Sunday, November 8, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Walking Dead: World Beyond

The Walking Dead: World Beyond: Season 1, Episode 6 “Shadow Puppets” (B+)

I appreciate the pivot that happened in this episode, changing the dynamic considerably by adding two new players. Percy definitely reminded me of many con artists from “The Walking Dead” who seemed harmless at first and then turned out to have nefarious intentions, but in this case it all turned out better than expected. The idea of someone having been killed by a gunshot rather than an empty made the threat much more intense, but of course it was actually just some stage makeup so that Tony could pop up and steal all of their stuff while no one even thought to watch to see if a dead body was going to move. What differentiates our main characters – and what made Percy come back for them – was that Hope decided to turn back after she heard the gunshot. It was refreshing to learn that Tony used to be an illusionist in Las Vegas, and that he uses the skills he learned there to put on a show so that they can steal without directly hurting people. Ted Sutherland, who plays Percy, appeared in a couple episodes of “Doom Patrol,” and I’m thrilled to see Scott Adsit, best known for “30 Rock,” in the role of Tony, using his comic abilities to portray a much more serious character. Talking adult-to-adult with Felix about the patch that might help them out at any refueling stations indicates a part of this world that I very much look forward to exploring soon. I don’t think that Iris’ enthusiasm for reading Elton’s mom’s script is going to work out well in the end, but maybe it will make her endearing enough that he’ll forgive her once he inevitably learns the truth. The closing light show was pretty cool, I’ll admit.

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