Category Archives: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 8 – Mid-Season Finale

TWD_GP_308_0807_0276Hey, it’s Tyrese everyone! He’s like totally an important character for most of the prison story in the graphic novels, so it’s great to see him show up, but who are these other survivors? Zombie food, here’s hoping. Amiright? Apparently they have names. Without seeing the ending yet, we all knew Oscar would die, right? The cardinal rule of The Walking Dead is of course: 1 Black Guy = Enough, 2 Black Guys = Too Many. On to the questions! Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 7

TWD_BT_307_0719_0208SPOILER ALERT: This episode of The Walking Dead is full of zombies! And I have questions for them!

I realize this would have been super boring, but wasn’t it possible for Merle to simply ask Glenn where his brother was? And then Glenn would have just calmly taken him. But seriously I really liked the torture teaser. The tor-teaser? (“No, my son, not everything can be combined into a combination word.” “You, you…you shut up and you die.” GUNSHOTS] It not only mirrored the graphic novel version — the tortured captives (which did include Glenn) are in cells right next to each other and can hear what’s happening — but it was also unusually light on the gore. See, you don’t have to show dismemberment to build suspense.  Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 6

We’ve waited so long for The Walking Dead to come back, and now I feel like I can’t get away from it. We’re only half-way through the season, and yet there are still so, so many questions.

How great was Michonne’s “Biter-Gram?” Why exactly did the Governor send out Merle and crew to find her? It’s not like she was going to come back to town. Are they hunting her? Is she hunting them? It just seemed like an excuse to have gory conflict in the teaser, which is sad given the last few very excellent openers. How does Michonne get so easily out-sworded by Merle by the way? And why does Merle so dislike the idea of following her into the “red zone” (the as yet unexplained dangerous area) that he shoots his fellow citizen (“the other one”) in the face…and then straight up follows Michonne anyway? To the shopping center where Glenn and Maggie just happen to be? Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 4 – Killer Within

Was this the hardest ever episode of The Walking Dead to watch? Obviously with the death of so many key characters, it can’t not be. As has been a trend, it’s interesting to see how the graphic novels differ so much from the show, and yet both are distantly linked.

Random side note before the real questions: The deer reminded me of something practical. Now that everyone knows they are already infected, I wonder if anyone considered it was now safe to eat tainted animal meat. Or would that still spread dangerous secondary infections and hasten death? Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 3 – Walk With Me

Don’t get me wrong, I love Michonne’s zombie donkeys. Zonkeys? But what’s her top speed with them in tow? It’s gotta max out at zombie amble, which seems to be 4-5 miles per hour. Maybe she entices them to walk faster, somehow. Does she dangle brains on a stick? Oh…Zonkeys, we hardly knew ye (as was the case in the graphic novels). More questions for The Walking Dead after the break! Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 2 – Sick

The opening scene was all kinds of confusing. First of all, was there always just one zombie on the other side of the door? I think they can handle one zombie. Yet, a big deal is made about keeping the door sealed. Then, hilariously enough, there is nary an introduction to the strangers staring back at our survivors from the new room inside the prison. There is lots of gun-pointing, sure. And granted, Hershel’s leg was just chopped off, but it was mostly a ball of confusion.

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The Walking Dead: Season 3, Premiere

In the interim between the end of The Walking Dead‘s last season and the premiere tonight, I had a chance to read all of the graphic novels to date. I mention this not to introduce spoilers but rather to point out how divergent the television experience is from the text on which it’s based. Actually, shockingly so. Shane is such a fleeting character in the graphic novels, yet we all endured two full seasons of him on TV. Several characters exist only in the graphic novel and/or die fairly early on vs. the television versions (notably, Dale), and vice-versa. It’s fascinating to witness the changes the show’s creators deemed necessary for broadcast, and I’m more than a little optimistic about the narrative prospects.

Needless to say, I have a lot of questions for The Walking Dead.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 13 – Finale

So before I even start watching the season 2 finale of The Walking Dead, I’m trying to piece together what the rules are for zombiefication. Specifically, when does it occur, and has that rule changed? I’m trying to remember anyone who has died and/or was seriously injured and whose health was in question BUT wasn’t attacked or later eaten by zombies. Not Otis, obviously. Merl? The two guys in the bar? But I’m pretty sure Rick shot them in the heads. Several people have been bitten but not killed, yet eventually became zombies, so that fits the earlier rule that you have to get bit first. What about Carol’s husband? He didn’t die, though he was very seriously injured by Shane. Presumably, his injuries could have allowed for a much easier infection by the zombie pathogen. Right, nurse friend? It’s of course a moot question since he is attacked by zombies not soon thereafter.

But we must move on, for I have lots of questions, and there may or may not be answers…

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 12

Has anyone ever gotten trapped on a bus or subway car with a homeless person? Well in case you haven’t, my point is that you don’t need to see him or her before knowing what’s going on. The smell comes first. Now, I realize some (OK, a lot of) drama is necessary for this show, but don’t you imagine the zombies positively reek of rotting flesh and excrement? I just have a hard time believing they’re so stealthy. No matter, for I have questions for The Walking Dead! Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 11

It’s getting to the point where I’m so incredulous with The Walking Dead that I have more questions than anything else. It’s like the show is made of questions! Like, it’s a table-scape of questions on a question-table cloth, and the legs are made of questions!

