Blick Tolkien reviews THE WALKING DEAD, season 4, episodes 14 & 15

The Walking Dead - Season 04S4E14: “The Grove”
Originally broadcast March 16, 2014
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Michael E. Satrazemis

S4E15: “Us”
Originally broadcast March 23, 2014
Written by Nichole Beattie & Seth Hoffman
Directed by Greg Nicotero

My rating: ★★★★

Children departed and couples reunited.

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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:

I thought today I would provide our viewing audience with a treat! This review will be 2 episodes rolled into one.. Episode 14 starts off with Tyrese Mika and her sister as well as Carol all traveling together in an effort to find a safe haven. The problem with that besides the fact Carol killed Tyrese’s girlfriend is that Lizzie seems to have a bit of a problem treating walkers as a threat rather than people that are just “different”.

This becomes part of the subplot in this episode but mainly it is about two adults trying their best to care for an infant cool for all intents and purposes is helpless and two little girls who are carols replacement daughters without any real assistance other than each other. Things seem to be going pretty well as they are traveling down the train tracks on their way to terminus, along the way they find a house off the beaten path in the woods that seems to be fortified with a fence has a well and some trees that give off pecans and even have a working gas stove and cover with all the trees around.

If we haven’t learned anything from the walking dead so far it’s that safety is only an illusion and I hope place seems too good to be true you damn well best believe that it is. This time however it wasn’t the walkers that ruined this little paradise. Mika and Lizzie have been having the same argument about whether or not walkers are still people since the prison but carol is not trying to hear that and just want them both to be safe tough and eliminate the threats around them. Lizzie seems to hope that her younger sister and everyone else understands that she can hear the walkers trying to talk to her. It’s during moments like those when she makes statements like that or when a walker is bearing down on her and baby Judith and she refuses even then to take it out that we begin to see the problem.

Simply put Lizzy is fucking insane man, I mean absolutely batshit crazy! To drive that point even further home she ends up killing her little sister so that Tyrese and Carol can both see that when she comes back she will be different. it’s hard to feel sorry for Lizzie but you kind of want to just hug her if not for fear of being shanked that is… So Carol and Tyrese discuss their options because they can’t keep an eye on a psychotic murderer that’s not old enough to vote but they also can’t let her kill them in their sleep so what is there to do? Well it seems as though Carol will do what she must intakes Lizzie for a nice long walk in the woods after convincing her to leave me alone so she has an opportunity to destroy her brain and make sure she doesn’t come back as a walker. When she actually gets the opportunity to state her case all Lizzie can say in her defense is that she is sorry not for killing her sister but for pulling a gun on Carol while she tried to make them  wait for her to turn.

There is a moment where Lizzy is being comforted by Mika and she is told to just look at the flowers and breathe. It is most likely going to be the most quoted line of this season, but it is said to Lizzie again when Carol is trying to calm her down right before she put a bullet in the back of her brain. After all this death there isn’t a lot left for Carol to do other than come clean to Tyrese. I think the whole reason she didn’t tell him he killed his girlfriend when the flu first began circulating around the prison other than being booted out by Rick was that they had the girls to look after and if he had decided to take revenge she wouldn’t have been there to keep them safe. Since there are no girls to care for at this point besides baby Judith which is not her responsibility she put the gun on the table and tells Tyrese everything.

In a very surprising or two other fans not surprising at all turn of events he ends up letting her live and they travel the railroad tracks again in order to find terminus and hopefully reunite with their friends and families if not at least find a new safe place to lay their heads. This episode was extremely heartfelt very tense beautifully heartbreaking all at the same time. Watching the emotional struggles on screen was even more touching then watching the struggle for survival has been up to this point. The Walking Dead has always balance horror drama and heartbreak in even measure but this episode took me places I did not expect.

The next episode leading into the season finale is episode 15: Us. In this episode we finally see Maggie and Glen get together. First though we find Rick, Michone and Carl walking the rails approaching terminus. We come back to them much much later but we need to talk first about Daryl and his new found crew of pals. It seems as though they are going to terminus as well but not for safety but instead to kill the person that took out the other members in hos crew which if you aren’t aware would be Rick. Daryl being in the dark about who this mystery man is will only make his complicity in their plans that much worse later… Trust me.

Glen finally finds a sign from Maggie telling him that she is with Sasha and Bob going to terminus so he keeps heading on with new resolve bit his traveling companions with the exception of Tara decide they are off to DC and can’t afford any more detours. So they get a ride and carry on being navigated by their resident genius to the other side of the tracks because he wasn’t ready to see them go just yet. When they don’t emerge as he predicted they go in to find that there are a slew of walkers and Glen hadn’t got enough ammo to fend them all off so  surprise, surprise, Maggie, Abraham and crew come to his rescue.

They proceed on together all of them to terminus to find a former Star Trek The Next Generation cast member welcoming them with open arms meat on the grill and fresh veggies. It looks like they have finally arrived! It however is not likely with one episode left all it seems to be on the surface.

I loved this one too both get 4 star ratings for suspense and action as well as heart and character interaction. Soon enough we shall meet again for episode 16: A. Until them folks may all your films and shows bring you fright until next time!

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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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