The Walking Dead: Heads Up (W/Spoiler Alert)

THIS RECAP CONTAINS SPOILERS! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE WALKING DEAD, STOP READING NOW!

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Glenn is alive! YAYYY!

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The show gives us this information right away, instead of waiting until the end, showing Glenn having climbed underneath the dumpster to escape the walkers. I didn’t guess this but under the dumpster is the only place he could possibly have survived. (Even I would’ve found a way to get my fat ass under there, even if I had to scrape off a layer of skin, to do it.)

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After he crawls from under, Enid, of all people is there, throwing water at him. She didn’t have to do that, which means she probably isn’t as far gone as she would like everyone to believe, although she does pull a gun on Glenn and then calls him the  asshole for disarming her.

Apparently, as has been rumored, Enid is not one of the Wolves, or she’d be with them now instead of running around by herself. She tells Glenn about the attack on Alexandria and Glenn determines that she’s coming back with him because its what Maggie would have wanted. Once again, we are shown the members of Rick’s crew acting according to the better angels of their nature.

Last week, it was Daryl, now Glenn and Tara this week, and even Rick joins in the fun, of proving they aren’t that far gone. That they are, essentially,  decent people. They’re still trying, although Rick seems to need more of a push than the others.  And then of course, it’s taken to extremes in Morgan’s case, as he has decided to be kind to everyone, indiscriminately.

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Just like Rick gets called on his BS several times during this episode, by the women in his life, Morgan gets an intervention too, where Rick, Carol and Michonne attempt to convince him that maybe he needs to relax some of this idealism just a tiny bit and kill somebody, at least one time. This ties back to the episode “Here is not Here”, (which I will review during the hiatus because I got thinky-thoughts about that one.).

Glenn and Enid, on the way back to Alexandria, find the body of Nicholas and Glenn puts it out of its misery. He finds Nicks note on the ground next to his body and takes it. Glenn gives Enid a good talking to, later. He’s thoroughly unimpressed by her angsty teenager vibe and tells her ,”the way to honor the dead is by living.” Enid is so terrified of dying that she’s just given up trying to have a life. She survives just to be alive, which is something Michonne warned Rick about last season.

 

Rick and Maggie discuss Glen. She’s certain he will return. The writers have said part of the reason they left us hanging, about whether or not Glenn was dead or alive, is because that made it easier for us to step into Maggie’s shoes  regarding her husband’s death. It was a way to help us identify more with the type of things these characters go through, (although I didn’t actually reminding. I live in a world that I know is possibly dangerous, though not zombie dangerous. When I leave home in the morning, I am aware it may well be the last time I see my family, so “thanx” show. Not a lesson I needed.)

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Rick and Carl attempt to teach Ron how to shoot and Rosita gives lessons on zombie killing to a small group of Alexandrians, including Eugene, who is too afraid to fight because that would mean getting close to a walker. Rosita is very harsh with him because she knows he can do it. He did it for her last season when he braved a horde of zombies to save her life.

Ron is just a little too eager to learn how to shoot because his ultimate plan seems to be shooting Carl for taking his girlfriend. Teenagers gonna be stupid, even during the apocalypse. Really, Ron! You’ve got slightly more pressing concerns than girlfriend trouble. But I understand, some people are just deeply myopic about their life and Ron is at that age, I guess.

As all of this is happening ,the bell tower has been creaking and dropping its  bits. No one has noticed.

 

Rick and Michonne discuss tactics for drawing away the walkers, when Deanna comes to them, all smiles, with plans drawn up for expanding Alexandria. I guess killing that zombie, last episode, got her mojo back. Rick is all set to object, although Michonne takes the plans and holds them. They all get distracted by Spencer dare-deviling on a rip-cord, over the crowd of walkers, at the fence. His cord breaks and the situation becomes very tense as he needs to be rescued by Tara and Rick.

Rick gives Spencer a dressing down for being reckless and not telling anyone his plan, which was to try to reach a vehicle outside the fence and use it to draw the walkers away. Rick tries to give some to  Tara, for risking her life, but she don’t wanna hear that mess, and gives him the finger. (Tara is very quickly becoming my favorite person.)

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Later, Rick apologizes to Tara for what he said, but she reminds him that that’s what they are all about. Trying to save people. When Deanna thanks him for saving Spencer’s life, Rick says he could have let him die, but Deanna tells him he didn’t because he’s still, essentially, a good man.

