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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 2, October 20, 2013)

Oct. 21, 2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 2: Infected

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: The final moments of the premiere left us in a bad place with Patrick going walker, and the opening moments tonight are no better as we find out someones feeding the damn walkers. Really guys? Like you dont enough shit to worry about. This boils down to one factor with the fences being overrun, and thats something I didnt care for tonight. If theres walkers gathering around the damn fence, the perimeter standing between you and death, Id like to think theyd have someone on walker killing duty non-stop. Weve seen it to a degree, but why stop? Keep that shit going in rotations of five or six and kill them until the group is thinned or even gone. I know theyll keep coming, but theres absolutely no reason for hoards of walkers overrunning the fence. I just feel that it not only could have, but should have been avoided and was a useless tension builder.

Patrick sure did stir up a ruckus in cellblock D. I found it convenient that he bit the first dude in the throat, hence no screaming (a little lame), but it sure did take a while for people to notice. There were a lot of walkers in there. Of course, with all the nameless refugees these guys have been saving, something like this was bound to thin the herd. I like the flu epidemic angle, but Im not so sure separating everyone is the answer. It looks like its in the water, but then again, it looked like it may have spread from the pigs, to Daryl and then to Patrick when they shook hands last week. I couldnt help but laugh when Rick cautions Carl about getting too close to him, but hugs him anyway and then sends him back into the mix of people not exposed. One thing Im still very impressed with is Carls character transformation. He was my favorite in the comics and hes fast becoming my favorite here. I liked that he was straight with Rick about Carol and reading time, its refreshing to see their father and son bond rekindled. Theyre they groups backbone in the comics, which is why Ive been waiting to see them forge that alliance here.

Carol is another character whos really stepped up in this show. She deserves to be on that council and I like the calls shes making. Her looking out for the two daughters is a good thing after what happened to Sophia (what a nuts scene with the kids and their dad). The whole dynamic is switched from the comics (Carol having died in the comics with Sophia living on), but its nice to see the show pulling from these same storylines. Theres a lot of great character moments tonight, something that I feel strengthens this show considerably. Im not a big of fan of sketchy Rick, who cant seem to get a grip on things no matter how hard he tries. I do feel for him though, hes been through just as much as everyone else, as well as had to make most of the calls that got them to where they are. Im not saying it shouldnt take a toll on him, that he cant afford to be a little broken, but damn, their situation is what it is at this point and I just want Rick to phase back in and start taking charge again. Keep the council, sure, but Ricks ass needs to be on it.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's second episode doesnt waste any time with idle chat or pleasantries, its go time baby. Yes, theres character building, but it doesnt bog anything down or have time to drag. In light of all the things Ive mentioned thus far, we close out with someone going rogue and burning the two sickest quarantined people. Poor Tyreese. This is his first real taste of loss. Dudes a ticking time bomb, and I wouldnt want to be anywhere near him when he blows. The prison is falling apart, and I cant see these guys staying there much longer. Im looking forward to a change of scenery, the new characters on the way, and catching up with the Governor at some point. All in all, this season looks to be shaping up rather nicely, and Im definitely anxious for more.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: I love the exploding head stomp. It always puts a smile on my face.

BLOOD AND GORE: Patrick makes a big mess in D. His first victim alone was a hell of a gorefest. And then there's the eyeball.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Michonne. She was put off by the baby at first, but once she held her, out came the tears. It was a moving moment, and a clear milestone for Michonnes character. I cant wait to see the flashback that explains it.

COOLEST SCENE: I found Ricks diversion to be particularly moving. He looks so lost when hes cutting those pigs and sending them off to their deaths. The blood spraying across his face was a nice touch, but its his overall demeanor thats bone chilling.

FINAL VERDICT:

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Extra Tidbit: So is Bob the killer? Is it one of the Woodbury crew, or worse yet, one of the inner circle?

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10:42PM on 10/21/2013
Never read the comics so those suggesting the only reason the show is what it is are kind of full of themselves... never read a comic, nor has anyone i know, and everyone loves it... Slow? Maybe. But in this day and age of the instant "ME" society, really, be patient. There's this thing in movie and tv making called "Character Development", and you cannot develop a character if you kill them off right away. If you want to see ppl dying left right and centre without any character building, I
Never read the comics so those suggesting the only reason the show is what it is are kind of full of themselves... never read a comic, nor has anyone i know, and everyone loves it... Slow? Maybe. But in this day and age of the instant "ME" society, really, be patient. There's this thing in movie and tv making called "Character Development", and you cannot develop a character if you kill them off right away. If you want to see ppl dying left right and centre without any character building, I would suggest the hundreds of zombie movies out there that depict non stop killing with little development. I like that AMC has learned from the Sophia disaster (1/2 of a season lost) and had Rick ditch the pitch fork for his gun.

