Now, this episode is the reason why I still watch this show. Last week’s episode was good but this one was a lot better. There was plenty of action (purposeful action and not action for action’s sake) and tension. I found myself checking the time on the DVR to see how much I still had left and not because I was bored but because I wanted to see more and more.
If you haven’t watched, then stop reading for there are spoilers coming.
Now, there were still a few plot holes (most the same ones that appear in other episodes). For example, why do some walkers make so much hissing/groaning noise that you could hear them a mile away while others (when it is convenient to the plot) are like stealth ninja walkers? The one guy who also had a wife back home, was attacked from the stealth ninja walker. I really wish that the writers/producers would give us a reason for this or have one of the characters mention it. Kind of like the — they come back from the dead in a minute or it could take hours. That rule is broad, very broad, but they set that rule up so we live with it.
I love that they split the team up. I knew either Michone or Glenn was going to get it (well, I was pretty sure) because they split the main characters up. So, for me that added a lot of tension. Even the end, with Rick in the RV and it not starting, I’m not really worried because I don’t think that they are going to kill Rick off (I could be wrong, but that would cause a real hit in the ratings). Andy Lincoln makes this show.
Now, a lesson for all of us if we end up in a zombie apocalypse (or any kind of survival situation). Always have one person who has your back and whose back you have. Glenn’s mistake was leaving with Nicholas. He said in Season One that he is better off alone on these missions. He forgot that while traveling with competent people. He would have been better off leaving Nicholas with Michone. I love the Glenn character but his humanity was his fatal flaw. He kept giving Nicholas chances – too many. I mean, Nicholas led him and the group the wrong way through that town at every turn. Why was Glenn still asking him which way to go? At this point, Glenn should have trusted his instincts. Plus, like I said, always, always have someone with you who has your back.
We’ll miss you Glenn (although there are rumors that he isn’t dead – if that’s true then they are really stretching their boundaries and not in a good way).
I have to say it. I’m nothing if not fair. I really enjoyed this episode of the Walking Dead. This is the first time that I’ve truly liked an episode without “Rick”. Those shows with Andrea and the Governor – yuck!
Anyway, I thought there was tension and violence. It was good. Still not sure about the opening scene with that girl. That was little odd, but I will assume that the writers are going to explain all that. I am a bit confused because I swore when she told Carl about her life she mentioned a mom but not a dad (I could be wrong). Anyway, I’m not curious enough to go back and research (maybe later).
Again, it was a good episode and I have a slight hope that this week’s will be good too.
I was anticipating being disappointed in the season opener of the Walking Dead. They did not let me down. The episode was not very good, but it wasn’t terrible and lately that’s the best that I can say about the Walking Dead.
I still love the world and Andy Lincoln is a very good actor, but the show is just not hitting the marks. More zombies (and I don’t think they could give us more than they did in this episode) does not make the show good, just like eating a lot of crappy candy does not make it taste better.
There are some basic rules of writing fiction (I’m going to discuss one of them, but Google will give you the rest if you’re curious). There are a few writers (Elmore Leonard comes to mind) who break all the rules and write fabulous stories. For those of us who are not Elmore Leonard, FOLLOW THE RULES.
One of those rules is to NEVER use flashbacks. I think that rule is a little all inclusive. I’m okay with a flashback or maybe two if it truly adds to the story. However, an entire episode that is at least half flashbacks is way too much. Flashbacks pull the reader/viewer out of the story. It breaks the pace and the tension. Ninety percent of the flashbacks in Episode One were a waste of time.
The funny thing about writing is that the best rule, the one that is always true is: If it works, it works. Memento was a movie told in flashbacks and it worked. Season six, Episode 1 of the Walking Dead, did not. I found this episode long and boring. I kept checking the timer to see how much more until it was over. I used to look forward to watching the show. Now, I only watch it so I can discuss it with friends (our discussions are never (any longer) complimentary toward the show).
I still hope it will get better or at least deliver those few moments of brilliance that I have seen in the past. If it doesn’t, this may be my last year for the Walking Dead. Maybe, I’ll start calling it the Watching Dead. Just like it is only a matter of time before the characters die, it is only a matter of time before I quit watching and am dead to the show.
I went to LA Fitness to cancel my personal training sessions. I signed up last November and have only gone once.
The girl behind the counter said, “Your contract ends October 24th. You have 24 unused sessions.”
I had already discussed with someone last weekend what happens to my unused sessions if I cancel vs terminate my contract. I said, “I know but I still lose the sessions either way.”
She said, “Well, if you fulfill the contract for the year you can still use your unused sessions for 30 more days.”
I understand that she’s doing her job, but please…
I said, “Lets’ be real here. I haven’t used a session in eleven months. Do you really think I’m going to use 24 in thirty days?”
As with the other episodes, this one was okay.
The good points:
We finally got to see a lot of zombies and my question of where was the arena located was answered. It was outside of the neighborhood fence but still in the area.
There were some tense moments. Truthfully, I can’t remember exactly when, probably because I still don’t really care for any of the characters.
I do like the Strand character and can’t wait to get to know him better. He is one smooth, cool guy.
The bad points (or maybe, I should say weak points)
We got a lot of zombies. A lot of zombies are fun to watch. Face it, that’s why we tune in to the show. However, when there are a lot of zombies you lose the tension of that one or two coming toward unsuspecting people. Also, this was not tense for me because, like I’ve said many times, I don’t care for the characters so I don’t fear for them.
Why were the zombies pushing at the arena’s doors? In the one scene, there was no one near the doors. According to other episodes (The Walking Dead) the walkers just meander until they see or smell or hear something. We saw this first hand in Hershel’s barn. The walkers did not try to push out unless someone came near the door. Please, I’m begging the writers. Make rules and stick with them.
