2013 TERRIERS MEMORIAL LIST: PART I

First, an explanation for the title of this post. Back in 2010, FX premiered a little show called Terriers, starring Donal Logue, Michael Raymond James, and Rockmond Dunbar, amongst other amazing character actors. For a show run by Shawn Ryan (The Shield and The Chicago Code) and created by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s trilogy), it was embarrassingly under watched and cancelled after only a single, nearly perfect season. Terriers was my top show of 2010, and I made a promise to myself that from that point on my year-end list for TV would be called the “Terriers Memorial List.” Just my little way of keeping Terriers in the mind of the 6 people who read this blog.

For 2013, the Terriers Memorial List will run in three parts. Today, Part I, will be honorable mentions and my shows 20-11. Part II, running in the coming days, will be my shows 10-6, and Part III, running days after that, will be my shows 5-1. So let’s get started with the 2013 Terriers Memorial List, shall we?

Starting with shows that would likely have been considered for this list that I have not been able to get to yet (but I will, I promise):

  • The Fall
  • The Returned
  • Orphan Black
  • Top of the Lake (I’m through the first few hours, and it’s amazing)
  • Black Mirror

Next, a few shows that demonstrate just how hard it is to come up with a list like this. My honorable mentions for 2013 are shows that I greatly enjoy, and in some cases love. But, because of the time we are in, with so much amazing TV, it’s simply not possible to fit everything in, even with a list of 20 shows.

  • Girls – A slight let down from season 1 perhaps, but still a solid season with great moments of humor, sadness, and lots and lots of awkwardness.
  • Sons of Anarchy – Season 6 was the best season of Sons since the high of season 2.  The show is finally being honest with itself about the characters that have outlived their useful life, which is setting up a fascinating seventh and final season.
  • Cougar Town – PENNY CAN!
  • The Americans – As seems to be a trend on FX shows, The Americans had a first season that did nothing but get stronger as it went along. This is a show that I fully expect will make my main list as the seasons progress.
  • The Walking Dead – I’m a little bit surprised TWD didn’t make the full list, but as I sat down and thought through my list, part one of season 4 was destroyed by the return of The Governor. The year (season 3 part two and season 4 part one) included many great episodes, but as an overarching story, was at times disappointing.

I’m sure there are a dozen other shows I’m leaving off, but I have to draw a line somewhere, right? It’s now time to move on to the full list, and as I mentioned above, Part I will discuss shows 20-11. Along with each show listed below, I’ll include what I believe is the strongest episode of the show that appeared in 2013.

20. The Bridge (Episode 111: Take the Ride, Pay the Toll)

Just as I was surprised that The Walking Dead didn’t make the full list, I was surprised The Bridge did actually make the full Top 20 list. But the thing is, The Bridge was a show that just got stronger as the season went along, and by the end of the season, it became a show I couldn’t wait to watch each Wednesday night. The performances by Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir are among the best on TV, with a partnership/friendship that is unlike most of the cop relationships seen on TV. With a change in show runners (Meredith Stiehm heading back to Homeland), I expect the show to take a creative leap forward, focusing more on the gritty, real world drama taking place on the US/Mexico border, and I can’t wait for season 2 next summer.

19. House of Cards (Episode 112: Chapter 12)

There is a great line from David O. Russell’s American Hustle in which Christian Bale says that you should always take a favor over money. That’s a great way to summarize the theme of House of Cards. Favors are the ultimate power. Money is short-sighted and ego driven. Having someone owe you is the ability to control them. That’s all Frank Underwood wants. Control. Amazing performances by Corey Stoll, Kristen Connolly, Robin Wright, and Kevin Spacey are what make this show well worth the $7.99 Netflix subscription.

18. Raising Hope (Episode 407: Murder, She Hoped)

As charming and beautiful as Shannon Woodward is, and as good as Lucas Neff often is on Raising Hope, this is a show that is dominated by Martha Plimpton and Garrett Dillahunt. Up until last weekend, I had a different episode (Burt Mitzvah) as my favorite of the year, but the hilarious Rear Window episode was too good to pass up. The wacky hijinks of this group always make for great laughs, but the show, like most Greg Garcia shows (My Name is Earl), give you so much heart and family warmth. This is a show that always makes you feel good about watching.  So, while this is a show likely on its last legs, let’s enjoy it while we’ve got it.

