The Walking Dead: After Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
The Walking Dead returns from its hiatus with some Michonne, Rick, and Carl action. Well, Michonne and Carl action really, Rick was comatose for half the episode after getting beat down by The Governor in the mid season finale. Speaking of the Governor, that guy better be dead. It seems they went out of their way to not show him dead or turned. Hershel died a few minutes before, and we got a shot of his zombie head. Why no turned Governor hmmm?
At first it seemed we would be watching another boring Walking Dead episode, but by the time Michonne unleashes her katana and goes on her “I choose to live” spree, it was clear that while slow paced at times we got and excellent character driven episode focusing on Michonne’s coping of the prison battle aftermath and her decision to “…keep livin. L-i-v-i-n.” The prison battle really traumatized her, sending her into crazy Rick territory, as she believes everyone she has cared about is dead. Unfortunately for Michonne this isn’t the first time she’s lost everyone. Thru a dream sequence we learn that Michonne was a middle class gal who had a son (so that’s why she cried when she held Judith!), and enjoyed discussing art with her lover and his friend. Unfortunately for Michonne she knows nothing about art because if there is one thing that is most definitely art it’s a gorilla riding a car. The dream sequence was really creepy, everything started out fine and ended by with the loss of Michonne’s son and the reveal that her zombie pets from season 3 where her lover and friend. After her first major loss she had decided to fight and survive but now after the prison battle she wasn’t so sure. Why keep going if there is no happy ending? She picked up some new zombie pets and left the prison behind, walking aimlessly and zombie like amongst the dead, until she spotted a zombie Michonne. That’s when she realized better to keep going that ending up like that, so she took her katana and worked her issues out by slicing down a whole bunch of walkers. Afterwards, she picked up Rick & Carl’s trail and headed down to Carl Town.
Ah Carl Town, population two, and the town slogan is “I hate my Dad.” Carl blames Farmer Rick for the death of everyone he loves. If Rick hadn’t been so concerned with his vegetable garden, he could’ve protected the group and the prison battle wouldn’t have gone down. Poor Rick took a physical beating from The Governor and now has to take an emotional one from Carl. Good thing he went comatose as soon as they reached Carl Town, because if he thought Carl mentioning Shane was mean, he sure wouldn’t have liked all the nasty things Carl followed up with including that he doesn’t care if Rick lives or dies.
Like every young boy, Carl believes he is a man and has decided that his way is the only way to survive and that he doesn’t need his father to protect him anymore. We see that Carl is capable of holding his own as he searches the empty houses of Carl Town, and that a zombie here and zombie there ain’t no match for a boy and his gun. Also not a match for a young boy is chocolate pudding. First, how long does canned pudding last? The zombie apocalypse has been going on for a while, that pudding should be expired. Second, I’m not a pudding expert but eating 112 ounces of pudding that may or may not have expired will probably give you massive diarrhea. Regardless, Carl downs chocolate pudding, spends some time enjoying the view of his town but then realizes he still needs his dad. Rick finally wakes up from his coma, and Carl and he share a moment together until somebody knocks on the door. You guessed it, Michonne has finally reached Carl Town, population three, they still working on the new town slogan.
Not seen in this episode, everybody else from the group. Looks like that story is for next week.
Random zombie question: If a zombie falls down, can they get up or do they become crawlers? When they first turn they can probably get up as their muscles should still function but with the passage of time the zombies become stiff so they shouldn’t be able to get up, or should they?
Mania Grade: A
Episode: After (Season 4, Episode 9)
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira
Written By: Robert Kirkman
Directed By: Greg Nicotero
Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures