Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What I'm Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 5, Episode 12 "Remember" (B+)

It's always jarring to see a calm, death-free episode of this show, and that makes its troubling moments all the more worrisome. It seems like Rick is a ticking time bomb just waiting to go off and upset the fragile and unfamiliar peace offered by their newfound community, and that he and what the "outside" represents is what will undo their current state of tranquility. It was a true shock to see Rick without his beard, grizzle we've become accustomed to over the past few seasons. The few moments before his haircut made him look especially strange, and it's disappointing to learn that the woman who cut his hair has a husband back home since it would have been good to see Rick take a load off and meet a nice lady. Videotaping the interviews felt weird for this show, and it's a sign of changing times for this group. Unfortunately, there's also a certain obsession with barbarism by those who do go outside the walls that threats to unravel the nervous peace between new arrivals and those whose space they are now sharing. I couldn’t figure out who it was playing Deanna but I knew that I recognized her, and it turns out that it’s Tovah Feldshuh. It’s certainly an interesting part, one that seems markedly different from the Governor, and the worry is that her people will revolt against her peacemaking ways and be particularly hostile to their new neighbors as a direct consequence of her excessive generosity.

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