I’m starting to question what it is I even enjoy about this show anymore—because I do enjoy it—but I just hate so many of the characters. At the forefront of my hatred is none other than Rick, but even characters I like have started pissing me off this season. I also, until this season, never noticed how much time has, or rather hasn’t, passed in the show. The first eight episodes of Season 6 take place over the course of maybe three days, if that, and that just doesn’t seem like enough time for any of the characters to work through their emotional issues, especially while dealing with a walker-apocalypse. To top that off, some of those episodes feature numerous pointless subplots that amount to nothing.
What I’m trying to say is that Season 6 has not had The Walking Dead’s strongest storytelling. Spoilers below the jump.
Now that Fear the Walking Dead’s first season has wrapped up, The Walking Dead is back on for another sixteen episodes, and despite my growing dislike for Rick, I found “First Time Again” immensely enjoyable. Now that Morgan’s in Alexandria, he and Rick are getting to know one another again—Rick is a vastly different person than Morgan knew from Season 1, while Morgan is still reserved, kind, and disapproving of violence.
Their conflict with each other is, quite unsurprisingly, nothing like what the trailer wanted us to think. This is because The Walking Dead, at six seasons in, still hasn’t figured out that trailers are not actually supposed to blatantly lie to audiences. Nevertheless, it was still good to see that someone doesn’t think everything Rick did was completely justifiable. Unlike Rick, Morgan chooses to see the best in people, and he has faith that deep down Rick can still be a good person.
While I most certainly still have numerous grievances about Rick’s character, all in all this episode was a lot of fun, and it did remind me why I loved this show so much.
Fear the Walking Dead’s first season ended this Sunday, and while I liked some parts of it more than others, I really loved it overall. A few characters are fairly unlikable, as are some of the writing decisions, but it was still a fun first watch, and I enjoyed seeing what happened at the start of the apocalypse. I also really enjoyed that, once again, Rick wasn’t in it.
Well, finally, Season 4 of The Walking Dead continues. I can’t say that I’ve been too happy about the season thus far. I mean, the midseason finale was a pretty big letdown when it comes to the Governor’s character, even if we finally got to see the epic battle between him and the Atlanta survivors. What I can say that I like about the confrontation is the prison is currently overrun with walkers and now uninhabitable, putting our survivors into even more danger. It was about time for them to move on from that place, though I still lament the death of Hershel and am significantly worried for some of the other characters as well. So at this point, I think there’s still hope that I might come out of this season happy.
Making the situation even worse for our survivors, I’m sure, is that among them there’s still a potential murderous psychopath, whose identity has yet to be revealed and who spent the first half of the season luring walkers to the survivors by feeding them rats. And considering that we don’t know yet who this person is, I’m guessing that he or she survived the showdown at the prison and is still at large.
My bets are on it being one of these two. No, seriously. He is the sole survivor of a previous group of people, and she likes to name and befriend walkers.
This episode picks up right where the last one left off, with Carl and a severely injured Rick escaping from the prison together. Spoilers after the jump.
I had greatly hoped that my love for The Walking Dead would rekindle this season. As such, I willingly jumped right back into this relationship, despite all my previous disappointments. Sometimes I think I should start seeing other shows. We’ve certainly had our ups and downs, but for the time being, I’ve been giving The Walking Dead a second chance. Yet I’m not sure if it deserves it. I mean, season four has thus far been wonderful—for the most part. I’m just worried it won’t last.
Well, I can’t say that I was particularly excited for this season. Last year, I had started reviewing this show weekly, but I held off on giving my thoughts on the final episode of season three and ultimately neglected to review it. Partly, I chose not to write the review due to being really busy at the time, but mostly I chose not to write it because I thought it was a huge disappointment.
Thankfully, though, I at least didn’t hate this season’s opening episode, “30 Days Without an Accident”. Maybe there’s hope TheWalking Dead and I can rekindle our relationship.
Recently, at Comic-Con, the new Walking Dead trailer premiered.
I have to admit that I had a bit of a falling out with The Walking Dead last season. I had started reviewing it weekly, but the season finale I especially couldn’t take, and in order to not think about it, I didn’t review it. I’m hesitant about season four because of how poorly I felt the last season was handled.