Morgan goes to Denise for advice on what to do about infected wounds. She gives him the advice but he decides to tell her about the Wolf he has locked up in one of the houses. They both sneak off to see him, followed not that surreptitiously, by Carol, who was babysitting Judith. She drops off Judith with Jessie and follows Morgan to the house, to find what he’s hiding.

Michonne sits down to examine Deanna’s plans for expansion (which probably means Deanna will die soon, because isn’t that what her husband did, right before he got killed – make plans with Noah?)

Glen and Enid arrive to see Alexandria surrounded by walkers. Having picked up several green helium balloons on the way home, they release them, and Maggie, newly energized, is relieved to see them, believing the balloons are a sign from Glenn.

Just when we think that things are about to calm down, the tower finally collapses, and lets in all the walkers that were surrounding the walls.

 

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American Horror Story : Devil’s Night

This episode revolves around the separate adventures of John Lowe and his estranged wife, Alex. There’s a dinner party, some dancing, child ‘napping, and a couple of other interesting developments. There’s  a Butchers Ball,  and Holden’s mother makes a firm decision about her future.

At the end of last weeks episode, Alex came face to face with the love of her life, Holden. Now I get why we were told that gob-awful backstory about her character.This week, Alex decides to take Holden home with her, find out exactly what is wrong with him, and why he hasn’t aged since she lost him. The Countess continues to assert that what she has is a blood disease,  so Alex, as a pediatrician, thinks she can cure him. She  tests Holden but can find nothing. Angry at what was done to her child, especially after he kills and drinks the family dog, she takes him back to the hotel, where he climbs into the glass coffin provided for him. She  confronts the Countess, who is all smiles and sympathy, offering to turn her, so she can be with her son, if Alex will work for her. Alex refuses her offer and barely makes it out of the room with her life, when she threatens to tell the police about the Countess.

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The next day ,Alex changes her mind, goes to the Countess, and takes her up on her offer. I’m not actually surprised by this. I kept expecting Alex to be bitten by somebody, from the moment she found Holden.

John, unaware that any of this is going on, wanders around the hotel, looking for the room that had blood seeping through his ceiling. He comes across The Laundress Hazel, played by Mare Winningham, who gives him some backstory about why she is working for James March. I had the impression that she was just another homicidal psycho like March, but her story is slightly more complicated. Her child was also stolen, over forty years ago, by the Countess. Like Alex, she came to the hotel to rescue her child. I’m going to make a wild guess that the Countess turned her too, and probably did the same to March, which is the reason neither of them have aged. I’m still not sure what the Hell Sally is, though. It is telling that Hazel gives no explanation for why the room is full of blood, nor does John ask her about it. But we know that earlier that evening, Richard Ramirez killed two hotel guests, in that room.

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John listens to Hazel’s story and because he was so sympathetic to her, out of gratitude, she offers him an invitation to a special dinner that her employer, James March has every Halloween. What she does not tell him is that all of the invited guests are serial killers  and that he may not make it out of the dinner alive. (I have noticed that all of the worst guests of the hotel, are just full of information you don’t actually need, or didn’t ask for.) The invitees include, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer and Aileen, Wuornos. Later, John finds out, from a news article, that Hazel hasn’t aged since the abduction of her child.

John goes  to the hotel bar and meets a woman who claims to be Aileen Wuornos. Thinking its just a costume, he takes her back to his room, where she hits him over the head, and ties him up. He escapes by kicking her ass. He angrily confronts Liz Taylor, who dismisses his worries, but tells him he’s been invited to a very special dinner party. Sally lures him to the party and ties him up, again.

During the party, John begins to understand what’s happening.That these are the real killers, alive and dangerous.. He is forced to watch while the killers commiserate with March about how difficult their crimes were, how they could have done better, and to laud March for being such a wonderful influence on their lives. Sally  brings in a young male victim for Dahmer. I think some of this was supposed to be funny because the killers kept making jokes.

It wasn’t.

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It  was especially difficult for me to watch because, having studied True Crime, I know far too much about the crimes of these particular individuals, to find their presence in a television show, funny. It’s one thing to make up an unlikely serial killer like Hannibal, its another thing to use, as inspiration, real life serial killers in your show, just for the spectacle. The only kind of people who would find these scenes funny, are people who know nothing about the real life people, on which these characters were  based. Kind of the same problem I had with Sons of Anarchy, in that I know far too much about actual Bikers, to be able to enjoy that show.

