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The Walking Dead Season Six, Episode Sixteen “Last Day on Earth”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2016 by Starloggers

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“As long as it’s all of us, we can do anything.” – Rick Grimes to Maggie Greene

“You ruled the roost, you…built something. You thought you were safe. I get it. But the word is out. you…are not safe. Not even close.” – Negan

The sixteenth episode and the sixth season finale of The Walking Dead opens with Morgan Jones (Lennie James) morgan and horseout in the woods of Northern Virginia looking for Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). She had run away from their town, Alexandria, because of building guilt over killing people in the past. Now, Morgan finds a horse with a saddle and bridle and begins riding it to continue his search.

Back in Alexandria, the residents are preparing to transport Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) in an RV to Hilltop, a town a day’s drive away, since there is a doctor that can help her. Maggie is pregnant with her husband Glenn Rhee’s (Steven Yeun) child and is experiencing sharp pains in her abdomen, presumably she is in danger of miscarriage. Accompanying her are the town’s leader, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), his teenage son Carl (Chandler Riggs), Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), his lover Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Aaron (Ross Marquand), and Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt). Before they leave, Rick puts Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) in charge of the town’s defense. They had come into conflict recently with a vicious gang of marauders called the Saviors and everyone is on edge as the Rick’s group leaves in the RV. What they don’t realize is that their fellow residents Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) and Glenn have been captured by the Saviors in the previous episode.

Later, Morgan rides the horse into an abandoned town with  a few undead walkers shuffling about. He finds Carol badly wounded by a library. Despite her protests about being left alone, he takes her inside the library and tends to her knife wound that she received in the previous episode from fighting some Saviors.

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The journey of the RV is stymied when a group of Saviors form a roadblock. Rick and his people step out and he offers to make a deal. This group’s leader (Steven Ogg) demands that Rick and the others turn over their supplies and that one of them may be killed. Being that they are armed with guns, Rick refuses this offer and rather than confront the Savior he has Abraham drive the RV back where they came from and start looking for an alternate route.

In the library, once Carol is mended, Morgan insists on taking her back to Alexandria. She adamantly refuses and states that she cares too much about the Alexandrians. In order to protect them, she has to kill for them, which is something she refuses to do anymore. Morgan leaves her to kill a walker just outside the library. She uses this opportunity to flee the building.

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Carol stumbles through the deserted streets and barely fights off walkers. Just after she kills the last one, she is attacked by Roman (Stuart Greer), one of the Saviors that she confronted in the last episode and she left for dead. Instead, he survived and has been hunting her ever since. He gets the better of her and has her on the ground at gunpoint. Already defeated and weary from her ordeal and her emotions, Carol pleads to be killed. Instead, Roman begins torturing her by shooting her limbs.

Morgan shows up with a gun that Rick gave him last episode and orders him to stop. When Roman refuses, Morgan reluctantly shoots him repeatedly, killing him.

meet the kingdomThe gunfire draws the attention of two armored men. One of them (Daniel Newman), Morgan and Rick briefly encountered in the previous episode. Rick thought he was a Savior and tried shooting him but Morgan stopped him. Now, this same man offers aid for Carol. He and Morgan shake hands.

Rick and the others are having are harder time. No matter where they turn on the roads, they come upon roadblocks by Saviors. Each time, the numbers of Saviors grows ominously larger. One roadblock is different in that a group of chained-together walkers block their RV’s path. When they leave the vehicle to investigate, they discover that two of the walkers have items from Daryl and Michonne, such as his crossbow bolts and a couple of her dreadlocks. An unseen assailant fires at their feet, forcing them back to the RV. But Rick quickly hacks apart the walkers and the chains, which clears a path for them.

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Day turns into night and they are no closer to Hilltop. After more roadblocks, their fuel supply low, and Maggie’s condition worsening they realize they have to do something. Eugene opines that the Saviors may only be on the lookout for an RV. It’s decided that Eugene will drive off with the RV as a lure while Rick and the others will transport Maggie on a stretcher by foot to Hilltop. Before Eugene leaves he gives Rick a “recipe”, instructions on how to make bullets.

carrying maggieRick and his group make their way through the woods in the dark and are just a few miles away from their destination. But taunting whistles announce that they aren’t alone. They hastened their hike but are stopped in their tracks by a spotlight. They are surrounded by an army of Saviors. Nearby is the RV and Eugene held prisoner. The Savior that they first met disarms them and forces them to their knees. Then a nearby van opens up and Daryl, Michonne, Rosita and Glenn are brought out to join Rick and the others. Once that is done the Saviors’ leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) emerges from the RV.

A large, imposing man clad in a motorcycle jacket, Negan wields a baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire that he calls Lucille. He informs Rick that he and his people will work for the Saviors from now on and turn over half of what they own to the Saviors. He adds that Rick’s people has killed many of his people and for that he has to make an example. One of the group will be killed. Enjoying the moment, especially the sense of deflated defeat in Rick, Negan decides to randomly pick one of Rick’s party. Once done, he smashes the bat over the victim of his wrath. We do not see who it is, only the POV of the victim as blood pours down the screen before the POV tumbles to the ground and the screen goes black.

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After all the hoopla and anticipation, the season six finale of The Walking Dead is a mixed bag with a disappointing conclusion. “Last Day on Earth” for the most part had this growing sense of dread over what was to come. We, the viewers knew that Negan was right around the corner, but our heroes didn’t and the anxiousness that we felt as events unfolded was mirrored by Rick’s increasing desperation. He and many of his people started off this episode (and for a good portion of season six) with a sense of bravado that they could do anything. Rick and his people could not be truly faulted, though. They had been through the wringer with many foes and vanquished them, it was only natural that they would become overconfident. But, now they are paying a price. Honestly, they had to expect some kind of reaction from all the Saviors they killed in the last few episodes of The Walking Dead.

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That overconfidence could be the explanation over some of the decisions made by Rick. Why not just head back to Alexandria where it was safer? Why didn’t he realize much sooner that they were being herded?

