Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 316: Welcome to the Tombs

I know I'm late with this, but it's really not my fault. Right now we live in Africa and we had a massive storm this weekend that knocked out the power AND the internet. On Monday when the internet was still not up I thought I was going to light myself on fire. But I finally got to see it so here goes...
    I did not see it going down like this for season 3's final chapter. It was way less epic and intense and way more touchy-feely than I expected it to be..... but I LIKED it. At the end I felt like I was breathing a sigh of relief as we had all my favorite characters still alive and kicking, the Governor somewhat vanquished, and Rick clearly back as a morally centered leader who is now accepting refugees from Woodbury. He's come a long way from just a few episodes ago when he refused to accept Tyreese and Sasha, and even from last week when he was still considering handing Michonne over to the Gov. I still have questions but for the most part this is the most satisfied I have ever been at the end of a season.
  The episode starts in a rather brutal fashion with the Governor laying into Milton. For some reason he blames the death of 8 of his men on the fact that Milton burned the pit walkers. 2 observations:
1.) Merle took out 8 guys?!? I had no idea. Damn boy died a hero!
2.) Scapegoating in it's most obvious form. Milton had nothing to do with Merle's shoot-out but the Gov needs someone to blame that is still alive.
   He ends up stabbing Milton in the guts and leaving him in the room with Andrea to die, turn, and eat her. Yikes. What a predicament. I couldn't tell if Andrea had been tortured by Dr. Evil or if she was just all bloody from her flight to the prison and then trying to escape out of the chair, but either way she looked pretty banged up.
   Back at the prison everyone packs up and I actually thought that they were leaving. I was glad to see that Daryl took his awesome Pancho Villa poncho with him. Nothing beats the poncho/chopper/crossbow combination. Rick and Michonne have a really nice conversation where they clear the air about the last few days and (we assume) off they go.
     The Governor gets his people all riled up to attack the prison when Tyreese and Sasha bow out and say they will act as guards but won't attack the living. Awesome performance. They both looked scared out of their wits having to tell him that and I would be too. The Gov takes off and storms the gates of the prison and it's quite the attack. We've got grenade launchers, machine guns, you name it - and I was glad our little group of heroes had already split. They descend into the bowels of the prison and that's when Rick and co. re-appear in what has to be the absolutely lamest ambush on the planet. One tear-gas canister thrown down at the bad guys and they they give them all time to run out of the dungeon and re-group?!? What??? How about get a huge gang of them down there like leading buffalo into a blind-canyon, close a door behind them, locking them in, pick off the few still tumbling around upstairs and then deal with the main group that you have ALL LOCKED UP IN YOUR PRISON. At that point you have all the time in the world to deal with them. You could chuck in another tear-gas canister and make them all cry if they don't lay down their weapons. You could starve them out. You could show them Zombies behind one door and tell them that either they lay down their weapons or you let the Zombies have at it. There are so many options you would have in this scenario. And the Governor, the big baddie himself was even down in the basements with this big group. They could have captured the head honcho! Pretty stupid of him for going down there, but apparently he has nothing to fear since the good guys aren't smart enough to take advantage of it. Bah!
