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The Walking Dead: "Now" (Season 6, Epsiode 5)

After three compelling episodes of action and one of sincere character development, the writers decided to downshift tonight. And I'll be darned if they didn't completely stall out. As in snoozeville.

The Alexandria safe zone is now under siege by a host of Walkers so we spent our hour on random vignettes with the people inside. These might have worked as asides layered into other episodes. Jammed together so inelegantly in one episode, however, it was contrived and boring, never able to rise above its obvious purpose as filler. 

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The Walking Dead: "Thank You" (Season Six, Episode 3)

Well that was one weird episode. It strongly indicates the death of a major character in an uninspired fit of nihilism, while also hedging its bets so they could still chicken out. It also continues this season's trend of simple through line action, but tonight weighs the action down with some tired rehash material. Overall, it's still a thumbs up. Just not as enthusiastically as the last two weeks.

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The Walking Dead: "Them" (Season 5, Episode 10)

"Okay, I get it. Your life sucks. Now entertain me, dammit." That's a tacky thought, but I can't deny it passed through my mind while watching this tired filler episode. We're in the doldrums, folks, and boy do they grate.

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