45 min., 2014
Written by Angela Kang
Directed by Julius Ramsay
My rating: ★★★
The redneck & the optimist.
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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.
We follow Daryl and Beth after the prison this episode. It looks like Beth is dead set on finding anyone else that survived the assault on their former home but it seems likr Daryl has reverted to his zero fucks given status and verbally crushes her dreams of seeing any of her friends again. She forces him with those big doe eyes to help her track them at least just to see the last of them chomped on by walkers. This hopelessness makes her do what any sensible person at the end of the world would put at the top of their bucket list and have her first drink.
From here the episode takes a bit of a turn. Her hunt for alcohol takes her to a dilapidated country club full of riches that don’t mean shit in a world with no economy. Daryl ignores this fact and loads up on loot as they skulk around scavenging for booze. As in any episode the obligatory walker attack comes about with them both barely making it and the loss of a nice bottle of merlot being shattered in the process. Once the danger passes Beth finds the one drink any suburban girl might get her first sip of, peach Schnapps. She starts crying and this pushes (what has been a very grumpy Daryl) over the edge and he smashes the bottle they just fought off death to find saying that Peach Schnapps shouldn’t be anyone’s first drink.
He leads her to a cabin in the woods he and Michonne found some time ago with a moon shine still. This begs the question why the fuck didn’t he lead her there first but I suppose that would have made the run time for the episode far shorter. Anywhore the stark differences in the way each of the locations look shows more of why Daryl hated the preppy country club but it also has him explaining a bit more about where he comes from as he gives Beth the nickel tour of the place.
A while after they get loaded and play a few rounds of have you ever. When she asks if he’s ever been arrested and he doesn’t drink she’s shocked but her shock leaves Daryl offended that she must think so little of him. Daryl goes off on her and trashes the place and takes her out to teach her to shoot a bow. They use a walker that they attracted with all that racket for target practice. As he takes bolts to the legs and arms Beth is revolted by Daryl’s cruelty and takes the walker out. Daryl sees how big of an ass he’s been and rather than hear the story of his past being something epic we find that all he ever was before the apocalypse was Merle’s little brother. They get a better view of each other and they give the symbol of Daryl’s past as a Viking funeral after dousing the whole place in Moon shine.
This episode I couldn’t give higher than a 3 because the movements in it made very little sense. Daryl being a dick after losing everything I can get and Beth needing to be the eternal optimist as well but they didn’t feature the duo at their best. A lot of the episode was just silence and walking. Moreover when they actually do something it’s nonsensical at best considering Daryl knows where she can get a drink but lets them walk into a big ass country club instead or burning the house down knowing there are walkers in the area was a dumb ass thing to do as well. So for all the retarded roaming they do the interaction in the moments of honesty seem touching or at least very well acted.
I know this was just an episode to build bonds and further develop their character but the episode before this with Michonne and Carl was done far better and so was the one before that where you get to see Carl try to live on his own as Rick is laid out and he has this coming of age story arc. For all this episode did wrong it was entertaining in fits and starts so all I can say is the pacing was bad and they should have or could have utilized them far better. All that being said, you can join me for episode 13: Alone, but until then, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?