The Walking Dead Review 4.04 'Indifference'
Posted by Josh Syvertsen on 11.04.2013
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Alright friends The Walking Dead has been picked up for a fifth season, Lets see if I can survive this recap make it to the fifth episode of this season. A lot of important shit went down tonight. I almost missed it, but chose to leave a Black Oak Arkansas (ask your parents...better yet, ask your grandparents) so I could get to work. You're welcome. So let's go Jim Dandy...But first, 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 ...let me go, rock 'n roll:
Last Week On The Walking Dead: Like I stated above, I was in a bit of a rush to get this thing started, so I brought in a guest commentator to help with last weeks episode. So without further adieu...Gollum, what happened on last weeks episode? Gollum: Carol...dirty...sneaky...MURDERER!...Thanks Gollum. Anything else. Gollum: MURDERER...lying...sneaking...MURDERING!!!...Okay Gollum calm down. Thanks for the input. Let's move on.
The Week On The Walking Dead: Rick and Carol are going on a run together. Carol tells Lizzy, who in turn calls her mom. Carol corrects her because in fact, she's not her mom. Kids are so stupid. Apparently Maggie wanted to go too, but Ricks really a one woman at a time guilt machine, so it's just him and Carol. This should be fun. On their way out to town Carol tries like hell to lobby Rick in favor of her actions. Ricks not really having any of it.
The stranded away team makes for the nearest town, which they figure is 8 miles away. I am amazed at their orienteering skills. Eight miles really doesn't seem that much considering thousands of folks just ran 26.2 miles up here n NYC this weekend. Then again there weren't any flesh eating walkers blocking the marathoners way. Which sounds like a great idea to boost the marathons television ratings. Although those of us that frequent the city (yes, it's THE city, deal with it) will tell you that there is very little difference between the masses of brainless hipsters that overwhelm Starbucks looking for pumpkin spice mocha lattes and masses of brainless walkers looking for man flesh. But I digress...
They uncover a '98 Plymouth minivan covered by a shit load of trees. Daryl is pissed because it's a "mom" car (not really, but it's something I can see him being unhappy with.) Everyone else is mad because there are walkers all over the car. The try to cut the car out the trees, Tyrese as he is wont to do these days, acts like a complete psycho every time he is not sitting still. They manage to liberate the car, but it won't start. So they enter the nearby service station looking to find a new battery. This seems like its an awful lot of work to do for a car. Surely there are more vehicles between where they are and the town? Weren't their entire highways filled with them at one point?
Speaking of other cars, Rick and Carol reach their little town destination and find a recently driven car outside a house. Inside they find a walker. I comes at Carol who freezes. Rick saves her and kills the walker. They also find two new people in the house. The guy, Sam, has an open wound on his shoulder that he claims is from getting cut at a greenhouse. The girl, cute but nameless I think, has a limp because her leg never healed right. Carol fixes his shoulder which is not only cut but dislocated. Rick looks on almost in awe. He want them to wait there for him and Carol to come back. Carol has other ideas. She want the newbies to help search the surrounding houses. Sam and his lady friend like that idea. Rick doth protest, but unsuccessfully. Carol-1 Rick-0.
They get the van started after some mild walker intrusion and some much needed Bob/Daryl exposition. Bob confesses to Daryl about the whole alcoholism thing and being responsible, at least in part, for Zachs death. Daryl tells him shit happens. The Plymouth (or Chrysler, or Dodge...I don't want letters) finally reaches the Veterinary School, which was the original destination if you remember correctly. Michone, Tyrese and Daryl do a great job at liberating what's left of the various medicines. Bob liberates a bottle of Makers Mark from behind a teachers desk. Unfortunately exiting the school is a bit harder than entering it. Daryl provides some context for the new type of walkers in that almost any contact can lead to infection. The whole almost industrial setting had almost a Day of the Dead feel to it. Which is ironic considering George Romeros comments about the show earlier in the week.