But, because I do know so much about serial killers, I did find it pretty scary.

The killers decide they want to kill John too, but March stops them. John wakes up to see Sally, who tells him that it was all an hallucination because he drank absinthe with alcohol.

Its not that I disliked this episode. I thought it was scary, mostly because of the knowledge in my head about serial killers. I thought they might actually kill John, who  would then be trapped in the hotel, like all the other ghosts. I like john even though he’s a deeply oblivious detective, and I don’t want to see him killed.

This is only part one of a two episode arc, so things are going to reach a head this week, I hope. I’m also wondering when we’ll get to see Angela Bassett’s character again. She was all kinds of bad ass.

Supernatural : The Bad Seed

Oh Crowley, what hast thou done, now?

It certainly seems as if Crowley has bitten off more than he can chew, in adopting Amara and trying to seduce her to his side of things, but Amara has plans of her own, which probably does not include Crowley’s well being.

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Rowena is trying to seduce yet another group of women into joining her cause of “trying to take over the world”, but the three witches she’s trying to recruit are not buying her “Mega-Crap”. They’re also having  too much fun sassing her, so when she learns from them that Crowley is not dead, she disintegrates them, like a child having a tantrum. She’s in possession of The Book of the Damned. So much power really shouldn’t be in the hands of someone so childish and petty, and the witches were right to snub her, I think. I also hesitate to wonder what the outcome will be when The Darkness and Rowena meet each other, although it’s possible the writers won’t go there.

On the other hand, I want that red dress she’s wearing, right now! Rowena is a total clothes horse.

The Winchesters are babysitting Castiel,who is still suffering the effects of the Attack Dog spell, cast on him by Rowena. He looks like he has the flu but is also suffering from hallucinations and seizures. I’m a little confused because I dont know what the seizures were. Dean is having visions too. He’s still spellbound by The Darkness’ interest in him. Sam believes God is near becasue of the vision he was given last episode, but Dean and Sam aren’t for it at all. So, it’s visions all around, huh? I wonder if God thinks of Sam as his favorite, which is why he answered him. Of course, that assumes it was a God who answered.

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Crowley is babysitting Amara, while making plans to kill Rowena, and almost succeeds, except his henchmen are incompetent. He does insist on treating Amara like a small girl. Trust me, Crowley. That ain’t no girl.

Rowena decides to take her show on the road, to some second tier witches, at another posh restaurant. They still are not with the Mega Coven thing. She’s really trying to make this happen, and almost succeeds, when she’s attacked by one of Crowley’s assassins, disguised as a waiter. I guess this episode is about almosts. Rowena escapes by throwing around some magic. She was good before she got the book, but now its just too easy.

Dean’s solution, for Castiel’s problem, is reaching Crowley, so he can find Rowena. Sam insults Castiel’s crappy, 1978 Mark IV boat that he used to drive. Castiel has yet another seizure,  and the brothers are getting desperate, when they hear about Rowena’s shenanigans in the restaurant. Castiel’s response to Dean’s what time is it, is intentionally hilarious.  “Earth. Several million years from the beginning.”

Amara has a discussion with her future self in a mirror. She’s learning about the world. About how messed up it is, and she has a grudge against God. Crowley is teaching her about everything evil which is a huge mistake as that’s only fueling her puzzlement and rage against God. She’s going to want to destroy it all, I think.

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A demon and an angel meet in a bar, to kvetch about how hard things are for them, and to plan for The Darkness’ eventual dominion. The theme: if the big guns can’t handle it, it’s up to the little guy to do it. Are we talking about The Winchesters, too? They’ve traditionally been cast as the underdogs of the show, taking out opponents bigger and more powerful than them, just by being unwilling to quit, or not acknowledging  they could fail. Is this the theme for the rest of the season, too?

Rowena , now alerted to her danger, is getting ready to run again, while Sam and Dean interrogate the surviving witch, from the restaurant. She agrees to do a locator spell on Rowena. Her response is pretty funny too. (She’s nobody’s third cousin, who doesn’t even get invited to dinner!) I think tonight’s theme is how, even the least of people can create the most trouble, for the large.

