Walking Dead: “Triggerfinger”

Posted on February 20, 2012

Now that’s a little more like it.

Even though we’ve been complaining all season about the “stand around and talk about things” style of storytelling this season, when we say “that’s more like it,” we don’t actually mean the more action-oriented stuff we got this time around. Believe it or not, we’re talking about the talking.

Which isn’t to say the more tense of the scenes in town weren’t very welcome. They were; and it was mainly because the show’s finally getting around to one of the major themes of the book: the walkers aren’t the most dangerous thing in this world; other people are. There was a definite “Oh, shit” moment when the friends of the two guys Rick just Greedo’d showed up, sounding less like homicidal maniacs and more like a bunch of dudes looking for their fellow dudes. Chances are, that never would have been the case, but those scenes were nicely played, as Rick tried to figure out a way to defuse the situation, instead of just blasting away at random strangers. Granted, it made Rick look pretty stupid, effectively saying, “Look, we killed your buddies, but let’s just walk away and forget it, okay?” Then again, we’re used to seeing members of the Grimes family do and say totally idiotic things.

On that note, is it awful of us to admit that we were disappointed Lori flipped a car and managed to walk away from it? We suppose we should be happy we’re not going to be treated to endless scenes of Rick crying over her bed or crying over her grave, but it was a little silly how unhurt she was. And you have to be a pretty big bitch to have Shane come off as the reasonable one in your argument.

Andrea said something about Shane that’s very true: the things he does are, for the most part, understandable given the situation. Even the killing of Otis, repugnant as it was, had a sort of moral sense to it. His problem is that he acts like a total maniac in front of everyone and that he’s scaring them all. Now, why Andrea seems okay with all of this hasn’t really been explained, except that she doesn’t seem to think Rick is doing all that great a job. And frankly, we can’t blame her. This is somewhat frustrating and confusing to the viewer, because Shane is being written like a “shades of grey” character, but he’s being played (to the HILT) like a dangerous maniac. It’s nice to see a character actually address this dichotomy, but we sure would love to hear an explanation for it, other than bad writing or directing.

This is why we enjoyed all the talking scenes this episode. It was because people were finally talking about something new; about things that have relatable consequences and understandable emotional fallout. We all sat politely through their Sophia grief, not feeling one tear, but when it looks like the group’s going to start dividing itself up according to who can lead them better? Sign us up. That’s classic Jack vs. Locke stuff – and if it’s done well, it could save this story from the doldrums it’s in. If nothing else, it finally gave Lori something to work with other than “whiny, bitchy, lazy stupid wife.” Now she’s Lady MacBeth, urging her man on to murder on her behalf. That’s something we can sink our teeth into. It’s about time everyone in this group started acting in less-than moral and admirable ways all the time. It’s way past time for that to happen, in fact. And we’re looking forward to Shane’s reaction when he figures out how much the supposedly saintly Grimeses have turned to the dark side. We hope he gives them hell for being hypocrites.

But if Lori wanted to spur her husband on to killing Shane, why not just say “He tried to rape me in the CDC. That’s what those scratches on his neck were all about?” Again: The Grimeses: not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Put a gun and a drink in Herschel’s hands and he becomes a much more likable character, it seems. We’re glad he didn’t linger on his grief and such. He seems too pragmatic for that and he’s finally come face to face with how feral and hopeless this world really is, not only giving his blessing to killing two men, but getting off a shot of his own. That’s a far cry from the feeble-headed man who was keeping a zoo of walkers in his barn. Of course, we still don’t give a shit about whoever that sick girl is, but at least we got confirmation that she’s Maggie’s sister. Maggie’s slowly turning into the only female character who’s likeable. Andrea’s nuts, Carole’s a doormat, Lori’s Lady Macbeth. How refreshing to see a female who’s competent, brave, strong, and loving, all at the same time. Makes us wonder why the writers are having such a hard time with the other women. Still, we have to admit, we’re not all that interested in the Glenn and Maggie romance. By all means, proceed, but endlessly talking about it in the kitchen is pretty dull.

