Wednesday, November 1, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 8, Episode 2 “The Damned” (B-)

I’m not sure where this new device of zooming in on all the characters’ faces came from, but it really doesn’t add much other than to once again remind us that we don’t know a lot of these people as well as this show would hope that we do. I still feel that there’s an expanded core of leads who play a relatively big role on this show, and this season has been unusual in that two episodes so far have included most of those faces without abandoning them to zero in on just one character who’s off somewhere else on their own adventure, though I imagine that’s coming soon with a Maggie-centric hour that will leave the war with the Saviors for another week. We didn’t see Negin at all this episode as a few factions of good guys wander around trying to maintain eye contact with the camera and kill anyone they think isn’t good in the proces. We did learn an important lesson from the man that Jesus wanted to spare about “pissing yourself on purpose,” and it’s rare to find someone like him who wants to kill as few people as possible, even stopping Morgan, the former angel of peace who’s once again becoming undone as a result of everything he’s witnessed. Rick coming across a baby was an interesting scene since he’s one of the few people in this dystopian world who had a child born during this apocalypse, and things aren’t looking good for him in the episode-ending encounter. Ezekiel is a memorable personality, and he does give a decent stirring speech complete with tiger finale.

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