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The Walking Dead: "A" (Season 4, Episode 16)

 

You just can’t trust anybody in a zombie apocalypse, can you?

That’s the message yet again. It comes in the form of an entertaining episode, as most of the second half of Season 4 have been. There’s an incomplete feel to it all with the cliffhanger at Terminus, but that’s okay for now. At least the Governor’s still dead.

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Helix: "Dans L'ombre" (Season 1, Episode 13)

 

Tonight’s review begins with a special announcement: SyFy is officially that hard up. Carcass ratings or not, Helix has been renewed for a second season. I’m not sure what that that calls for, but… congratulations?

 

At least it won’t be pretending to be underground in the Arctic anymore. Big, cheap looking explosions have seen to that.

 

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The Walking Dead: "Us" (Season 4, Episode 15)

Nothing particularly dynamite tonight, but solid craftsmanship all around. There’s also a fair amount of humor for a welcome change, coupled with some excellent character acting from veteran Jeff Kober as a guy named Joe. The second half of season four thus continues to hold up its end of the bargain rather nicely.  

 

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Helix: "The Reaping" (Season1, Epiode 12)

Well, that wasn’t very good, now was it? In honor of how bad it truly was, I have three lines for this week: (1) “I need you down in the cabin;” (2) “We can’t stand around discussing this—we need to get back to the cabin;” and (3) “I’ll take my chances in the cabin.” All of this, mind you, in a show that was billed as taking place in a high tech futuristic lab isolated in the Arctic.

 

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The Walking Dead: "The Grove" (Season 4, Episode 14)

“A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature…”

 

That’s all I can say about one of the darkest and most disturbing hours of television you’ll ever see. Some may say it was too much so for episodic TV (although the basic plot does come from the comic). Some may say it’s a legitimate exploration of the human experience and morality amid an ever bleaker wasteland. But whether it simply horrified you, or horrified and moved you, it was well done.     

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