     Back at Woodbury Andrea and Milton's scenes were absolutely gripping, and in stark contrast to the mayhem going on back at the prison. What made these scenes so memorable was the classic horror movie time-bomb dilemma interspersed with 2 characters having really compassionate moments as a life counted down. It was really well-done. Andrea is trying to get a pair of pliers with her toes and get out of the chair before Milton dies and re-animates. In the end she manages to get free just as he comes back alive and we don't get to see exactly what happens but we hear the sounds of a life-or-death struggle.
     Back at the prison Rick's group has rousted the Woodbury gang and let them all escape to fight another day and they celebrate this awesomeness with hugs and applause (!). Carl guns a survivor down in cold blood and Hershel has to tell Rick about it. What's up with that Big C? I was just singing your praises a few weeks ago and then you go and do a stupid thing like this. Growing up in the Z.A. is so darn awkward. I mean everyone is a knucklehead when they're young - shoot my 6 year old flooded the upstairs bathroom on Monday so badly that it was RAINING in the Garage one floor below, but when you screw up in the Z.A. it's all life and death and everyone is watching. Was this just a blip do you think or are we growing a new little psychopath to replace the Governor?
     Speaking of psychopaths the Gov, drives away, has a hissy fit and shoots almost all of his people. I did NOT see that one coming. Kind of bummed for all of them but on the other head that kind of eliminates the Woodbury threat eh? Choose a better leader next time people. His last two remaining henchmen look so freaked out that I don't see them letting the Gov live much longer. They have to put their heads together and take him out. Right? RIGHT?!?
     The prison group decides that they will send 5 guys after 30 some Woodbury soldiers to hunt them down and finish the job but I can't even focus on the insanity of this plan because...what? Did that just happen? BETH kills a walker! I had to re-wind and watch it again. Wow, gun shooting and now walker killing. She may not be wearing red anymore people. Luckily AGAIN for our little group and their tragic decision making, all their enemies are dead when they next come across them. That's right Rick old buddy, you didn't win the game, the Governor LOST. You dodged so many bullets in this whole fiasco (literally). So maybe watch the tape and learn so you have a better battle plan for next time.
    They find a lone survivor who can bear witness to the slaughter and take her back to Woodbury. She tells Tyreese and Sasha what happens and they let them all in. They hurry to find Andrea and find out that she did kill Milton but not before he bit her. Andrea's last moments were so sweet and very hard to watch. She is so happy when she hears that the group is alive and safe and that Michonne is a part of them. She just didn't want anyone to die and because of that SO MANY people are dead. Should have shagged him and stabbed him baby, that's the bottom line. But the recurring theme in this episode is that there are really not a lot of second chances in the Z.A.
    The episode ends with a bus-load of refugees from Woodbury arriving at the prison and shuffling into the cell block. THAT will infuriate the Gov when he finds out. But he seems to have fled. What do you think - will he be back? And is the Prison still a good choice? What's their plan for the future? I mean it's not like they took in a strapping load of productive workers. Did you SEE the sorry bunch that shuffled off of that bus? Talk about dead weight. They now have a lot more mouths to feed and a lot less people able to do it, and it's not like they can take their show on the road with a gang that size. What do you think will happen? After all, we have a looooong time to discuss before we get any answers...