But with the new guy on the farm (and presumably, the larger group he came from wandering around the county somewhere), things have gotten a lot more interesting. Add in Lori’s scheming and Andrea’s teaming up with Shane to take control of the group and things are cooking in a way they haven’t been for quite some time.

Now can we please just get the hell off this farm?

 

 

[Photo Credit: AMC]

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  • http://twitter.com/erikagwen Erika Swain

    +10pts for using “Greedo’d”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

    By far the best Walking Dead this season. Now bring on Mad Men and my world will be complete.

  • LadyJane22

    I’m really, really over Lori. She’s profoundly annoying, and I find her to be manipulative and dishonest. And I fully admit to being Team Shane. Yes, he’s played as being a bit unhinged at times, but he’s got a handle on the REALITY of survival.  I agree with TLo; everyone needs to leave the farm. It’s slowed down the show. I want to know what was whispered to Rick at the CDC, for one. 

    • Jasmine Moten

      YES! Last week after the accident, the first thing I thought was “Oh God, please let her be dead!”. I hate her and Andrea. They are terrible people.

    • fallen_ikon

      Towards the end, when Lori was changing shirts and her hair was covering her back, I was so hoping that as she pulled her hair to the side that a zombie bite would be revealed on her back or her arm somewhere, and Rick would see it and be all “Oh nooo my wife is going to be a zombie..BAM BAM BAM”, but alas, no such luck..

      • jeeplibby02

        That’s what I thought, as well.  

      • http://twitter.com/crystalgeek78 Crystal N

         me too

      • tsid2012

        That’s exactly where my mind went as well.  She is turning out rather disappointing, isn’t she?

  • http://twitter.com/pinkwedges10 Pink Wedges

    I was very impressed with this episode. Rick has a very dark look in his eyes in the scene where Lori’s talking about how dangerous Shane has become. 

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

    I totally got that same “Lady Macbeth” vibe off of Lori last night.  Which was a relief, actually, because Lori generally annoys me.  You can say a lot of things about Lady M, but “annoying” isn’t one of them.

  • MilaXX

    I’m sorry Lady MacBeth or not when that walker was gnawing through the windshield I was rooting for him to eat Lori & put us all out of misery. She bugs.

    Now that we have all these new alliances, can the folks at least pretend to set some ground rules? Simple things like no one goes off alone & eveyone back by dark would be good for starters.

    • LadyJane22

      I agree! Who goes wandering around in a world populated by zombies? Honestly. Lazy writing. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/h.e.waddell Heather Waddell

      I was rooting for whoever did that face-peeling special effect because it was one of the best zombie moments we’ve had in a long time on this show. 

      And I really don’t get all of the Andrea hate. To me, she’s actually a pretty viable choice for leader, since she’d make Shane’s good choices and present them with a bit of Rick’s diplomacy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Wolgamott/694486412 Brent Wolgamott

    Seriously, I knew you guys (TLo) would love this episode.  If you hadn’t, I’d have seriously thrown up my hands and stopped reading TWD recaps.  :-)  When Lori was saying to Rick “You killed the living the protect what’s yours?”, and he said yes, and then said she said (alluding to the “what’s yours” part of the question):  “Shane thinks *I* am his. He thinks the BABY is his…”  It was DELICIOUS!!!!!  I don’t dislike Lori as much as the rest of you all, but I understand your reasons.  That said, I thought Lori was GREAT this episode – killed two walkers, confronted Shane about Otis, and manipulated Rick (although she’s being truthful) to kill Shane.  Just awesome.  Now I need to watch Talking Dead and see if new stuff comes up.  BTW, total agreeance about the Maggie/Glen thing.  Boring.  And i can’t believe Rick isn’t going to shoot this kid.  You just KNOW he’s going to come back and find them, WITH his friends.  :-(

  • Mariah J

    This episode went a long way toward taking the show in the direction it needs to go. I think (and hope) things are about the get crazy. 

