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  • Episode: Us (Season 4, Episode 15)
  • Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Michael Cudlitz, Danai Gurira
  • Written By: Nichole Beattie
  • Series Created by: Frank Darabont based on Robert Kirkman's Comic
  • Studio: American Movie Classics (AMC), Circle of Confusion, Valhalla Motion Pictures
  • Network: AMC
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The Walking Dead: Us Review

On their way to Terminus

By Hanso     March 24, 2014
Source: Mania.com


The Walking Dead: US Review
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This is it, the final episode before the season finale.  Coming off one of the best episodes of the season there was no way to go but down but it did manage to set up the pieces for the finale next week.  So here we go to the end of the line.

Abraham and crew are on their way to Terminus, and Eugene and Tara are having a conversation about what killed the dinosaurs and video games.  This mullet dude is sounds and looks creepy plus he got no game.  Talking video games will not get you a chic, ever and it certainly won’t turn a lesbian straight. Eugene is aware that Tara likes them girls (we find out later in the episode although they don’t mention how he knows, he must have a gaydar).  Abraham knows too but that was because he caught Tara checking Rosita out, so he knows not to waste his time there.  Can’t blame her, Rosita is hotness.

As Abraham’s crew follows the tracks to Terminus they spot Maggie’s sign to Glenn telling him to go to Terminus cause that’s where she, Bob, and Sasha are headed.  Armed with the knowledge that Maggie is still alive Glenn hauls ass to get to her, unfortunately the rest of the crew can’t keep up and decide to rest.  Unfortunately on their rest stop, Tara gets injured and can’t walk 100% but she’ll ride with Glenn until she can’t no more.  Guilt will do that to you.  Glenn and Abraham strike a deal, keep going until sundown and Glenn will give his riot gear to Eugene.  Since Abraham only cares about Eugene’s survival he agrees.  While they are on their way, they reach a dark tunnel emanating zombie sounds.  Abraham isn’t going to put Eugene’s life in danger and knows that Glenn won’t want to take the long way so they decide to part ways.  Abraham, Rosita & Eugene go back to their save the Eugene, save the world mission and Glenn & Tara continue on Operation Find Maggie.

Eugene got a trick up his sleeve though; he gives Rosita the wrong directions to Washington but the correct location to be near the end of the tunnel to pick up Glenn.  Eugene sure is trying not to get to Washington it seems.  While they wait for Glenn they spot Maggie, Sasha & Bob.  Having never met each other not sure how that conversation went but apparently they figure out Maggie is Maggie, and all six of them go rescue Glenn & Tara from some zombies inside the tunnel.   Then reunion time for Glenn & Maggie, yay!  Score one for something good happening on this show.

With all eight of them united, they all (except for Glenn & Maggie) decide to go to Washington DC with Abraham but once again Eugene stalls and says they should head to Terminus first.  Everyone agrees, since they had their own reasons (Sasha needs to see if Tyrese is there, Bob needs to find alcohol, etc.), and on their merry way to Terminus they go.

Meanwhile, the rest of the episode focused on Daryl running with Joe’s crew who may or may not be The Hunters. This crew has rules everyone must abide by in order to keep things relatively peaceful within the group.  The main one is that anything you want you have to yell “Claimed.” Aka “Dibs” for us in the non zombie world. Once you say “Claimed” everyone else has to step back from whatever it is you claimed, if you don’t step back you get beat down by the group.  The severity of the beat down depends on the offense.  Taking someone’s booze probably gets you just a regular beat down.  Setting up another member of the group by making it look like he’s not following the rules and lying when asked if that’s what you did gets you a beat down and an arrow to face.   Taking a member of the group out and letting him turn so he attacks the other members of the group and then running away gets you called “a piece of walking fecal matter” and a manhunt so they can end you.  Yes that’s right, we finally learn that Joe’s crew is hunting Rick down for what happened a few episodes back.  They were able to track Rick for awhile but then lost him, however they too spotted the Terminus sign so they figure that Rick is heading there meaning that’s where Joe’s crew is headed.    No indication yet if Joe is part of Terminus yet, although it can be assumed that they are.

Which brings us to Rick, Carl, and Michonne.  We haven’t seen Rick in a few weeks, last time he was hiding under a bed.  Poor guy doesn’t get much screen time here, just a small scene with Carl and Michonne walking along the train tracks.  This pretty much established that Joe’s group is not that far behind as we seen Joe’s group walk over a candy wrapper that Carl & Michonne had.  