Strangely enough, the story arc with Morgan was actually the most interesting thing going on in “Last Day on Earth” because for a while many fans have been growing impatient with his non-killing stance and saw it as a hindrance. In this episode, his Pay It Forward approach seems to be paying off with the introduction of the citizens from The Kingdom, a new faction that if mirroring the comic books will become a major ally for the Alexandria Safe Zone. It would be satisfying for Morgan if he ends up joining that community.

As Carol, her behavior is just perplexing. Once an iron lady with a cool head and a pragmatic resolve, she is emotionally falling apart. In recent episodes, Carol has been acting like a meek and helpless housewife, echoing her past. At first, it seemed like an effective ruse to put her enemies’ guards down, but now we’re wondering if it is something else. Perhaps she is starting to suffer from PTSD and if so it’s not a good time because Alexandria needs her now more than ever. But at least, for now, she is safe from Negan.

Regarding Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan owned the role the moment he stepped out of that RV. Already a genre favorite thanks to his roles in Watchmen and Supernatural, Morgan’s Negan is an intimidating and sadistic force who is not to be taken lightly. We just wish he had appeared sooner, though it is understandable why the producers wanted to wait until a special moment like the finale to unveil him.

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However, their decision to not reveal who Negan killed was a huge letdown. Never mind the excuses made by them that they wanted a good cliffhanger. Ending the episode like is not an appropriate payoff. In the 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic book, readers saw immediately who Negan killed and everyone got to process over what happened. This did not happen here, unlike Game of Thrones where we see who gets killed at the end of each season and get to express our rage over a period of time. Now, we are stuck waiting several months until the fall to find out who was killed. Good luck to the producers with trying to keep that secret. What is worse is that we won’t be able to fully process the death when it is revealed before being swept up in the next episode. Perhaps, they feared a backlash if they revealed now who died, but that is happening anyway with many disappointed viewers.

So are they worried that people won’t take kindly to the creative decision of who died? Could it be, God forbid, Daryl? Or is it Glenn? It is difficult to say who is the victim and the final moments do not make that clear despite what conspiracy theorists are stating across the Internet. Personally, I think it could be Eugene or Abraham based on Eugene’s apparent farewell expressed before leaving in the RV and Abraham’s recent turn away from a bleak outlook on life. But it could be someone else. All we can do now is speculate until this fall.

José Soto

The Walking Dead Season Six, Episode Thirteen “The Same Boat”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2016 by Starloggers

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“You’re wondering if there’s a way out of this. There isn’t, not unless I say so.” – Paula to Maggie

“The Same Boat”, the thirteenth episode of the sixth season of The Walking Dead begins shortly before the previous episode ended, but from the point of view of this episode’s protagonists, Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Maggie Green (Lauren Cohan), who are guarding the perimeter of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group’s attack of the Saviors in their compound.

forest prisonersThe two woman are in the woods and ambushed by one of the Saviors, who is called Donnie (Russ Blackwell). Carol shoots him in the arm but they are captured by three other Saviors, Paula (Alicia Witt), Molly ( Jill Jane Clements) and Michelle (Jeananne Goossen). Paula, who is the leader of the group, spots with her binoculars Rick about to shoot Primo (Jimmy Gonzalez) a Savior that he captured. She radios Rick and demands that he and the others drop their weapons and that she has Carol and Maggie hostage. After listening to Rick’s offer to trade Primo for the women, she tells him she will contact him later and the four take the women to a slaughterhouse and imprisoned them in a room.

While they are bound with duct tape and gagged in the makeshift cell, Carol finds a rosary on the dirty floor and begins hyperventilating. This attracts the Saviors who are disgusted by Carol’s weak behavior. Of course, they do not realize that she is only acting as a scared housewife. She tells them to spare Maggie because she is pregnant.

Donnie is in severe pain from paula and donnythe gunshot wound and wants to kill Carol, but Paula won’t allow this since she needs the hostages alive for a trade, at least until their backup arrives so they can all ambush Rick’s group. Enraged, Donnie attacks Paula, but she knocks him out and leaves him in the room. Michelle then takes Maggie away to another room to interrogate her.

Carol starts talking to Paula and tries convincing her to spare them and  make the trade with Rick because he will kill them if she refuses. Eventually, Paula decides to go through with the trade and radios Rick that the trade is on. She is suspicious that Rick is nearby though. After Paula and Molly leave the cell, Carol cuts herself free with the rosary and looks for Maggie in the slaughterhouse. She quickly finds her alone in a room and tries to get her to leave immediately, but Maggie wants to kill the Saviors. The two go back to their cell and discover that Donnie died from his wound and will soon turn into a walker; Maggie decides to set a trap.

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Soon after, Molly enters the cell and is attacked by Donnie, who is now a walker. The walker manages to bite Molly before she kills it but Molly in turn is bludgeoned to death by Maggie. Carol appears and takes Molly’s gun before they leave. When they get to a corridor leading to the outside, they find the walls lined with impaled walkers who are meant to keep them from escaping. At that moment, Paula appears behind them and fires her gun but misses. Carol aims her own gun at her and tells her to run but Paula refuses to budge. A walker tries to attack Carol which causes her to shoot Paula in the shoulder. Maggie spots Michelle nearby and the two women begin fighting in another room. The fight ends when Carol enters the room and shoots Michelle in the head.

They go back to the corridor with the walkers and Paula lunges at Carol. In the melee, Carol shoves her onto  a stake that is impaling a walker. Now in a deadly embrace, the walker grabs Paula and starts to chew her face off.

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Paula’s fallen radio crackles to life. It’s one of the coming Saviors. Carol pretends to be Paula and lures them inside the slaughterhouse to a designated spot, the kill floor. A few minutes later, three Saviors arrive and go to the kill floor that is drenched in gasoline. Carol lights up the room and traps the men inside as they burn to death.

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The women make their way through the walker corridor as Maggie methodically kills all the walkers, including Paula, who is now a walker. When they reach the outside door, Rick appears on the other side with his group, which includes Maggie’s dead primo walkinghusband Glenn Rhee (Steven Yuen). Rick turns to Primo and demands to know who is Negan, the leader of the Saviors. Primo smugly announces that he is Negan, echoing an earlier pronouncement by Molly that all of the Saviors are Negan. In response, Rick shoots him in the head.

