The Walking Dead: “Bloodletting”

Posted on October 24, 2011

As most couples do from time to time, we found ourselves bickering while parked in front of the TV last night. Lorenzo was sniping at the screen throughout this episode, causing Tom to ask -during a commercial break, mind you – just what the hell his problem was. “It’s too SLOW,” was the response.

“There’s a kid dying!” said Tom. “Should they just skip over that?”

“No, but do they have to stand around and talk about it non-stop?”

“WHAT ARE THEY SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT? THE WORLD SERIES?”

But Lorenzo is not without a point. There seems to be a definite slowing down this season, with two episodes in a row where a decision gets made or a single event happens, and the rest of the episode revolves around the fallout. Last week we spent an entire hour basically searching for the missing Sophia and this week we spent the entire hour dealing with Carl’s medical crisis.  Tom’s point was that a kid suffering from a serious gunshot wound being treated without benefit of anything remotely close to a modern medical facility should be enough story for most of the hour, but even he had to admit that things got awfully talky there for a good while once the kid passed out. We were quite happy not to have to deal with a child shrieking in mortal pain for the entire episode but how many times did people have to talk Rick out of leaving his bedside? And why the hell did he have to be talked out of it at all? Carl gets shot and everyone has to talk his father out of leaving him?

We suppose this somehow illustrates what Lori was complaining about in the flashback sequence that opened this episode, where she complained about Rick’s infuriating habit of trying to be a good guy all the time. He’s always trying so hard to be heroic and do the right thing that his ability to connect with his family on a deep level is compromised. Okay, fine. We’re happy to get that pseudo explanation because it helps keep Lori from looking too much like a bitch when she complains, but how much does anyone really want to see Lori and Rick’s marriage explored? Yes, the very best horror stories give you characters with whom you can identify because they have recognizable problems and personalities, but we’re not sure the audience wants or needs this much sitting around and talking.

The only decent thing that came out of all this talking was the continuing rehabilitation of Shane’s character. It seems someone on the writing staff realized they’d come awfully close to painting the character into a corner, what with the drunken sexual assault on Lori last season. It was time for someone besides Rick to be the hero of the group and Shane stepped up, proving that, no matter what else he may have done, he has always been a willing protector of Rick’s family, as much as Rick himself is.

But we would have thought such a radical change in venue and the near-doubling of the cast would have made this episode more interesting.  Hershel the kindly vet got a pretty decent introduction, but everyone else on that farm was essentially a face in the background for most of the episode. We’ve been following the same characters since the beginning of this story and we would have liked for such a large infusion of new blood (you’ll pardon the term) to receive a little more screen time and attention. Instead, it’s the Rick-Shane-Lori story center stage yet again.

And sure, there was a lot happening and people had a lot on their minds, but the question of how these people seem to be able to live fairly peacefully in the middle of all this madness needs to be asked and explained for the viewer. This world has been firmly established as one where you can’t just hang out on the porch and chat about your day, but somehow, Hershel’s farm is magic. A little less talking about the Grimes marriage and a little more world-building is called for here.

Still, we got a pretty breathless set piece with Shane and Carl’s shooter making a heroic medical supply run to a former FEMA shelter overrun with walkers. The action was a nice break from all the dialogue, that’s for sure. But it’s not really the lack of action that made us so itchy in our seats last night. It was the lack of story movement. We were prepared for a lot of setting the stage and laying down of character arcs when the season opened, but once a kid gets shot, we expect the story to move. Especially with another kid missing. This was rather starkly illustrated by having Carol, in a relatively calm and cogent manner, stop and have a discussion in the middle of the woods about how she doesn’t want her daughter to wind up like Andrea’s sister Amy. From a writing standpoint, did this really need to happen? Doesn’t that go without saying?

