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The Walking Dead Recap, ‘Isolation’



While talking to my sister about the The Walking Dead, she mentioned that she liked that they had stepped up the gore. There wasn’t a lot of that in ‘Isolation,’ save for an intense chase scene with four of the group members. The walkers are just 50% of the problem, with that deadly flu spreading through the prison fast. There’s also the issue of Carol taking matters into her own hands.



Photo:Gene Page/AMC

With no other solution, everyone who is sick is quarantined, while everyone else has to pick up slack and hope they don’t have to bury more of their friends. Glenn catches it, as does Sasha, leaving them both feeling helpless. Glenn tells Hershel that it’s easier to deal with the dead and living, but with this unseen force they’re just digging graves. Hershel volunteers to take over as the prison’s main doctor when the actual doctor becomes sick too. This worries Maggie and Beth as everyone and everything basically goes on lock-down. There are a couple of characters who we know won’t be dying anytime soon, but would the show be brave enough to kill off their father or Maggie’s boyfriend?

Tyreese is understandably upset over finding his girlfriend and David’s burned bodies. Him and Rick fight when he gets too close to the bodies and Rick almost beats him to death. Rick and Tyreese are buddies in the comic, so it sucked to see them going at it this way. When Daryl, Michonne and Bob set off to find antibiotics at a local vet hospital, they get him to come along but the trip is cut short by a massive wave of walkers. Daryl can’t turn the car around, so they’re forced to get out and run through the woods. In a moment of despair, Tyreese sits in the car contemplating death until he decides to fight and sacrifices himself so that Daryl, Michonne and Bob can get away. He does catch up with them in the woods, a little beaten and battered, but not bitten.

Back at the prison, Rick uses his skills as a Sheriff to investigate the are where Karen and David’s bodies were. He discovers a bloody hand print on the door and immediately knows who did it. When Carol is out getting more water, she carelessly ignores the walkers at the fence who are more interested in food than the flimsy distraction they put at the fence. Rick has to save her, he even used his gun, but Carol’s reaction to almost getting bit was strange. As was her admission that she was the one who burned the bodies. It was so cold, especially considering that she had earlier told Tyreese that she was sorry about what happened to them. Cool and collected Carol has gone rogue, and i’m sure she thinks she was doing that for the good of the group, but where I once was rooting for her to toughen up, I think she needs to take it down a notch.

The flu kills pretty fast, and with no regular medical attention and pretty poor diet, I don’t think anyone’s immune system is strong enough to fight it off. It’s not like they have Walgreen’s giving out flu shots. Daryl and the others weren’t that far away from the prison when they came across what the comics called ‘The Horde.’ With so many, and some of their best men, and women, in the sickbay, how are they going to fend them off? What is Tyreese going to do when he finds out Carol killed Karen, if Rick even tells him. So many questions!

The Walking Dead Recap, ’30 Days Without An Accident’



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I can now start getting my Fall zombie fix again because ‘The Walking Dead’ is back! After an explosive and tense third season finale, the fourth season opened relatively calm. Of course the little peace Rick and the group had wouldn’t last for long.




Things at the prison have been thriving. Rick has a garden, the horses are growing, but something is wrong with Violet, the pig. Rick telling Carl not to name the animals was kind of a sweet moment, but because Carl is still being an annoying little kid, Rick’s words get turned from a lesson about the food chain into a sad description of life as they know it. When Michonne returns from a run, with comic books and a beard trimmer, some of the group gears up for a trip out for more supplies.

We see that Tyreese has a lady friend in Karen (Melissa Ponzio), one of the adults tasked with killing the growing numbers of walkers at the fences. Killing walkers face to face isn’t his thing, so he volunteers to go out, along with Zach (Kyle Gallner) and Bob (Larry Gilliard, Jr.) who seems a bit too eager to pull his weight. Before he goes out on his own, Hershel asks Rick to bring his gun because he and the others are worried about his safety. He heeds the warning, but later he’s going to wish he left his knife behind.