 

“The Same Boat” was gripping and gritty even for The Walking Dead. More than that, this episode was a tour de force for Melissa McBride, who gave her best performance as Carol since the fourth season classic “The Grove”. As with that episode, Melissa McBride largely carries the episode as Carol is the center of the story.

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Carol is still struggling with the guilt of her past killings and seems genuinely weary and at the end. She isn’t suicidal or has a death wish like some other characters in The Walking Dead but she is perilously close. At this point, she is still bothered by her actions and her place in the world. What probably disturbs her the most is how much of herself she sees in the Saviors, especially Paula and Molly. This point is even expressed in some dialogue that Carol has with Molly where the older woman, who is suffering from a lung ailment and still smokes cigarettes. Molly casually tells her, ” I’m a dead woman walking, which puts us in exactly the same boat.”

Also Carol’s inner turmoil is in the realization of the similarities between the Saviors and Rick’s group, especially herself, and how they are heading in the Saviors’ savage direction. Are they truly the good guys? We wholeheartedly say yes, but that is only because The Walking Dead is told from their point of view.

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The theme of dark reflections is also explored in Maggie’s scenes with Michelle. It turns out that the two had similar histories, but in Michelle’s case, she lost her lover and her unborn child. So Maggie must be wondering if Michelle’s story is a cautionary tale. But she does not seem to be reflective of this since she is the one who encourages Carol to kill the Saviors when they had their chance to escape. So will Maggie walk down Carol’s dark path considering what could lay ahead with Glenn?

As we ponder this, keep in mind there are only three episodes left until the promised climatic season finale. It’s a guarantee that our heroes will be tested like never before.

José Soto

The Walking Dead Season Six, Episode Eight “Start To Finish”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2015 by Starloggers

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Dolor hic tibi proderit olim – Latin phrase meaning “This pain will be useful to you”

The eighth episode (and mid-season finale) of The Walking Dead’s sixth season begins immediately after the end of the last episode. A watchtower has collapsed on the metal walls that surround the Alexandria Safe Zone from the undead walkers outside. Now that the flesh-eaters have open access to the town, the townspeople have no choice but to run for their lives.

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As people scramble this way and that from the seemingly endless tide of walkers, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the town’s leader Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) fire upon the walkers. At one point, she saves his life from a walker but is injured in the melee. The duo are then joined by Michonne (Danai Gurira), Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), Rick’s son Carl (Chandler Riggs), Jessie Anderson (Alexandra Breckenridge) and her son Ron (Austin Jacobs), who all make it to Jessie’s home before the walkers get to them. At her house her younger son Sam (Major Dodson) and Rick’s infant daughter Judith are already there.

maggie climbsElsewhere, Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) scrambles up on top of a scaffold beside one of the walls and is trapped there as walkers wait below. Outside the town, her husband Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon) make their way to the gates and from the safety of a tree spot Maggie from afar. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt), Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) and Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) use a garage as shelter. Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) suffers a concussion while fighting off walkers and is helped to a townhouse by Morgan Jones (Lennie James). In that residence Morgan is keeping a Wolf gang member (Benedict Samuel) prisonerwho Carol wants to kill for attacking  Alexandria earlier. The Wolf is being treated for an infected cut by the town’s doctor Denise (Merritt Wever).

At Jessie’s home, Michonne and Rick find out that Deanna has a walker bite mark and is already feverish, indicating she will die soon. She gives Michonne written messages for Maggie and her son Spencer (Austin Nichols). She also tells Rick that he is now in charge of the residents and to protect them well. In the garage, Carl and Ron get into a fight because Ron is still bitter about Rick executing his murderous father. During the fight a window is broken which gives walkers access into the home. Despite efforts from everyone to barricade the walkers, the undead creatures soon flood the ground level which forces everyone upstairs.

Realizing they can’t remain, Rick comes up with a plan. He and Michonne kill two walkers, drag the bodies upstairs and gut the bodies. The plan (used by Rick and Glenn in the show’s first season) is to cover everyone with blood and innards of the walkers to disguise themselves.

Back at the townhouse, Carol feigns sleep carol standofffrom her concussion which drops Morgan’s guard. She bolts down to the basement where the Wolf is being held and attempts to stab him with a knife. Morgan arrives in the nick of time and the two begin fighting. Eventually he defeats her, but is then knocked out by the Wolf who grabs Carol’s knife and Denise as a hostage.

Moments later, Eugene, Tara and Rosita enter the room which is adjacent to the garage they were sheltering in. The Wolf orders them to lower their guns and takes one of the weapons. Keeping Denise as his hostage, the Wolf soon flees from the townhouse.

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At Jessie’s house, everyone, except Deanna, are donned with blood-smeared sheets. Michonne offers Deanna to kill her, but she refuses and brandishes her own gun. She plans to kill herself before she dies and turns into a walker.

They say their goodbyes to Deanna and slowly, hesitantly make their way downstairs. So far so good, the walkers ignore them and they make it outside holding hands. But Sam, who is visibly nervous, begins to call out for his mother and attracts the walkers’ attention.

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In a post-credit epilogue, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Abraham Ford (Michael Cudltiz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are heading back to Alexandria in their truck. They are stopped by bikers  who demand their supplies who they say belong to their leader Negan.

“Start To Finish” was a nerve-wracking, nail-biting mid-season finale that had its share of faults, which undermine the episode to a small extent. In spite of them and they were frustrating, the episode was well crafted and suspenseful at many points. Especially in the final scenes which showed the slow, careful escape from Jessie’s house while intercut with Deanna’s final defiant moments.

defiant deannaAs the leading resident of Alexandria, Deanna was probably the most interesting new character with her wild and justified swings from boundless optimism to dark, catatonic despair. The character was played wonderfully by Tovah Feldshuh who made every moment she was on screen captivating to watch and never dull. In the short time Deanna was on the show she left an impact and will be missed.

One can’t help wondering if she second-guessed her decision to bring in the nearly feral Rick and his group. Most likely after this crisis passes (if Alexandria is still standing) most residents will certainly blame Rick and his group. They all had a plum life before Rick came along and now boom! People start dropping like flies, the town gets attacked and now the walkers have broken through the gates. In reality, it was only a matter of time before catastrophe hit them, but Rick makes a mighty convenient scapegoat. Let’s see if this plays out before Negan comes along with his baseball bat.

