Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 2 “Infected” (B)

This episode was considerably more focused than last week’s, and for that, I’m glad, but I’m still not entirely satisfied. I feel like this season is all about just waiting for something big and bad to happen, whereas last season was much more populated with interesting developments. Things managed to reach a chaotic level almost right away with the aftermath of Patrick’s death and rebirth within the prison walls and the tension at the fence which threatened to make the impermeable fortress not so impermeable anymore. Finding out that you don’t need to be infected to come back to life as a walker was a fascinating revelation several years ago, and the notion of a virus going around that’s infinitely more fatal and destructive than the common cold is somewhat intriguing but admittedly less exciting. More practically, it means that there’s going to be a lot of loss, but we’ve departed from the decimation of regular players to the offing of random guests since this season is much less neatly stitched together. I think that all underage speaking privileges should be usurped by Beth, and that the naming of walkers by irritating children should cease immediately. I haven’t always been on the bandwagon of Carl haters, but he’s getting pretty inconsolably obnoxious. Carol lecturing Lizzie about being weak was rather ridiculous considering how much of a crybaby she used to be before toughening up. Going forward, I’d like to see more Michonne and more action altogether that isn’t confined strictly to the prison walls.

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