17. Game of Thrones (Episode 309: The Rains of Castemere)

Season 3 of Game of Thrones was such a strong step up from season 2 and probably even an improvement on the great, great season 1. The fact that this show is this low on the list is so surprising to me, and again, shows just how great a year of TV 2013 was. This is one of the shows I look forward to most each year, and the Sunday night combination of Mad Men and Game of Thrones is my favorite night of TV. Though I’m disappointed that we aren’t going to get the spin-off on the travels of Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, I couldn’t have been happier with how that, and all of the other stories (save for stupid Theon of course) played out over season 3.  I can’t wait for its return in the spring.

16. Veep (Episode 204: The Vic Allen Dinner)

There are not many comedies on my list this year (the lack of Community is a great sadness for me), but amongst the few that are on the list, Veep is without a doubt the funniest. Veep doesn’t go for the heart of Raising Hope, Cougar Town or Parks and Rec. It is just a 100% profanity laced, mean-spirited laugh riot. Julia Louis-Dreyfus had a great year on both TV and film, and is there a better/more annoying character on TV than Jonah (aka “Jolly Green Jizz-Face”)?

15. Broadchurch (Episode 107)

I wrote earlier this summer about all the police shows involving the death of young children, but despite the high volume of shows, some clearly stood above the others. Broadchurch was one such show. Broadchurch focused so much less on the crime itself, than on the effects of such a terrible tragedy (here, the death of an 8-year-old boy in a small British beach town). How would such a death impact a mother, a father, a sister, friends, family friends, and the town as a whole when it appears that there are no answers to this awfulness? And making it worse, there is a realization that no matter who killed young Danny, it’s someone close, it’s someone we all know…How does that change the landscape of a town forever, knowing a murderer is right next door?

14. Hannibal (Episode 113: Savoureux)

Even more so than Breaking Bad, Mad Men or Game of Thrones, Hannibal is without a doubt the best looking show on TV. It’s also masterfully written by Bryan Fuller and expertly acted by Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. Hannibal is a dark and disturbing look into the world of the human mind and the evil that lurks inside. It looks at the beauty and art that an expert serial killer (and in this case, cannibal) brings to his crimes. For a show that is on network TV (NBC), it is disturbingly violent and beautifully graphic. But, unlike so many violent shows on TV today, there is a purpose and a vision behind every scene of violence portrayed. I couldn’t be happier to spend more time in this world, with NBC renewing it for a second season, despite it’s very NBC-like ratings.

13. Bob’s Burgers (Episode 315: OT: The Outside Toilet)

I feel like I don’t really need to say anything about Bob’s Burgers other than the fact that the show did an ET episode that had Jon Hamm as a talking toilet…I mean, what could I really say that would be more of an incentive to watch than that?

12. Masters of Sex (Episode 105: Catherine)

Without a doubt the highlight of the fall season, Masters of Sex is a new show that feels like it’s been around forever. It started with so much confidence and with so much assuredness of what it was and what it wanted to be. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Kaplan are the obvious stand outs here, but it is the smaller turns by Allison Janney and Caitlin Fitzgerald that are my personal favorite here. Maybe that’s unfair because Allison Janney is one of the very best at what she does, but I don’t care. It is always such a treat to see her appear on-screen, and she never, ever disappoints. The comparisons to Mad Men are not only unfair, but also unnecessary. Masters of Sex may be set in a period near Mad Men (50s as opposed to Mad Men’s 60s setting), but the fact that it handles the “look” of its time is where the comparisons need to stop. Masters of Sex stands just fine on its own two feet and was definitely the best new show this fall.

11. Parks and Recreation (Episode 514: Leslie and Ben)

The clip above is the perfect personification of why Parks and Rec, even six seasons in, remains one of the very best things on TV. In a 22 minute episode, Parks and Rec can give you so much. It is a common occurrence for this show to be able, in a single episode, to have you laughing, crying, and laughing so hard that you cry. The fact that Nick Offerman has never won ANY award, let alone even been nominated, is one of the bigger crimes of the Golden Age of Television. We need to cherish our Parks while we have it, because I suspect we are approaching the end of what will go down as an all time great TV sitcom.

So there we have it. That’s it for Part I of the 2013 Terriers Memorial List. Please be sure to check back in soon for Part II, where we will count down shows 10-6 of 2013.