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Walking Dead, Season 3 Episode 315: This Sorrowful Life

Merle spends his days like an ADHD 8th grader on summer vacation with no supervision. So you know you've stopped following your conscience when he has to give YOU a lecture on morality. That's pretty much what it came down to in the first half of the episode with Rick fairly sure he was going to hand Michonne over to the Governor and everybody else trying to talk him out of it. Daryl gives Rick a gentle push but Rick still thinks he's going to hand her over. Then he talks to Merle. And he opens the conversation with the best one-liner of the episode:
"Do you even know WHY you do the things that you do?"
As a parent and a teacher I have said something similar to this many, many times. Of course he does. He's searching for drugs yo. What else would you do when you're bored in a prison? I mean doing something constructive to help out is soooo conformist.  Merle leaves a trail of destruction wherever he goes and being around people like that just gets tiring after a while. But then he gives Rick the moment of clarity he needs. He looks him right in the eye and lets him know that he's not turning Michonne over to the Governor to be killed. If he turns her over she'll be kept like some kind of horrific science experiment - she'll bear the brunt of all the Governor's sick, sick tendencies and she WON'T be killed unless he somehow slips up and gives her enough freedom to end her own life. What a difference. In that situation any of us might volunteer for a quick death if we thought it would somehow spare the lives of our comrades, but I don't see ANYONE ever volunteering to go sit in the Governor's dental chair. No siree bob. Merle explains it all to Rick with verbs in his sentences and Rick tries to move forward with his plan but when he goes to collect wire to tie her up with, he sees Lori and realizes that turning Michonne over to a psychopath is not something he can do. I was pretty gripped about this whole thing.... my stomach was churning and I was all clenched up because in the comic, the Gov DOES get his hands on Michonne and the result is blood curdlingly bad. And that's in a black and white comic. I have NO DESIRE to see those scenes played out in technicolor, thank you very much. So I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I knew Michonne was safe.... for like 3 minutes. Because then Merle grabs her to take her to the Governor. WHAT?!? It's such a horrible thing to do that he talks Rick out of it and then decides to fall on the sword because he is already evil in his own mind. So now I am back to squirming in agony on the couch. I think at one point I actually bit a cushion. Jeepers.
    Nothing in this world can be worse that being a tied-up prisoner during the Z.A. Just walking around is scary enough with Walkers lurking behind every tree and building. I mean look what happened to Andrea last week! But being at the mercy of whoever is holding you prisoner and relying on them to defend you has to be terrible indeed for someone as independent and awesome as Michonne. Even tied up she's still a rock-star though, and takes out 2 Zombies while she is tied to a post - one of them with her own bonds! At this point I was screaming at the TV (I do this a lot actually - I give advice, shout warnings, you name it...) "Merle you idiot!! You find someone in the Z.A. that can kill Zombies while they're tied up you gotta CHERISH that person and hold them close!! You don't sacrifice them to your enemies!!" Arrrgh!!
     He successfully hotwires the car and off they go and that stinks because now he'll get her to the Governor faster. But I underestimated Michonne. She is a soft-spoken negotiator and little by little gets in his head. This is a side of her that we haven't really seen before and I like it. He finally stops the car and lets her go. Somehow she has convinced him that instead of sacrificing his soul, he can find redemption by sacrificing himself and he sets out to do just that. And what a plan he comes up with. All plans of this nature are best fueled by grain-alcohol if you're Merle so that's stop #1 and then he leads his own little Zombie parade right into the middle of the Governor's party. He uses the ensuing chaos and gunshots to cover the sounds of his own shots and he starts picking off the bad-guys. And he comes soooo close to taking out the head honcho himself, but alas that would have left us with a very dull season finale indeed, so no luck there.
    Back at the Prison, Daryl realizes what Merle is doing and sets off to go find him (on foot dude, REALLY?!?) and Glen proposes to Maggie. Awwww.... I love the hard core realities of the Z.A. too. Want to get engaged? Just go shopping for rings along the fence, chop off a few fingers and voila!
I like what Glen and Maggie add to the show. They are a constant reminder that there really may be a part of humanity that is worth saving.
   Now we gotta talk about Daryl. My heart broke for him a thousand times over. As much as the rest of us might breathe a sigh of relief to have Merle and his 'crazy' off the playlist, that's Daryl's brother. And you can watch friends die and turn, but nothing really prepares you for the turning and death of a family member - someone you knew B.Z. (before zombies). He's just devastated and I'm devastated right there with him at that moment. I had a horrible moment where I thought Merle was going to take him out, but he rallied and did what he needed to do.
R.I.P Merle buddy. For a dude that got handcuffed to a pipe on a roof 2 years ago you've had a good run.
      We didn't find out anything about Andrea or Woodbury or Milton. I think I saw Tyreese and Sasha's friend's son get his head blown off so that should send that guy fully into crazy-ville right alongside the Governor. What a season finale it's shaping up to be, and how I wish they'd give us a 2 hour episode.
What are your predictions?? Let's have at it!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 314: Prey

