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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 13, March 9, 2014)

Mar. 10, 2014by: J.A. Hamilton
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EPISODE 13: Alone

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: Despite what the promos for this week would have you believe, things were actually pretty tame for most of the tonights episode. I liked the look back at Bobs meeting with Glenn and Daryl, but it doesnt exactly fill in any blanks to speak of. We still have no idea what went on with these two groups he mentions, but all things considered, I liked how Bob stepped up tonight. No matter how beat down Maggie and Sasha are feelingand damn does Sasha ever have a grim outlook on thingshe still manages to keep smiling and keep the dream alive. I dig that, especially considering I thought it was going to end up getting him eaten. Before tonight I wouldnt have cared, but now I find myself rooting for the guy. And the fog fightnot as awesome as I thought it would be.

For Daryl and Beth its like a new dawnthat is until they wander into a looks too damn good to be true type scenario. The traps on the ground were the first red flag for me. Someone put them there, and although theyd snagged one walker, you can tell theyre changed regularly because thered be more than one if they werent. The house itself was creepy, but thats just me, because growing up a friend of my sisters turned his basement into a mortuary and had embalmed bodies down there all the time. The idea makes my skin crawl in real life, let alone in the zombie apocalypse. Daryl sees all the signsclean house, lots of food, but due to their recent night together, Daryl and Beth get a little too cozy. That dog made me realize it was all a setup. Whoever owns that dog sent him there as a scout, then herded the walkers there, and then kidnapped Beth. At first I thought maybe it was The Huntersthe group Rick had a run-in with, but as we see in the closing moments with Daryl, it wasnt them, but Ill come back to that.

The whole Bob, Sasha and Maggie dynamic felt a little weak. Theres no reason at this point for those three to separate, and based on their current plight, I cant see why they wouldnt try to find Glenn with Maggie until something happens. The whole Terminus thing feels a little too convenient for my liking. I know it needs to be, as these characters need a (believable) means in which to all reunite, but it just feels like all this stuff appeared out of thin airsigns for Terminus, The Hunters, the house guy(s), and the many other groups of people over the past few episodes since they left the prison. I get that there had to be more survivors and whatnot, but Rick and his crew were out there in the wilds before the prison and then combing the area during the prison time for supplies, so how did they not cross paths with any of these people? Its just a little farfetched as now, they seem to be tripping over more and more survivors with every step. This makes me very interested in seeing whats waiting for them at Terminus.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's thirteenth episode does have a couple highlightsDaryls meeting up with Joe and his hunters (and his battle royal in the basement), and Glenn finding a Terminus sign at the end, but other than that it felt a bit like a filler night to me. It wasnt a terrible filler night, Ive seen worse, but with only three episodes left, I guess we were bound to get one. I really hope we dont lose Daryl to these hunter guys, I mean wow, is that ever the wrong group for him to end up with at this point (a group of Merles). Daryls smart though, hell use these fools to his advantage and to be honest, theyll probably cross paths with Rick and them (simply because of the bed incident), and Daryl will end up helping Rick, Carl and Michonne take these boys down to Chinatown. Thats my guess, but either way, Im pumped to see where the next three hours take us.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: Maggie beheads a walker with a street sign. Badass.

BLOOD AND GORE: Theres a fog fight, a house fight (Daryl whooped some mean ass) and then an open brawl outside an abandoned building. Its quite a body count for a night when nothing much happened.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Sasha. Like I said before, I dont get why she was so damn keen on splitting up. Okay, I get you might not initially go with Maggie, but when its down to you and Bob, Bob kisses you and asks you to come with himyou turn and go your own way? WTF girl?! Not cool. I was happy to see them all end up back together by nights end.

COOLEST SCENE: When Daryl getting surrounded, but still jumping up and putting Joe on his ass with one punch was epic badassery if I ever did see it. It was the coolest villain intro (I know we saw them a couple episodes ago but its a proper introduction) scene Ive seen in this show since the Rick and Hershel bar scene.

FINAL VERDICT:

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Extra Tidbit: Were Daryl and Beth about to get it on?