Will Alexandria survive? It’s hard to see how, disguisewhich makes the February episodes must-see TV to see how and if Rick and company survive their predicament. Most likely some won’t make it, the first victim will probably be Sam. That boy is clearly disturbed by what he sees of the outside world as seen by his macabre drawings where he is surrounded by walkers. But while his calling out to his mother puts the group in danger, one can’t help wondering what about Judith? Wouldn’t she as an infant be making noises? That would’ve been a more effective way to conclude the episode. This speculation also leads to wondering if the idea of disguising themselves was a sound one. The last time this ploy was used it had mixed results. Couldn’t most of them hide out in an attic or even the rooftop while Rick or Michonne did the disguise and went for the armory?

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Another person that should be culled at this point is Morgan. His unrealistic adherence to not killing is an endangerment to everyone around him. It was easy to follow this philosophy back in the cabin with Eastman where nothing was going on and there weren’t any dastardly humans around, but in that group it’s a hindrance. Oddly, while thinking on this, Morgan’s viewpoint are probably more in line with the softer Alexandrians than with Rick’s group. On the whole, expect the population of Alexandria to drop dramatically when The Walking Dead returns.

In any event, we’ll see what happens in a couple of months.

José Soto

The Walking Dead Season Six, Episode Seven “Heads Up”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2015 by Starloggers

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You honor the dead by going on, even when you’re scared. You live because they don’t get to.” –Glenn Rhee

The nagging question about Glenn Rhee’s (Steven Yeun) fate at the end of The Walking Dead episode “Thank You” trappedis finally answered in the opening moments of the seventh episode of the TV show. “Heads Up” opens with the final moments of “Thank You” where Glenn and Nicholas (Michael Traynor) are trapped on top of a dumpster surrounded by walkers. After Nicholas kills himself, his body falls onto Glenn and causes both to fall to the floor. The walkers then begin feasting on them, or so we thought. In actuality, with Nicholas’ body on top of Glenn, the walkers engorged themselves on Nicholas’ body and ignore Glenn. This gives him a chance to crawl under the dumpster and wait out the walkers.

After a few days, the walkers give up and shuffle away from the dumpster area. Glenn crawls out and is tossed a bottle of water by Enid (Katelyn Nacon) who is on a rooftop. The last time she was seen in the episode “JSS” she left the Alexandria Safe Zone when it came under attack by the mysterious Wolves gang.

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Glenn tries to get her to return to Alexandria with him but she refuses and the two play a cat-and-mouse game in the town. When he finally catches up to her she holds a gun to him, but he grabs it from her and orders her to join him.

Rick stands guardBack in Alexandria, everyone is on edge as the undead walker horde encircle the walled town. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), the de facto leader of the town, inspects the walls keeping the town safe and notices walker blood leaking through. Later, he and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) teach Ron Anderson (Austin Abrams) how to shoot a gun. What they don’t realize is that Ron holds a bitter grudge against them; he is jealous that Enid seems to like Carl better and is angered that Rick previously executed his father. After the lesson, Ron sneaks into the armory and steals bullets for a gun given to him by Rick.

Rick meets with Michonne (Danai Gurira) and ponder how to lure the walkers away from the town and consider having someone sneak out and get into to a car to distract the walkers.

By himself, Rick goes to the walls and tries to reinforce them. Tobin (Jason Douglas) soon joins him and offers his help, adding that the inexperienced residents are willing to learn from Rick’s hardened group.  Rick complies. As this goes on, the residents learn self defense from Rosita (Christian Serratos) and the town’s actual leader Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) starts making plans for expanding the town, confident that they will survive the current crisis.

Just outside the town, Glenn and Enid discover all the walkers surrounding Alexandria. But he find some green balloons that were used by Rick and his group to distract walkers in the episode “First Time Again”. Glenn spots a helium tank in the bushes and more balloons that need inflating. He decides to use them to distract the walkers away from the town.

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At this time, Rick, Tobin and Morgan Jones (Lennie James) spot Deanna’s adult son Spencer (Austin Nichols) trying to leave town by shimmying on a grappling line he erected from the town’s watchtower. Inexperienced, Spencer hangs perilously over the walkers who try reaching for him. The line weakens and he falls down. As Rick, Morgan and Tobin pull up Spencer back over the wall using the rope, Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) distracts the walkers by shooting several of them. Spencer is saved, but Rick screams at him for his foolish act. Spencer explains he was only trying to get to a car to lure the walkers, but Rick won’t have it because he endangered other people with his actions.

Once Spencer is safe, Morgan goes to the infirmary and asks the town’s novice doctor Denise (Merritt Wever) for some antibiotics. He wants to treat the young wounded Wolf (Benedict Samuel) that he captured and is keeping hidden from the others. Morgan is already at odds with Rick and the others because of his pacifistic ways that allowed surviving Wolves to flee town. Those same Wolves later attacked Rick when he was outside luring walkers back in the episode “Thank You”.

Denise convinces Morgan to let her come with him to treat the Wolf. However, Carol (Melissa McBride) sees Morgan and soon confronts him at the townhouse where the Wolf is held prisoner.

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At another part of town, Carl is walking along the streets. Behind him Ron sneaks up behind him and gets ready to shoot him.

Back at the walls, Rick and Tobin continue propping up the walls. Deanna comes over to thank him for saving Spencer. At this time, Maggie Green (Lauren Cohan), who is doing sentry duty on top of the walls sees balloons floating upwards outside town. She’s ecstatic because she realizes that her husband Glenn is alive.

But before anyone can celebrate, the fragile watchtower, weakened from Spencer’s exploit, collapses on one of the walls and breaks it down giving the walkers access into Alexandria.

First of all, let’s go over Glenn’s fate. After leaving us hanging for nearly a month the showrunners of The Walking Dead finally revealed what happened to him. Well, after all the angst and hand-wringing on the Internet commemorating Glenn, it turns out he survived. Honestly, his glenn hidessurvival is highly implausible and reeks of cop out. It’s hard to believe that even with bait on top of him that the walkers would completely ignore Glenn. Wouldn’t a couple try to reach for his protruding limbs? The entire affair is just like those old cliffhangers where you see the hero go over the cliff in a car and in the next episode you see him jumping out of the car just in time before it goes over.