It took all of one sentence from Carol for Daryl to get over his brother’s death. Carl’s practically on his way to becoming evil. Andrea’s relationship with the Governor was one of the most annoying things I have ever watched, and she couldn’t figure out he was evil, despite all the signs, like having a room filled with severed heads. Then, after realizing the truth, she gets bitten. Additionally, the final showdown between the Governor and the Atlanta Survivors didn’t really happen, despite the huge buildup toward it. All in all, it left me extremely underwhelmed.
I’m willing to put my grievances aside for this upcoming season, however. The finale ended with the Governor going off somewhere and the Atlanta Survivors taking in the remaining citizens of Woodbury, which means we’re going to have a lot more characters this time around, which might be a good thing, because the original survivors aren’t doing so well at the moment.
Furthermore, we’re going to be introduced to some more characters of color. We already have Glenn, a Korean, who gets a lot of screen time, T-Dog sadly died, but now we have Tyrese and his sister Sasha, and we look to be getting a few more.
Michonne so far has been a really great character as well, and other than Beth, I don’t have too many complaints about female representation. One of the problems with the representation, both female and POC, however, is that since this is Rick’s story, all the other characters seem to eventually die. Glenn’s dead in the comics, currently, and so is baby Judith. The show and the comics are fairly different—Shane dies at the end of the first volume, but the show sadly kept him around until the end of season 2, and Daryl’s a completely original character—but the show still seems intent on killing off most of the cast.
Speaking of which, I get the impression from this new trailer that Sasha is one of the murder victims, since Tyrese seems to have a severe reaction to finding one of the bodies, and then he goes on to seem almost suicidal in grief. That’s my prediction, at least.
Overall, everything seems to be becoming more desperate for the survivors. Someone’s sabotaging their efforts to stay safe by baiting the walkers to the prison, and group looks to be finally splitting apart this time. I personally really like Carol and Daryl together, so if they do split apart into two groups, I’ll be sad to see it. All in all, I hope this season will learn from the mistakes of the last season.
This week’s episode was just as exciting as last week’s, and it brought us a lot of great character moments. As a whole, this season is shaping up very nicely, despite a few iffy things here and there, like killing off every black character thus far besides Tyreese and Sasha. And though I was disappointed that Andrea didn’t feature in this episode at all, considering what happened last week, “This Sorrowful Life” managed to be thrilling just the same.
When first watching this episode, I honestly thought it was going to be about Rick moping around because he planned on handing Michonne over to the Governor, which makes little sense now that I think about it. In “Arrow on the Doorpost” I thought Rick could tell that the Governor was BSing him about the deal. I mean, the Governor allowed Merle to almost kill Glenn, he sexually assaulted Maggie, lied about everything involving the Atlanta survivors to Andrea, and attacked the prison with walkers. Clearly, he’s a man of his word.
But all that aside, I could certainly see why the temptation to hand Michonne over to the Governor was there. And looking back on the whole Randall incident of last season, I sincerely worried that Rick would go through with the plan. I was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t.
The Walking Dead continues to be one of the best—if not the best—story set during a zombie apocalypse. And the midseason finale went to every length to leave us wanting more. And like most midseason episodes, it also ended on a cliffhanger, so unfortunately we’re just going have to wait until February to find out what happens.
Well, I’d say waiting two seasons to watch Shane die was certainly worth it, but that might imply wanting him dead to be my only reason to follow this show. The Walking Dead certainly differs from other mainstream zombie shows and movies, probably due to its focus. Most zombie things tend to concentrate on showing, you know, zombies. The Walking Dead, on the other hand, will go almost entire episodes without bloodthirsty carcasses stumbling across the screen to eat the random extras.
The lack of zombies—or walkers, in this case—has caused a bit of an outrage among some of the fans. This is probably in part due to the comics the show is based off, where the writers stated that they wanted the story to follow the character Rick around and chronicle his life during this tragedy. I cannot quote that exactly, as most of my comics are being borrowed at the moment, but you get the picture.
If there’s one thing I have to give The Walking Dead credit for it would be that, first and foremost, it’s one of the few things I’ve seen that’s portrayed people with real human reactions. I always find myself comparing it to something like the Resident Evil films, where Alice will meet an unimportant extra and watch that person get eaten with little to no emotional reaction to it. Like, it’s just a person, who cares, right? On top of that, not everyone in The Walking Dead is some badass with super fighting skills. They’re real relatable people having real relatable reactions.