Arrrrghhh, bad guys are SO hard to kill. The crux of this episode played out like the opening scene of a classic horror flik: Moonless night? Check. Creepy abandoned outbuilding full of booby-traps and hidden corners? Check. Hot blonde chick? Check. Deranged killer that you just KNOW will come out on top because it's just the beginning of the movie? (or in our case almost the season finale, so the death of the Gov would leave us with no antagonist with which to wrap up the season) Check. Classic old-school suspense. All my fingernails are GONE after this episode and with only 2 more installments left in the season it looks like I won't be growin' em back out until April.
   I'm really starting to like Milton. At first I thought he was a creepy henchman, kind of like the Himmler to the Governor's Hitler. But now he's showing how much heart and conscience he really has. I sure hope he lives out the season, I'd really like him to end up with the crew at the prison. He's already bonded with Hershel, and I'm sure he would be well-received by the rest of the group as well.
    So we start the episode with a weird flashback to the days of Michonne and Andrea that really didn't reveal all that much. We learned that Michonne's decoy zombies were people that she knew and that they weren't very nice guys. Michonne clearly doesn't want to talk about it but Andrea prattles amicably away showing that she can be annoying in pretty much any setting.
    Then Milton finds out about the Governor's torture chamber, clues Andrea in on it but then prevents her from shooting him in the head. The guy's compassionate, you have to hand it to him. Andrea sees the Gov's chamber of horrors and instead of seducing him and then killing him and getting it RIGHT this time she decides to flee the scene. Not to worry though, she sneaks out with no witnesses, and goes into stealth mode like a ninja so the Governor and his henchmen have no hope of tracking her down. Or not. We can only dream of such things my friends. What REALLY happens is that she strides out the front gate with bold declarations, wearing her "Heading Back to the Prison, Yo" T-Shirt and then proceeds to run down the center line of the main road back to her friends. I literally had my head in my hands with audible groaning. It boggles the mind. THEN once the first truck heads out after her she heads across an open field with no possible cover and gets spotted by her Ex. Good times, good times. Next comes the horror movie segment. I have to give her massive props for unleashing the Zombies and hiding behind the door though. If only it had worked....
    I really like Sasha and Tyreese and I hope they hook back up with the prison crew and give Rick a second chance. For a while there I thought that THEY had burned the Zombies in the pit. I didn't think Milton had it in him. He may be the key to the whole thing.
   We finished up the episode with Andrea back in the hands of the Gov, (bummer that the person who frequently hallucinates was on guard duty eh?) Tyreese and Sasha believing in the goodness of the Governor, and Milton being on the outs. He'd better think about heading for the hills as well, or he could be the next person going for a ride in the Governor's little chair.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 313: Arrow on the Doorpost