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5:47AM on 03/11/2014
What I want to know is who kidnapped Beth?
What I want to know is who kidnapped Beth?
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8:33PM on 03/10/2014
By the way...how cool would it be if this group is the group Randall and the guys in the bar from season 2 were part of? I always wondered why the camera focused on the driver side window when the truck sped off at the end of the shoot out...I mean, the driver was intentionally not shown...but a point of Rick looking at the truck...and presumably the driver looking back from the shadows seeing Rick was given a meaningful moment. Initially, one might of thought it was a prelude to the Guv'nor
By the way...how cool would it be if this group is the group Randall and the guys in the bar from season 2 were part of? I always wondered why the camera focused on the driver side window when the truck sped off at the end of the shoot out...I mean, the driver was intentionally not shown...but a point of Rick looking at the truck...and presumably the driver looking back from the shadows seeing Rick was given a meaningful moment. Initially, one might of thought it was a prelude to the Guv'nor but that turned out not to be the case.
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8:19PM on 03/10/2014
Was the character who wanted first dibs on Daryl's jacket either the guy who was originally with Tyrese and was shot in the head at the end of season 3 by the Guv.nor or the character who died in season 1 before they got to the CDC building....back from the dead? :o) That aside, I enjoyed the episode. God knows what happened to Beth...but given what those guys said when they realised a woman had been in the house Rick got trapped in from a few episodes ago...just as well...she wasn't with
Was the character who wanted first dibs on Daryl's jacket either the guy who was originally with Tyrese and was shot in the head at the end of season 3 by the Guv.nor or the character who died in season 1 before they got to the CDC building....back from the dead? :o) That aside, I enjoyed the episode. God knows what happened to Beth...but given what those guys said when they realised a woman had been in the house Rick got trapped in from a few episodes ago...just as well...she wasn't with Daryl for this particular meeting. Rape isn't something they've really explored in this show...but if they do...wouldn't be surprised if Beth is the unfortunate victim given her innocence.
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3:15PM on 03/10/2014

I really like the direction....

This mini-season has been so much better than the start of the last two. I understand that as a comic, the source material needed to have constant fights, deaths and drama. However, the show works so much better when they allow things to develop, and explore life outside of the zombie killing. I think it's lazy writing to just kill off characters as a plot device. These people have survived this long, it would be getting more difficult for them to be killed because they'd be better at
This mini-season has been so much better than the start of the last two. I understand that as a comic, the source material needed to have constant fights, deaths and drama. However, the show works so much better when they allow things to develop, and explore life outside of the zombie killing. I think it's lazy writing to just kill off characters as a plot device. These people have survived this long, it would be getting more difficult for them to be killed because they'd be better at hiding, diversion, and fighting. So let the drama come from other places (I've loved Darryl & Beth's mini-arc).

I am curious about the thugs who caught Darryl. I know the comic has Ford coming in with the Washington storyline and it involves groups that try to extort protection "favors" from the survivors. I'm curious if they're short-cutting the story and this is one of those groups. It would be more interesting if they turned out to be decent guys, and rivaled Rick for control, but I suspect they'll just be the Governor of the next season.
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12:27PM on 03/10/2014
As far as the episode of last night went I agree with the column writer about it feeling like a filler episode. But was it a good one? Yes it was. Everything in the review I agreed on with except for a few small things. The reviewer mentioned how a lot of this stuff like the Terminus signs, the other survivors feel as if they came out of thin air. If that was real world the group before and during the prison would have more or less come upon such things. But since it's television the show shows
As far as the episode of last night went I agree with the column writer about it feeling like a filler episode. But was it a good one? Yes it was. Everything in the review I agreed on with except for a few small things. The reviewer mentioned how a lot of this stuff like the Terminus signs, the other survivors feel as if they came out of thin air. If that was real world the group before and during the prison would have more or less come upon such things. But since it's television the show shows us what they want us to show us. Say in real life these survivors were out and about exploring for supplies and they came upon the Terminus signs. Yeah they may have had in intrigue in it, but why bother seeking it out? They had a glorified bunker with the prison. They don't need to go there. Especially seeing how mingling with other camps turned out for them with Woodbury. Now that they're out in the wild with no concrete protection Terminus is looking like a good idea. Now that the prison is no longer the focus point from the show writers prospective and has the characters walking across large distances of course other groups, other factors are going to make screen time. Very happy so far with this season, slow paced, quick paced, heavy survival episode, or slow character development episode the show is on a winning streak in my eyes this season.
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11:51AM on 03/10/2014
When those guys surrounded Daryl I almost fell off the couch. Didn't see that coming at all.
When those guys surrounded Daryl I almost fell off the couch. Didn't see that coming at all.
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4:14AM on 03/10/2014
I remember when I first heard there was going to be a zombie tv show. I was so excited, and remember saying finally! Four seasons later, and I'm loving every minute of it! Maggie gets zombie kill of the day with that street sign! Whoever thought up that kill my hat is off to you sir, or madam! I wonder where Beth wandered off to. I'm guessing those walkers at the house were a distraction, so the person in the car could abduct her. I have a feeling when the group gets together at Terminus it's
I remember when I first heard there was going to be a zombie tv show. I was so excited, and remember saying finally! Four seasons later, and I'm loving every minute of it! Maggie gets zombie kill of the day with that street sign! Whoever thought up that kill my hat is off to you sir, or madam! I wonder where Beth wandered off to. I'm guessing those walkers at the house were a distraction, so the person in the car could abduct her. I have a feeling when the group gets together at Terminus it's not gonna be what they hoped for. Can't wait for next sunday!
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