Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Terminus

Thankfully, the tone of this week's show was very different than last week's. Honestly, we needed a little happiness and a break from the sadness. And we got in the form of a long awaited reunion and a certain Sheldon-esque, mulletted nerd (who is also my future ex husband)and a look at Terminus. Jury's still out on that one.

We begin by seeing Rick, Michonne and Carl still on their way to Terminus. You can see how deeply bonded they are-but it made me realize that we haven't seen Rick in many episodes. Though Carl isn't missed, I think Rick and Michonne are. They are still trudging along and Carl is sharing his candy with Michonne. Very sweet. The next group we see is Glenn, Tara, Rosita, Abraham and....EUGENE. Eugene is having a one sided conversation with Tara about nerd stuff and it is AWESOME. Just this sentence alone sums him up: “It's enjoyable as hell to think of an undead ankylosaur going after a diplodocus. That there is a video game worthy of a pre-order.” He does not believe that the dinosaurs became extinct with this zombie virus and some gossipmongers are saying. Sigh-he and his mullett are perfection. Eugene, who saves face after telling Tara she's hot and she shoots back with "I like girls". He says "Yeah. I know". And he didn't. Which is reason 1,235 why I heart him. Ginger Abe is still hell bent on getting Mulletman to Washington DC and Glenn is still hell bent on finding Maggie. Glenn's mission gets a big kickstart when Tara spots Maggie's zombie-blood message to Glenn telling him to continue on to Terminus. I have to say, when Glenn saw that sign, the elation and happiness he felt brought me to tears. He was so happy, relieved and even more hell bent to get to her. He literally runs down the traintracks to find her quicker. They all finally stop to take a break where a zombie from above falls and splatters. Ewwe. Tara hurts her leg trying to dodge that falling zombie but Glenn wants to continue on. Tara is consumed with guilt for backing the wrong horse at the prison-the Governor. She desperately wants to atone for Herschel's death, the death of her girlfriend, neice and sister. Rosita calls Glenn out on taking advantage of that but Tara insists that she will stick with Glenn no matter what. They continue on where they decide to part ways at the tunnel leading to Terminus. Big Abe doesn't feel like he can get Eugene safely through what is sure to be a tunnel full of zombies. Glenn feels that Maggie must have went through there so he will too. Rosita hugs Glenn and tells him to not be an ass to Tara (p.s, I like Rosita now too). They part ways with Eugene, Rosita and Big Abe going around the tunnel, Glenn and Tara going through it. Tara hobbles along and tells Glenn that she is sorry for all that happened, she had no idea that Brian (a.k.a The Governor) was so evil. She watched her family die, Herschel die and she is asking for forgiveness. Glenn realizes that Tara is a good person that got maniupulated by a horrific man so he forgives her. It's then they a swarm of zombies come for them. Tara's injured leg gets trapped under some rubble and she begs Glenn to save himself and go find Maggie. Glenn, being the amazing man he is, refuses and stays with her, firing his gun until he's out of ammo. Meanwhile, Eugene, Rosita and Abe find an abandoned car. After much bickering (which shows the brother/sister bond they've created), Eugene gets to navigate, Rosita drives and Abe sleeps. Eugene navigates them to the other side of the tunnel. Rosita freaks out a bit, saying that they have to get to Washington to save the world-not help Glenn and Tara! Eugene prolifically says "I still have to live with myself after". SWOOOOON! Eugene tells Rosita and Eugene to hush as he sees something in the tunnel. Just when it looks like Glenn and Tara are toast, we see headlights and six people shooting the zombies dead. It's Abe, Eugene, Tara, Rosita, Bob, Sasha and MAGGIE!!! Glenn and Maggie are FINALLY reunited and it feels so good! They are so happy to be together and it's a beautiful scene. Later when they are cuddling, Maggie takes the picture that Glenn has of her and burns it saying that he will never need it again (hope that's not foreshadowing!). The big grooup contiues on and finds Terminus! It exists! Except it's super quiet, suuuuuper creepy and is very reminiscant of a certain Woodberry. There is one creepily nice lady cooking something and welcomes them to Terminus. In the words of Scooby Doo-RUT ROH. This cannot be good.