My viewing companion started this week with the following statement: “So, apparently I missed a scene where they decide they are just…living here.” Sadly, no such scene occurred, but we do start with a delightful one where Daryl is for some reason interrogating Randal (the captive). Which one of these characters are we supposed to care for, and if it’s Daryl who put him in charge of interrogating in the first place? There was a missed opportunity here for some redneck bonding, if you ask me. More importantly, we never really got to see Randal do something truly horrendous. His only crime appears to have been association with hooligans. Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 10 – More Brains This Time

Look, I’m not saying there aren’t answers in The Walking Dead, but I seriously still have a lot of questions…

Ever notice how the zombie makeup always concentrates [very effectively] on necrotic lips and other facial features but almost never the hands? I feel like having all 10 fingers has got to be pretty rare, what with all the poking and jabbing at glass.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 9 – Mo Zombie Mo Problems

Unfortunately, two episodes into the middle of the second season of The Walking Dead, we’re really nowhere closer to getting answers. Virus who? Farm where? Nevertheless, another episode has passed, and therefore I have questions for The Walking Dead!

A point of clarification, if anyone knows: Why do the walkers eat only alive beings? How are they so attuned to uninfected, living beings? Is it blood? The actual muscle flesh? Pheromones? Can the victims be recently dead, such as Rick’s bar victims? His friends kinda seemed like they might have been on their way out, or at least maybe Rick could have made up some lie to get them to go away. Like, I dunno, “we’re trapped with a walker in here…save yourselves!” Instead he flatly admits to killing the two men and tries to shout-explain why it was their fault. This is going to work. (Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t work.) Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 8 – Midseason Premiere

And we’re back! Zombie apocalypse! Schmaltzy writing! Sultry stars! Well as usual, I have some questions for The Walking DeadThe show, not the, um, zombies. Some statements too. Actually, lots of statements.

“Well at least we can stop looking for her,” says my husband, referring to the doubly-dead Sophia. Yes, yes it is time to move on. Enough with Magic Farm!

Speaking of, wow, Andrea sure has good aim with that pick axe — or was it a scythe — especially considering she may have just randomly picked up whatever was nearby!

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 7

It’s the midseason finale, or as my husband calls it the “not spend a lot of money by making the seasons artificially short” episode. Zombies!

By the way, and this isn’t a question, but I can’t overlook that there was some truly awesome makeup this episode. If TWD doesn’t win an Emmy for makeup/costumes at least, then there is no god.

But there a lot of things that indeed merit questioning, namely:

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 6

Oh, magic zombie farm…oh, inopportune- pregnancies…oh, continuously missing characters… Oh, The Walking Dead! Wow, I mean, this show is really going places! Going places? Are we going backwards? I mean, is anyone even working on a cure at this point? Where is this show going!? Goodness McGee, it’s only the sixth episode of the second season, and by this time last year the [SPOILER alert] Centers for Disease Control had been blown’d up! Nothing close to that has happened this season. Well, needless to say, I have some questions for TWD…

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 5

Jeez Louise, we’re already at episode 5 of the second season, and seriously almost nothing has happened. By this time last year the season had almost concluded itself. It’s not difficult to see that the writers have clearly had a little trouble extending the second season out. I almost think this show would be better as a 20-26 episode per season, half-hour program. But that is not the point, my friends, of this post. No! Instead, I have some questions for The Walking Dead…

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 4

I have some questions for The Walking Dead. The show, not the, you know…walking dead people. Well, actually I probably have some questions for them as well. But enough about me, let’s get to the corpses!

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 3

It’s the third episode of The Walking Dead’s second season, and yet again barely anything has happened. Sure I’m not expecting they blow up the CDC every episode, but I feel like they’ve been looking for that girl for seriously the entire time now. Needless to say, I have a few questions…

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 2

Once again, I have some questions and suggestions for the survivors of The Walking Dead’s zombie apocalypse, namely:

Ooh a flashback! Are we going to start to see what life was like after Rick was shot, namely how the infestation spread?

How did this morbidly obese man survive all this time? Eating venison? Oh, in this terribly undefended farmhouse. There’s even a scene where Rick and Hershel sort of discuss how he came to be safely living on this majestic homestead. Then he doesn’t ask the obvious question, “So how did you survive the, you know, zombie apocalypse?” Instead they talk about AIDS, and then a horse rides up. Makes…sense.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2, Premiere

I have some questions for The Walking Dead…

Why did the little girl just up and walk away to begin with? This whole episode is sort of her fault.

What was their plan when they stopped, ostensibly for the over-turned truck, and then magically when the radiator breaks [again]? Why didn’t they just go ahead and steal one or more of these cars?

And those are not even the most egregious questions!

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