The only interesting conversation was the one between T-Dog and Dale, where the former makes the somewhat metatextual observation that he’s the black guy in a horror movie, which is historically not a great thing to be. Our first thought was, “Oh shit, they’re not going to turn the only African-American character into the Angry Black Guy, are they?” But we have to admit, as paranoid and fever-induced as his ravings may have been, he had a point. You could argue that racial distinctions don’t exist anymore in a post-apocalyptic scenario, but tell that to the only black guy in a group who collectively put their fate in the hands  of a couple of small town southern sheriffs and a redneck who blames him for his brother’s death. He’s got a point. He’s also got a point wondering what they were all doing hanging out on that highway for days at a time like sitting ducks. Sure, there were extenuating circumstances, with one kid missing and one kid shot, but it’s nice to see the writers realize, briefly, that Shane, Rick, and Lori shouldn’t be driving all the action, and if they do, then other people in the group are going to start wondering why they put up with it.

Since Carl’s clearly not out of the woods yet and Shane is stuck in a FEMA shelter with a bunch of hungry zombies, it’s safe to say the Grimes family + One are going to remain at the center of the story for the next episode, but we really hope with the introduction of the farm and a set of new characters that we get to settle down for a little bit and explore some of the other drama and relationships in the group.

In other words, we’re okay with people standing around and talking, but we’d rather it not always be the same people doing all the talking. It’s time for Rick, Shane, and Lori to stop sucking up all the oxygen in the story.

 

 

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  • Thomas L. Strickland

     I wonder if the writers are regretting their departure from the source material yet, seeing as in the graphic novel, Shane never made it to Hershel’s farm …

  • up with pod people

    For me, this was a riveting episode, in an almost “can’t take it any more” sort of way. Mainly because of perspective, I guess: I’m a mother, and I’m terrified of doctors at the best of times, yet the only thing worse than medical torture is watching your child suffer through it. I was nauseated during his surgery scene and wishing the kid couldn’t act. For me, showing that part of the real horror of an apocalypse is that you lose the critical comforts of modern living was an important story — my main complaint is that CHILDREN IN PERIL is really fucking manipulative and I’m about to my end of tolerance with it. It’s like salt in a meal; in a good meal it’s seasoning, but overdo it and you can’t eat any more.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Stephen King did the thing with the effects of losing modern comforts and skills 30 years ago, and he did it better, honestly. 

      Though, better a gun wound than a book I read in which a guy died because they couldn’t treat his collapsed lung (after an injury) with THREE NURSES.  I spent the whole time going, “I could treat a collapsed lung for God’s sake — any nurse would know what to do!”

      • up with pod people

        *shifty glances* so… what do you do? I feel like I desperately need to know this, now.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          I have an accounting degree.  I’ve also HAD a chest tube, and believe me, it’s not all that complicated.  (I also find it hilarious when they show a collapsed lung as a GIANT emergency — only if it’s on the right side, and even then, you’ve got some time.  If it’s the left, you’ve got at least a week. 

    • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

      Totally agree about the children in peril thing, and about the kid who plays Carl’s acting.  Those screams were exceptional, and I think I’ve now made it one of my life goals never to have to hear similar screaming in person.  :-

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LKEXXETU3A347XGCCWUYZ6K3TE NJScor72

    I think you fellas missed the point about Rick wanting to leave – he wanted to get lori there because he can’t handle the stress of the kid being hurt/near death.  His reaction is to a) get the kid’s mom there and b) get a task which occupies his mind instead of sitting around helplessly while his kid flirts with death.

    And seriously, Andrea needs to grow a set.  While that scene where the walker attacked finally put a little action into the show, you would think by now that she a) would be a little more aware of her surroundings and b) wouldn’t shriek and fall to the ground… man up and hit that walker in the head, bitch!

    • MilaXX

      See that bugged me because knowing where they are why are all of them carry one of those head bashing knives at all times?

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re right about Rick wanting to leave because of stress, and I think he’s also trying to run from his own guilt.  Last week, he and Lori told the kid several times to stay where they could see him. Rick and Shane were looking right at him when he was shot. This is a world where parents can’t keep their children safe, even if they aren’t distracted by their love triangle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leah.robin Leah Robin

    My issue with these past couple episodes is the tiresome trope of the hysterical blaming mother. Yes, that is their child who is missing/shot, but these women just stand around and blame the menfolk (who are of course the ones initiating the constructive action) for their problems. I could deal with a few less stereotypes and a bit more character nuance, here.

