45 min., 2014
Written by Matthew Negrete/Channing Powell
Directed by Tricia Brock
My rating: ★★★★★
Separation anxiety much?
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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.
Having seen a glimpse into Michonne’s past last episode and her reuniting with Rick and Carl it’s good to see other members of the core group alive and well. This episode pretty much follows the other duo’s and trio’s as they struggle to find safety, each other, food and above all else hope since the place they’ve called home for so long got blown all to hell by The Governor. Daryl and Beth are the first pair of survivors we follow on team Rick. They got out of the prison together and are both bite free but they have very different outlooks on the whole ordeal. Beth wants to find any other survivors while Daryl just wants to move on and be sullen and alone. He’s like a kid who found out Santa wasn’t real and is pouting hard. Beth following her father’s example is trying to keep the faith but that notion is falling on deaf ears. As those two look for shelter we find another survivor trekking through the woods.
Tyreese is alive and well and despite the bloody carrier we saw he has been protecting Judith as well as Lizzie and Mica this whole time. Tyreese gets father of the year merit badge for taking on all 3 girls like this and treating them with the appropriate amount of care, caution and compassion. They run into a few walkers on the way and he has to leave Judith with the girls at some point to ensure she is safe and Lizzy decides to cover her mouth because she is so loud crying and would have killed her had Tyreese not come back when he did. Carol reveals herself at some point after another near fatal zombie attack on her girls and the man whose girlfriend she killed. None the wiser and happy to see a friendly face he hugs her ad they continue on looking for a safe haven.
Maggie, Sascha and Bob seem to have found each other as well. They decide to stick together but that seems to turn into a suicide mission when Maggie lets them know she is dead set on finding Glenn. Since he was sick and headed off on a bus with the other old and infirmed they decide to track the bus down and get her man. That plan turns into a scare for all ages as it seems they are all dead and the bus is filled now with their former friends that have turned walker. Maggie just can’t let it go though so she gets her merry trio to help her kill them one by one to see if Glenn is among the undead. He is not giving her and fans hope for another day.
As the episode is coming to a close we find him on the roof of the prison somehow on a broken bridge hanging just out of reach of hungry biters below. He gets back into the prison gets his riot gear on and loads up on ammo. He grabs Maggie’s picture and embarks on a journey to find her. Before he leaves the prison he finds another survivor, Tara. She was the sister of the woman Brian adopted as his second wife before he lost his shit and went all General Custard’s last stand on everyone. He solicits her help to get free of the walkers and rescue his woman but he is still weak. She tells him that Hershel is dead and how it happened and even though they break free of the prison it’s too much on him and he passes out. Not to fear though they are rescued by a guy with kick ass mutton chops named Abraham and his 2 companions who I’m sure made fan boys squeal with delight!
This episode brought us hope and a lot of character driven story arcs but in the end I can’t give it more than a 3 which for the midseason premier makes me a bit sad. I hoped for more but in the end it was good to position people for what comes next. I still recommend this episode but not as highly as I would like. So folks I’ll catch you next time for my review of episode 11: Claimed, but until then, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?