Breaking out onto a ledge, it looks like they might escape rather unscathed. But Bob drops his pack into the walker hoard waiting below. He holds on desperately by one strap despite the pleas of the other three to let it go. He finally frees the bag but Daryl suspects something is up. He opens the bag to reveal no meds but the bottle of liquor. Daryl goes to chuck it but Bob threatens to shoot him. Thinking better of it Daryl gives him the bottle back with the understanding that there is no drinking until everyone is healed. Seems like the prison group needs a friends of Bill W chapter.
Rick and Carol circle back around to the original house only to find the new girl missing her gimpy leg and being eaten by walkers. There is no sign of Sam. Rick wants to wait for him, but Carol urges him to move on. They continue their philosophical discussions about the definition of survival. Rick longs for and gets sentimental about the old days where Lori was a terrible cook. Carol reminds him that she came from a terrible marriage and thanks him for "bringing up such painful memories, while he's at it why doesn't he give her a paper cut and pour lemon juice in it."
Here though is where we really see the difference between what Rick has become and what Carol has become. Had Rick been the one who indirectly got that girl killed we would have had 30 seconds of pained Rick weasel face. Carol doesn't care, just another soldier. She's hardened her heart to the point where even the mention of her own daughter means nothing to her. Which pisses some of us off even more since we spent a lifetime searching for her. She throws some pretty pointed barbs at Rick, bringing up Rick killing Shane at one point. She challenges him telling him "You can be a farmer, you just can't only be a farmer." None of this is shit that Rick want's to hear. But he realizes at this point that Carol may be more dangerous than Shane ever was. Shane at least loved Lori and Carl. He would protect them to a fault. Carol on the other hand. Carol is a whole different animal. Carol is almost like an animal - safety of the pack, no matter what happens to individual members.
Rick finally decides that Carol has to go. He packs her in a Taurus station wagon and tells her this is good bye. He doesn't want to ever see her around the prison again. Carol gets in one last barb telling Rick she thought he was done making decisions. Rick explains that once the word gets out that Carol killed those folks all hell is going to break loose. Tyrese will probably kill her, so what Rick is doing is not only the best for the safety of the group but also for her as well. Carol drives around the cul-de-sac leaving Rick standing watching her go. End Episode.
Elsewhere The exposition revealing Bobs past, about he was the sole survivor from two other groups is a bit shady. I wonder if that's a little white lie that might come back to bit him on the ass at some point...The flirtation between Michone and Daryl continued this week. Now with Carol out of the picture for the immediate future, maybe something more happens there. At least it's good to see Michone smile every once in a while...The crazy Tyrese thing may or may not be over. I'm going to guess may not. Michone tried to talk some sense into him, but it doesn't look like it took. It will be interesting to see what happens back at the prison once everyone finds out Carol is gone.
Which leads to the big question of the week : What is Rick going to do about Carol? Rick is about an 8.5 on the Ned Stark sanctimonious scale so out right lying probably wouldn't be in the cards.Trying to sell folks that she was lost to walkers might work for now, but you know as well as I that we haven't seen the last of her. Deep down Rick must feel that as well.
The thin line that Rick must toe regarding Carol and telling everyone is one that Carol challenged him with herself. Is Rick now back making decisions for the group? What's the small council going to say? Which begs yet another question : is there even a small council though to go to for these type of things? Glenn is ill. Hershel is quarantined. Daryl and Michones whereabouts are unknown (at least to Rick). Could Ricks whole defense be that there is simply no one else to make these decisions. Has the super flu given him a loophole to slip the whole prison back into the "Ricktatorship?"
That's it for me this week. As always :Thanks for reading and "Enjoy every sandwich."
The 411: Great stuff this week. This was another "talky" episode with only a smattering of "away team" violence. But the difference between this week and last week was that the pacing was so much better. Rather than 45 minutes of build up for 10 minutes of importance, this episode had edge of your seat moments happening throughout. This was Carols coming out party. It was finally revealed as a whole, after being hinted at all season, who Carol really was. Who she had changed into. Melissa McBride was tremendous, her passive aggressive vibe towards Rick all episode was some of the best work we've seen on the show ever.