-CJ

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THE WALKING DEAD 408: TOO FAR GONE

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You know what seems like a good idea… shooting a tank at the building you hope to call “home.”  Oh wait.  That is just stupid.

It’s been a week since the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead aired and after much soul-searching, I think I am finally willing to admit to my husband and the rest of the world that I am disappointed.  Wow, that was hard to say.  After such a promising two thirds of a season, I feel like we are back in the same place we were in Season 3…once again dealing with the stupid storyline of The Governor.  The only saving grace of this last episode is that at least we can say The Governor is now gone.  Let’s get to talking…

1.  Let’s face it, this episode was sloppy – I have no problem with The Walking Dead taking huge logical leaps, heck, we are dealing with a show about the zombie apocalypse.  But, this last hour felt like the show didn’t really care that it was forcing its viewers to watch a preposterous storyline.  For instance, Meghan dies at the hands (or rather the mouth) of a buried zombie.*  And, then her mother has the time to walk all the way to the prison so that she can show The Governor what has happened.  Umm, excuse me?  I was lead to believe that the distance between The Governor’s camp and the prison was a little farther away than the 2 minute walk it took for Lily to get there.  Apparently the writers wanted Lily there so that she could shoot The Governor at the end, but was that really necessary?**  I would argue no.  Further, when did Michonne get the ability to teleport because that is clearly the only explanation for her ability to disappear and reappear at a moments notice.  I am glad Michonne got her revenge, but, really, we are supposed to believe that no one else came close to The Governor and Rick as they engaged in a fist fight, however, Michonne just was able to walk right up and stab him?  This was just stupid.

*I will never be able to understand why parents continue to let their kids roam around unsupervised.  Didn’t Meghan just get attacked like an episode ago from a zombie while playing tag?  Maybe we shouldn’t let her dig alone by herself.  Zombies are everywhere people!  Get that through your head.

**Also, why didn’t Meghan turn into a zombie on the way over to the prison?  This would have to mean that the prison was very, very close.  And, why had Rick and company never come across this group of people before?

2.  The Governor – This is what I really don’t understand…What was the point of making me watch 2 full episodes of The Governor because in the end he turned out to be the same crazy-ass character that he has always been.  If the show wanted The Governor to be some insane-villain fine.  I will accept that.  But, everything that happened in the mid-season finale made the foundation the writers incorporated about The Governor meaningless.  Clearly, The Governor wasn’t trying to attack the prison so that his group could have a safe place to live, otherwise why the heck would he have brought a tank to destroy the buildings he hoped to inhabit?  The Governor sole purpose was to kill Rick.  If the show wanted that to be his purpose, fine, but don’t make we watch him play daddy to a girl that he really didn’t care about and hook up with his new love interest.  We could have gotten to the same place of The Governor attacking the prison in the end with a few short scenes of him of him finding a new group and making plans.  There was no need for 2 straight Governor episodes.  NO NEED.

3.  Once again, Lizzie is the worst – Seriously, Lizzie, you abandon baby Judith so that you can “be brave.”  That is just stupid.  You don’t leave a baby in the open by herself!  Now whether Judith is dead or not, I guess we will have to wait and see.  I am holding out hope that she isn’t (also, I think the show might be too chicken to actually kill off a baby).  Going back to the sloppiness point above, was there really a need for Lizzie’s speech about doing what Carol taught her and being brave?  No, there wasn’t.  All you needed was to show Lizzie shooting the zombie and saving Tyreese and the audience would have gotten the message.  A little too heavy-handed for me.

4.  Goodbye Hershel – So, CJ and I made guesses at who we thought would die in this episode and both guessed Hershel.  I mean, it was kind of obvious, right?  If for no other reason than the big character arc that Hershel has gotten over this first half of season 4.  That isn’t to say that I am not going to miss Hershel completely.  He was the wise, understanding character in the bunch.  One who always seemed to be able to keep a level-head.  I have a feeling that there will be a big hole in the show, that might not be easy to replace.

5.  Splits-ville – The group has split dramatically and that no one seems to be going in the same direction.  Here is a recap of where everyone is (or appears to be):  Glen on the bus (with none of the other main characters, right?); Tyreese with Lizzie and Minka; Maggie with Bob (who is shot) and Sasha; Daryl with Beth; and Rick with Carl.  I can only assume that Michonne will be teleporting between the groups.