  • Anonymous

    In retrospect, I suppose there was a ton of talking in this episode.  But for me the hour passed before I really knew it, and I wasn’t feeling the drag in the same way.  I agree, though, that we need to get on with introductions of more of the farm characters.  They at least laid the groundwork for Hershel and his family to have their moment in the spotlight when he laid out his… unique philosophy to Rick on the porch.

    I remember an interview with Andrew Lincoln last season mentioning that his take on Rick was someone who has to keep moving; he keeps driving himself with new tasks and missions so that he doesn’t have to stop and think about the messed-up situations he’s in.   That came into play last night when he kept wanting to go find Lori, go get supplies, anything but sit and deal with his son’s tragedy.  I thought that worked OK, although I did get a bit tired of everyone focusing on getting Lori there as being of prime importance.  Forget Lori!  Save the kid first!

    Overall another good episode.  Looking forward to more of Hershel and his … bunch.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      That was my reaction, too.  I thought the episode flew by.  And I think the point of spending so much time on Carl’s treatment was to get across to the audience the idea that competent medical care is just going to get harder and harder to come by, and that, eventually, people in the group who get badly hurt may just have to die. 

    • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

      Re: Rick being someone who needs to keep moving: I agree with that idea being paramount in the situation with Carl.  Rick is used to action, to responding to calamity by doing something: zooming in with sirens blazing, shooting walkers in the head, searching for people, etc.  It’s not that he wants to leave his son in the latter’s time of need, but rather that Rick is very much not used to having to sit and wait.

      I interpret the scenario as examining the gendered aspects of such behaviors, too.  In the past, Rick was the active one, while Lori was the one who stayed home and waited.  (I wasn’t in love with the opening flashback scene, but I appreciated how clear it was that Lori knew immediately that those cruisers were there to deliver bad news.)  (See also: boys on the warfront, girls on the homefront.)  The social order taken for granted in the era before the walkers rose up is now in flux.

  • http://twitter.com/sapphirerose61 sapphirerose61

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  My son and I are watching together, and around 9:45, I said to him, “this show needs to pick up the pace, or it’s going to lose me.  Which is a shame, ’cause it’s a damn good story”.  Enough with the talking already – I’m looking for movement!  And, yes, why DOES everyone have to talk Rick out of leaving his kid and wife??  That hero stuff is such bullshit – it pisses me off every time I see it in a movie or tv show.  I can see where the character needs to feel as if he’s “doing” something to assist, but just once (and this show seems to be doing it), I’d like to see it brought home to the character that STAYING is doing.  

    I can also see your point about Lone Black Guy; however, Dale’s point was that the redneck (can’t remember his name) could’ve let Lone Black Guy die several times, including in this episode.  Yet, Redneck is the one who got the bag of drugs out of his motorcycle bags, thereby saving Lone Black Guy AGAIN.  So, what’s Redneck waiting for?  If he hadn’t pulled out the drug bag, Lone Back Guy would have an agonizing death, certainly agonizing enough to satisfy Redneck that Lone Black Guy had been punished for losing the key to Redneck’s brother’s manacles. 

    Anyway – thanks for giving me a place to post a few thoughts!  Love you guys!

  • MilaXX

    As much as I loved last week’s episode, this one bored me to tears. The view notable point is interest was a bit of curiosity as to the whole farm setup, Darryl’s red shirt revelation & the Shane/Rick  ‘shipper moment. Why would Shane take that guy with him to the FEMA trailer? Unlike LOST’s Hurley, that guy cannot run. The whole go get the medical equipment plan seemed ill conceived. I couldn’t even get concerned as to whether they would get bitten. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=548109947 Jeanne D’Esposito

    I agree with Lorenzo.  I thought the first two episodes on the whole were painfully slow and it’s definitely getting in the way of my enjoyment of all that is good with the series.  It doesn’t help that there are 4 minutes of commercials alternating with 5 minutes of show.   Yes, I started timing that halfway through the first episode and it is a very consistent pattern.  That whole thing about Carl leaving was ridiculous.  And even after he agrees to stay, Shane continued to talk him out of it for another 5 minutes?  Can we say filler?  

