Walking Dead Recap Eppi 5 Season1

Walking Dead Recap Eppi 5 Season1

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With the introduction of Jenner from the Center for Disease Control (C.D.C.) on last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, it’s difficult not to be reminded of our first encounter with Desmond Hume in the first episode of the second season of Lost. The mysterious hatch has now been supplemented by the mysterious C.D.C.—which, inside, has some definite hatch qualities. Sure, Desmond’s first appearance was pretty out of the blue to begin a new season, but not that much less surprising than Jenner’s video-recorded-diaries debut last night. And, for those of you who watched Lost, the hatch shot a blinding beam of light into the island’s night sky, not unlike the glow the remaining survivors were greeted with as the gates opened and this episode, “Wildfire,” came to a close. The Lost hatch wound up being destroyed in a magnetic explosion by that season’s end, a fate that I’m sure Rick Grimes and company would not want to see duplicated. The reason that I bring up this comparison is because, with Lost, the inside of the hatch was used as a story arc that lasted, sometimes painfully, over a 24 episodes. The Walking Dead is introducing a pivotal new plotline that is beginning with only one episode left in the season. (Hold this thought.)

Dr. Jenner is, we presume, the last survivor at the Center for Disease Control. Even though the man has given up all hope—at one point talking openly about his lackadaisical attitude toward suicide—he’s still working to find a cure. He’s sloppy, spilling some walker samples (that even in cell form, under a microscope, are still somehow terrifying) that then had to be “decontaminated” (burned to a crisp). But he’s still chugging away even though he thinks there are no survivors yet.

But there are survivors, and now they’re at Dr. Jenner’s front door. And considering a zombie apocalypse has occurred, this is a group that comes with a lot of baggage. Shane is still in love with Rick’s wife, Lori; so much so that Shane almost stages a “hunting accident” to get Rick out of the picture. Andrea is still emotionally comatose after losing her sister Amy in a Walker attack in last’s week’s episode. Andrea even went as far to let Amy come back to life as a walker so that she could say a proper goodbye—before putting a bullet in her now zombified sister. Look, I’m not a grief counselor, and we all have different ways of dealing with the passing (and zombie rebirth) of a loved one, but I’m going to go on record saying that Andrea’s reaction was probably not 100 percent healthy. An example of a healthier approach: Carol absolutely mutilating the body of her abusive (and now dead) husband Ed, with an ax. There is a person with a lot of built-up rage to unleash.

Oh, also, there’s Daryl: Yeah, he’s still mad about the whole leaving-his brother-Merle-to-die business, which seems to come in inconsistent waves. Especially now that we know Merle is very much alive, sans hand … somewhere. Norman Reedus, in five episodes as Daryl Dixon, has already set the record for the most hold-me-back-or-I-may-kill-someone scenes in the history of one television show (note: this may or may not actually be true).

And then there’s poor Jim: the plot aspect I’ve been dreading, because it was just a matter of time before it happened to one of them. During the walker attack on the camp in last week’s episode Jim was bitten, which creates the unfortunate fate of seeming healthy even though Jim’s future fate as a walker is sealed. Grimes is having none of it. This is where his plan to relocate to the C.D.C. is formulated—if there is a cure for Jim, the C.D.C. will have it. Grimes even attempts to radio his old friend Morgan to share the new plan, who we haven’t seen since the first episode (say what you will about Rick Grimes, the man has a flare for the dramatic statement—when warning Morgan to not enter Atlanta he grimly announces, “it belongs to the dead”). Unfortunately, the C.D.C. does not have the cure; not that it would have mattered considering that Jim never made it that far anyway, deciding instead to live out his last moments alone on the side of the road, no longer a burden to the group.

When The Walking Dead focuses on character development, as it did this week, the show thrives. In the end, this is still just another show about zombies. There’s no getting around that fact. Before The Walking Dead premiered, I had some far-fetched idea that the show would completely upend the zombie genre and do something completely different with their version of the undead. This isn’t the case: unless the genre wants to dip into satire—which The Walking Dead does not—a zombie is pretty much a zombie. A zombie from The Walking Dead looks the same as a zombie from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video, only with less awesome dance moves. When The Walking Dead takes its time and focuses on its characters, like last night—taking us through the torment of a man sentenced to die by infection—is when it becomes something special. I just hope that the show can sustain its horrifying intimacy as it enters a brand new setting for the last episode and doesn’t get too enamored with its new setting, as Lost did. Also: don’t forget the characters, please.

Sadley tthere is only one eppi left......

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HELLFIGHTER's picture

I dont think Darabont would have killed off so many of the group so fast if he had the choice to do a full season. Again, I suspect the short eppy season was because they didnt think it would be so well received. I think next season he will take his time and keep the show on track as far as character development and background. Not that I give a shit anymore. While I like the show, Im not happy waiting a year. Might as well just have made it a movie and done sequels. Dedicating time every week just to have them treat the fans like shit is not something that is going to make me loyal. I dont CARE that other shows like the overrated Sopranos did the same thing. AMC was trying to create something with a fan following, I dont give loyalty where I dont GET loyalty. On another note, Im pretty sure that it was Merle bringing zombies in the back of that truck he took, back to the campsite. Im sure he will pop up later on and we will find out. Maybe Daryl will outgrow his older brother as he seems to be 100 times more dependable and team oriented than his idiot, racist brother. I LOVE the old man. He seems rock steady and loaded with common sense. I dont agree with what you mean about the sis as I understand it perfectly. Some of the characters are solid gold as well as the diversity of the group and not just ethnically, but their lifestyles as well. I think its funny that when impressed with his sense of strategy and fortitude when planning the gun pickup Daryl asks what he used to do and his reply was "delivered pizza, why?" Sometimes, you just gotta step up.

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To Sarge and Buff,

   Hey guys, good writing, and I think you both have great points. It never occured to me that the zombies may have been trucked in for revenge, however it does make sence if that is what happened.

  And the sis waiting for her dead sis to wake up was mindblowing, I felt like a little kid hiding my eyes when she leaned down to check her breath; I just knew she was going to get her lips torn off . Stephen King wrote "The secret to sCAREing people is to get the reader/viewer to  CARE for the characters" (ON WRIGHTING). Walking Dead has done this with there characters through their developement and personally, I feel that because of this, it is the best show on tv. On the flip side, I agree with you, Sarge, that AMC is forgetting their fan base for this program and by ignoring that, we have to wait a full year for more eppisodes! This is uncalled for. There will be a half dozen made for tv zombie shows to attempt to fill in the void that Walking Dead will leave since its success. I hate to see great things watered own. One ends up with vampires, for lack of a better word, that sparkle in the sunlight and werewolves, vampires, and witches that live in gated communities.  

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