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Crowley continues to underestimate Amara who, after her discussion with herself, is now on another hunger spree. She kills her nanny and most of the other demons that he provides. Every time she kills, Crowley looks distinctly uncomfortable. I just know he’s wondering when he’ll be next, and what he can do to stop her hurting him, if she has a mind to. He’s being shortsighted because he needs to keep the Winchester Nuclear Option in his pocket and he’s neglecting it.

Sam and Dean find Rowena, and Dean sneaks up on her disguised as a cabbie who is wearing the most gawdawful Hawwaiian shirt, I’ve ever seen. Or maybe it just looks wrong on him, as I’ve never seen him wear a Panama hat, either.

Castiel having been left to entertain himself, stumbles across Dean’s online porn sites. Or maybe Sam’s. Let’s not assume.

Amara says she feels the emptiness of the souls she’s eating. She’s feeding on the wrong souls. She really  should feed on some more wholesome people, maybe. She does ask one pertinent question, when she asks Crowley if he’d be happy if everyone was evil. This conversation is enlightening because she really does sound like she wants to end it all. Heaven, Hell, it’s all meaningless to her.

The brothers have Rowena but lose Castiel and have to hunt him down before he hurts someone. Unfortunately, they have to take Rowena with them because I’m sure if left alone, she’ll get free. Anytime anyone on this show is left alone, for longer than thirty seconds, they manage to escape. Rowena’s conversation with Dean is interesting. This is a woman who knows exactly what her strengths are. Even if she can’t see her own weaknesses, she most certainly can spot the weaknesses of others, and manages to point out every single one of Dean’s, when he tries to strongarm her into giving up The Book of the Damned.

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Well, a road trip with Rowena is certainly not boring. She spills the beans on her deal with Sam and when Dean reacts, she’s frustratingly smug. You just want to give her a sharp pinch. But Dean is right. I thought the two of them talked about keeping secrets. Sam kept his infection a secret. We’ll wait for Dean to find out about that, too.

The brothers find Castiel terrorizing a young woman in a warehouse and stop him just in time to get beat up.  Sam, holding Rowena at gun point, makes her retract her spell, but she gets the drop on them both and escapes. Again! She’s like  a tiny, slippery, little noodle, so I’m not at all surprised.

The brothers share a beer with Castiel, while Dean looks a little the worse for wear. When Castiel tries to heal him, he says it’s okay, because he had it coming. Did he tell Sam about what he did to Cas when he was soulless? Is that why there’s so much reckless eyeballing, between the three of them, at that remark?

Crowley walks in to discover that Amara has killed her way into an older body, again. She’s definitely in a hurry to get something done. I fear what that may be. Crowley’s facial expressions are getting more and more eloquent. You can hear his brain screaming, “Oh, sh** ! I have totally f****d up!”

Yeah, Crowley. I think you have.

The Walking Dead : JSS

Last nights episode of The Walking Dead was  almost entirely action, yet still had enough depth to be unpleasantly satisfying. JSS is short for Enid’s motto, “Just Survive Somehow”, and the episode picks up the narrative in two places; how Enid, a young woman of Carl’s acquaintance, came to Alexandria, and where we left off last episode, with an alarm blaring out of Alexandria, attracting the zombies the townspeople were trying to herd out of the area.

We’re shown Enid getting in full touch with her survival instincts, hiding from Walkers and eating a tortoise, after her parents were killed by zombies, on the road. After several days of Just Surviving Somehow, she arrives at Alexandria. Like most people in this world, she is severely damaged and finds it difficult to emotionally commit to the people, or  the town. She really  has one foot in Alexandria and one foot out in the world. I don’t blame her. I would find it incredibly difficult to come close to people, after such an event, and not just for safety reasons. She is willing to set foot near Alexandria solely because her chances of survival might be better there. After the events of tonight’s episode, she has changed her mind and finally decides to leave.

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Deanna and Maggie talk about Deanna’s responsibilities and Petes wife, Jessie, tries to talk to her oldest son, Ron, who is mostly known for moping around Alexandria, pining for his late, abusive father. Tara and Eugene meet the new doctor, Denise, who is super under-confident about her new position, because she has panic attacks. Well, today is going to really test her competency and her nerves. Eugene’s advice is not helping and he should shut up now.