  • http://profiles.google.com/melantha.chimera Eileen Duffy

    I just wanted to thank you both for getting the Facts of Life theme song stuck in my head. :p  :)

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate the slow down. There was a certain theme of the last two episodes.. a “WTF are we doing now?” theme. Everyone’s asking it and questioning their own and the group motives. But in reality, they are just slowly surviving. I cannot imagine how slow the days would be if I were stuck in a farm/RV/FEMA shelter waiting to die or survive. And that’s what they are all essentially doing… waiting. None of them are scientists with the cure or officers on the front line of duty of some massive zombie-human war. They are not even hunters. They are just regular folks trying to make it tomorrow with minimal bloodshed. 

  • Anonymous

    What spoiled this ep for me was not the focus but the questionable dialog/acting.  If you’re going to have people standing around talking, make sure they a) have great dialog and b) can convey that dialog with truth.  I wish I could invest in Dale/T-Dog’s conversation, but it was frakking painful to watch because it was so bad – I didn’t believe either of the actors at all.  Very forced.  As much as I, too, am a bit weary of the Rick/Lori/Shane triangle, at least the 3 actors are believable, not acting “angry” or “scared” or “puzzled”.  This ep was obviously a set-up for further action and interaction with the farm family.  Obviously, if Carl survives (which is most probable), the group is going to be holed up at the farm for a long time.

    And Andrea is really working on my nerves.  Last week, she whines about not having a gun and this week she shrieks like a loon when a single walker comes at her.  The same woman who drove a screwdriver into a walker’s eye last week.  WTH.

    And all the urgency about the Sophia story went out the window.  I mean, it is the same day as last week.  That didn’t change.  Carol was like ho, hum, hope my kid doesn’t get chowed like Amy….let’s stroll back through the woods to the cars….

    Despite my complaints, still am invested in the show.  I think once it gets going, it won’t stop.  The scene with the hungry zombies at the high school rocked.  I want Daryl to swoop in with his Robin Hood act and save the day!  Besides the fact that Norman Reedus is pretty damn hot to watch!

    • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

      Have you seen The Boondocks Saints?  OMG! 

  • http://twitter.com/otterbird otterbird

    The bit with Herschel being a DVM, not an MD, made me laugh, because I remember a co-worker who was also a freelance vet saying to me, “When you come down to it, one mammal’s pretty much like another.”  So hey, Carl will be fine.

    • up with pod people

      Totally. I would be MORE relieved knowing he was a DVM; arguably they have a tougher row to hoe in their line of work, with creatures who can’t tell you what’s wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/0001909 ∆ .

    Honestly, I’ve started to actively dislike all of the characters with the exception of 

    • Anonymous

      Well, part of the problem is we’ve been watching the show for a year now including the massive hiatus, but only a few days have passed for the characters.  Season 2 started on the same day that Episode 6 occurred from Season One.  So this is all still very new to them, and they haven’t had time to think of much other than running.  Add to this the newness of traveling on highways and navigating the countryside for the first time (they hadn’t seen a herd before, for example.)   I don’t think it’s unrealistic that they don’t have their act together yet.  Not to worry:  if they follow the existing storyline at all, the behavior you are expecting creeps in a thousandfold.

      • http://twitter.com/0001909 ∆ .

        I am a little confused about how long the survivors have been in this world, since it doesn’t seem 100% clear.  I would assume at least a few weeks but these zombies are a little different from what the traditional zombies appear to be, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and stick around for another few episodes and see if they get their acts together! I did delve into the Wikipedia page on the comic series after you wrote that, and I am actually amazed by how different the comic series is (at least from reading the little Wiki summary) from the television show.  Can someone who’s read the comics tell me if that impression is wrong and this television show is actually pretty faithful?

        That said, I am now contemplating buying the comics for my boyfriend!  Yay anniversary present ideas!

        • Anonymous

          The comic series has a slightly different feel.  It’s a bit more extreme, I think, and it’s always an incessant page-turner even when things calm down a bit.  Definitely recommended.

  • Anonymous

    i liked the show last night.  rick running through the field with his son was heartbreaking because it was so difficult.  also the scene with shane & rick as he wiped the blood off his face, that just got me.  i think we will get some answers to who are these people, why is the house so clean & peacefu & where did the o.j. come from.  it takes time to weave a great story together.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      I mean, I don’t even have children and I wanted to beat that guy from The Mentalist that shot him the ENTIRE EPISODE. Not to mention the bawling I did. I thought it was really fantastically acted, as usual.

