'The Walking Dead': Plot points to consider after episode four
"Walking Dead" has shuffled past George Romero, right into Bizarro World territory. Assuming that a drama about a world teeming with zombies and the plucky few who manage to avoid becoming dinner isn't already bizarro enough, the four elements below are adding to this author's incredulity and, possibly, affecting the show's overall believability. Again, this assumes that a show about oozing putrescent creatures who want nothing so much as to chomp off your shoulder can have its believability measured.
Before we get started, I do need to hand out (perhaps not the best terminology if you watched Sunday's episode) kudos for the show's first truly thrilling surprise zombie attack.
Now, on to four plot points that kept me from fully enjoying Sunday's episode. And, yes, there are massive spoilers ahead, so if you haven't watched, bookmark this link for later:
1. In Atlanta, a city absolutely infested with walkers (the show's term for zombies), the equivalent of an MS-13 cell has barricaded itself inside an old age home and now the vatos spend their days caring for their abuelas. I actually like the idea, but -- again -- it was hard to digest the premise that what appeared to be at least 100 people were able to live unmolested while surrounded by a city full of dead things that can smell a living human miles away.
2. Jim (Andrew Rothenberg) has dreams, dreams he conveniently forgets, about an impending zombie attack and starts digging holes for the soon-to-be-dead. Though neither Jim nor anyone else realize that's what he was doing until the big finale. So now we've got an element of the supernatural, which is fine and a perfectly logical place for this show to go. Jim can see the future -- or one possible future -- in his dreams. But wouldn't it have been more effective for Jim to maybe start insisting that zombies were headed towards camp, only to be ignored by the over-confident, over-punchy Shane (John Bernthal) and the ever-watchful RV dweller Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn)?
3. Granted, Sheriff Rick (Andrew Lincoln) was on a business trip for most of this episode, but this applies to last week's show, too. Why has no one yet clued him in to the fact that until his surprise arrival in camp last week, his wife was sharing a tent with his former partner and supposed best friend, Shane? You’d think that at least Daryl, who is feeling spiteful about his brother being left handcuffed to a roof in Hotlanta, would be feeling spiteful enough to make a comment. Or that, knowing it is bound to come out, his wife (Sarah Wayne Callies) would fess up, explaining that Shane had told her Rick had died in the hospital.
4. Maybe it was meant to be a cliffhanger, but the show ended with Andrea (Laurie Holden) collapsed in a heap over her dying, then dead, sister Amy (Emma Bell) who had been chomped on by at least two zombies. As Amy dies and Andrea cries, the rest of the survivors look on, clearly feeling Andrea's keen loss. But, umm, doesn't zombie logic dictate that as soon as Amy died as a human being she would be reborn as a zombie? If so, shouldn't Daryl (Norman Reedus) have been standing by ready to fire his crossbow directly between Amy's eyes?
If you watched, set me straight below in the comments section.
| November 22, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories: TV | Tags: Walking Dead
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