Father Gabriel tries to talk to Carl about helping the town. I guess it’s better if he talks to Carl, rather than Rick, as Rick will just ignore him, maybe. Carl agrees to teach him how to use a machete. Carol plans to fix a casserole. She admonishes her neighbor, Ms. Neudermeyer(?), that she should stop smoking because there’s enough ways to die, in this world, without adding smoking. Ms. Neudermeyer gives her the stink eye, but Carol’s words are prophetic, as Neudermeyer is one of the first people killed, when The Wolves, taking advantage of the absence of the town’s top dogs, decide to attack. Carol watches while she is macheted by a strange man, who blitzkriegs her, on her front lawn.

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Maggie and Deanna watch as the wall is struck by Molotov cocktails, burning some people, alive. Jessie and her youngest son hide in a closet, when someone breaks into the house. Enid comes to visit Carl before she leaves. Carl convinces her to stay for a while longer, so he can protect her and Judith. Enid was always ready to run at any time. JSS!

Various townsfolk are shown being chased down and stabbed or bludgeoned to death. One of the reasons this episode is so intense is because the Wolves are so thoroughly  unhinged. They stab and hack and chop at their victims long after they have expired. I guess to keep them from rising as zombies. I guess it hasn’t dawned on them that a blow to the skull would do the trick. It’s more brutal than just about anything we’ve seen on the show, because they don’t have guns. Carol, seeing one of her neighbor’s attacked, kills the attacker, and finishes off the neighbor after she dies in her arms. Carol dons the attacker’s clothes and, masquerading as a Wolf named Aphid, proceeds to kill every Wolf she encounters.

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The alarm that was heard was a truck horn, that got stuck in the on position, when the Wolves tried to ram a truck through the walls. The driver was shot by Deanna’s surviving son, Spencer, and the driver resurrected in the cab of the truck. Spencer hesitates to kill the Walker but Morgan does not. Morgan tells him to hide while he goes inside. He comes across a Wolf hacking at one of the townspeople and tries to talk him into leaving, but Carol, disguised as Aphid,  kills him first. They argue about killing the Wolves but Carol wants to get to the armory before the Wolves do and needs his help. It’s interesting to watch her because she seems so utterly fearless, at far remove from the timid creature we knew, in season one. All the fear has been burnt out of her, but people like Eugene and Spencer seem to have an endless capacity for it.

Denise’s first patient is Holly, brought in by Eugene, and Rosita and Aaron. Denise tries desperately to save Holly’s life, while Aaron runs off to help protect the town, and Eugene, who is of course, not a fighter, decides to stay in the infirmary. Denise is afraid to to do surgery on Holly but Eugene wisely states, don’t start off being a coward, as it becomes a bad habit. Deanna decides to stay outside the wall because she can’t fight and will only become a liability to Maggie, inside. Carl kills an attacker who was trying to kill Ron and offers Ron protection but Ron would rather sulk about Enid being in Carl’s house and runs away. A very strong part of me says good riddance to him, the little fuck.

One of the Wolves breaks into Jessie’s house and she brutally stabs the woman to death with the scissors she was going to use to cut Ron’s  hair, when she tried to talk to him about his father. I guess Ron was trying to establish a precedent becasue he got pissy and ran away then, too. This seems to be Teen Response # 2, from his roster of annoying human behaviors.

Carol makes it to the armory by pretending to have captured Morgan. Morgan runs off to protect Father Gabriel, while Carol is pursued by one of the Wolves. Carol kills the Wolf, arms Olivia, who was hiding in the closet, and then goes out to cause more damage. Morgan ties up Gabriel’s attacker. When the Wolf tries to explain why they attacked, Carol shoots him. Any excuse he gives will simply be self servingly batshit, I’m pretty sure.

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Morgan faces off against several Wolves with nothing but a Bo staff and some threats, and in one of my all-time favorite Morgan moments, manages to successfully talk (and beat) them into leaving. Morgan is totally the shit, but for the completely opposite reason, that Carol is. (I cannot help wishing Michonne had been there though, for maximum carnage.) Carol, her cover as happy homemaker now blown, contemplates her actions.  What is Olivia going to think of her? What does Morgan think? How many of the townsfolk have seen her without her mask? It’s the only time, since the beginning of the series, that we see her cry. Later, we see Jessie, Carol’s doppelgänger,  dealing with what she’s just done, as well. She was a mother bear. It’s impossible for me to pass judgment on her. That kind of judgment is for people who think they know where their line is. That line beyond which they’ll never step.

