Sunday, October 11, 2020

Round Two: The Walking Dead: World Beyond

The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Season 1, Episode 2 “The Blaze of Glory” (B-)

This episode didn’t feature any of what most intrigued me in the first episode, which was the shadowy organization that had this reputation for secrecy and somehow managed to operate sleekly in this post-apocalyptic world. Instead, we got to see the two parties out together trying to press on to get past the horde of zombies in their way on what’s sure to be a very long trek. It’s clear that these kids don’t want to inflict harm on even those they know to be undead, and that glowing red-orange face only made their latest uninvited guest, who was able to survive a bowling ball to the head, seemed much more nefarious and threatening. There’s no way they’ll be able to go on like that given the number of walkers that they’re going to encounter on their journey, but it is somewhat worthwhile to see how the four of them respond differently to the dangers they’re facing. Iris is definitely better suited to structured life, determined to prove her street smarts and battle skills when that’s really not her forte, while Hope is doing fine since she always knew she had to fend for herself given her antiestablishment attitude. Elton just wants to take pictures, while Silas is timid and still growing into his social self. We’re seeing plenty of flashbacks related to Felix’s life before the sky fell, though he’s certainly masking any sentimental side with a gruff exterior matched by Huck’s endlessly sarcastic nature. I’m trying to warm to these characters, but I really want to see a focus on how society operates on a larger scale.

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