The Walking Dead Review 4.03 'Isolation'
Posted by Josh Syvertsen on 10.28.2013
Missed last nights episode of The Walking Dead? 411's Josh Syvertsen takes us through all of last nights happenings...
Welcome back folks! We've got a whole new hour of The Walking Dead to recap and pontificate about. A lot of stuff happened this week and I feel pretty damn rotten (not about the show, health wise) so let's dispense with the pleasantries and get down to business...after some mandatory housekeeping:
Caveat #1: First, and most importantly for some of you I guess, I have not read the acclaimed graphic novel series on which the show is based. I have not done this for a myriad of reasons, the first being laziness. I'm a busy man people. But the second and most important is that this column/review is about the television show The Walking Dead, not the graphic novel series. It would be unfair to the show and unfair to you, the reader, if I was constantly bitching about how the show is different than the source material (and believe me I would bitch). Think that's wrong? Hit me up on twitter some time and mention 'Under The Dome' - watch my head explode. I will make this promise to you who are ever so pissed about my lack of The Walking Dead graphic novel experience, that someday when the show has completed its run, I will check it out.
Caveat #2: Have fun. What's expressed here is one solitary, bitterly lonely mans opinion. If you believe something different, write about it! Let everyone out there know what you think, but don't be a dick. It's a television show - not life or death.
With that taken care of...it's time to dance...
Last Week On The Walking Dead: Walkers are being fed rats. The super flu is killing humans. Rick gives Carl his gun back and then takes his shirt off for the ladies...or men if that's your deal.
This Week On The Walking Dead: Glenn opens the episode with a karaoke version of Faith No More's "Digging The Grave." Not really, but that's what he's doing - digging some graves. Maggie is next to him doing the same thing. This seems like an odd date night, but Fridays probably has weird hours during the Zombie Apocalypse. Elsewhere, Tyreese tells Rick, Carol, and Daryl, about finding Karen and Davids bodies. He demands Rick find out who did it. Rick tells him to calm down he's a farmer now. Tyreese punches him so Rick kicks the shit out of him in return. For those that thing Tyreese looks like Kimbo Slice - this is what Kimbo Slice looked like when he fought anyone outside of the mall parking lot. It was that kind of an ass whooping.
Hershel and Rick have a moment while mending his hand. Rick just wants to chill and clip some tomatoes. Hershel thinks Rick can be more productive doing well...productive things. Outside, Tyreese digs graves for Karen and David. Bob tells him to chill. But Tyreese is rather, um, driven I guess is the best way to describe it. Glenn is getting a little fed up with all the talking. Hershel tells him he's not Rick or Daryl so no one really cares about him. Sasha walks past them looking rather ill. I'm sure Tyreese is going to love that. He's been so stable lately.
At the small council meeting, Hershel proposes they isolate those susceptible to the illness. When it's pointed out to him that he would be one of those folks he's not to happy. Glenn is looking rather shitty no one seems to notice but me though. Master of Coin Peter Baylish wonders how they are going to pay for the isolation...sorry wrong show.
Daryl and Michone are trying to round up folks for this weeks away team. With most of the no name Woodbury folks sick, there is a lack of walker cannon fodder this week. They choose Bob because he doesn't really have too much to do and there are no liquor stores on the way to the veterinary hospital. They pass over asking Glenn or Maggie for some reason and ask Tyreese who is set to guard the sick folks - namely Sasha. He thinks better of it though and asks Carol to stand in for him. Oh Tyreese.
Glenn finally fesses up to Maggie that he's sick. She kind of loses it. Beth tells her to grow a set. People die, it's the world they live in. Good philosophy, but kind of morbid for a teenager.
