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TV Review: The Walking Dead (Season 4, Episode 5, November 9, 2013)

Nov. 11, 2013by: J.A. Hamilton

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EPISODE 5: Internment

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: Before I get down to specifics Id like to bring up a point Ive made before about how this show likes to drag certain things out over the span of three or four episodes, when it could and really should only take half that time. The search for Sophia was one example, and last season we had a leading up to war thing, and so far this season we have things at the prison. I like this epidemic scenario, dont get me wrong, but tonight makes me feel like it went on an episode too long (barely, but the thought crossed my mind). It seems to be over now, but the prison in general is feeling played out and Id like to see them move on. Im assuming theyll do just that by seasons end, but I decided to throw it out there now in case some of you have been feeling the same way.

The spotlights on Hershel again tonight, and damn if he doesnt make this show work this season. From jokes like spaghetti Tuesdays, to talking everyone down and never giving up hope. I loved his speech about sad soul syndrome, it makes sense, but hes got to get past the idea of their situation being a test from up high because thats the wrong way to see it. Once you start weighing in with God, your moral compass may end up taking a hit or two which could end up costing you your ass. Hershels compass was very much on display tonight, and I appreciate the little things like how he hesitated before knifing that dude in the back room. Hershels still very much attached to his humanity, and as much as hes been an inspiration this entire time, hes never really had to be in the shit. Tonight changed all that, and he handled it like a champ, but I feel like his soul was tarnished in the process.

With Hershels praise out of the way, I do have some thoughts. Mainly, you have to wonder why these guys still havent learned a damn thing about walkers in closed quarters. That setup in there just screams bloody massacre. You just know all hells going to break loose, but theres Hershel casually making his rounds like people arent on the verge of turning, which they are, and do. I loved Lizzie leading the walker away from Glen like a dog, obviously something was going to go wrong, but it was still pretty damn cool. Im glad Glen and Sasha made it (god knows Tyreese needed some good news), but other than the kids, it doesnt look like theres many mouths left to feed. The toll it takes on Hershel is monumental. Rick asks him if things will be the same, and for Hershel, its obvious they wont be. Even before then, when they were strapping bodies to the beds and wheeling them into the other room. It was rough on him, and I cant even begin to imagine how the rest of them felt as they watched helplessly from their cells. It was a tough situation and for what its worth, it was handled beautifully, down to the cool tune they played at the end.

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 4's fifth episode was all about emotion and adrenaline as the crew held the line until Daryl and them got back. The other interesting factor was with the bonding between Rick and Carl. Sure, it had to come over mowing down wave after wave of walkers after they got through the fence, but the father and son dynamic weve all been longing to see come back finally did. I liked seeing that very much. But what I was really hoping to see tonight, was the aftermath of Ricks decision to toss Carol. Ill have to wait until next week for the full disclosure. Hershel didnt seem to take the news well, but at least Maggie helped ease Ricks conscience by agreeing with his decision, even if she was unsure about being able to do it had she been in his place. I want to see what Daryl says. But of course, the craziest thing about tonights episode came in the final scene when the camera panned back to reveal the Governor lurking in the shadows. And does he ever look pissed. Next Sunday should be one for the books. At least I hope it will be. They owe us at least one cool Governor battle. At least one.

ZOMBIE KILL OF THE WEEK: Maggies headshot was impressive.

BLOOD AND GORE: Rick and Carl go kamikaze on a small army of walkers, shit goes bad in the prison which gets a few mofos eaten, and there was some more fence killing.

WTF CHARACTER MOMENT: Hershel. I love the guy, and I dug everything he did tonight, but damn if I dont think he could have prepared himself a bit better for what was obviously going to happen. It just felt a little sloppy, and after what happened in the other cellblock a couple episodes ago, I expected more from these guys.

COOLEST SCENE: Sure, nothing really happened, but seeing the Governor alive and itching for payback was hella cool.

FINAL VERDICT:

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THIS EPISODE BELOW!

Extra Tidbit: What do you think the Governors plan of attack will be?

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1:07AM on 11/11/2013
I feel ya on the dragging bit, this show does tend to do that at least once a season as a means of getting from plot point "A" to plot point "B". I'm willing to let it slide in light of the ending though, granted, like you said, we get the epic battle we deserve to see.
I feel ya on the dragging bit, this show does tend to do that at least once a season as a means of getting from plot point "A" to plot point "B". I'm willing to let it slide in light of the ending though, granted, like you said, we get the epic battle we deserve to see.
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2:55AM on 11/11/2013
I dug this episode, could have used it last week, but still good. I wonder what happened to the Gov henchmen, weird that it was only him. That song at the end of the episode was real good, really fit the episode. Can't wait till next week, I thought for sure they would have saved the Gov return till the mid break point.
I dug this episode, could have used it last week, but still good. I wonder what happened to the Gov henchmen, weird that it was only him. That song at the end of the episode was real good, really fit the episode. Can't wait till next week, I thought for sure they would have saved the Gov return till the mid break point.
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9:24AM on 11/11/2013