Aaron finds his old bag near the body of one of the Wolves, and inside, his photos of Alexandria. We know he thinks he’s to blame now, but he couldn’t possibly have foreseen something like this happening, I think. Denise loses the battle for Hollys life. She does not handle it well. I feel so deeply for her. She tried so hard. Maggie and Deanna come back inside the walls to survey the damage. Enid leaves. She’s a survivor. It’s what she does, but I sincerely hope she does not come in contact with any of the Wolves. JSS!

Morgan checks out a house and encounters the same Wolf who tried to kill and rob him last season, and whom he let live. The man taunts him about how he shouldn’t have. Morgan apologizes before delivering a final blow. It’s unclear whether or not he killed him, but I think he did. The episode ends with Carol passing Morgan on the street, completely ignoring him. She has no use for people who won’t do what needs to be done.

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At the top of the show, Enid kills and eats a tortoise. It’s funny but the moment I saw it, I got totally invested in it. It was so cute. And then, I was shocked at the next scene of her eating it raw, and thought to myself, well of course. Nothing in this world would go to waste and she must be extremely hungry. I don’t think it would have occurred to me to eat it, no matter how hungry I was. I think part of my reaction was because we see so few animals, on the show. From time to time, we see rabbits or something small. But are there no deer in Georgia? We saw some wild horses last season and we saw the crew it a dog, but where are all the cats and birds? If the cats aren’t dead, the whole place should be overrun. What happened to the zoo animals? Are any of them running free, like monkeys, for example? I still don’t think there are enough animals shown in a world that’s been mostly denuded of people.

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I was not at all surprised to see Carol under the mask, later in the episode. Not surprised at all. Of course that’s what she would do, although I do realize it’s not an idea that would’ve occurred to me. Jessie  and Carol are such mirrors of each other. Abused wives, who were meek and submissive, to their husbands, but with nerves of steel underneath. Is  Jessie some kind of Proto-Carol?

When Morgan encountered the lone Wolf, I was rooting for him to not kill him. Not because I cared about the Wolf, but I wanted Morgan to stand by his principles and not kill. He’s been so adamant that he wouldn’t, what kind of person can he be if he folds the first, or even the second time, his resolve is tested? I don’t know if he killed the man, but I would be disappointed in him to find out he did.

Next week, we find out what the top dogs, Rick, Daryl, Michonne, Abraham and Sonya, were doing while Alexandria was being attacked? We’ll get to see what their reaction is, if they encounter the Wolves, themselves and if the successfully here’d away the swarm of zombies.

The Walking Dead: First Time Again

The sixth season of The Walking Dead begins with a bang, as we find out just why Alexandria hasn’t experienced a zombie invasion, and a flashback to Rick’s execution of Pete, for killing Reg, which Morgan walks  in just in time to witness.

We flash back and forth, in color and then black and white, between the town’s present efforts to corral and control the zombies, who have been trapped in a large quarry, for several months. Someone had the bright idea to barricade the area with semis, but those barriers are starting to fail and the zombies are making their way out. Rick comes up with a plan to herd the zombies out of Alexandrias range.

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We also go to the direct aftermath of Rick’s shooting of Pete. Morgan has been quarantined for everyone’s safety, since Rick has decided that they are no longer accepting new people, Morgan’s arrival is badly timed and the title is a reference to the two of them needing to get to know each other all over again. Can Morgan be trusted? Will he support Ricks endeavors?

Tara wakes up from her coma and is glad that Eugene kept his mullet. My feelings about Eugene are still ambivalent. On the one hand, I really like the guy, but most of the time, I just want to slap the piss out of him or give him a great big hug in sympathy, as he seems so pathetic. But I am glad that he and Tara are becoming friends as the two of them don’t seem to have any.

Eugene is also unintentionally hilarious, especially when he and Heath first meet. Their conversation is priceless, as Heath threatens to “beat his ass”, which would be one of the friendliest ass kickings seen on television. He would only be doing it becasue he’s mildly annoyed. Their conversation also makes me think that Eugene has got to be somewhere on the spectrum, although I don’t like diagnosing television characters as I’m not a professional. He just fits some of the criteria I’ve read.

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Abraham seems to be having some crisis of conscience and agrees to pal up with Sonya for the zombie rodeo. He evinces concern for her well being but the real question is : is he okay?