What did y’all think?

-LJ

THE WALKING DEAD 407: DEAD WEIGHT

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Golf will never be the same…

Look at this, it hasn’t even been 24 hours since this week’s episode of The Walking Dead aired and we are posting our review.  [Insert virtual pat on the back].  Hopefully, this becomes more of the norm, instead of the last minute blog posts.  Although forcing yourself to think about the previous episode right before the new one airs does have some benefits.  I will admit that I felt fully prepared to see what The Governor had in store for us this week.  So, let’s get to talking…

1.  Seriously, still no prison gang – TWD, you are killing me.  Another full week of The Governor?!  And, to make it worse, we are back to the crazy, violence-loving guy that I hate.  I guess the writers decided that redemption for The Governor wasn’t going to happen.  We all likely knew that was coming, especially given the face-off between The Governor and the prison gang that has been alluded to over and over again.  But, why was I forced to watch two full episodes of this mad-man when nothing has really changed for him?  Come on!

2.  Not Michonne! – Yes, I was screaming at the TV last night when The Governor had his gun pointed at Michonne.  Full on screaming.  (Again, be glad you don’t have to watch this show with me).  The previews indicate that one of prison gang will die in next week’s mid-season finale.  And, it is clear that The Governor has his “eye” set on Michonne.  But, please please, let’s not kill her off, or Rick, or Daryl, or Glen, or Hershel, or Maggie…  My vote is for Bob.  Ain’t nobody got time for this alcoholic in the zombie apocalypse.

3.  The psycho is back – As I mentioned before, the psychopath Governor is back.  And, I am not a fan.  Seriously, what was the point of the entire last episode if The Governor ends up just being as crazy as he was before?  I mean, I get the whole angle that the show was trying to go for–let’s show The Governor trying to keep his evilness in check, but then ultimately being unable to do so.  I think the problem is that I am just tired of The Governor.  I find him to be uninteresting and simply annoying.  Because of this, I am looking forward to next week’s episode a lot…but not because I want to see a huge battle; instead, because I am hoping The Governor will die and I won’t ever have to see his pirate-patch again.

*Side note – although I didn’t think it at the time, all those signs nailed onto the headless bodies described The Governor, didn’t they?  Liar, murderer, rapist??  Sounds like him to me.

4.  Here is what I am concerned about – Beyond being worried about who the zombie flu has next attacked or how Daryl handled the news about Carol, I am worried about whether the prison population will even stand a chance against The Governor’s crew and that tank!  Taking on The Governor the first time around when everyone was healthy was hard enough, but is anyone beyond Carl strong enough for an all-out battle??  This is what keeps me up at night.  (Well, that and never being to un-see Olivia Pope’s mom chew her own arm off…yeah that happened on Scandal last week.)

What did y’all think?

-LJ

THE WALKING DEAD 406: LIVE BAIT

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Nothing like waiting until the last minute.  That seems to be the trend with the blog these days.  But, I have 30 minutes left until this Sunday’s episode airs…so, we better get to talking and fast!

1.  So, that is what he has been up to – Much to my dismay, this episode of TWD focused entirely on The Governor.  Now, as I said last week, I like David Morrissey.  But, the crazy, cartoon-ish man that The Governor became last season was too much for me.  So, imagine my frustration when I had to watch an entire episode about him.  Let’s just say I was not pleased.  Unfortunately, I have no power in TWD world, so I will just have to suck it up and deal with the fact that we are back to living with The Governor.

We learned this week that The Governor got abandoned by his few homies that he didn’t kill at the end of last season (probably because he became dead-weight).  It appears that The Governor went through some sort of existential crisis in the months since his attack on the prison.  I find no fault in his compadres leaving him.  Frankly, I would have too, if I had witnessed him seemingly ignoring a walker that was coming straight for him.  In the zombie apocalypse, you can’t surround yourself with people like this.  It will surely lead to your downfall.

2.   Was there really a need to burn down Woodbury? – Now, The Governor standing in front of a burning Woodbury sure made an awesome image, but was there really a need for him to burn down that town?  If you are believing that The Governor is trying to separate himself from his past horrific actions, then I guess I can see his reasoning in destroying the town where so many horrible things took place.  I suppose we are to assume that by extinguishing the town from existence, The Governor is also attempting to extinguish his prior evil-self.  I just have a hard time believe that this guy is going to be able to change.