I find it hard to believe that Maddie did not warn a few of her neighbors. Right now, I live in the country but I have lived in suburbs. I was only friends with one neighbor, but I still would have knocked on a couple of doors and said, “Look, the army has abandoned us. Not because it is safe but because it is not safe. We’re leaving. I suggest that you do the same.” That’s it. It would have taken a few minutes. If the neighbor’s didn’t believe you, oh well, you tried. This was especially problematic to me because Maddie thought about telling the neighbors but listened to Ophelia instead. Come on. Maddie is a realist. Ophelia’s comment to forget about the neighbors because they didn’t help them was stupid. Why would the neighbors be expected to help when the army (the authority) was taking a sick old lady, to help her, and a drug addict? The neighbors would have known that Nick has issues with drugs. It wouldn’t be a secret.
For the next point, let me be clear, I have never been tortured (fortunately). However, Adams was set free in a world gone to hell. He knows what is out there. Even if he didn’t have any family, he would be close to some of the soldiers. He made it back to the compound. Wouldn’t he have tried to escape with the soldiers? I find it hard to believe that he was that set on revenge. The purpose of this scene was to show us that Travis isn’t always a nice guy. They could have done that in another more believable way.
The last thing that I found unbelievable about the show is Eliza wanting to be killed. Sure, she was bitten. Sure, she saw what happens to those who are bitten. Sure, she doesn’t want to hurt her son or, probably, anyone. However, she also knows that she has to die first. They are safe in a home. She isn’t a liability to the team. I find it almost impossible to believe that she wouldn’t want to at least wait to see if she got sick. She could be immune. Some people are immune to different diseases. Even if she was going to get sick, she could use her last few days/hours to talk to her son. I would have had no issue with her telling Maddie that she had been bitten and that Maddie needed to shoot her as soon as she died. I would even have been okay with her wanting to die later when she was sick like Jim in The Walking Dead or Alicia’s boyfriend in this show. Once Eliza was in that much pain and knew she was not going to make it, then she should have asked them to kill her.
In general, the show is okay but pretty weak. I’ll watch it next year, more because it gives me something to talk to a few friends about than because I enjoy the show.
Next week is The Walking Dead. I’m sure to be disappointed. This show went from really, really good to good and then settled the last few years at okay with some truly good moments. I have little hope that this year will be any different than last year.
All-in-all, I don’t have much to say about this episode. It was good, not great, but good. I enjoyed that Daniel was the torturer in his country. I didn’t see that one coming, but it made sense. I also liked the fact that they are attempting to tie things together. For example: Susan’s suicide note led Maddie to Daniel and his prisoner. I’m still not sure why Daniel and his daughter took Adams to that house (a little coincidental for me, but I’m okay with it).
I also like that Maddie is one hard woman. To let Daniel torture Adams is not something that I think most of us could do, even for information on our son. She still doesn’t understand that Nick is in real danger, but then again, maybe she does.
I did find it weak that Eliza, who hasn’t seen anyone turn, was willing to pop Griselda in the head. Sure the lady was dead, but how many of us would (truly) shoot a corpse in the head, especially one we knew?
I also am not sure what Chris and Alicia in the “rich” people’s house was supposed to show us, but I am starting to have some faith that this show, these writers, will explain it all at some point.
My one big question is: Where is the arena? Is it outside the safe zone or inside? If it is inside, what was the army thinking?
Oh well, I guess we’ll find out soon.
There isn’t much to say about this episode. It did its job moving the story along in a somewhat entertaining fashion. I did like that it added some tension in the group (Eliza and Maddie) and that it separated the cast so now we will get to see the hospital which looks like a much more interesting place than the soldier-locked-down neighborhood.
Now, let me tell you some of the parts that I did not like, mainly due to sloppy story-telling.
I understand that these characters do not fully realize what is going on, but why would Maddie leave the neighborhood without some sort of weapon? I don’t walk in the woods of my property without a bat (not that it will do any good if I meet a pig or bear but it makes me feel better). She should have had something even if it were a small kitchen knife – something.
Why did Hector’s wife (the sick man that Eliza was treating and whose morphine Nick was stealing) get to go with her husband to the hospital, but Daniel did not get to go with his wife? That makes no sense. There was plenty of room on the large, military vehicle. They should have showed us Hector’s wife crying to Eliza that she wasn’t able to go or she should have been sick too. Something –just give us some logical reason for the things that happen in the story.
I’m glad that they explained the reason for the empty pill bottle at Susan’s house although the entire situation (empty pill bottle, dead-Susan, etc) was set up so we’d get to hear Susan’s suicide note (which wasn’t that interesting). As a writer, if you have to go to that great of a length to get few words into a story then you don’t need them.
Finally, why did Eliza have to go with the doctor right that minute? The doctor had told her that the hospital was close, only fifteen minutes away, and yet, Eliza had to leave right then. Her character appears to be a good mother, so wouldn’t any good mother (or even decent mother) have at least said, “Give me five minutes to talk to my son.” If the doctor had refused, then Eliza’s answer should have been, “Then I’ll take the next truck and see you in a day or so.” I understand that they did this for effect, but without the logic, it doesn’t work (at least not for me).
All-in-all, I’m still going to watch the show. It’s okay and that is better than a lot of stuff on television. Plus, I really do love the world. I think that’s what keeps me tuning in. The major flaw with this show, for me, is not even the bad writing, but the fact that I don’t care about the characters. At least with the Walking Dead, I really feel a connection to Rick. I feel nothing for the characters on Fear. I’d have to say that I like Daniel the best and he is a secondary character.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. A friend’s kids have already stopped watching this show. The writers/producers need to do something before next season or this may be a short-lived spin-off.