not to leave, and as soon as Karina thinks he has died failing to keep that promise, she takes her own life. But Paul keeps his word even after death to stay with her no matter what. It’s thought and discussion provoking to say the least. I enjoyed all three and I think you will as well. Since The Walking Dead has started up anew I hope all you fans are ready for me to get back to my ranting and raving, but until then, may all your films bring fright.

About Blick Tolkien

About Blick Tolkien: The bastard half brother of Zeb Carter, he grew up in Chicago's urban jungle, forced to be the victim of racial injustice and daily bullying until the day he saw Night of the Living Dead. the immersion into violence on film gave him the tools to externalize his hate and make the world a horror show for all his enemies. A card carrying member of the Black Panther party, he hates whitey and all forms of coonery including any and all Tyler Perry films. You have been warned. About Zeb Carter: The younger brother of Blick Tolkien, he used horror films as a way to open him self up to the social and story telling aspects of cinematic fear as well as his love of the silver screen. After seeing Gremlins at the drive in he was hooked. He also writes short fiction, has 2 daughters and a pack of animals that he is currently serves as the alpha male over. You can read his fiction at forums.drabblecast.org.

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