  • ShivaDiva

    I no longer have the will to read – or write! – all the lengthy, scathing indictments of this show that pepper the internet.  It’s all a bit exhausting.  I, too, have been a bit disappointed in the second season.  But, as a fan of the source material, I am glad to see signs that they may be course correcting.  It’s high time they quit splitting aspects of the original Rick into several, one-dimensional characters and give him a proper arc again.  Oh, damn, this is turning into a screed, isn’t it?  I’ll just shut up and say: decent episode, let’s keep rolling.

  • fogharty

    It struck me at the cosy dinner scene last night when the wimminfolk were setting the table and bringing in the food to the men (anyone else notice Shane taking Herschel’s place at the head of the table?) is that’s all these women are being used for. They are there to be cookers, cleaners, sex partners and victims. Every woman in the show from the beginning played one of those roles, and really not much else. Maggie wouldn’t be such a semi-important character if she hadn’t hooked up with Glenn, even Andrea and Shane had a quickie in the car. And yes, andrea learned to shoot, but all she shot was Daryl and a few zombies, so she’s not worth all that much. And no wonder Carol is hanging around Daryl; he has that abusive vibe that she seems to like in her men.

    I wanted to call in to “The Talking Dead” last night and ask why all the female characters seem to be ineffective, incompetent, and unintelligent. Are they like that in the comics?

    And worse of all, I bet the writers are convinced they are writing strong and independent female characters. They couldn’t be more wrong.

    And finally why has no one suggested that coma woman might be infected? Isn’t her high fever one of the symptoms? Every one of these characters are two bricks short of a load. There hasn’t been a really smart person on there since Dr. Jenner, and of course, he blew himself up.

    And finally again: your sister is in a coma, your father and lover barely survived a zombie attack and renegade humans, and you decide to scold your father for drinking? Maggie, have a sense of proportion!

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

      Yeah, but your sister’s in a coma and there are zombies running around.  Do you want to have to take care of an alcoholic? 

    • BigShamu

      “And worse of all, I bet the writers are convinced they are writing strong and independent female characters. They couldn’t be more wrong.”Kinda like watching a bunch of politicians and religious leaders sitting around on Capital Hill making decisions about contraception and not one woman in sight.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The ladies are awful because, for the most part, that’s how they were written in the graphic novel.

    Though Glen and Maggie did 1,000 times more secret boning than talking.

  • jhedman

    I can’t with this show.  All of the town scenes were beyond stupid, but particularly those involving getting the kid’s leg off the fence.  Why was there any question at all?  Show some mercy, shoot him in the head, and get out of there.   Similarly, Glenn’s conversation w/Maggie, re thinking about her being sad if he died, and not being able to “handle it”, was just … there must be a better way to say beyond stupid.  I’m trying to think of a single scene that left me feeling “it’s worth watching to see how this plays out,” but even Andrea’s conversation with Shane didn’t accomplish that. 

    It seems to me that the writers & producers think that they can throw in some great zombie effects, like the walker peeling the flesh off his own face as he went through that windshield to get to Lori, and the viewers will all be happy.  Not so.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I have to agree…”I was a total wuss and hid behind a dumpster because I knew you would have been devastated if you lost ME”. That was MORONIC. 
      I find myself wishing those nifty napalm planes from a while back would take interest in the farm. Seriously.

      • fogharty

        “I was a total wuss and hid behind a dumpster because I knew you would have been devastated if you lost ME”

        Oh yes, because she’s a girrl and has no existence apart from him. If he’s gone, she won’t have a role, and therefore might as well be dead herself. 

    • k op

       Beyond stupid, indeed!

