Thursday, October 17, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead (Season Premiere)

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 1 “30 Days Without an Accident” (B)

I was extremely excited for this show since it’s undeniably one of the most gripping and intense shows on television. After half a year off the air, it’s fair to say that this premiere didn’t really kick things into high gear, instead killing off two newly introduced characters and showing the bleak state of things at a very slow pace. Rick has gone from being the fearless totalitarian ruler of this crew to its loneliest member, wandering around literally dealing with a crazy woman who had to go and kill herself just to get him to explain what the three questions he was going to ask her were. Seeing Carl and Beth as young adults is strange, and it’s working much better for the stoic Beth than the bratty Carl, whose attendance at storytelling feels over-the-top. At least Carol is taking time away from her reading to teach the kids some good old self-defense with knives. Unfortunately, Patrick’s death inside the prison walls means very bad things for everyone living blissfully inside. What was most lacking about this episode was the absence of the Governor, who was inarguably season three’s best character. Nothing feels quite as satisfying as seeing his twisted operator, and this season needs to get a better sense of where it’s going after pretty much killing everyone off last season. More Michonne couldn’t hurt, and highlighting characters like Daryl, Glenn, and Maggie would probably be a good idea as well to make sure this show stays interesting.

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