Darryl, meanwhile, is surviving amongst the thugs. They have this thing called "claim" where, like the name implies, you see something first and "claim" it, it's yours. There's a troublemaker named Len who doesn't like our Darryl-he sets him up and the leader, Joe, sees right through his shenanigans. So he does what any good leader does-orders Len to be beat to death, stressing that's what happens to liars. Joe has taken a shine to Darryl and it's weird to think that would be Darryl had he not met Rick and crew. It comes out that these thugs are not looking for Terminus-they are looking for the "walking piece of fecal matter" (uuuugh) that killed one of his men back at the house. The guy I THOUGHT (you were right Larry!!!) was dead was not dead, saw Rick's face so they are out looking for him. That cannot end well.

Next week is the season finale and it's sure to be a great one. I am hoping all of our peeps make it, that Beth is found (though if anyone watches The Following she is dead on that show. RIP) and that Darryl turns on these a-holes and saves his REAL family-Rick and crew.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Just look at the flowers...

I honestly don't even know where to begin recapping this episode of The Walking Dead. I feel like my head is still spinning, my heart hurts and it's all just SAD. Death is a given on this show. Lots of it. And it's cool to see the zombies that we know and care nothing about meet the true death by one of our peeps. Watching Herschel die, watching the implosion of Shane and Rick's relationship/Shane's death, Lori's death and seeing zombie Sophia running out of the barn top my list of truly sad and hard moments on this show. But when it comes to children, you expect that the writers would not go there. And a child with mental illness especially...you just kind of expect that they will reference it, maybe see the aftermath but not show it. But oh no, they went there. And it's changed everything.

The entire show is Carol, Tyrese, Lizzie, Mika and Judith (yes now those girl's names are burned in my memory!). Carol has become the adoptive mom to the girls and they are both showing their true selves to her. Mika is extremely good hearted, kind and seems to have a general understanding that her sister Lizzie is batshit crazy. Lizzie cannot grasp that zombies are bad and that she has to kill them (NOT play with them) in order to stay alive. Carol takes the girls individually to drive home the point that this is a new world and that kindness and the inability to see zombies/some humans as the threat they are WILL kill you. Mika is receptive to a point but stresses that she cannot kill humans-because it's wrong. Zombiepocalypse or not, Mika is not a killer. And this scares Carol as she compares her to Sophia who "didn't have a mean bone in her body". Sophia didn't make it and Carol wants to make sure that these girls learn from that. As Carol says, things are different now and people have to change in order to survive. In walking with Mika and trying to explain this all to her, they discover a clearing with a huge house that doesn't appear to be zombie infested. Mika says sweetly "See? My mom always said things work out for the best". If only girlfriend, if only. (Side note: All my True Detective peeps: Did this house not remind you of the house of the Lawnmower Spaghetti man??? It was so creepy! OK, end side note). So they get Tyrese, Lizzie and Judith and decide to make this their temporary home. Tyrese even toys with staying there and not going to Terminus. Carol agrees to this as they just want to feel safe and feel at home for a while. Meanwhile Lizzie, Mika and Judith (every single time that baby is left with Lizzie I want to puke) are back at the homestead and Mika is trying to explain to Lizzie that zombies are not your friend, they want to eat your face. Lizzie cannot grasp that concept and when a zombie comes out of nowhere, neither girl can kill it. Carol and Tyrese come by to save the day and Lizzie has a panic attack. Mika tells her sister to "look at the flowers like you're suppose to". This isn't Mika's first time at the rodeo with her sister and her issues. Carol takes Mika and wants her to kill a deer. They haven't had real meat in weeks and Carol feels that Mika should do this, this is the stuff she will have to do to survive. Mika is adamant that she cannot kill anything but a zombie. The next day, Carol sees Lizzie playing tag with a zombie. You read that right: LIZZIE WAS PLAYING TAG WITH A ZOMBIE. Carol freaks out and kills it. Lizzie then has a full on melt down that Carol killed her "friend". "How could you kill her? We were playing! What if I killed you???" That last part still gives me chills. It's dawning on Carol that Lizzie needs help in more ways than she can give her, but Carol loves her. They are her girls. Later on, Lizzie runs off with something in her hands (never a good idea) and Mika follows her. She was going to the train tracks to feed a legless zombie some mice. So its now confirmed that Lizzie had been doing that all along as far back as the prison. Lizzie says she can understand the zombies and they want her to change too. She sticks her hand out in front of the zombie but then a herd of burned up zombies come out of the woods. Mika gets caught while trying to run and Lizzie saves her. They run back to the house and all four of them kill the zombies. Later in the house, Carol has a sweet scene with the girls showing them how to bake pecans. Carol asks Lizzie if she now understands that she has to kill the zombies-Lizzie replies with "I know what I have to do now". Carol assumes that Lizzie knows she has to kill the zombies-Carol should never, ever assume anything.