Finally, after the second half of this season has been building to this, we hit Terminus although not all the characters have made it there yet.  There is something off about Terminus.  For a sanctuary to all that arrive it sure looks empty.  Where is everyone?  The group walk past the unlock gate and lower your weapons signs until they see a lady named Mary who will fix them a plate.  WTF?  You know Terminus ain’t up to no good.  Why did the group just walk in there without scouting the place first?  They’ve been through enough that they know they can’t trust anybody yet here they show up with no worries like lambs headed to a slaughter.

No sign of Carol & Tyrese this week, will they make it to Terminus for the finale?  Beth is also still MIA, is she in Terminus? What did you guys think of the episode?  As always, leave your thoughts on the comment section below.

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evilbeagle 3/24/2014 5:46:44 PM

 This episode was boring for me.  I was glad to see some of them reunited, but it was a dull episode considering.  Totally agree about Terminus.  I hate it when characters don't appear to learn from past experiences.  Didn't Woodbury teach you anything???

Modo 3/24/2014 6:13:22 PM

I'm calling Cannibals for Terminus.  Just totally guessing here, based on the comic book, and the fact that Terminus has to be a bad place in order for it to be a bad-a$$ season finale that will get people talking.  Terminus as a safe haven isn't exactly a cliff-hanger.  Nothing more than sheer speculation on my part... 

TheSilentKiller 3/24/2014 6:18:12 PM

 One wonders what the steaks on the grill at Terminus were.

Also, Joe made a comment about there being no place that wants people like him: I took that to mean Terminus wasn't on his speed dial. 

Given the group with Daryl didn't eat the dead guy, I'm thinking they're not the hunters, but given the steaks on the barbie, and the absence of "all surviiving" I'm wondering if Terminus and the Hunters might not be one and the same.

 

 

 

blankczech 3/24/2014 6:50:36 PM

 "There is something off about Terminus. For a sanctuary to all that arrive it sure looks empty. Where is everyone? The group walk past the unlock gate and lower your weapons signs until they see a lady named Mary who will fix them a plate. WTF? You know Terminus ain’t up to no good. Why did the group just walk in there without scouting the place first? They’ve been through enough that they know they can’t trust anybody yet here they show up with no worries like lambs headed to a slaughter."

Very good Hanso... I imagine a lot of us were wondering the same thing.  I guess the comic readers know what's going to happen next...I don't read the books, so I can only guess...With food in short supply I keep waiting for these guys to run into a group of cannibals...seems incredibly dumb to enter a fenced in area without any idea of what's going on inside (they definately should have circled the place and observed it from a lot of angles before going inside...and even then probably wise to send one or two people armed people into the place to scout it out and wait until they reported back. If they didn't come back the rest of the group could have gone in guns blazing to rescue them...How can they all be so trusting and stupid?

I imagine in a post apocalyptic world there would be several groups like the one that Daryl has fallen in with...tough guys who believe in survival of the fittest.  Wasting their time tracking Rick makes about as much sense as walking into Terminus without knowing what the hell Terminus is all about. 

When this show first came on...survivors seemed to value vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, recreational vehicles).  Suddenly everyone is on foot, carrying all their stuff, sleeping on the ground.  What's that all about?

 

 

 

 

violator14 3/24/2014 7:35:21 PM

 I agree. Tasha yar is a creepy cannibal. 

Newdude718 3/24/2014 9:35:54 PM

This penultimate episode was very very MEH!!! I'd be scared shitless if there was a sanctuary with no locks on the gates or guards watching for walkers. That woman at the end looks like a creepy vegan she was probably making tofu steaks or something gross. The reunion was so lackluster I didn't even feel tingly inside about it. The hunters with Daryl was the absolute best part of this episode. I can't wait till Daryl sees them hunting rick. Gonna be epic I hope baby Judith is alive so Carl and Rick can see her now that would make me all tingly inside and not in the I need a peniselin shot kind of way. Great review Hanso your grades are always on te ball. 

SinisterPryde 3/25/2014 12:55:07 AM

I personally thought Eugene was just saying he knew to hide his own disappointment.  I don't think he really did.

Also, there is a meme which shows that the woman at Terminus (can't remember her damn name) bears a striking resemblence to the painted portrait Michonne found a few episodes back (it was a woman with streaks of paint all over it).

samson 3/25/2014 1:19:47 AM

 Violator, thanks for the spoiler warning. 

ElBaz13 3/25/2014 5:31:52 AM

So much for spoiler warnings from the comic readers.

ElBaz13 3/25/2014 5:33:12 AM

It is pretty obvious Terminus is not all cracked up to be. The "safe haven" ain't going to happen any time soon as long as the show keeps going. Otherwise, if they were all safe and sound, it would be the end of the show, right?

 

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