The away team (Daryl, Michonne, Bob and Tyreese if you are keeping score at home, and really why would you be?) thinks they hear a voice on the radio. Distracted, they run into a whole mess of walkers. Overwhelmed, they are forced to abandoned the strategic product placement Dodge Avenger and make a run for it. Everything goes as planned, except for the fact Tyreese just waits in the car. The rest of the folks mow down walkers and wait for Tyreese to do anything. Like the Japanese Yakuza leader in the "Pretzel Maker" episode of The Simpsons when he finally decides to do something - it's awesome. Swinging his hatchet me starts mowing down walkers. But before too long he's over whelmed. The others leave him. But much to everyone's surprise, myself included, he survives.
Rick P.I. decides to put down the hedge clippers and begin investigating the murders. It takes him about 45 seconds to figure shit out and come up with a suspect (damn he is good - like The Mentalist.) Meanwhile Carol is trying to refill the water buckets she knocked over in a mini-meltdown she had earlier. Unfortunately she makes a little too much noise and the walkers start to attack. Rick aids her in her escape and as they head back to the prison he asks the question : Did she kill Karen and David? She very coldly answers "Yes" before walking away. End Episode.
Elsewhere: Not much really. It was a rather simple episode. Elder berries can stave off the flu, there's that. Beth breaks down a bit when she learns about her father trying to heal the infected. So there look to be cracks forming in her facade...I'm not big on the swooning parts of the show, but I'd be remiss if I didn't at least mention the that there is a bit of a spark between Michonne and Daryl. By "spark" I mean maybe there is some tender lovin' in their future. There you go - I mentioned it.
Gore Factor Again a rather "talky" episode. The walker that grew into the tree was a neat effect - but how does it eat? Daryl spinning the cars wheels on the pile of walkers was another pretty cool idea, but wasn't great in execution.
I eluded to the mystery surrounding Carol last week in the comments section (Hey! Leave comments) and how she really is the most fascinating character at this point in the shows run. She has probably taken the most shit since the whole end of the world thing started. Her entire family has been killed, whether for good (her husband) or bad (Sophia). She was essentially left for dead inside the prison until Daryl found her last season. Carol has become the ultimate pragmatist. She's most interested in what will solve the problem and what solves it most efficiently? Her entire existence has become about survival. What will make sure she survives through the day. She's clearly conflicted about it - hence the mini-meltdown with the water. When you take a step back, clear your head with the Carol/Daryl Sam and Diane puppy love thing and look at Carol in a bubble, it makes her actions regarding Karen and David not so surprising.
Which begs the question: Will Rick tell anyone what he knows what Carol did? Logic says yes. But Rick is in full on "don't upset the applecart" mode right now. Will he pull a "for the good of the group" thing and keep his mouth shut? The other thing to consider is that he has a pretty juicy matzoh ball he can hang hang over Carols head should he choose to do so. Does he stuff it in his pocket for use at a later time? If he does say something, what will happen between Daryl and Carol. Daryl pledged to Tyreese to put a "bolt thought the head" of whomever killed Karen and David. Is Daryl going to kill Carol? probably not...BUT...
There is underlying Game OF Thrones current swirling around the prison. Rick is still the defacto leader even though he doesn't want to be it. Hershel is the man behind the scenes pulling the strings. Revered, no one even thinks to question his decisions. His motives seem pure - but are they ? Clearly he is firmly behind Rick - but is that just because he knows that Rick has become his "yes" man? Daryl and Michonne are both too cool for school when it comes to leadership, but are both very well respected members of the community - who will they support when shit goes down? That leaves us with Carol - the only person to show her cards so far. Will the other group members look at what she did as a means to an end...or will they label her a murderer based on her actions?
The 411: Kind of a boring output this week. The fight between Rick and Tyreese happened before the opening credits. Then it was a lot of talking. Rick and Hershel, Hershel and Glenn, Glenn and Maggie, Maggie and Beth, Beth and Carol...it was like a square dance convention. "Move on to the next partner. Now...talk!" The away team again found itself in trouble, it's an action crutch the show seems to lean on too much. An interesting last 10 minutes and a shocking (sort of) reveal at the end is not enough to really get too excited over the show.