While we’re all glad that Glenn is alive and somewhat well, it all feels like a play on our emotions and a cheat. There isn’t any way this can be replicated away in The Walking Dead, a series that is renowned for unexpected character deaths. What’s going to happen next time? Will audiences buy it? Doubtful. If the showrunners continue down this path then this will be the Jump-the-Shark moment for The Walking Dead.

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Still, we’re happy to see that Glenn made it out of that town. Now he can’t be killed off by Negan as in the comic books because he truly has nine lives. How about Abraham? He was losing his marbles for a while there and in the last episode seemed to have gone a road to inner peace–the perfect person to kill off in The Walking Dead.

As an episode “Heads Up” was rather enjoyable and terrifically sets up the mid-season finale with worthwhile cliffhangers that leave viewers hanging. Given the unsatisfying watchtowerway some recent cliffhangers were resolved (offscreen as with Rick’s escape from the stranded RV), the stakes are high for meaningful resolutions to this episode’s cliffhangers. The most cringeworthy being the final shot where the watchtower collapses. Still, expect given the fact that the next episode is the mid-season finale expect even more cliffhangers as the walkers swarm Alexandria.

It’s do or die time, literally, for the Alexandria residents. Thankfully “Heads Up” had some badly needed establishing scenes of the townspeople in training and starting to get into proper survival mode. It was also a relief to see that Rick and his group seem to be gelling in with the residents who are coming around to Rick’s way of thinking.

eugene learnsOne nagging thought comes to mind. In one of the training scenes where Rosita teaches a group on how to properly use a machete, her friend Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) is not only in the class taking lessons but is visibly hesitant about handling a weapon. We know that Eugene has a cowardly streak but last season he’s shown that when push comes to shove he will rise to the occasion so why the sudden reversal? Plus, he’s more experienced to the ways of the outside world unlike the Alexandrians. He should have more of an idea on how to survive.

In any event, expect lots of gore, action and thrills in the next episode. Plus, lots of water-cooler talk after it airs.

Waldermann Rivera

The Walking Dead Season Six, Episode Five “Now”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2015 by Starloggers

“This is what life looks like now. We have to see it. We have to fight it. Because if we don’t, we die.” – Jessie Anderson

The fifth episode of season six of The Walking Dead covers the aftermath of earlier episodes following Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) efforts to lure a mega horde of walkers away from the Alexandria Safe Zone and an attack on the town by the Wolves, a group of nihilistic humans.

Town leader Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) is surveying the damage done to her town after the Wolves’ raid. She is in a state of shock, realizing that her town and its residents were indeed too soft to deal with the outside world as Rick warned her. Rick is heard screaming for the town’s gates to be opened. He is then seen desperately running towards town, staying just a few beats ahead of a massive herd of walkers behind him. He makes it to the huge metal gate in the nick of time. However, the horde arrives en masse and soon surround the town and trap the humans inside Alexandria’s gated perimeter.

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As the siege sets in the mood grows grim and tense. The Alexandrians are clearly frustrated, some begin to raid the town’s pantry for remaining food supplies. They stop  when Deanna’s adult son Spencer (Austin Nichols) reminds them that they are gambling with their futures by depleting the supplies now.

Aaron (Ross Marquand), one of the town’s scouts that regularly leaves town, already feels guilty about the Wolves’ attack. He lost his backpack outside Alexandria, and inadvertently lured the Wolves to the town when they recovered it. Hoping to make amends he spots Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) in the armory and guesses she intends to leave town and look for her husband Glenn (Steven Yuen), who is still missing. At this point, no one knows that he was devoured by walkers at an abandoned town. Aaron offers to help Maggie in her quest and shows her a way out of town that might not attract walkers: through a sewer.

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They make their way through the underground sewer, kill a couple of deteriorating walkers inside and reach the sewer’s gated entrance. But just a short distance away are dozens of walkers, who soon begin clamoring at the gate trying to get to them. Leaving is impossible. Maggie breaks down sobbing and tells Aaron that she is pregnant. She is despondent that she will never know if Glenn is alive or not. Aaron hugs her to comfort her.

The other townspeople struggle with their new reality. Some like Jessie Anderson (Alexandra Breckenridge) realize they have to toughen up to survive, others like Denise (Merritt Wever), the town’s new doctor, are doubtful they can measure up. Denise is treating Scott (Kenric Green) for a bullet wound and his condition is worsening. Tara (Alanna Masterson) visits the infirmary and gives her encouraging words. This has an effect on the inexperienced doctor. She is able to stabilize the patient and later finds Tara outside and gives her a kiss in gratitude.

That night Deanna is returning stolen food supplies that Spencer wound up stealing after his big speech to the pantry raiders. She is semi-catatonic over recent events, especially by her son’s hypocrisy. A walker emerges out of the darkness which breaks her sullen mood. Enraged, Deanna attacks the walker with a broken bottle. At that moment, Rick appears and kills the undead walker. Deanna confesses that she wants to live and that she wants to town to survive. He tells her to lead the residents. Deanna replies that the town needs him instead.

Later, he visits Jessie and admits his concerns for members of his group like Glenn, who haven’t returned because they haven’t returned his radio calls. She reassures him and before long they start kissing each other.

On her way back to her home, Deanna stops by one of the metal gates and bangs it defiantly at the walkers on the other side. Their growls and shuffling intensify. When she walks away, she fails to notice walker blood seeping through one of the weakening gate walls.