Can we talk about weapons for a minute? The revolver, while an excellent choice for taking out Grizzly Bears, is a poor, POOR choice for the Zombie Apocalypse and I can't for the life of me figure out why Rick would still be using one. I get that the revolver has a whole Clint Eastwood kind of cool attached to it but with Daryl and Michonne both modelling superior weapons you would think that Rick would have made the switch by now. The thing is way too loud for one, and it only has 6 shots! You tell me what sketchy situation you're going to get into during the Z.A. where you're only gonna need 6 shots? Then to re-load you have to put the bullets in individually which means you have to carry them individually and if you're diving and rolling they're going to be falling out of your pockets PLUS you're gonna be all hopped up on adrenaline trying to get them in there as the zombies bear down on you and your hands are going to be shaking, bullets falling all over the ground.... are you guys getting a visual here or what? You don't NEED a visual because we've seen this happen, week after week. Rick's out of bullets, everyone else is slapping in the next cartridge and he's flailing. Or he's out of ammo and fighting the undead with that little steak knife of his. Oh the humanity. Remember a few weeks ago outside the prison where his ass would have been  toast if Daryl and Merle hadn't shown up just in time? Meanwhile you have D & M the wonder-twins silently taking out the un-dead with so much style it's crazy. Adapt or be destroyed Rick, I'm tellin' you...
   This was a very interesting episode. And we're being set up for one humdinger of a season finale.... can you feel it? Rick and the Governor have this man to man show-down. It was an interesting meeting of the minds because both leaders played it very cool, both have an agenda, and both are very intense but it doesn't really matter what goes down between them or what they both agree to because we all know that the Governor's word means nothing so what's really the point?
   It was far more interesting what happened outside the building. Daryl and Hershel are guarding it for Rick when Martinez and Milton show up. Daryl and Martinez have to earn each other's respect thru a classic pissing-contest round of Zombie Killing (which by the way, Daryl CLEARLY wins) but I'm pretty sure D earned some initial respect from Martinez with his "Butler" comment in their first conversation. After the zombies are all dispatched Daryl and Martinez share a smoke and earn each other's respect. This is FAR more important that the BS that's going down inside the building as each side knowing that there are good people on the other side is going to do much more to prevent a war than the lies the 2 leaders are telling each other. Meanwhile Hershel and Milton spend some time geeking out together and also have a bonding moment. Meawhile Andrea has been sent outside like an unwanted puppy dog and just sits and hangs her head. Poor girl.... this is what happens to you when you shag every unstable man you come in contact with. Wait.... now, that's unfair of me. She didn't shag the CDC guy and he was CLEARLY unstable... but given enough time they would have hooked up. In fact they probably would have hooked up in the last 5 minutes before the building exploded during her ill-fated "I'll just stay here and die" episode had Dale not intervened.
    Back at the prison we can only ask ourselves one question: WHY is Merle not locked up in a cell? After getting into a physical tussle with Glen and then trying to recruit every single team member except the baby to go against orders and raid the negotiation site he should have totally been locked up. Take note Glen, lock up Merle, THEN shag Maggie. Speaking of shagging, I get crazy nervous every time it happens. I'm just waiting for a zombie hand to reach out and grab an ankle or something. And should we REALLY be shagging each other when we're on guard duty in the middle of a war in the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse? Discipline people, look into it.
    So now Rick is back, he tells the crew that they're amping up for War, and only confides the truth about the Gov wanting Michonne to Hershel. Good choice because anyone else would probably tell him to hand her over.  And back at Woodbury it looks like the Gov is gearing up to blind-side Rick when they meet back up so Rick can give him his decision. Which means that next week should be fairly epic!

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 312: Clear

     Sometimes I think that every single person on this show has lost their minds. A solo backpacker pleads for your help, you ignore him not once, but TWICE, and then at the end when you find his nasty, zombie-gnawed corpse you stop and snag his backpack?!? Unprecedented. These people are COLD! I fully get that no one needs another mouth to feed. And I get that half the time when you meet strangers in the Z.A. that they are absolutely nuts, but WHAT I ask you is the purpose of trying to get more guns when you don't have enough people to use them? That's twice now that Rick & Co. have rejected seemingly nice people asking for help and both times bad things happened. We've got Tyreese and Sasha now adding their head count to Woodbury and who knows, maybe lone backpacker guy was a doctor, or a farmer, or a mechanic - take you pick! At some point humanity is going to have to go back to the 60's and try to come together hand in hand. At the end of the day when a human being gets killed that's one less person alive in a very sparsely populated world and that, my friends is a tragedy.
    I like these episodes where you get to focus on a small story with just a few of the main characters. A few big things fell into place in this one: They found Morgan, and Michonne is now part of the group.
   Poor Morgan. This dude has had all the mental anguish that Rick has had without a group to keep his head together (not that Rick's head is all that together but you know...) He HAS however made a contribution to Z.A. life that should be nominated for the Nobel prize: The mouse-cage on a skateboard Zombie distraction device. Brilliant!! And so useful! The applications of this new technology boggles the mind. Need to loot a Grocery store? Mouse on a skateboard in to one corner while you head in the opposite direction. AWEEEESOME! I think that Morgan will eventually join up with the group. It will take some time but he'll get there.
   Carl is amazing. I had a long plane ride last week and I re-watched the last 3 episodes of season one. I was struck by 2 things: 1.) how much Carl has matured on the show. It's not just his size or his grubbiness... his first season character just exudes innocence and a child-like aura. He's now dirty and battle-scared, but it's the look on his face that says it all. He's an adult in a smaller body. He has seen the death or loss of every other child on Earth that he knows about except for the baby and if the take home message is "grow up fast or die", then he's gotten it. I love his independance, the struggle Rick goes through each time Carl wants to do something alone totally resonates with me as a parent, but Carl really seems like a capable member of the group.
    Michonne is great in this episode and scores the quote of the week:
Rick: "We're eating his food now?"
Michonne: "The sign said 'welcome'".
She has a lot of heart and wants to be an accepted group member but knows that begging for it gets you nowhere and actions speak louder that words. I love the way she manages Carl. She doesn't speak down to him but treats him like an equal.
   It was a very interesting episode. And I liked everything that happened and thought the 3 main characters made pretty good decisions. EXCEPT for blowing off the backpacker. That was totally bogus....