Worst coolest scene review

"Sure, nothing really happend"? Really? How about Rick telling the truth about Carol, the outer fence falling, Rick and Carl fighting side by side, the fact we almost lost 2 major characters?? If you can't pick something other than the last 5 seconds of the episode I feel sorry for you. It's a shame everyone is talking about the Governor and not Scott Wilson's performance.
"Sure, nothing really happend"? Really? How about Rick telling the truth about Carol, the outer fence falling, Rick and Carl fighting side by side, the fact we almost lost 2 major characters?? If you can't pick something other than the last 5 seconds of the episode I feel sorry for you. It's a shame everyone is talking about the Governor and not Scott Wilson's performance.
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9:14PM on 11/11/2013
Eh, your wording really wasn't that clear, Hamilton. It sounded like the line "Sure, nothing really happened," was referring to the entire episode. No big deal, but I can see why people would be confused.
Eh, your wording really wasn't that clear, Hamilton. It sounded like the line "Sure, nothing really happened," was referring to the entire episode. No big deal, but I can see why people would be confused.
7:42PM on 11/11/2013
That's the buzz I'm getting too, that the Governor will give us a performance out of the comics to make up for last season's "ho-hum" presence. Evil has returned to the prison, and it is and will be quite cool.
That's the buzz I'm getting too, that the Governor will give us a performance out of the comics to make up for last season's "ho-hum" presence. Evil has returned to the prison, and it is and will be quite cool.
2:18PM on 11/11/2013
Gov return = coolest thing that happened all episode.
Gov return = coolest thing that happened all episode.
2:15PM on 11/11/2013
When I said, 'nothing really happened', I might with regards to the scene I was talking about--the appearance of the Governor. If you can't read between the lines and understand what I'm talking about, then I feel sorry for you. And everyone's talking about the Governor because it's exciting to see this loose end get tied up and the rumor behind it is that it'll finally give us the presence from the comics we wanted in the first place. Hence, why it won coolest scene.
When I said, 'nothing really happened', I might with regards to the scene I was talking about--the appearance of the Governor. If you can't read between the lines and understand what I'm talking about, then I feel sorry for you. And everyone's talking about the Governor because it's exciting to see this loose end get tied up and the rumor behind it is that it'll finally give us the presence from the comics we wanted in the first place. Hence, why it won coolest scene.
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2:17PM on 11/11/2013
I'm glad the flu thing's closing out, but so far this season's been good. I agree that we need an epic Gov battle, but I have a feeling they've taken all the outrage over last season to heart and will give us what we want to see.
I'm glad the flu thing's closing out, but so far this season's been good. I agree that we need an epic Gov battle, but I have a feeling they've taken all the outrage over last season to heart and will give us what we want to see.
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7:40PM on 11/11/2013
Hershel shined tonight, and I agree with what you said last week about hoping that he doesn't fall into the same pitfall he does in the comics (I thought for sure it was going to happen tonight). The Daryl and Rick conversation is going to be explosive to say the least, but I don't think we've seen the last of Carol. The return of the Governor is the perfect way to end this flu situation, but I wish they'd have kept his return more under wraps. I think it's going to be one hell of a
Hershel shined tonight, and I agree with what you said last week about hoping that he doesn't fall into the same pitfall he does in the comics (I thought for sure it was going to happen tonight). The Daryl and Rick conversation is going to be explosive to say the least, but I don't think we've seen the last of Carol. The return of the Governor is the perfect way to end this flu situation, but I wish they'd have kept his return more under wraps. I think it's going to be one hell of a homecoming.
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11:54PM on 11/11/2013
I enjoy this show, and I'm liking this season, but I get what your saying about drawing things out and it frustrates me. There is a lot of source material to draw from, and beyond that, with the success of The Walking Dead game, which featured an original set of characters and storyline, there's absolutely no reason for this show to drag. And I'm not talking about character development either, I'm all for that. The comics are still going strong, but the point is, even if they stopped, this
I enjoy this show, and I'm liking this season, but I get what your saying about drawing things out and it frustrates me. There is a lot of source material to draw from, and beyond that, with the success of The Walking Dead game, which featured an original set of characters and storyline, there's absolutely no reason for this show to drag. And I'm not talking about character development either, I'm all for that. The comics are still going strong, but the point is, even if they stopped, this show could still move forward as long as the story was still engaging. It's a hard line to walk, especially considering the comics kinda have the group doing the same thing over and over with different surroundings and new characters. The point is, it's easy to overstay your welcome, or cop out and take either the safe route, or the route that leads to money milking this until we've got a season fifteen. What I'm trying to say, and I'm assuming what you meant, is that we shouldn't be seeing this or feeling it any way right now at only four seasons in.
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11:35AM on 11/12/2013

this show is starting to lose me

don't get me wrong, the last two eps were miles better than the first few, but still. i don't know who they're talking about half the time (bob? lizzie?), i have no emotion investment (i laughed when herschel was crying because lolz) in any of the characters, especially the new ones they're trying to shove down my throat, and the writers seem to have lost their ability to take a chance. kill someone we've come to love, for god's sake. hopefully carl. technically everything that's happening
don't get me wrong, the last two eps were miles better than the first few, but still. i don't know who they're talking about half the time (bob? lizzie?), i have no emotion investment (i laughed when herschel was crying because lolz) in any of the characters, especially the new ones they're trying to shove down my throat, and the writers seem to have lost their ability to take a chance. kill someone we've come to love, for god's sake. hopefully carl. technically everything that's happening should be awesome, but i feel like it's really going downhill fast.
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12:09PM on 11/12/2013
Bob is D'Angelo Barksdale from The Wire.

Carl and Rick are the safest characters on the show and always will be. Hoping for Carl's death is just stupid, he's the future of humanity and a complete badass. Daryl is probably the safest next to them, ratings would plummet if he was ever taken out. So if you're honestly tuning in each week just to see one of them die, you might as well stop watching, it's not gunna happen.
Bob is D'Angelo Barksdale from The Wire.

Carl and Rick are the safest characters on the show and always will be. Hoping for Carl's death is just stupid, he's the future of humanity and a complete badass. Daryl is probably the safest next to them, ratings would plummet if he was ever taken out. So if you're honestly tuning in each week just to see one of them die, you might as well stop watching, it's not gunna happen.
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