After the rapid-fire pace of the first three aftermathepisodes of this season, this episode of The Walking Dead is a bit slow. Unfortunately when compared to the previous episode (“Here’s Not Here”) that was also slower paced, it comes up short. Truthfully there wasn’t anything wrong with “Now” it’s just that we are still left pondering several points. such as:

  • Is Glenn really dead? This is a dumb question given the graphic depiction of his death two episodes ago, but you know how the Internet is with the wild theories, rumors and spoilers.
  • How did Rick escape the RV? The last time we saw him, he was in a broken down RV with swarms of walkers just about to encircle the vehicle. It would’ve been nice to see how he managed to escape.
  • What is up with Morgan (Lennie James) and that Wolf prisoner he has squirreled away? Aside from a few cameo shots we didn’t get any interactions with Morgan. He might as well have been an extra.
  • Where’s Carol (Melissa McBride)? Her name kept popping up, but she wasn’t anywhere to be seen. This episode would’ve been a prime opportunity for her to set everyone straight with her stoic, harsh world outlook complemented by her generous offerings of cookies and recipes.

Other things to consider are that the budding romance between Rick and Jessie was telegraphed a mile away and lacked any sexual tension. Seriously, her husband was just killed by Rick, wouldn’t she still be standoffish? But a good development for Jessie is her facing reality in the new world and she should make a fine companion for Rick.

Maggie’s frustration and growing fear about Glenn was well done and touching. She wants to hope against hope that he is somehow alive, but is getting used to the fact that he isn’t coming home. It’s a sobering lesson that would’ve hit home harder if not for that damn Internet again!

The other highlight in this episode was with Deanna slowly coming to grips with the way things are now. The old, tranquil and isolated life is gone now and she spent enough time mourning what was lost. What started happening around her (the raid, her son dipping into the pantry, the stray walker) finally snapped her out of her haze. Now she has found her will to fight and the smarts to know that she can’t save the town, only Rick can. Let’s see if her faith in him is warranted.

Waldermann Rivera

The Walking Dead Season Five, Episode Fourteen “Spend”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2015 by Starloggers

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The pre-credits scene of episode fourteen of The Walking Dead‘s season five, “Spend”, opens with Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). Entering an Alexandria church, he sees a welcome note left for him by the townspeople, elated that one of the new arrivals is a man of the cloth. Instead of receiving the note with joy, his guilt over his selfish actions and loss of faith cause him to tense up. In a fit of anger, he rips the pages out of his bible…

Post-credits, Noah (Tyler James Williams) sits outside with Reg (Steve Coulter), whom he requested to see. Evidently, he wants to learn how to build, and is requesting Reg’s expertise, since he constructed the walls surrounding Alexandria. As Reg wants the Free Zone to grow and thrive, he is elated that the young newcomer sees Alexandria as part of his permanent plans. Reg hands him a moving gift – a journal – for him to record his experiences for both himself and for the community.

investigator rickAs the new constable, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is making his rounds around the community, and pops into Jessie Anderson’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) house. Jessie is working on one of her sculptures, which has been vandalized. Rick offers to find the culprit, asking about possible enemies, but she politely brushes off his concerns. Rick is later approached by Jessie’s husband, Pete (Corey Brill), who tries to befriend him, even talking about how their kids should get together. Although cordial, there is a hint of menace in his tone…

Glenn (Steven Yeun), Noah, Tara (Alanna Materson), Eugene (Josh McDermott), Aiden (Daniel Bonjour), and Nicholas (Michael Traynor) go on a supply run to replace a part for the solar grid powering Alexandria. Eugene is hesitant to go, citing his ineptitude around walkers, but he is the only one who can identify the needed part. They leave for a warehouse outside of town via a van.

Once there, the group finds a way in and Eugene searches the darkened shelves. Glenn and Noah take a walk around the outside perimeter and note that the building’s front entrance is infested trying to save aidenwith walkers, but they are blocked from entering the warehouse itself by a cage. After Eugene finds the part, a cop in heavy riot gear reanimated as a walker approaches, and Aiden – against Glenn’s orders – shoots him repeatedly, triggering grenades strapped on the walker’s front armor. The blast leaves Tara with a serious head wound, knocking her out, and impales Aiden to a side wall. Even worse, the blast weakens the cage, enabling the walkers to start trickling into the warehouse.

euegene steps upWhile the others try to save Aiden, a frightened Eugene musters his courage, and carries the wounded Tara out of the warehouse, killing a pair of walkers on the way. As they Glenn and Noah try to free Aiden as Nicholas stands guard, Aiden admits that the deaths of four people on his previous team were his fault. Aiden is proving impossible to free, causing Nicholas to panic and flee. With the walker horde closing in, Glenn and Noah are forced to finally abandon him. In a horrifying scene, Aiden wails as he is eaten alive by the walkers.

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Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas attempt to flee the warehouse but end up trapped inside a revolving door blocked on both sides. Walkers have surrounded the door from outside and within the warehouse and are trying to push the doors to get to their meal. Eugene arrives in the van that is blaring loud music and lures some of the walkers on the outside away. However, Nicholas panics again and squeezes his way out of the revolving door, leaving Noah’s side open to the walkers. The hungry creatures grab Noah through a narrow opening and pull him into their side of the door. Quickly, they tear him apart as Glen, mere inches away separated by smudged glass, watches in helpless horror. Nicholas runs to the van and orders Eugene to leave immediately, thereby leaving the others behind, but Eugene refuses. Nicholas pulls him out of the van and tries to leave without him. By this time, Glenn finally escapes from the revolving door, reaches the van and knocks Nicholas unconscious. The four head back to Alexandria.

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Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) has a new job on the work crew, working on building a new section of wall to expand the community’s borders. As they work, a horde of walkers emerges from the nearby woods and attacks. One of the workers, Francine (Dahlia Legault) gets surrounded by walkers. The crew chief, Tobin (Jason Douglas), chokes up under fear and orders the rest to fall back. Abraham rushes in and saves Francine, taking on the walkers by himself. The others begin to fight back against the walkers, inspired by his bravery. Once all the walkers are cut down, Abraham takes charge of the work crew and orders them to continue the building project, but this time keeping a more vigilant eye out for walkers. Later, Tobin goes to visit Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh), appearing before a panel that includes Reg and Maggie (Lauren Cohan). He resigns his position, admitting in a straightforward way that Abraham is a better leader than he is. Deanna agrees to promote Abraham but in a one-on-one with Maggie, reveals her concern that the newcomers are taking over all the responsible jobs in the community. Maggie explains that her group has experience and the community needs them if it wants to survive.