3.  Looks like he got a new family – I understand the idea that giving The Governor a new “family” and someone else to care about could do some good in rehabilitating his image.  Afterall, if the audience sees him saving these people enough times, maybe they will forget what a horrible human being The Governor actually is, right?  My problem is that the scenario just seemed a little too predictable to me.  Oh, The Governor had a daughter…now there is a new little girl that needs his help.  Shocking.

4.  How could you think leaving the apartment was a good idea? – I really don’t see how anyone in this group thought that leaving the apartment (that was safe and stocked with food) in an old beat-up truck was a smart move?  Why did these people leave this obviously good situation for a dangerous unknown life on the road?  It makes no sense whatsoever.  And, why did The Governor agree to take these three women with him on the road when it was clear that they have no survival skills whatsoever?  Heck, these fools didn’t even know how to kill a zombie before The Governor showed up!

5.  What happens now? – I can’t buy into this whole “reborn” Governor idea.  The scene with him creepily looking over the prison showed too much hate and evil in his eyes (or should I say “eye”).  So, what happens between now and when he reappears at the prison?  Because I surely don’t believe that this guy has changed.

What did y’all think??

-LJ

THE WALKING DEAD 405: INTERNMENT

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Who is in for spaghetti Tuesdays?

As you can probably tell from the blog, it’s been a busy week in our household.  Unfortunately, when that happens it means that the blog takes a backseat.  I promised myself though that I would write about last week’s TWD episode before Sunday night.  And, while I am certainly cutting it close, I still have time.  So let’s get to talking before we find out what the Governor has in store for our prison gang…

1.  The Governor is back (unfortunately) – Now, I think David Morrissey is freakin awesome.  I really do.  And, I will say that the last shot of the Governor at the end of the episode completely shocked me (which is always a good thing).  But, I am not pumped for the Governor’s return.  In my mind, the problem with the second half of season 3 was largely due to the caricature that the Governor became.  His character became a mad-man who was no longer grounded in reality, which made it incredibly hard to equate The Walking Dead world to real life.  In the end, I felt like the Governor was a “big bad” that just didn’t end up being as great as it could have been.  So, I have been hoping that the show would simply leave the Governor in the past and concentrate on the new “big bad” in season 4–the zombie death flu.  It appears now that this is not the case.  So, I can only hope that the writing for the Governor is better this season and the character becomes a lot less cartoonish.  After all, David Morrissey can be brilliant, so let’s try and give him a better character.

*So, judging from the shot of the Governor, I am assuming that he is the one who orchestrated the mass hoards of zombies attacking the fence.  But, the scene of our mystery rat person, showed someone from the inside of the fence feeding the zombies, correct?  I guess this means that someone in the prison is still on team Governor (as a lot of the internet predicted).  Who do you think it is though?  Bob?  He does seem crazy enough.

2.  So, Maggie is pretty awesome – There was a lot of impressive marksmanship this episode.  But, I think we can agree that Maggie wins the award for most impressive shot.  I was somewhat pissed at her stupidity to go into the infected-zone when it clearly meant that she was putting herself at risk, but in the end I am sure glad that she did.  Further, she certainly proved herself to be a strong and capable young lady.  It is comforting to know that the younger generation is capable of standing up and taking on difficult situations–at least there is potential for their survival even without the “adults” of the group.

3.  A little father-son bonding – I know Rick has been struggling with trying to raise his kids in this zombie world.  And, I think his attempts to give Carl a “real” childhood are admirable.  But, let’s be honest, they are somewhat naive.  I think Rick has finally realized that and is attempting to strike somewhat of a balance between letting Carl be an “adult” sometimes and still trying to preserve his childhood.  Because the truth of the matter is that the group needs Carl.  Carl can be extremely reliable and capable when it is needed and with some guidance can eventually turn into a leader in the group.  I can’t even imagine what would have happened had Carl not been there to machine-gun-down all those zombies alongside Rick.

**Let’s pause and remember the awesomeness that ensued when Rick and Carl took down the hoards of zombies.

4.  Talk to Rick – I am assuming that Daryl is going to find out what has happened to Carol in tonight’s episode.  I can’t imagine that this talk is going to go as well as Rick’s conversations with Maggie and Hershel.  I just really really hope that there isn’t a major freak-out when Daryl hears the news.

