Blick Tolkien reviews THE WALKING DEAD, S4E04: Indifference

The Walking DeadOriginally broadcast November 3, 2013
Written by Matthew Negrete
Directed by Tricia Brock
My rating: ★★★
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Walkers… I’m totally like whatever man.

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Warning:

The following review is rated FM (Fresh Meat) for kickass walker related goodness and strong story lines featuring men with revolvers and crossbows. The views here do not reflect the thoughts of a completely sane person. They are being presented by a person that has grown up in a rather unseemly portion of town, taken recreational narcotics, and has been molested by a clown. Don’t feel compelled to read it all, hell I know I don’t. Albino, Mormon, and Republican reader discretion is advised.

Review:

Ok guys and gals I fucked up last week. I combined some events from this episode because last review they took so damn long I let them bleed over, so some of this may be a bit redundant but bear with me. Back at the prison, Rick and Carol have to go out to scour the nearby neighborhoods for food and medical supplies giving them a chance to discuss this whole unsanctioned burning of infected residents she decided to carry out.
Before they have a chance to gas up and roll out, Carol has a chat with one of her pseudo adopted daughters that’s in the quarantine zone. The gist of which was to be strong, if all hell breaks loose run somewhere safe and if she needs to bury her knife in a walker’s head. This seems like a lot to ask of a girl who just lost her father, but this girl is convinced that it is better to be a walker and at least exist than to simply be dead so with this hard skewed view of reality and Carol’s kill or be killed life lessons this girl seems to be set-up to become a gigantic basket case before it’s all over.

As soon as they hit the road, without a single word from Rick, she just randomly starts explaining herself and her reasons for taking out the two sick members of their group. Rick is his normal stoic self throughout this exchange until they get to a nice quiet suburban neighborhood and they start raiding medicine cabinets at this point they do verbally interact but it’s only over the futility in Carol’s eyes of getting any of these medicines rather than just preparing for what she believes is the inevitable. Rick is in one of his no nonsense moods so they keep searching until they come across a young couple that have apparently been hiding out in a bathroom from a walker Rick killed shortly after he and Carol arrived to search the place. The couple tells their tale of survival and romance which is only meant to provide Carol with an opportunity to redeem herself and show some compassion so Rick can decide what to do with her. Ultimately, a supply run is made in that neighborhood where Carol is convinced the new additions should help out. This of course results in both of them becoming zombie food leaving Rick and Carol to hash things out alone.

Tyreese, Daryl, Michonne & alcoholic Bob’s car breaks down on the way to the veterinary college in search of antibiotics and medical supplies from Herschel’s list. This calls for a pit stop where a despondent Tyreese can nearly get himself killed since he is angry and depressed over his girl’s murder unbeknownst to him at Carol’s hand. They hotwire a minivan and are back on the road to Wellville. Once they get there, pickings are quite slim and as per usual they get swarmed by zombies and Bob almost loses his bag when they flee across rooftops to avoid the walkers. The heroism that drives Bob is boundless as he wrenches the bag free from the clamoring hands of the walkers below but in an M. Night Shyamalan worthy twist, the bag seems to contain no medicines but instead an entire bottle of hooch. Daryl is so disgusted by this he nearly hurls the bottle out into the undead throng, but not before Bob pulls a pistol on him asserting his unwavering commitment to being a wine connoisseur. Daryl gives him back the bottle and Bob sheepishly accepts, thus ending their outing.

Once we finally flashback to Rick and Carol he makes a call most of us saw coming. He banishes Carol giving her all the tools, food and supplies she’ll need including the dead couples car. His decision to kick her out of the group isn’t just about her having this by any-means-necessary attitude on things, however it’s also the secret weapons sessions and him not feeling safe with his children there knowing her compunction to now ruthlessly take out whomever she deems to be a threat. She makes him swear he’ll look after her two girls before they part ways; he heads back knowing he will have to break the news to Tyreese who will be pissed he didn’t get to lay out the woman for her treachery. On the other hand, once he breaks the news to Daryl it’s pretty clear it won’t go well, pissing off the core member of a group who owns a crossbow and is your resident badass by kicking his girl out into a zombie-infested world will definitely not end in a bro-hug or pat on the back.

This being potentially Carol’s last appearance means we’ve lost another core member that could show up later in the series just like Morgan did leaving it open for how she will return. But until then, you can join me for episode 5: Internment and may all your films bring fright!

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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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