Father Gabriel later arrives to speak privately nutty gabewith Deanna. He warns her in a histrionic tone that Rick and his group cannot be trusted, as they have done terrible things on the outside in order to survive. Deanna explains that she will give it some thought. Neither are aware though that Maggie overhears the entire conversation.

Carol (Melissa McBride) is visited several times by Jessie’s young son Sam (Major Dodson), who keeps asking for more cookies. In a clever ruse to get rid of him, Carol tells him she will only make him cookies if he steals two bars of chocolate from the town’s food supply. Sam returns with the chocolate, and Carol agrees to bake the cookies. He asks Carol why she stole the guns, and Carol answers that she needs them to protect herself. Sam admits to breaking Jessie’s statue, but runs away when Carol questions him. Later, Carol goes to the Anderson home to try and talk to Sam or his mom Jessie. Pete answers, behaving oddly, and coldly turns her away. Suspicious, Carol approaches Rick, explaining that she thinks that Pete is abusing Jessie and maybe Sam, hinting on her awareness as a formerly abused wife. She tells Rick that the only way to stop it is to kill Pete…

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Like a clutch hitter coming up to bat after a weak lineup, “Spend” dishes up the goods just when it’s needed. It’s certainly one of the better episodes in the second’s second half. Briskly paced with tight dialogue, it avoids the “warm fuzzies” that has made us cringe on many an occasion. The soap opera-ish backstories – such as the paranoid Father Gabriel and the sinister, wife-beating Pete – are not presented as time-killing fodder to pace out the show but as real issues happening to real people. The character development supported the story, not the other way around – and with a minimum of dialogue. A sign of things to come? Time will tell. To round out the lineup, the action scenes were superb. Aiden may have been a shmuck on wheels, but it was still sad to see him go in what was one of the most gruesome and heartbreaking deaths the show has ever produced. It was surpassed only by Noah’s, coming a few minutes later, and I don’t think I’ll forget that look pressed up against the revolving door so fast. A brave young man indeed, looking to pull his weight – another character that we will miss.

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It’s clear that the Fee Zone residents have been living in a dreamlike oasis, almost like a hologram, cut off from the harsh reality. The people are clueless, their cocktail parties and spaghetti dinners are sapping their static food supply, and it’s a matter of time before the walls are breached or another gang of marauders or cannibals attack. If Rick and the gang are going to bring the community up to a level where they will be able to continue their survival, the writing is on the wall is that they are going to have exert force. The question is when…

Evan Rothfeld

The Walking Dead Season Five, Episode Thirteen “Forget”

Posted in Entertainment, Horror, Reviews, Supernatural, Television, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Starloggers

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Rick: “They’re the luckiest damn people I ever met. And they just keep getting luckier.”

Daryl: “How’s that?”

Rick: “We’re here now.”

In the pre-credits scene of The Walking Dead’s fifth season episode “Forget”, Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) is unable to sleep in her new home at Alexandria. She stares at portrait photos of the house’s previous owners. In the early morning, Sasha heads outside Alexandria’s safe walls and gates and does practice shooting with her sniper rifle, using the photos as targets. As she picks off her targets, all she hears in her mind are walkers snarling.

Post-credits, Rick Grimes (Andrew Grimes), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) meet outside in the woods by an abandoned house. They discuss contingency plans of procuring weapons and taking over Alexandria. Carol brings up that w walker 3the townspeople keep a couple of footlockers filled with guns in the supply room, Rick responds that the other survivors should give living in Alexandria a chance and to keep the potential takeover to themselves for now. A walker wanders over and Carol takes it out with her gun. Upon examining the corpse, ominously they discover that the walker has a “w” carved on its forehead.

Later, Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) get ready for their new duties as Alexandria’s constables. While Rick is comfortable in his new uniform, Michonne feels uneasy. The two wonder about the wisdom of the town’s leader Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh) giving them the jobs being that they’re still strangers. Is there an ulterior motive to Deanna’s decision to make them constables? They cannot quite understand it, but acknowledge her smartness.

Meanwhile, Daryl is out in the woods and flushes out Aaron (Ross Marquand), who had been secretly following him. Aaron is amazed that Daryl can tell the difference between humans and walkers by sound and that he can discern between good and bad people. He then asks to join Daryl. Grudgingly, Daryl agrees.

meetingDeanna, Rick, Michonne and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) have a meeting at Deanna’s residence and she tells Rick and Michonne what exactly are they supposed to do: keep the peace. Then she informs the survivors about her hopes of rebuilding society and government. She sees a lot of potential in their community and it will need a police force. Also, she wants Maggie to be her aide. Rick then states that he wants to discuss security matters.

They go outside and Rick tells her that the metal walls encircling the town need to be better patrolled and that living people outside are the real threat. Deanna tells Rick that she doesn’t want to turn Alexandria into an armed camp. At that moment, Sasha approaches the group and she volunteers to be a lookout at the clock tower. Deanna replies that there aren’t any lookouts. The survivors are shocked about this. Deanna tells them there isn’t a need for lookouts, but the others disagree and explain their position. She finally relents and agrees to have a shift at the clock tower. Sasha want to be the primary lookout since she is a good sharpshooter, but Deanna is firm that her son Spencer (Austin Nichols) should man the clock tower. However, she is willing to consider having Sasha be the primary lookout as long as the survivors attend a welcoming party that she is hosting later that day.

Carol is engaged in a porchside conversation with other women about home cooking recipes. Seeing Rick on patrol, she joins him and they plot to sneak out during the party to steal guns from the town’s supply room. She later goes to the room under the pretense of obtaining cooking ingredients (chocolate) and unlocks the room’s window.

buttonsBack in the woods, Daryl and Aaron come upon Buttons, a feral horse. Aaron tells Daryl that he’d been trying to catch the horse for a while now, but the animal is too spooked to be approached. Daryl carefully draws near the horse and is about to put a rope around its neck. But a group of walkers appear out of the brush and scare off the horse, leaving the two men to fight off the undead.

After dispatching the walkers, Daryl and Aaron search for Buttons. Aaron tries to bond with Daryl by saying that he understands Daryl’s awkwardness about being an outsider. Aaron brings up that he and his lover Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) are still thought of as outsiders by the townspeople. He advises Daryl to let them get to know him and attend the party. Daryl is nonplussed, stating that he doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone.