      Scenes like that betray the misogyny and stupidity of these WD writers.  If they wanted Glen to reject Maggie after his dumpster moment (which makes NO SENSE AT ALL btw) , there were ways to write it that didn’t turn Glenn into a mini-Rick or mini-Shane in his imagining a woman’s world without him = worthless.

      Glenn could have simply disassociated.  All strong emotions lead to terror or something.  Of course, developing that NOW rather than when he was lowered down a well as walker bait or confined to fetid sewers to escape or after watching loved ones turn into walkers, doesn’t make a damn bit of sense.

      No, these writers have to keep the purposes of the females completely attached to their chosen man.  Why didn’t they just write a show with male characters only?  That would be better than giving us these silly vacant female stereotypes.

  • http://twitter.com/leaftowers Mo Torres

    Out of the few shows that I watch that T-Lo recaps (Downton Abbey, Revenge) The Walking Dead is one of my favorites. I will admit, I do get some of the story lines earlier because I know someone on the show, but I still manage to get myself worked up every episode. That what I love about this show. Just the right balance of suspense, drama, comedy and soap opera. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Thanks for no spoilers. Lucky you.

  • Zippypie

    This was a little better and I agree with you boys on the fact that newness is needed – both in subject matter and in how the characters cope with their brand new nasty world.  HOWEVER, if the writers don’t start writing the women as developed human beings, not just defining them in terms of how they relate to the men or in the role as a mother, I don’t know how much more of this I’m willing to watch.

  • Megan Patterson

    I can’t believe Lori didn’t even miscarriage or something from that accident. Like, c’mon!
    I like Maggie too, and I actually thought their conversation in the kitchen was the least stupid of all the conversations. Like, Glen doesn’t care about right/wrong so much as he wasn’t able to be any help in surviving, and like, does love have a place in a world where survival has to come first. That’s actually a much more interesting question for the show to answer, in my opinion.

    • jtabz

      This on all counts.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Am I the only one who wonders why Rick, Herschal, and Glenn didn’t hightail it out the backdoor of the bar the moment they realized Dave and Tony’s friends were looking for them?  Herschal and Glenn both know the town and would have had an advantage – and maybe they could’ve resolved the whole thing without attracting the all the walkers?  And letting a guy get away?  Wait.  That would have made sense.  Obviously it can’t be done.

    I like the graphic novels and I mostly like the show, but the incredible stupid is killing me.  They should be accepting that things are never going to be the same and changing behaviors accordingly.  That’s one of the things about the graphic novels – they don’t stay stupid.  Their morality becomes more practical.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

       I find it somewhat incredible that bar hasn’t been trashed yet

    • fogharty

      Why call out “They drew on us”? What about “They were killed by walkers!” Or “They got bit and begged us to take them out”?

      Oh that’s right…. Rick is an idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

    I loved last night’s episode. And so true about Meghan’s character – she is becoming the only decent female character in this show and that’s sad. I can’t stand Lori anymore.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

    “His problem is that he acts like a total maniac in front of everyone and that he’s scaring them all. Now, why Andrea seems okay with all of this hasn’t really been explained explained, except that she doesn’t seem to think Rick is doing all that great a job.”
    In her other life, she was a lawyer. She is probably used to this type of behavior from the other lawyers and the people who didn’t believe in civil rights.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christina.escamilla Christina Marie Escamilla

    2nd that: Get off the farm!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      But, what place is safe now? 

      Are there zombies on islands? A cruise ship?

  • glennethph

    I find the Grimes’ self-righteousness overbearing.

  • boweryboy

    I’m glad I’ve only seen the first fantastic season and I’m glad you guys are doing recaps. 

    I don’t feel like I’m missing much since we canceled our cable and this was the one show I lamented the loss of when we did that.

  • http://twitter.com/BootLadyTeri23 Teri Horne

    The reason they are still on that farm is the AMC budget cutting on the series. Hopefully with Breaking Bad winding down, and that western railroad series heading for the dustbin, AMC will be more generous for next season.

