Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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

The Walking Dead: Season 6, Episode 9 “No Way Out” (B+)

It’s rare to find an episode of this show that ends on an optimistic note, especially when it includes new villains who seemed nearly as vicious as the cannibals and a child getting shot. The opening scene of this episode with Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha getting stopped by a motorcycle gang was extremely strong. We’ve encountered so many people who want nothing more than to terrorize and kill the random people they meet, and it was refreshing to see the good guys win so immediately when Daryl took them all out, which then enabled them to be the helpful cavalry that turned the tide and saved the day at the end of the episode. Rick running back out to aimlessly kill walkers after he nearly lost Carl was a worrisome sight, and it’s great that everyone banded together to go help him, and Glenn just happened to arrive then too, reuniting just about everyone. Taking back Alexandria was not something I expected for this bunch, and therefore it’s reassuring to know that there is still good in this dystopian world. Denise was the best example of compassion that exists, genuinely offering to save Alpha Wolf’s life when she didn’t need to and then reacting sympathetically to his death at the hands of Carol and some hungry walkers. For the first time in a while, things may just be looking up, though whoever the boss of that motorcycle gang is might soon come for Alexandria the same way others have recently.

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