Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 7, Episode 3 “The Cell” (B-)

We’re back to a single-focus model in which each episode lacks the ability to multitask and instead spends the entire time telling just one story. Most shows are able to handle a number of characters over the course of an hourlong episode, but this show chooses to space out its plotlines, resulting in an endlessly frustrating setup that forces viewers to come back week after week not out of excitement but out of necessity to know what’s going on with all the players. This episode felt a lot like another show that I’ve frequently compared this one and its format to, “Lost,” mainly because of its purposely inappropriate use of music, designed in this case to break Daryl. The motorcycle-riding, crossbow-wielding Daryl has always been one of this show’s strongest characters, and that played out literally here, as he resisted the urge to conform and give in the miserable reality that is bliss under – and as – Negan and instead maintained his own identity. There’s no denying that Negan is absolutely magnetic and that Jeffrey Dean Morgan does a marvelous job. Even the Governor didn’t try so hard to be evil, and that makes Negan infinitely more dangerous. The man Dwight went to bring back really made Negan’s top guy think as he begged Dwight to kill him and told him that he only won because there’s nothing left. The story of what happened to Dwight was immensely disturbing, and it seems like it’s going to take Daryl and our friends to make Negan’s minions wake up and realize that they don’t have to take this.

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