I realise in the day of Twitter, Facebook and instand feedback we are loathed to be rewarded instantly and acknowledged without delay. But for pete's sake folks be PATIENT... give the producers a bit of time to give you the characters you love so much... If it wasn't for character development, Rick would have died in the hospital bed and this series would have lasted 10 minutes.
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5:09PM on 10/21/2013
It's not perfect, but definitely a step up from last season. People always bitch that it's moving too slow when we start to see some character building, but damn, how is this show worth a damn if we don't care about the characters or give them room to grow by way of ridiculous obstickles to overcome?
It's not perfect, but definitely a step up from last season. People always bitch that it's moving too slow when we start to see some character building, but damn, how is this show worth a damn if we don't care about the characters or give them room to grow by way of ridiculous obstickles to overcome?
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2:30PM on 10/21/2013
I'm liking this season thus far. Some people below have complained that it's moving too slow, I don't see how you can say that after two episodes where a lot has happened in each. I'm loving the angle of the enclosed society and definitely love the storyline/angle they're going with that in this world, safety is impossible. It seems like a realization the characters are going to come to realize by end of the season.
I'm liking this season thus far. Some people below have complained that it's moving too slow, I don't see how you can say that after two episodes where a lot has happened in each. I'm loving the angle of the enclosed society and definitely love the storyline/angle they're going with that in this world, safety is impossible. It seems like a realization the characters are going to come to realize by end of the season.
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2:03PM on 10/21/2013
This season has been solid thus far, but it is too slow. Things are obviously going to pick up somehow, but the show has lost a ton of momentum somehow.
This season has been solid thus far, but it is too slow. Things are obviously going to pick up somehow, but the show has lost a ton of momentum somehow.
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12:23PM on 10/21/2013
...And what was it with Michonne getting all emotional about holding the baby. Did she loose a child? I've never read the comics.
...And what was it with Michonne getting all emotional about holding the baby. Did she loose a child? I've never read the comics.
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1:11PM on 10/21/2013
I think she did in the comics, but I'm not sure either.
I think she did in the comics, but I'm not sure either.
1:16PM on 10/21/2013
I thought last year she mentioned having at least one (maybe two?) during a conversation with Andrea.
I thought last year she mentioned having at least one (maybe two?) during a conversation with Andrea.
11:12AM on 10/21/2013
I like this season as well, but I agree with Freeden, it IS missing something. I don't think they need to follow the comic page by page either, but let's be real here, the only reason this show is what it is, is because of the comic. So being faithful just seems like the right idea. You want fresh ideas? That's what the spinoff is for.
I like this season as well, but I agree with Freeden, it IS missing something. I don't think they need to follow the comic page by page either, but let's be real here, the only reason this show is what it is, is because of the comic. So being faithful just seems like the right idea. You want fresh ideas? That's what the spinoff is for.
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9:56AM on 10/21/2013
Was it just me or did Michonne lose whatever accent she had before?
Was it just me or did Michonne lose whatever accent she had before?
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5:10PM on 10/21/2013
She had an accent?
She had an accent?
9:47AM on 10/21/2013
The only time in this show I had to look away and not watch was the pigs. I felt so bad for them and hearing them screaming when being torn apart....brutal. Sure tear apart all the human you want and I am fine, do it to a defenseless animal, yep, too hard to watch for me. Glad they dropped the sound of it after a while.
The only time in this show I had to look away and not watch was the pigs. I felt so bad for them and hearing them screaming when being torn apart....brutal. Sure tear apart all the human you want and I am fine, do it to a defenseless animal, yep, too hard to watch for me. Glad they dropped the sound of it after a while.
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4:34AM on 10/21/2013
I am liking the season so far, even if it does seem to be a bit aimless right now, but I am really puzzled as to why they don't just follow the guidelines of the comic. I'm not saying adapt it page for page, but at least the comic has a sense of direction. There always seems to be a purpose. Here, it just feels like things are happening. Maybe that's just a complaint from me. Or maybe it's just because last season had us in anticipation with The Governor character. I do like the mysteries being
I am liking the season so far, even if it does seem to be a bit aimless right now, but I am really puzzled as to why they don't just follow the guidelines of the comic. I'm not saying adapt it page for page, but at least the comic has a sense of direction. There always seems to be a purpose. Here, it just feels like things are happening. Maybe that's just a complaint from me. Or maybe it's just because last season had us in anticipation with The Governor character. I do like the mysteries being built up, but they are definitely missing something.
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