5.  Lizzie – Lizzie still continues to be creep me out.  She names the zombies, she now takes to calling them like a puppy, and likes to play with blood.  I am glad she saved Glen, but this girl still be crazy.

What did y’all think?

-LJ

THE WALKING DEAD 404: INDIFFERENCE

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Seriously, don’t ever call me mom.

I am attempting to get back to the regular review schedule this week.  Real work, be damned.  This week’s episode had a lot less action and a lot more talking, but I enjoyed the nice change of pace.  I found that this episode reminded me a lot of the Rick/Michonne/Carl road trip adventure that happened last season, which ended up having one of my favorite scenes (the Carl/Michonne mini-escapade).  We definitely got no real glimpse at what is happening inside the prison (and more specifically in cell block A) and instead focused on the six individuals who are out on “runs” searching for supplies.  Let’s get to talking before Rick asks us to leave the group as well…

1. The Rick-tatorship is back – So we have to start with the biggest event that happened in last night’s episode, Rick kicks Carol out of the group.  I probably should have seen it coming especially as Carol recapped her entire character history to Rick as they searched for supplies in the abandoned town.  But, I didn’t.  Do I feel bad that Carol is leaving?  Yeah, probably.  Especially since I have been enjoying her take-charge attitude and the her very amusing relationship with Daryl.  But, I also don’t feel too bad for her.  I mean, come on lady, you killed two people.  I am not saying that I don’t understand why she did it.  I really do think she thought she was doing what had to be done to save the larger group.  But, at some point, there has to be some kind of moral check on the group’s behavior.  Otherwise, what keeps these people from being any better than the zombies (or the Governor for that matter)?  I can’t imagine that Daryl is going to be happy when he returns and finds out what happened though.

*I seriously doubt that we have seen the last of Carol.  Characters on this show have a habit of reappearing.

**I can’t imagine that Tyreese is going to be happy with the fact that Rick let Carol go either.  While I am sure that Daryl would have wanted leniency for Carol, I am certain that Tyreese would have wanted a fate worse than banishment for her. 

2. Lizzie is crazy – While we didn’t get to see much of the prison life this episode, we did get one more chance to experience the craziness of Lizzie.  I repeatedly find myself screaming at Lizzie because this girl is nuts.  I don’t know what it is going to take to make her understand that these zombies are not people (or people that get to “come back”).  Zombies are bad Lizzie.  They are trying to eat you.  Please get this through your head.  I really am beginning to think that it was Lizzie who was feeding the zombies (although I still question whether the flashlight was too high for there to be a kid holding it).

3. Michonne gives up the Governor – We got some nice scenes with Michonne this week.  As I have said before, I am all about Michonne.  I am particularly glad to see that she has decided to give up her search for the Governor and is warming up to the idea of staying at the prison–mainly because this hopefully means that we will get more of Michonne for the rest of the season.  Michonne + Daryl = true love.  Ok, that is probably not true, but I do like their friendship that has developed.

4. Seriously, let go of the walker – In my last post, I said I thought there was a change in Tyreese as a character.  I thought he decided to give up his b*tch-ass ways after he got out of the car and miraculously managed to kill all those walkers.  It appears however that he hasn’t.  What I know for sure though is that he needs to stop acting like a fool.  I get that you are upset dude, but let’s try not and put other people’s lives in danger–especially not the lives of Daryl and Michonne.  Don’t worry I was yelling at him to let go of that walker too (he can totally hear me through the TV, right?).

5. Is there AA in the zombie apocalypse? – I can’t decide who I am more annoyed with this week…Bob or Tyreese.  Tyreese is so consumed with anger that he is making stupid decisions.  Bob is so consumed with his love of alcohol that he is making stupid decisions.  Neither of these guys is making it to the top of my favorite character list anytime soon.  What I do like about the development of both these characters though is that The Walking Dead is making it very clear that inside threats are just as terrible (if not more so) than the outside threats of zombies.  We are in episode 4 of this season and we have seen one big “inside” threat so far–the zombie death flu that is inside the prison.  On a smaller scale though, both Bob and Tyreese are showing that threats that come from “inside” one’s own self can be just as damaging as the actual zombies as well.  Bob’s love of the drink and Tyreese’s anger issues have caused both of them to make stupid and unsafe decisions this season and have put others and themselves in harms way.  It will be interesting to see what other “inside” threats occur throughout the rest of the season.