    • Anonymous

      The oj took me out for a second, too!  I kept thinking “So…are they near Florida now?  Does Herschel have an orchard?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    I totally agree about disliking the Rick/Lori/Shane triangle, which should have been over when Shane tried to rape Lori.  That there is still anything to say between them, much less about Carl, is horrendously wrong to me. At least Shane is supposed to be an asshole, though one has to wonder why he had a plan for getting into the trailer but none for getting out.  Really, Shane?  That’s not heroic.  That’s just stupid.

    Daryl and Dale continue to be the only people in the show who act like real people, and Dale’s relationship with Andrea continues to annoy greatly.  Thus, I hate to admit it, but Daryl is now my favorite character.  Everyone else is either too unrealistic to bear, or too annoying.  I only continue to watch b/c of the crazy zombie action scenes, and I’m not sure how much longer those will sustain my interest.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

    Yes, it flew by for me, too and I thought it was mostly riveting. Frankly, I find the complaints that characters in a situation like this ‘talk too much’ really annoying.  Their world changed radically overnight, the old rules of ‘everything happens for a reason’  and ‘god will protect us’ simply do not apply.  The human mind has a need to make sense out of what is happening, and their world makes no sense.  Of course they’re going to be trying to work it out in their own brains by talking with each other.  They can’t talk and be active at the same time (zombie movie style) and if they didn’t talk about it the show would be shallow.

    My only small complaint is that I just don’t care for the actor who plays the old guy with the RV.  He’s such a cornball.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this episode. Someone somewhere on the Internet said this is not a zombie drama – this is a drama with zombies. I think this ep demonstrated that perfectly and I’m happy with TWD being the latter and not the former.

  • http://iamthelizardqueen.wordpress.com Lizzie

    I agree completely with almost everything you’ve said, T & Lo, but I wanted to push back a little bit more against your frustration with Rick for wanting to leave Carl’s side.  As I mentioned in a reply to ShivaDiva above, I think it is, or at least can be read as, an attempt to shine a little bit of light on stereotypical gender roles, with man as active and woman as passive.  The fact that the person who rides to Lori’s rescue–literally–is a woman is significant, I think.
     
    And I’m not just saying that because the moment where the woman rides in to save the day was quite probably my favorite part of the episode.  ;)

  • Anonymous

    This episode was slow enough for me that I was thinking of all sorts of “why don’t ?”  
    As in, why doesn’t everyone have a knife on them at all times?

    Why didn’t they nab some walky-talkies when they raided the police depot so that people have some way to communicate when they’re out of sight?

    Why doesn’t the Farm have a ditch or a big fence around it?

    And, most of all, why don’t people make for boats and islands?  Swimming’s a learned activities–there’s no sign zombies can swim.  Why not head for an island in a boat with plenty of weapons,  kill off the zombies on it and secure it.  Just pick one with a water source and arable land.

    Why not take all-terrain vehicles–why stick with an RV that needs lots of gas and has a flimsy structure?  At least get something with four wheel drive that can roll over a zombie or two as you head out to, say, the Outer Banks.

    And what about satellite communications?  Wouldn’t that still work or do you need a power grid working down below?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      I think all these questions are like… why does the girl go into the basement with just her bra and panties after she gets a call not to? I think the answer is because it’s too smart so no action will happen. LOL

      • Anonymous

        Well, I think trying to make it to a safe haven would be interesting.  I mean, I guess that they’re supposed to be doing it now, but why not pick something where the environment works in your favor?  Or at least take some heavy equipment and get a moat or a trench going?  Maybe one lined with flammable stuff that you could light if a zombie hoarde came your way.

        How about a little zombie entrapment–over a cliff or two.  I mean, yeah, it’s billions of zombies–but they’re not particularly fast and they’re really dumb and any kind of serious head damage does them in.  

        I hope some strategic thinking starts to come into play instead of having a farm that zombie hoardes just kind of ignore.  Otherwise, I’m going to get bored.It all points out to last night’s episode being too slow.  

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      You would need the relays to still be working for sat phones and the like, I think, which probably requires a power source.