P.S. I forgot that Lennie James, the actor that plays Morgan is also British. That brings the Brit actor tally up to 4 now. We've got Rick, Morgan, Maggie and the Governor. What's the deal? Can we not FIND good old American actors?!? You don't see us goin' over there and trying to add ourselves to the cast of Downtown Abbey. I mean REALLY.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 311: I ain't a Judas

Huge thanks to "Red" for guest-blogging this week's episode for us while I am off in Disney World ('cuz everyone knows that Zombies are un-magical...)

Why is it that before the episode even starts I have hopes and dreams for things to happen which will, in essence, RUIN the show. If we killed off the Governor or everyone just “got along” and pooled their resources to create a new society, where would this show be? But, those feelings confirm the true me. I’m a “Singin’ in the Rain” sort of girl at heart. How do I watch TWD? I watch because, it’s AWESOME and transcends any gory facade. It tells the story of human natures drive to survive at all costs. I find it fascinating. Also, it’s helping me write my “to do” list for the survivalist bunker I’m building, but that’s another story.

Ok…now to the task at hand. The episode “I ain’t no Judas”. Just a few, overall thoughts:

o Can Andrea REALLY be this stupid?

o Is Merle on drugs, again?

o Carol is a TRUE badass!

At the prison, our group is reeling from the devastating blow from the Governor. At this point Rick is still unstable and cannot be trusted – even his own son sees it. Rick needed an intervention, and Carl was the one to do it. The group lost security and living space. However, we did gain a Daryl….but he came with a Merle. We see a bit of panic here. Glen wants to use Merle as a pawn. Hershel comes out of his encounter with the walkers in the field like gangbusters. Hershel raises his voice, calling Rick out on his head trip and telling the group that they need Merle! This is a different side of Hershel which has been building for some time. His genteel nature returned in his one on one with Merle. This little talk was telling and might give us a glimpse of what to expect from Merle in the future. As Hershel begins to quote the Bible, Merle finishes the quote! I was shocked that Merle can actually read. But, I think it showed the true compassion which gives this show backbone. Everyone can be forgiven, even Merle. We’ll have to see if he can play nice with the prison group…..I really doubt it. The thing the prison group can’t avoid is that Merle knows their enemy. He knows what they are in for. So far, only Hershel is able to see that.

The Governor is also regrouping – but he really got off on that little excursion. Now, he’s forming an army. In “Lord of the Rings – Helms Deep” style, they will take anyone who can hold a weapon to fight. “Some have seen too many winters, or too few.” While he’s assessing his army, Little Bo Peep walks in…oops I mean Andrea. She is being clued in by the Gov on what just went down…..”But my friends wouldn’t do that. I can fix this.” Right. Governor is not having any of it. He pours lie upon lie on Andrea, who of course believes him. So, in the complete opposite direction of his request for her to take the lead in the town the day or so before, he tells Andrea to run along and visit her friends if she wants….but she can’t come back if she does.. So, off she goes to the prison, but not before confiding in Milton of all people and carrying out the coolest capture ever of a Walker. She can be ruthless and strong and powerful, unless she has a crush on some misogynistic man. And, she’s off to the Prison. And, it takes Milton all of 30 seconds to tell the Gov what Andrea is up to.