Next to Rick, the character who has changed the most since season 1 is Carol. I love how much of 180 she has done since having to put up with an abusive husband, to dealing with the death of her child and now making sure that the kids of the prison don’t meed the same fate as Sophia. She’s taken on the role of overseer, cook and knife specialist. She uses story time in the library to teach the children how to properly hold and handle knives. It’s a nice gesture, but she asks Carl not to tell his dad. Here was one of those moments where I just didn’t get Carl, and wondered where the writers were going with his development. When he and friend Patrick (Vincent Martella) find the kids at the fence naming the walkers, he chastises them with the same speech Rick gave him earlier, only it came off as portentous. Maybe the kids, who didn’t look any older than 10, were being a bit too carefree, but they hadn’t lost their childhood innocence, and naivete, yet and Carl shouldn’t scare it out of them. It’s not something we were beat over the head with, and I appreciate that, but perhaps losing the only other kid he knew, and his mom, has made Carl grow up faster than he should have.



Away from the prison, Daryl, Glenn, Michonne, Tyreese and the newbies hit up a Big Spot (I see what you guys did there) for more supplies. Walking through the aisles, Bob comes past a shelf of wine and in a moment of weakness picks up a bottle but puts it back, a little too hard. This one little moment told us a lot about his character. Think about having to sober up during a zombie apocalypse. I need a drink just to watch this show sometimes. The shelf breaks and then falls on him, trapping his leg. This alerts the walkers on the roof, which is so rotted that they start to fall through it. I’ll save you a “raining dead” joke, but it was simultaneously gross and awesome. The ones that didn’t die upon impact attacked the group, including poor Zach. He never did find out what Daryl did before all this happened. The rest made it out a live, and Tyreese  had to learn the hard way why Karen preferred killing the fence walkers. While in the store Glenn came across some baby stuff and looked at it with unease. To his relief, Maggie wasn’t pregnant, but she wasn’t ready to give up on the idea. “I don’t want to be afraid to live,” she told him. Just because Judith is ok, for now, doesn’t mean that the world will be a better place for her when she’s older.

While in the woods, Rick spies a dead animal, and then a woman. Thinking she’s a walker he quietly tries to get away before she calls out to him. Everything about his just seemed wrong and Rick should have known better, but he decided to help her and even gave her his knife. She tells him that her and her husband haven’t eaten in days and that they survived by staying at the airport until it was just them. Rick tells her that he wants to ask her husband three questions before he will help them and then we, and Rick, quickly discover what’s wrong her husband. He’s just a head! I would have been fine with him already being dead and this woman being delusional, but she had been holding on to his head and wanted to feed Rick to him. Faced with death either way, she stabs herself with Rick’s knife. Hershel later tells him that he could always come back, and he should be glad that he broke out of whatever that woman was going through. So Rick’s telephone was this woman’s disembodied head, or something like that.

The Walking Dead’ is known for it’s slow moments, but I enjoyed every moment of this episode and with The Governor out of the picture for now, there is a new threat. A sick Patrick collapses in the showers and turns. Was whatever killed him the same thing that took out poor piggy Violet? When Daryl tells Beth that Zach, her boyfriend, died she is unfazed, telling him that she doesn’t cry anymore. She does do hugs though, which Daryl seemed a bit uncomfortable with. I don’t think Carol would like that. Oh, and wasn’t it cute how he called Carol “Pookie?!”

Rick’s 3 questions: “How many walkers have you killed?” “Have you ever killed a human?” “Why”

R.I.P. to Patrick, Zach, about 50 walkers and Violet The Pig.


The Walking Dead Recap, ‘Prey’


[Ed. Note:  Recaps come with a general spoiler warning from this point onward.]