  • Rosa Guillen-Vela

    I kept shouting – eat her, put us out of our misery!!  Lori is plain evil, she is the shows black widow.  She is just a woman who wants no accountability for her actions.  Rick I must go to Rick.. what about your kid lady!!
     

  • cornpicker73

    I enjoyed the episode a lot. Yes, definitely some dumb moves by the characters, but loved the action. I also wished they’d shot the injured kid (really, who wants to be newly crippled in the apocalypse? I would have been begging to be shot already.) and used the car accident to give Lori a miscarriage. Also, while it’s more talking, I also kinda wish they’d powwow about ‘what exactly are we trying to do here? find a zombie-free zone to rebuild society? what?’ Anyway, I’m liking it. 

  • http://thethirdoption.tumblr.com/ Arthur

    It seems obvious to me why Andrea was siding with Shane. She desperately wanted to feel powerful and Shane provided that. She also is of a similar mindset–Pragmatic over moral.

    I have a full post up about all this here: http://www.lippsisters.com/2012/02/21/the-walking-dead-episode-2-09-triggerfinger/

  • k op

     Right Arthur, the only way any woman gains power is through a male.  Keep that dream alive! 

    Andrea is incompetent without Shane, I get it.  She can only shoot a few cans and Darryl.

    Guns make everyone equal in terms of killing potential.  Why one of these women hasn’t figured that out, I don’t know.

  • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

    I enjoyed this episode a lot too. I’d also like them to get off the farm, but if I was in their situation, I’d stay put. A farm is pretty much the best place to build a new life once you accept the old ways are gone. Boring to watch though. Let’s have some more of those awesome scenes when they were in Atlanta.

  • DeborahLipp
  • ZnSD

    Amen, sisters.

  • BigShamu

    Damnit, why couldn’t Lori be texting while driving…

  • HazelStone

    “On that note, is it awful of us to admit that we were disappointed Lori
    flipped a car and managed to walk away from it? We suppose we should be
    happy we’re not going to be treated to endless scenes of Rick crying
    over her bed or crying over her grave, but it was a little silly how
    unhurt she was.”

    She was going like 30. She didn’t hit anything and she didn’t totally flip her car. She was wearing a seat belt. I think it was OK for her to be banged up and knocked out for hours.

    What was unrealistic was ripping off the signal handle an ninja-ing the zombie with it precisely in the eye. COME ON.

  • HazelStone

    “Andrea said something about Shane that’s very true: the things he does
    are, for the most part, understandable given the situation. …Now, why Andrea seems okay with all of this hasn’t really been explained, except that she doesn’t seem to think Rick is doing all that great a job…. It’s nice to see a character actually address
    this dichotomy, but we sure would love to hear an explanation for it,
    other than bad writing or directing.”

    Rick’s run back to ATL to get Merle (who wasn’t there) was what led to the group being night ambushed without enough guns and the zombie-ing of her sis. That’s always been Shane’s take on it and clearly Andrea buys in.

  • Rachel Moss

    Anyone else here really love Carole? I don’t think she’s a doormat at all. I think her scenes with Daryl are some of the most interesting in the show at the moment. Yes, she takes a lot of shit from him, and that’s not really surprising given her past, BUT you can also see that she understands some of why he is the way he is, and so when she stood taking his abuse it wasn’t in the head-lowered, miserable way she took it from her husband. It was making eye contact, accepting her own failings and accepting his. I think they have great and interesting chemistry.

    • joaniemouse

       I saw it that Carol wants Daryl to be mean to her because she blames herself for her daughter’s death.  And being used to abuse she’s seeking abuse to fulfill that.  You could see the look on her face when she thought Daryl was going to hit her, she was expecting it.  I think she was very surprised when he didn’t.

      Their scenes were very interesting to me, but then I grew up with a pretty abusive father.  The writers/actors certainly got the nuances right for this particular situation.