Rick has several mild confrontations with the residents of Alexandria. One of those is the burial of Pete. He doesn’t want him buried on the grounds and makes the decision to leave him in the woods. Deanna backs up all the decisions he makes. She is too saddened by the death of her husband, nominally putting Rick in charge. This is something that Carol acknowledges at one point.

We don’t exactly get closure on things but we get a shoutout to past events. Maggie and Tara reassert their friendship, when Tara finds out what happened at the warehouse, where she got hurt. Eugene saved her, but Nicholas was responsible for the death of Noah, (which I’m still hurting over), and that he subsequently tried to kill Glenn. Maggie and Glenn argue that Nicholas should be given a chance to redeem himself. I don’t believe there’s redemption for him but maybe atonement. I still applaud Glenn’s patience at working side by side with him. If it were me, I’d be too angry about both incidents to get near him, without strongly desiring to punch him in the face, for five to ten minutes.

Morgan gets to have an interesting first day. He repeatedly reminds Rick of who he is, susses out Carol’s character, buries bodies and has to stare at Ricks band-aided up face without laughing at it. I don’t know why that’s funny, but Rick walks around like that  for the whole episode and whoever did his first aid needs to take that class again. Was it Daryl?

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Since Rick is in charge now, there would be some token resistance from a guy named Carter, who  got on my last nerve. There’s always someone’s job it is, to poo-poo any ideas that the leader comes up with, but Rick, guided by Morgan manages to channel this guys inner angst into helping Rick save the town, although that doesn’t work to save him. And just in time, as he was just about to take out our other annoying character, Eugene, for overhearing his conspiracy to take down The Ricktatorship, in another scene that’s unexpectedly hilarious. (Thanx, Eugene!) Later, during the Rodeo, Carter gets eaten by a stray zombie, and Rick gets the honor of putting him down, as Carter’s screams begin to attract attention.

One of Ricks best speeches is to Carter, when he takes Carter to task about his conspiracy to take out Rick and the others and asks him, “Do you have any idea who you’re talking to?” I do think Carter need to be brought to his senses. He would have to kill all of them, really as Ricks people are totally loyal to him, and all of them (well okay, maybe not Eugene, who would’ve been dead anyway) are warriors.

This episode is definitely centered around Morgan and Rick as the try to bond again, first over Petes death, then Morgan meeting Judith, Carters death, saving Pete’s son, with Rick giving him the same speech he gave Carter, “Don’t make things harder than they need to be.”

But one of my favorite scenes is Morgan’s first meeting with Carol. I don’t believe the two of them have ever met before and Carol is still wearing her “Suzy Homemaker” costume, which Morgan sees right through, when he asks her if she is a cop, like Rick. She’s taken aback by this because most people see what they want to see when they look at her, but Morgan isn’t fooled. She’s going to have to be extra wary around him becasue he’s as observant as she is, and he has been looking at her.

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Morgan asks Michonne if she stole his protein bar (which she did), but she says she didn’t and he knows she’s lying. I actually laughed a few times during this episode. I don’t think things were supposed to be funny but the zombie rodeo is  conducted with Daryl on his bike, Sonya in a car with Abraham, balloons, trailers and loud noises. It’s just weird. It’s a massive swarm. One of the largest seen on the show and I applaud the special effects teams who managed to get all these extras in costume and acting in sync.

The townsfolk do an acceptable job of herding the zombies out of the corral and down the road, but hit a snag when a massive alarm goes off near Alexandria. And the question is, who set it off? Was it Ron, as vengeance for the death of his father? Was it the Wolves, that batshit insane group of people terrorizing any human stragglers during the apocalypse? Or some brand new menace, we don’t know yet?

I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the season. I know it’s going to be tragic, and funny and horrifying. Sometimes all at once. The show has been able to keep up this very suspenseful pace for three seasons after the slowed pace of being at the farm. I know a lot of people were ready to give up that season, as things just were not moving, but the show has recovered nicely.

Hopefully, the show can shake off that Merry-Go-Round of Black men, which was basically a reinforcement of The Highlander Rule for PoC. I hope Morgan sticks around for a good long time at least, because I am loving the Hell out of his bo staff skills and maybe he and Heath can co-exist for a while. I understand Heath is a big name from the books, which I refuse to read, so I’m looking forward to how badass he’s going to be.