But, here is where we find out how Tyreese and Sasha – and the two hopefully expendables – have fared. They are alive after Rick threw them out, and left an indelible impression about who’s side not to be one. Off they go into the spider’s web. But they share a common opinion. Rick is crazy and must be destroyed. Now we have Tyreese offering support to the Governor! Plus…he knows the layout of the prison. I got the feeling he and Sasha had an inkling that the Governor is a bit off. This can go either way. But, I sense the division b/t Tyreese and Sasha and the other two (I think I’m forgetting their names on purpose).

Surprised by her less than cordial welcome at the prison, does Andrea start to believe the lies the Governor has told her? Can we thank Rick’s insanity for handing yet another ace over to the Governor? Or, does she think she might be on the wrong team at Woodbury? After Andrea gets the low down on how everyone came to be in the state they are in…..she has a pleasant visit. She holds the baby….and the best lines of the show are delivered to her. Carol, the formerly meek and mild, tells Andrea what to do. Give all your lovin’ to the Gov. Make him happy, then kill him! Like there is NO question. You are with US, not them! She delivers the line with such a calm demeanor and clarity. You just didn’t see it coming! It’s funny, in the first season; it was Andrea who fought to save Carol from her abusive husband. And here, still standing, is Carol. I think she’s the only female character in the show the writers have gotten right! Carol has a great few moments with Daryl as well. It’ll be nice to see where she goes from here. Hope that doesn’t mean she’s going to die……just when she’s getting interesting.

So, then we have the whole Michonne/Merle moment. Merle is fighting his true feelings I think, he can’t revert that quickly. This is what makes me question him. He wants to clear the air? He’s repenting for things he’s done to Michonne? Can this be true? It makes me suspect that he was PLANTED by the Governor into the prison. Just when I think Michonne is only physically present, she and Andrea have their moment. Michonne did not hold back. She spelled it out for Andrea. Oh Andrea, redeem yourself, listen to Michonne….but alas…we don’t really know if Michonne’s words sunk in. As Andrea drives off, she’s definitely thinking about them. Why does she NEVER listen to the little voice in side her head? She runs back to the Governor’s bed. Has her chance, and blows it….no pun intended. What is she thinking?

But, there is a silver lining. I’ve noticed one thing recently…..any time a smaller character gets bigger parts in the show…they die in that episode or the next. T-Dog, Oscar, Axel….will I get my Andrea wish? This was the Andrea episode for sure…..ooh I hope so. Unless she takes Carol’s advice???? Please…find a way for me NOT to keep hating you…..ANDREA.

The show is definitely building up to something….but what? I know the season finale is gonna be great….but a bit more significant action is needed in between.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 310: Home

