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  • Episode: Internment (Season 4, Episode 5)
  • Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Danai Gurira
  • Written By: Channing Powell
  • Directed By: David Boyd
  • Network: AMC
  • Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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The Walking Dead: Internment Review

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By Hanso     November 11, 2013

This week on The Walking Dead
This week in The Walking Dead, the coughing continues!  That’s right folks, with the zombie flu still running around wild in the prison and no medicine in sight, we get the first 30 minutes of this episode (we timed it) dedicated to seeing characters that absolutely no one cares about do tons of coughing and drop dead for our viewing pleasures.  In the midst of all the coughing is Hershel running around trying to help them out which he does by dispensing the same advice over, and over again.  Hershel has one thing in his mind, getting the sick to rest and we know this because he’s all over the place saying “You need rest.”, “Did you get rest?”, “You should get some rest yourself.”  Damn it Hershel at least mix it up with drink plenty of fluids.

The remaining half hour picks up a bit when all the people that dropped dead earlier turn.  Now because there are no zombie rules in this show, the zombies can turn as quickly or as slowly as the writers need them to be which works out perfectly with the action sequence we are treated to when all hell breaks loose inside the cell block.  Hershel and Maggie put a quick end to all the zombies and we see Hershel lose a little hope afterwards when he puts his bible down.  We know Hershel is really conflicted because the music starts up.

Meanwhile we get Rick, his awesome immaculate zombie apocalypse beard, and Carl have a beautiful father son moment as they lay waste to all the walkers that finally brought the outer prison fence down.  You can tell Rick realizes Carl is a badass, but the jury is still out if he thinks Carl is a psychopath.

Sprinkled throughout the episodes are moments of Rick talking about what happened to Carol but he only tells Maggie and Hershel.  Maggie doesn’t give a shit about Carol so she’s ok with Rick’s decision.  Hershel we don’t know how he feels because he was told off screen and Daryl doesn’t get to hear the news because he was late with the medicine and now has to wait until the next episode to find out.

Sadly, another episode goes by and mention of who was feeding rat heads to the fence zombies although it starting to look more and more as if it was the little blonde girl.  This storyline seems to have been forgotten, probably because we needed more coughing.  At least the medicine finally gets to the prison so hopefully the coughing will end now.  The medicine arrives just in the nick of time too as we were about to lose Glen if they took a second longer.  

Overall a weak episode with the most exciting thing happening in the last scene where we get a glimpse of The Governor!  He should definitely make things more interesting next week.
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Roqueja 11/11/2013 12:35:10 AM

Ha!  Love the name!  Actually took me a sec.  It was a weak episode,  but neccesary to tie up the flu storyline.  I fully expected to have to wait untill later in the season to see anything with the govenor, but it makes sense for him to show up to have a new continuing threat to Rick's groups safety now that the flu is dealt with.  I am at a loss to explain how Rick and Carl ended the walker threat so quickly.  If it was that easy, why not pick them off Before they took out two major lines of defense?  Some cool zombie dispaching this week.  Enjoyed another good review that didn't pull any punches.

SarcasticCaveman 11/11/2013 3:11:09 AM

 Yeah, I've not been much impressed by this season as a whole, but it was great to see The Governor coming back next week.  La-bibbida-bibba-dum!

samson 11/11/2013 3:21:08 AM

 I'm in the minority here, I thought this episode was fairly good. But, I take Percocet sooo ...

RedHood2010 11/11/2013 4:16:38 AM

I too enjoyed this episode, as did the rest of my household.  I did yell at the tv a few times at Hershel, not liking his concern for taking the dead outside, but at the end, it closed up nicely.  As for Carl, I still don't get what the concern is with him.  He has had to do things no child should have to and I haven't seen anything to make me feel he went overboard and this episode I thought it was funny and awesome at the same time when he and his dad went all COD on the Walkers.  And I am curious to understand what Rick was thinking when he took a long stare at his son.  I hope it was a look of realization that Carl can do more and be responsible and VALUABLE!

Th Gov - hear the music, cue the crazy!  lol

DarthBob 11/11/2013 4:37:59 AM

This season has been boring and the whole flu thing has carried on for far too long.  I can't really tell if the show is boring or if Walking Dead has suffered the same fate as most other TV shows in this post Breaking Bad era.  For me, Breaking Bad raised the bar so high that everything else simply pales in comparison.

Hopefully WD gets its crazy back on now that the guvnah is back.

elrushbo 11/11/2013 7:18:16 AM


JonnyRotten 11/11/2013 7:19:08 AM

Good episode except for the cheezie ending, don't introduce the Gov like that, come on  ... love the recap from newcomer Joe Kerr, brother of Jim Nasium.

Liked that psycho little girl saying "come on fella" to the walker, not sure if that was to save Glenn or just crazy time.  She's got lots of potential for trouble. I would give this episode a B.


elrushbo 11/11/2013 7:19:08 AM

The beard I can let go cause look at his shirt! Looks like it's bonded to his skin it's so nasty

monkeyfoot 11/11/2013 7:21:30 AM

It wasn't the best episode but it was an enjoyable one. As Roqueja said, It was a well done way of tying up the flu. But I found tension and excitement in that it looked like this one was intended to kill off one of the main characters, either Herschel, Glenn, or Maggie. I was sure it was going to look like everything was finished then suddenly a zombie Glen was going to pop up and bite Hersch or Mags.

What's with the music this season? I don't like it. After past seasons with only the usual soundtrack, adding in a Miami Vice track of folk songs to accompany emotional scenes is very off putting. I've come to thing of the post Z apocalpyse to be music free. There is nothing to play such things on. I know that doesn't make sense but I would prefer they have a character who plays songs on a guitar or some other acoustic instrument to set against those scenes. That would be the only music you would ever hear.

Now with the intro of the Governor I'm thinking he could be responsible for the Walker's running the fence and not one of the girls feeding them.

Great and fun review JoeHansoKerrCaesarRomero!

mike10 11/11/2013 7:23:22 AM

I was wondering, instead of wasting bullets, why didn't they spray gas on the zombies at the fence and just burn them? They burn the bodies anyway. I'm assuming they were holding off shooting the zombies because of the sound of the shots drawing more zombies, but fire would be quiet.

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