What did y’all think?

-LJ

THE WALKING DEAD 403: ISOLATION

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What’s more terrifying 7500 zombies or having the zombie death flu coughed all over your face?

At this point, I think I might take the zombies.  That flu looks horrible.  Although, I am not sure what it says about my immune system that I think I would have better luck knocking out the zombies than overcoming that nasty virus.  In any event, let’s get to talking… (I feel like the longer I delay, the more likely another member of the group may shoot blood out their eyes and die).

1.  Is Carol a killer? – Clearly, the most shocking part of this week’s episode was Carol’s admission that she killed Karen (and David).  If this is true, then Carol has managed to become even more different from the character we first met on The Walking Dead.  I have genuinely liked seeing Carol become this sort of take charge, no nonsense type person.  And, I even support the fact that she has been teaching the kids how to fight.  But, with the admission that she is now killing others (who presumably weren’t already dead…at least that was alluded to on The Talking Dead this week), I am beginning to wonder if she is taking things a little too far.  Obviously, I don’t live in The Walking Dead world, but is there really much point of survival if you lose your sense of humanity along the way?  That got deep real quick, didn’t it?

*There appears to be some theories out there who think that Carol wasn’t the actual person who killed Karen and that she is possibly covering up for someone else (maybe Lizzie).  To be honest, I am still not convinced that Carol is actually the person who did the killing.  I guess only time will tell though.

**Was the shot of Tyreese standing over Carol as she tried to get some water out of the barrel not great foreshadowing?  We knew that Tyreese was incredibly upset by the death of Karen and bound and determined to direct that rage on the person responsible.  I thought the scene with him standing over Carol was ominous in the way that it was shot and I think a nod to the fact that Carol might have been the one responsible.

2.  Magic tea – Let’s hope that magic tea works.  I have to imagine that we are going to be losing a lot more people over the next few episodes to the zombie death flu.  And, I am a little hesitant to believe that Hershel’s tea is going to become some magic potion.  But, here is what I do know.  We can’t lose Glen.  We just can’t.  I need my Walking Dead to be mixed with a little love story and if Glen dies then I think the show is going to become way darker than anyone of us can handle.  So, I am crossing my fingers hoping that the tea buys a little bit of time for the rescue crew to get back with some medicine.

3.  Really, Tyreese didn’t get bit? – So, I think I might be in the minority on this, but I really wasn’t going to be upset if Tyreese died in this episode.  I haven’t yet watched more than a few episodes of The Wire (I know, it’s a shame), so I am not exactly attached to the actor or to Tyreese as a character.  And, let’s be honest, Tyreese has really been somewhat of a whiny little b*tch this season.  “Oh, I don’t like killing zombies…oh, I’m in love…oh, let me take out my frustration on someone who isn’t actually responsible for Karen’s death…”  (yup, that was my impression of Tyreese, spot on, right?) So, when the scene of him seemingly deciding to stay in the car while the zombies attacked came, it was safe to assume that I was comfortable with Tyreese dying.  In fact, it seemed like an appropriate thing for Tyreese to do…just give up.  Instead, however, we saw a turning point in Tyreese, I think.  We saw Tyreese demolish zombie after zombie with a hammer and it was intense.  It might be a little unrealistic that he didn’t get bit in that mass of zombies, but if Tyreese did survive unscathed than I think we are about to see a new Tyreese (one that could possibly be very dangerous).

4.  Why aren’t people locking the cells? – This has been a pet-peeve of mine since the beginning of the season.  I don’t understand why people haven’t been sleeping with their cell doors closed.  This would fix a lot of problems.  If someone turns into a zombie during the night, it doesn’t matter because they are trapped in their cell.   If a zombie wanders into a cell block during the night, it’s okay because you are locked in your little room and it can’t get you.  Yet, it still appears that this precaution isn’t being taken yet, especially in cell block A where all the sick people are.  Please start putting one person in each room and locking them in.  Let’s try and prevent more zombie on people attacks, thanks.

Apologies for the late post this week.  It was a hectic week at work.  And, I really don’t understand why I just can’t say to my boss…”umm, I can’t do that project right not, I am writing a post for my blog.”  What did y’all think of the episode?

-LJ