      As for the island issue… you are asking the same question that zombie watchers have pondered since the beginning of time, and the answer is still unclear:)  Not only does an island have a somewhat natural defense against zombies (though personally I’ve never understood why they couldn’t just walk on the seabed until they got where they were going.  They’re dead!  They don’t need air!), but most inhabited islands have another big advantage — self-sufficiency.  Island communities often have much better stocked medical centers (as in the local doctor has more supplies on hand; not that it would compete with a full hospital) and independent generators.  A lot of island homes are also well-stocked with emergency supplies.  And if you have anyone with any engineering ability whatsoever, it’s not impossible to rebuild civilization somewhat on an island with a fair degree of speed — windmills, for instance, are not overly complicated. 

      (For a really good idea of how to rebuild in that case, see Eric Flint’s 1630 series… in fact, read it anyway, because it’s outstanding:)

      • Anonymous

        Well, it depends where you are, but in many cases, sea currents and strong tides would make it very difficult to just walk across the sea bed, as would the gigantic drop-off you have on some coasts.  Zombies don’t seem to have superhuman strength, let alone coordination, so they’re not going to be scaling cliffs effectively. Also, depending on the level of decay, some might not be able to stay under water–they’d float, but being zombies, wouldn’t know how to swim.  

        Your average zombie, for example, isn’t going to make it from San Francisco to Alcatraz.  I suppose you might have a few that could make it from Florida to the keys.    Personally, I plan to wait out the Zombie Apocalypse on Maui.Ironically, the folk roots of zombie lore come from an island.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      Glammie, I just saw your post. I think we’re on the same wavelength!

  • Michael Telles

    So I guess I was the only one who was pretty disturbed when Dale saw in the back of the car the bloody, baby car seat? Sure, it isn’t a loud moment, but its one of those quiet details that The Walking Dead always seems to pull off effectively. Its one of those things that makes me feel that this show doesn’t have to depend on hordes of zombies to capture the viewer’s attention.

  • http://twitter.com/onecrazymuggle Aubri Tuero

    Can’t complain about Rick, Shane, and Lori being the center of the story – their faces are at the beginning of every episode! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    I want so much to like this show, the the lousy writing is doing me in. None of the characters is behaving remotely the way real people in their situation would. Their level of stupidity is astounding.

    –Wouldn’t there be some surprise upon meeting the farmhouse full of people?
    –When better superior are available, wouldn’t the rundown RV be ditched?
    –Wouldn’t clean drinking water be a valuable commodity?
    –Wouldn’t children be held close and completely out of danger, not allowed to forage around parked cars or out in the woods?
    –Wouldn’t there be concern about cutting open a zombie before understanding how the disease is spread?
    –Why are some people dead and zombified and others walking around? Isn’t there any curiosity about understanding the disease?

    But the thing that mostly annoys me about the writing is that we are dealing with a group of people of average intelligence who are struggling at making the most basic life-saving decisions. Yet, they have conversations with Jesus or each other that are philosophical, trenchant and even poetic. They are given words of dialogue by their screenwriters that their characters would not have the capacity to really say. It comes off as so fake.

    Also, is there an endless supply of clean clothes? Is there a locker with a dozen freshly-pressed sheriff’s uniforms? Because one scene Rick is covered in zombie guts and the next he’s in a clean uniform.

    An audience can suspend disbelief so far but this show may be a bridge too far.

  • http://twitter.com/IvyTurnstyles Cyd Paiva

    Less talk, more zombies.

  • Andrea Weymouth

    agreed!!

  • Andrea Weymouth

    oh and Lori is a bitch! it looks like we might have a little interesting interaction between Andrea and Daryl……could be hot…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

    Is it just me, or was there at LOT of Shane/Rick homoeroticness going on at the beginning of the episode?

  • Cristina Escamilla

    I agree completely.  More action and I’m glad there’s more characters!

  • http://twitter.com/DaenaCat Daena Ortego

    I think more than any other episode, this one really paralleled the comic book.  Not in terms of story — we’ve gone wildly off course there, but in terms of pacing.  In the comic there are these quiet periods, these lulls where interpersonal drama takes center stage and there are sometimes several issues that don’t involve ‘zombie killin’ at all.  But it’s the calm before the storm and you know that the shit will hit the fan soon.  So while I have no idea where we’re going story-wise, I know it can’t ‘t be long before things go nuts.  But I think the quiet times make the rest all the more exciting. 