Man, oh man, this was a good episode. I didn’t really appreciate it until the end, things were moving a bit too slow for me, but sometimes it takes a couple of walkers on fire to get me to pay attention. For the past two seasons I’ve been so frustrated with Andrea, and it hasn’t completely been her fault. Now I’m rooting for her, and oddly enough Milton, more than ever.

The show opened with a flashback to Andrea and Michonne back when they were BFFs, surviving out in the woods with her two walkers on leashes. I miss those guys. Andrea asks her about where her pets came from, eventually realizing that she knew them. Michonne tells her that “they deserved what they got” and weren’t human to begin with. Maybe next season we’ll find out more about Michonne’s past, she isn’t really known for sharing info, but she is one of the most complex characters on this show I just want to know why!


In present day Woodbury, The Governor is readying an “interrogation room” for Michonne, complete with the chains she used for her pets. Milton asks him to reconsider the deal, not wanting women and children to get hurt. The Governor doesn’t care about women and children, unless they’re his dead-dead daughter Penny.

Later, Milton tells Andrea that even if Rick gives up Michonne, he still plans on killing everyone at the prison. He takes her to the interrogation room where she decides that she has to kill him. Milton insists that Phillip still exists, but he sure as hell wasn’t in that room.

After being stopped from shooting The Governor by Milton, Andrea starts to make her way out of Woodbury to go back to the prison. She’s topped by Martinez who takes away her guns, upon orders from The Governor of course. This was the last moment that Andrea and The Governor had to play each other. He’s not even that good at lying. That creepy, psycho smile is a dead giveaway.

Tyreese and his sister Sasha have been making themselves at home in Woodbury, taking over guarding the wall. Andrea tries to trick them into leaving their post so she can escape, but they won’t budge. I get that they want to be “safe,” whatever that means anymore, but they are a little too eager to be on The Governor’s good side. Again, I get it, it’s just annoying. She climbs over the wall anyways, armed with just a knife. Later, The Governor assures Tyreese and Sasha that they aren’t in a prison camp, and then slams poor Milton against a wall after he realizes that he told Andrea about the deal. Yeah, you guys aren’t in a prison camp or anything.

Allen, the other white dude that was in Tyreese’s group that I forgot existed, doesn’t want him and Sasha to eff up their standing with The Governor. Apparently Allen still has beef with Tyreese over things that happened between them in the past. This resentment comes back when Tyreese refuses to help Allen and Martinez round up walkers that The Governor plans to use to ambush Rick and the gang at the prison. He offers to leave Woodbury, which causes a fight between him and Allen. When this big fight happens, I can see Tyreese and Allen having a big stand off that i’m sure will leave Allen dead. Although she evaded him once, The Governor catches up to Andrea and chases after her with his truck. She leads him into an abandoned warehouse, which is full of walkers. She escapes him when she opens a door unleashes the walkers. Tired, she reaches the prison but before she can get Rick’s attention, The Governor tackles her in the woods. She wouldn’t have gotten away, if it weren’t for those meddling walkers.

While Phillip was busy tracking down Andrea, someone went out to the pit a bunch of walkers were kept in and lit them all on fire. Martinez reports this to The Governor, who immediately suspects Tyreese but after he shows he has no knowledge of the burning, he realizes it was his once faithful servant Milton. I’m proud of Milton for doing this, even though it’ll likely cost him his life. The actor who plays Milton, Dallas Roberts, has signed on with another show, so it was nice knowing you, Milty. Poor Andrea though. She sits tied up in the interrogation room, waiting on someone to save her, or for The Governor’s horrible punishment.

We probably won’t learn Andrea’s fate until the last episode, oh yeah guys, there’s only two episodes left for the season! I hope Michonne is the one to save her.

Quick question though, what do you guys think of the music being used on the show?

I think it’s a bit unnecessary, and I know the show has a soundtrack coming out, but every episode doesn’t have to end with some alt-country song by a WGWG (People in Planes, actually.)  Do you think it adds to or takes away from the tone of the show?