“It’s not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18)
We’re 13 episodes into Season 4, five episodes since the great schism, when the prison was attacked and all our favorite characters fled the prison in different directions with no rendezvous point (mental note… always set a rally point).
The episode title is “Alone,” and when we are offered a glimpse into Bob’s backstory, we begin to understand his motivation to stick together as a group. Bob knows alone and he doesn’t want to experience it again.
In the flashback to Bob’s past, we see Daryl and Glenn use their zombie apocalypse litmus test on Bob, asking him the “three questions” revealed in episode one of this season:
How many walkers have you killed?
How many people have you killed?
Bob answers honestly, and reveals his desperation to join any group—anything to avoid being alone. Apparently Bob didn’t Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 13” »
Overcoming your past, dealing with grief, graduating to adulthood… all important issues provoked by this episode of The Walking Dead.
At a glance, some people might say this is episode is about drinking. After all, Beth embarks on a quest to get her first drink now that her father is gone and she’s having to grow up and survive life on her own as an adult. Sure, the episode realistically portrayed what this rite of passage might look like during the zombie apocalypse. No fake ID’s required… just a lookout to make sure you aren’t killed while your guard is down. But this episode goes far deeper than Beth’s first sip of hooch, and her true-to-life reaction: “That’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever tasted.”
This episode is about moving on. Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 12” »
Loved the opening shot of this episode, a trio of haphazard zombies reaching up for a dangling deflated mylar balloon flapping in the wind. Purposeless beings, grasping aimlessly for the most accessible distraction.
But the episode quickly digressed with too many “Really?” moments, much like last week’s episode. I love this show, but for four seasons, despite its fictional premise, it has maintained a respectable realism. Sadly, the last two weeks contained several moments where audiences were obliged to check their brains at the door Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 11” »
Yes, I’m a huge fan of this show, and the writing is usually way above par—one of the more creative and thought provoking shows on TV. That being said, it seemed as if this episode and the next had quite a few, “Really?” moments.
Allow me to rant about a few elements:
- This week’s episode, titled Inmates, began with Beth’s voice-over, an apparent diary entry from way back when. I thought it a creative way to introduce the episode, but… they never did anything with it? We see a casual glimpse of it in her back pocket, and that’s it. Did they intend to return to that creative plot element, creating nice bookends to the story, perhaps ending the episode with her making another entry and tossing the diary in her bag? I guess Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 10” »
Got a teenager in your house? Then you probably recognized the extremely emotional, highly irrational, and characteristically overconfident teenager who stole all the screen time in this past weekend’s episode of The Walking Dead.
The word “overconfidence” might be a good descriptor of many teens today during this transitional period of adolescence where they are beginning to make decisions on their own. Learning to make good choices is a good thing, but Continue reading “The Gospel According to The Walking Dead—Season 4, Episode 9” »
It was the final episode of the fall and the final show for some key characters—probably one of the most emotional episodes in the series. But the most difficult part of this episode (SPOILER ALERT) undeniably was losing Hershel.
When we first were introduced to Hershel long ago on his farm, I didn’t know what to think. He was reluctant to take Rick’s group in and he often objected to some of the groups’ methods of survival. But as we grew closer to Hershel and Hershel grew closer to the group, we saw his heart for others. Any hesitation or reluctance Hershel had towards Rick flowed from his compassion for humanity. Hershel struggled with killing to survive. Hershel made every effort to preserve life Continue reading “The Gospel According to the Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 8” »
Is it okay to rob someone to feed your own family? Where do we go to find answers to these kind of moral quandaries? That’s the discussion in this week’s The Gospel According to the Walking Dead.
Rick, Carl, Hershel… Daryl? For the second week in a row we are forced to hold off on that story line and focus instead on the apparent metamorphosis of The Governor. Last week we couldn’t help but wonder if The Governor changed. This week, we find Continue reading “The Gospel According to the Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 7” »
This week’s episode is all about redemption and the desire for a new beginning. But the hero in this episode emerged from an unlikely character… the Governor.
Is everyone truly worthy of redemption?
Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick is skeptical. “You can change your name, but you can’t change who you are.”
Our last recollection of the Governer was as he mowed down his own people with an automatic weapon in an insane rage Continue reading “The Gospel According to the Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 6” »
This week’s episode provided some great father/son moments between Rick and Carl. Rick faces the reality that many parents experience… letting their kids move from the kids’ table to the “grown-up” table.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, I’m pretty excited that my two oldest kids will be coming home from college to join us for the holidays. For years the tables were so full that we had a kids’ table and a “grown-up” table.
When the kids were young, they enjoyed the kids’ table. My son would talk about his newest Mario game and his sisters would discuss their favorite characters in Barbie Mermaidia. But soon they outgrew the kids’ table and desired Continue reading “The Gospel According to the Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 5” »
We’re four episodes into the fourth season, about a year-and-a-half into the zombie apocalypse, and there has never been so much to talk about.
This week’s episode’s title was Indifference, and the key issue at hand is what to do with someone who has become apathetic, unsympathetic or… indifferent. At the end of the previous episode, Episode 3, Carol calmly looked at Rick and admitted to killing two of the sick in their group. Many would argue Carol had the best of the group in mind, but Rick seems to be concerned about her “indifference” to Continue reading “The Gospel According to the Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 4” »