You know there's good hallucinating and bad hallucinating. Good hallucinating is when you know you're losing it so you see phantoms and hear your little voices and talk on the phone to dead people but you keep that your little secret and you don't let anyone know. Even when your special ghost people show up in front of other people you just play it cool and pretend you don't see them. I mean if the small kid in "The Sixth Sense" could do it then c'mon Rick dude, SURELY you can pull this off too. And you don't have to explain why all of a sudden you've got frosty breath syndrome that that kid did....
  Bad hallucinating on the other hand is when you have one-sided screaming conversations with your hallucinations in front of everyone and/or go bolting outside of your secure compound leaving all the gates open behind you. At that point, you've become a huuuuge liability and if I were part of your group I would seriously have to consider taking you out into the woods for a one-way nature hike. "Sorry guys... Rick got attacked by a rabid flying squirrel and fell off a cliff... there was nothing I could do."
  Credits roll and we cut to a short and very pointless conversation between Andreea and the Gov. Arghh.... as IF he's going to step down instead of being the same old crazy, sadistic tyrant that we all know and want to kill. All the leadership on this show is NUTS right now my friends, NUTS. He's trying to side-track her so he can go on a rampage against the prison and it's Andreea so of course his little ploy works.
   Then we cut to Daryl and Merle just kind of floating around in the woods and Daryl is having second thoughts about leaving the group. YES!!
  And back in the Prison Glen is showing some real leadership and he may actually be sane! Hope that doesn't mean he gets popped or eaten soon. It's so nice to see someone making a rational plan. I liked the idea of sneaking up on the Gov and taking him out but that's just me. So they have to decide whether they run or stay and fight. To me trying to make a stand without Daryl is madness. But leaving with an infant and a one-legged guy is also crazy. That doesn't leave them a whole lot of options. What's up with Maggie. She didn't get raped and they got out of Woodbury alive. This isn't Sweet Valley High babe, it's the Zombie Apocalypse. You had to take your shirt off. We get it. But I mean COME ON. It's not like you had chop off your own hand or have someone cut a baby out of you with no anesthesia. In the Z.A. you take your licks and you move on. And I mean with the responsibility of the group now resting on his narrow shoulders Glen is going to need the love of a good woman not to mention a good shag now and then.
  Then we're back to Merle and Daryl and Merle is being a blathering idiot as usual. They come upon a group of people getting attacked by walkers and Daryl stages an EPIC rescue. How much do we love watching Daryl in action? I love it when he stops shooting the crossbow and just starts stabbing people in the head with arrow. What a stud.  AND he scores the Zombie Kill of the Week by slamming one of their heads in the trunk of the car. Wow. The whole thing is just awesome until it's over and Merle - who manages to get off about 20 racial slurs AS he's fighting a zombie battle - wants to loot them. He really has no redeeming qualities. Daryl gets to see Merle with fresh eyes and realizes that his place is back with his true family at the prison. We're left hoping that he gets there in time.
   Back at the prison Glenn is off on a personal vendetta and Rick has, indeed become the mayor of crazy town. I love his comment that he's got "stuff out here" and he doesn't know how much longer he'll be out there. The way Hershel deals with him is so gentle. Season 3 Hershel has totally redeemed himself from season 2 in my books. So glad he didn't get eaten when I wanted him to. We cut to Carol who is having a nice conversation with Axel when his head explodes and all hell breaks loose. Major points to Carol for having a casual conversation with someone one minute and using their dead body as a human shield seconds later. Major deductions to Carl and Beth for attempting to take cover behind a open metal bleachers AND for failing to hit the dude in the guard tower even though he didn't take cover once! Remember at the end of season 2 where there was the shoot-out at the farm and this group was cranking out head-shots with no misses? Geez, what happened to them....
    The gov attacks them with gunfire AND a trojan-horse van of Zombies and I gotta say that the take home message of the whole battle is that the samurai sword is really the Z.A. weapon of choice. Look what happens to Rick when he runs out of bullets. He's left trying pistol-whip the suckers and fight them hand to hand. But Michonne strolls into the area full of Zombies and you just want to yell at everyone to stay safe behind her. She just takes them out so fast and never has to even get close. They need to bust out the yellow pages, find the nearest martial arts  mega-store and hook the whole group up with that business.
   And just when Rick was about to achieve epic fail status, Daryl returns! Points for all the awesome moves dude, but deductions for bringing Merle back with you. I feel very satisfied at the end of this episode that even though dark clouds loom on the horizon the whole little gang is back together and together they can face what's coming.
Q: What happened to Sasha and Tyreese and that whole gang? Surely they didn't take Rick at his word to get out when 1.) He was clearly insane when he said it and 2.) Everyone else wanted them to stay. They're gonna need them if they plan to fight the gov. Maybe they were just napping back in ca cell somewhere.

I will not get to see Next week's episode until March. I will be in Disney World, and you know... Zombies and Disney don't mix. (Zombies are SO unmagical...) Who wants to guest-blog next week's episode for me?