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The other survivors arrive at the party, looking freshly cleaned and awkward. Clearly, they’re not used to mingling, but the townspeople attempt to make them feel welcome. Among them is Deanna’s husband, Reg (Steve Coulter), who introduces himself to Rick and insists he enjoy himself by taking a drink. Rick soon notices Jessie Anderson (Alexandra Breckenridge), who he met in the previous episode, and her family arriving. His interest is piqued.

buttons killedDaryl and Aaron find Buttons in a field, but the horse is surrounded by walkers. The men do what they can and kill several walkers, but are too late to save Buttons who is attacked and eaten by other walkers. They manage to kill the remaining walkers and Aaron puts the ravaged horse out of its misery by shooting Buttons in the head. He wonders why the horse didn’t try to escape the walkers noting that “He always ran.”

As the party continues into the night, the survivors are uncomfortable and want to leave but trudge on. They’re too used to living day by day, killing walkers and staying alive. Trying to act like normal people is something they’re no longer used to. Carol sneaks out to get the guns as Rick formally meets Jessie’s husband Pete (Corey Brill). Being a doctor, he asks Rick to bring him and his family over for a checkup. Once alone, Rick and Jessie engage in a friendly chat; she tells him about Alexandria’s residents and that they’re all trying to regain a measure of their old lives.

auto shopDaryl is outside Deanna’s house but can’t bring himself to go inside to the party. Aaron spots him from his own home and reveals that he wasn’t going to the party either since he wants to watch over Eric with his broken ankle. He then invites him over for dinner. Soon enough, Daryl is sloppily engorging himself over a plate of spaghetti in Aaron and Eric’s home. Afterwards, Aaron brings Daryl to his garage and reveals several motorcycle parts laying around. Aaron offers the parts to Daryl so that he can construct his own motorcycle because he’ll need it. More importantly, he offers Daryl a job: to be a recruiter outside of town. Aaron no longer wants Eric to endanger himself with the position and tells Daryl that it’s a perfect job since he gets to be outside of the town, has the right survival skills, and is able to judge a person’s character. Daryl accepts the offer.

Carol sneaks into the supply room and carol and samquickly gathers several handguns. She is surprised when Jessie’s son Sam (Major Dodson) appears and asks what she is doing. Sam tells her that he followed him because he wanted her to make more cookies. Carol promises to make more cookies if he doesn’t tell anyone about what he saw. When he responds that he must tell his mother about what happened, she softly threatens to abduct him and leave him outside for the walkers to consume if he ever reveals anything about her actions. Visibly shaken, Sam promises not to expose her in exchange for more cookies.

kissBack at the party, Rick finds Jessie with his infant daughter Judith. He says that his children are why he is trying to live in Alexandria. As she passes Judith over to him, he gives her a soft peck on the cheek. Surprised, Jessie pulls back and leaves Rick to ponder his attraction to her, but not without revealing a gentle smile.

Sasha arrives late to the party, welcomed inside the house by Deanna’s adult son Spencer. She brushes off his attempts to be friendly and goes off to mingle, but she is out of her depth. All the small talk seems meaningless to her in light of her ordeal on the road. She has flashbacks about them and people who died like Bob (Larry Gilliard Jr.) and her brother Tyreese (Chad Coleman). Finally, she snaps at a partygoer, bringing to revelry to a dead halt.

The next day, Deanna approaches Sasha at the gatesby the town’s gates. She is trying to understand Sasha. Dissatisfied with Sasha’s answer that the town and its setting aren’t real, Deanna opens the gate and lets her leave. At the same time, in their clandestine meeting place by the abandoned house, Carol passes out guns to Rick and Daryl, but the latter is hesitant. He announces that he is willing to give Alexandria a chance. The trio return to town and separate. By himself, Rick walks over to one of the town’s metallic walls and listens intently to a walker snarling on the opposite side.

Taking a break from the usual thrilling and adrenaline-soaked episodes, “Forget” is one of The Walking Dead’s more intriguing entries. More than that “Forget” is a sure sign that things have gone a complete 180 for the survivors and the show itself from the hellish experience of Terminus that launched season five. The core theme running throughout “Forget” is about civilization vs. a feral existence and which bodes better for survival. A not-too-subtle metaphor supporting this is the plight of poor Buttons. A wild horse able to avoid the walkers is easily taken down once Daryl and Aaron attempt to tame it. A reminder that being bestial guarantees survival. That alone would account for how the survivors were able to live on the long road from Georgia to North Virginia with only one casualty.

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The survivors’ situation has definitely changed. Now they have to go into civilization mode in order to live peacefully in the tranquil town. The question is can they do it? Have they been outside too long? Some are demonstrating a better ability to adapt or at least blend in, like Carol with her den mother act. Meanwhile, others like Daryl and especially Sasha are having a rougher time. By the end of the episode Daryl found a happy medium, but Sasha is still struggling with her haunted past and can’t be bothered with trivial chit chat.

An unsurprising development is Rick’s growing attraction to Jessie. Ever since she was introduced, we could tell she can only heal Rick, who’s been psychically wounded ever since his wife died back in season three. Now, it’s only a question of how soon will Rick and Jessie become a couple once Pete is out of the picture. The possibility of having a relationship is a portent to Rick coming out of the raw and gritty survival mode that has been his way of life since the prison fell. Even though he seems to be moving beyond survival mode and trying to rebuild his life, Rick is still clinging to his savage past as a security blanket of sorts. Can he or the others be actually tamed? And will that weaken them for future dangers?

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Then there are the residents of Alexandria. Will they truly accept the newcomers? We’re left wondering what is Deanna’s true agenda and feel that things don’t seem quite right. Jessie’s husband Pete is a perfect example of this notion. On the surface he comes off as friendly and jovial, but we and Rick can’t help feeling that Pete is hiding a dark nature. That ambiguous kiss that he impulsively gave Jessie has started the notion of Pete’s ugly side coming to the surface. But, there isn’t any need to worry about Rick. We know he’s handled far rougher foes than this porch dick/suburban doctor, but the building tension only adds to the riveting nature of this development.

José Soto