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The Walking Dead: "After" (Season 4, Episode 9)

AMC’s hit zombie show is back from its holiday vacation, and the verdict is Not Bad.

 

Good, actually. There was even humor. This show has trouble with story arcs, but it’s got real visual flair and knows how to deliver on individual episodes. Perhaps I’m overly appreciative after watching Helix, but then… For God’s sake, people, I’ve been watching Helix!  

 

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World War Z

Republibot reviewed the 2006 novel from which this movie derives. That novel was told in oral history format, with a number of different personal and political vignettes about what happened to people in a war against zombies. It was obviously patterned after the kind of stuff Studs Terkel did with real events. That made it unique and structurally interesting.

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The Walking Dead: "Seed" (Season 3, Episode 1)

Ten million viewers. 10.9 million to be precise, with 7.3 million in the coveted 18-49 age bracket. So yeah, it seems like the zombies will be with us for a while.

You may recall that when we last left our intrepid band of survivors, they’d just been cast out of paradise as Herschel’s farm became overrun by a herd of walkers. We pick up several months later. Lori, Rick’s wife, is noticeably pregnant and everyone is kind of tired and bummed (post-Apocalyptic life is not for the whiners among us).

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The Walking Dead: "Eighteeen Miles Out" (Season 2, Episode 10)

Good episode: focused, violent and poignant. It’s a simple story well told.

We open with one of my least favorite framing devices, though, the flash forward showing us where we’ll be later in the story. That device is generally a crutch for weak plotting. When it isn’t, as in this case, it’s also generally not needed. So I’ll pretend it isn’t there.

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EPISODE REVIEWS: The Walking Dead: “Secrets” (Season 2, Episode 6) and “Pretty Much Dead Already (Season 2, Episode 7)

I was doing family stuff last week, so the final two episodes of the first half of Season Two (don’t you just hate split seasons?) are reviewed now. Together, they’re a slow burn with a gut punch at the end. This is a show about perspectives and reactions, which gratifyingly refuses to simply demonize anyone.

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EPISODE REVIEW: Walking Dead: "Chupacabra" (Season 2, Episode 5)

Well…

Something is definitely out of place on the farm. More about that later. This is another generally good episode, but I’d be remiss, in light of my criticisms of Falling Skies, if I didn’t note that the missing Sophia situation is being milked. It’s not a critical flaw at the moment, but it is what it is.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Walking Dead: ‘Cherokee Rose” (Season 2, Episode 4)

Right off the bat, this is a slow one.

Let’s make that clear up front. After last week’s intense zombie homecoming at the high school, this is a vignette of character bits, with one nasty little gross-out thrown in just to remind us what show we’re watching. So if you’re of a mind that this season meanders more than it needs to, you’ll probably notice that this episode. If you’re not, you won’t care.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Walking Dead: "Save the Last One” (Season 2, Episode 3)

Wow.

Ron Moore, eat your heart out. This show definitively earned its dark survival spurs this episode, bit by carefully laid bit.

We open with someone shaving his hair as a shower runs in the background. Not sure who it is until they finally reveal it to be Deputy Shane. Not sure when it is, either, after the flashback that started last week’s episode. But by the end of this episode we know—it’s heartbreakingly today.

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EPISODE REVIEW: The Walking Dead: "Bloodletting" (Season 2, Episode 2)

As you may recall, when last we left our band of survivors they were split up. The little girl, Sophie, was still missing. Aged mechanic Dale and T-Dog were holding down the base camp on the Interstate. Woodsy Darryl was leading the women back that way while searching for Sophie on the other side of the creek. And Sheriff Rick and Deputy Shane were scouring the church area with Rick’s son Carl in tow. They saw a deer, Carl approached it and got hit by a hunter’s bullet that went through the deer.

All in all, not a good day. So what now?

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