Blick Tolkien reviews THE WALKING DEAD, S4E13: Alone

The Walking DeadOriginally broadcast March 9, 2014
Written by Curtis Gwinn
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
My rating: ★★★
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On the road again…

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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:

Well this episode isn’t as bad as the last which isn’t saying much but the plot devices employed are less transparent and the mission seems very clear here so let us embark on the hunt for Glenn Rhee with Sasha, Bob & Maggie. The central theme her I think is that no one wants to be alone. The episode starts with bob being alone and showing how he joined the group when he was recruited by Daryl and Carol. Since he was found he’s resolved he won’t go it alone from that point on which makes it clear why he is sticking with Maggie on what seems to be a suicide mission for Glenn. Sasha seems to be the one hold out constantly wanting to just find a place and start over just the 3 of them. This means I suppose that she feels alone giving the impression she is sure Tyrese is dead. Maggie has told her that he likely survived as did Glenn but she believes this is just wishful thinking and that Maggie is deluded.

With her attitude it shouldn’t come as a surprise when Maggie ditches them both to find Glenn solo while they rest. Bob wants to play catch up but Sasha makes it clear this is their chance to settle down by them selves instead but Bob wasn’t havin it. After a nice smooch he goes after Maggie and Sasha finds a building tall enough to scout from and settle in.

As we all know when looking for an apartment it’s all about location, but this place has a nice view of what looks like a munched on Maggie in a circle of dead walkers. Sasha goes down and finds her very much alive and using walker guts as camouflage. They kill a few other walkers and Sasha finally decides to get with the program. The two ladies go get bob and keep heading toward Terminus. As a side note Why is Maggie so gung ho to find her husband and not her only living sister? This is pretty short sighted.

However this ends their journey for this episode and it picks up with Daryl and Beth (speaking of lost siblings) the morning after their bonfire. They have bonded pretty well and he is teaching her his tracking and bow skills and she’s keeping him honest. During this little survival lesson she gets her ankle caught in a trap and has to be carted off to a local cemetery since its all that’s in sight as they search for shelter.

They find a funeral home near by with a few walkers in caskets that seem to have been restored by an expert mortician. The makeup is incomplete so they aren’t quite done being tended to as yet. Since it seems secure and well stocked on food they decide to take up residence for a short while and Beth is introduced to the culinary world of pig’s feet. They do find that there is some order to the bottles and cans and a startling lack of dust so Daryl deduces someone must still live there.

Before they can feast in earnest a dog sets off a improvised alarm system on the porch consisting of bottles and cans tied to the railings on string. The second time the alarm sounds its actually a pack of walking corpses that Daryl leads into the basement and sends Beth out to the road. He survives and escapes just in time to see a car with a cross on the back windshield speeding off with Beth in tow. Daryl gives chase and tries tracking her but instead comes across the surviving members of the gang that invaded Rick and Michonne’s suburban pad forcing them to vacate.

This ties all the storylines together so far but who knows what they will do with Daryl. They seem to be the kind of crowd he would have run with before the world went to hell so for now he may have a place among them but you have to wait until my next review to see how that pans out and to catch up with Tyrese and see what Carol has been up to. Its pretty obvious that I’m a bit more pumped about sharing episode 14: The Grove with you for those reasons and more. However, may all your films bring fright until we meet again!

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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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