    But sheesh, being up to date on the comics makes watching this show frustrating sometimes! I keep thinking, “when is [plot point] going to happen??? What about [character's development]?? When???!!  Is it going to happen at all?” 

  • http://twitter.com/DaenaCat Daena Ortego

    Oh — one more thing!  Any “Breaking Bad” fans here?  Did you notice their little nod to the show?  I feel it must be — where ELSE would Merle get blue crystal meth? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Suzanne-Wood/1663511446 Karen Suzanne Wood

    With millions of good running, BRAND NEW, fuel efficient cars at their disposal why are they driving gas guzzling pieces of garbage? Also, who do you think is the orange juice squeezer at the vet’s house? Enough oranges for a 16 oz glass, how fortunate during a zombie apocalypse.

  • http://twitter.com/annageletka Anna Geletka

    I’m a brand new viewer to this series and I was totally underwhelmed by both the season premiere and this episode. I plan to watch the first season (now that it’s out on Netflix instant – yay!), but I haven’t yet, and the intro to the second season is a great opportunity for the writers to hook new viewers. I like horror and I like zombie plotlines, but both these episodes were just ok. I’m glad that the writers want to do some character work to keep the show from getting stagnant, but the season premiere especially should have been WAY more exciting than it actually was.

    • http://twitter.com/annageletka Anna Geletka

      Also, anyone with any hunting background should know that it’s stupid to let your kid get that close to a deer. If it lets you get that close, it probably has rabies.

  • Linda Miseneheimer

    Season Three of Walking Dead picked up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf UltimaEsperenza

    The VERY same discussion happened when we watched the tivo’ed episode last night.  They repeatedly tell Rick, “YOU ARE YOUR SON’S LIFELINE”.  What would make him want to go running around at that point????  Completely out of character.

    LOVE horseback lady, though. 

    Also, can’t wait till T-Dog (old Winnebago dude’s phrase, not mine) turns into a Zombie. That “blood infection” is more than meets the eye, imo. That’ll be fun.

  • Anonymous

    I was actually ok with the flashback. It made me long for Lost…

  • Heather Hayes

    I think one point the flashback made was to illustrate just how hard this was for Rick – Lori was frustrated with how he was always calm and rational, always doing the right thing.  She was desperate for him to lose a bit of control.  His kid gets shot, and he becomes a total mess.  He’s irrational, he’s hysterical, he’s absolutely not thinking clearly, and it makes him all the more human.  His flaws are glaring. 

    I loved how much emphasis they put on Lori’s ability to stay by Rick’s side when he was in the hospital – that she had such quiet strength.  It was such a contrast to Rick’s desperate and irrational obsession with action – that he had to find a way to fix it, when anyone seeing the situation clearly knows he can’t.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DDBWDEQZA3OUS4S6MEMDEKWQ4 chhivt

    I’m with Lorenzo, the story moves at iceberg pace.  The “drama” between the characters are ridiculous and forced, it’s like Show wanted to focus on moral “issues” and then drag it out in a sluggish, slow, stupid dialogue, with crying way and oh yeah, with zombies or somethin’ruther in the background.  Seriously, Show, WTF?

    Also there’s too much f’ing crying in this series.  It seems this show has more crying scenes than the entire series of ER already.  I’m a sucker for anything Zombies; I quit after S1 but decided to give another chance because I wanted so bad to like it so I decided to watch S2E01, three crying scenes in that one … and … I’m done, not even the last scene of that episode could bring me back to watch.  Goodbye Show.

    You guys should cover American Horror Story, HALLO?  Good stuff boys. Cover it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7DDBWDEQZA3OUS4S6MEMDEKWQ4 chhivt

      I also just want to say, as I don’t say often, that I absolutely adore you guys.  Thanks for blogging, lotsa work and dedication, so danke für alles.

  • Anonymous

    This show definitely needs to pick up the pace a bit. I like the idea of new characters being introduced but what do we know about them? Hoping that is remedied tomorrow night.