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EPISODE 11: Claimed
THE HOOK: In the wake of war with Woodbury, Rick and his group have turned the prison into a working community, but danger continues to stir on the outside as well as from within.
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode
THE LOWDOWN: Tonight takes off where last week left us, with Abraham, his crew, Tara and unconscious Glenn. Weíre treated to Abraham taking out three walkers, and having a blast whilst doing it. Like Tara, I was also pleasantly surprised by his smiling demeanor. I guess Tallahassee (ZOMBIELAND) was right when he said you have to enjoy the little things. Itís clear that Abraham will quickly become a fan favorite, and I for one, am already on the A-Team. I donít remember him saying anything in the comics about being on his way to Washington to help Ďsave the worldí, but then again, itís been awhile since Iíve read that far back. All in all, loving his angle and attitude.
You can almost hear a large sigh of relief back at Rick, Carl and Michonneís house, and itís great to see Michonne and Carl laughing over breakfast. The Judith slipup was bound to derail the mood because itís something Rick and Carl just arenít ready to talk about right now. Itís obvious Rick hates having to stay back when they run for supplies, feeling like heís the weak link, but man does he prove otherwise later on, but Iíll come back to that. Michonne is really trying to conquer her demons tonight, opening up to Carl the way she does. I wasnít sure sheíd ever mention her son to anyone, but the situation called for it and she did. The tomb in the upstairs of that house was gut-wrenching, it would be for anyone, but naturally itís Michonne that has to find it. Her will, strength and courage are put to test and she comes out shining.
Rickís catnap is interrupted when he hears arguing downstairs. A group of heavily armed men are in the house, clearing room after room, so he hides under the bed. Now before we get into that, is it me, or is there suddenly all kinds of human clusters roaming the streets? In the earlier seasons, people were so rare a find, now theyíre everywhere it seems. Well, this group clearly isnít as family oriented as our group because one guy kills another for a damn bed. Seriously guys? Because you donít have enough problems. Rick manages to take one out in the bathroom, get a gun and shimmy his way down the side of the house. Luckily the dude they killed upstairs goes walker just as Carl and Michonne come into view and the three of them get away clean. The guy on the porch was played by Jeff Kober (heís been in a lot of flicks, but lately you can find him on SONS OF ANARCHY playing Jacob Hale), so Iím sure weíll be seeing him again. As for his crew, the bed fighting aside, I have to wonder how they got the guns and survived this long if the guy upstairs didnít realize the dude he killed would come back. Dumbass.
THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's eleventh episode develops our characters a bit, but also offers up plenty of action and suspense. Now speaking of dumbasses, why are all the so-called smart guys on this show so f*cking careless? Abrahamís scientist dude, Eugene, supposedly the guy who can help save the damn world, suddenly doesnít know how to work a machine gun and manages to shoot the hell out of their truck while Glenn and Abraham are fighting like bitches. Once again, it becomes obvious that weíre our own worst enemies, even in a zombie apocalypse. When Rosita and Eugene decide to help Glenn and Tara track down Maggie, Eugene actually says to Abraham, ďTrust me, Iím smarter than you.Ē Tell that to the truck, asshat. I also didnít like his smirkóthat just might imply he did it on purpose for some reason. Who knows with this damn show. Thereís also the tidbit about Washington not responding for the past couple weeks, and the fact that Rick and crew are heading up the tracks to Terminus to consider, making this a pretty cool episode.
ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: Abraham gets it for sure. Iím pretty sure Woody Harrelson is a fan of the show, and the way Abraham took out those three walkers made him smile. I did too.
BLOOD AND GORE: We got one big walker throwdown on the street, Abrahamís three walker fight, a grizzly farewell to a family and a couple strangulations.
WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Eugene. Again, I donít know what the hell this guyís problem is, but clearly he has one. Anyone traveling with Abraham would know how to use a machine gun. Period. The guy would have seen to it. So what the hell? I donít like him already.
COOLEST SCENE: I liked Rickís Solid Snake stealth mission through the house tonight. It was fun to watch, and the boost he needed to get back in the game. Nice work Rick.
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