The next day Carol and Tyrese go for a walk leaving the girls with Judith (again, wanted to vomit). Tyrese opens up to Carol about how Karen's death affected him, he lost his love at the hands of someone he doesn't know. Did she suffer? Was she scared? At one point it looked like Carol would confess but then she didn't. She couldn't do it. Tyrese is so sweet and sad-she couldn't face hurting him. You can see how much Carol struggles with that. They return to the homestead where they discover the most chilling scene in The Walking Dead history-sweet little Mika is laying in a pool of her own blood, her sister's bloody hand is holding a knife and is dripping Mika's blood. Baby Judith is crawling around on a blanket innocently oblivious. It was horrific. Lizzie says "Don't worry, I didn't kill her brain. She will change. Judith can change too". Carol and Tyrese are trying to compose themselves enough to get the knife out of Lizzie's hand. Lizzie then aims a gun at Carol-Carol tells her that they will clean Mika up and wait for her to change. Carol tells Lizzie to head back in the house and she will meet them there where they will all wait for Mika to change. She tells Tyrese to take Judith (THANK YOU LORD!) and get Lizzie away. When they are out of sight, Carol breaks down a bit and takes out her knife to truly end Mika. It was horrible, just horrible. When Carol returns, she and Tyrese discuss Lizzie and what they have to do. She can't be around Judith (or people in general) and Carol will be the one to kill her. She takes Lizzie outside to the field to "pick flowers for Mika's return". Lizzie starts crying because she thinks that Carol is mad at her for aiming the gun at her-Lizzie does not understand that she KILLED HER OWN SISTER. Carol, fighting back tears, tells Lizzie to "look at the flowers" and she takes her gun out and shoots her. Carol and Tyrese dig two little graves for the girls. They go back into the house and Carol gives Tyrese the gun and admits to killing Karen. She tells Tyrese he can do as he will. Tyrese, seeing as how Carol has lost THREE daughters and can see the emotional toll all of this has taken on her, tells her that he forgives her but will never forget. He can see it haunts her as it haunts him...and for that he is able to forgive. Carol is not a killer for the sake of killing-he knows that. They agree that too much happened in this house of horrors and that they will carry on to Terminus, just Carol, Tyrese and Judith now.

So now Carol is left with the only "daughter" she has left-Judith. She has now lost THREE girls. How do you keep going? How will this change her? It was unthinkable when she lost Sophia. But to lose Mika (who reminded her so much of Sophia) as horrifically violent as she did, then had to kill her third daughter for doing it? How does she keep going? This episode left me so sad and as the writers continue to point out, it's not the zombies that you have to just worry about. I know a few of us talked about it during and after the show but I'm curious to see where you stand the day after. I am left with the knowledge that I love Carol more now than ever and that I cannot see her get hurt anymore. She is so strong, so brave and has come so far from the meek, defeated, abused woman of Season 1. But I am profoundly sad still that we witnessed two children die this episode and neither of them died from a zombie attack. Each girl died at the hands of a person they loved the most...and that's the most chilling part.





Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alone

The title of this weeks The Walking Dead episode is aptly titled "Alone". The episode begins with a flashback of Bob walking...you guessed it-alone. That is, until Darryl and Glenn find him. Darryl asks the three questions they used to ask strangers: How many Zombies have you killed? How many people have you killed? And why? Bob states he hadn't kept count on the zombies and that he killed one person "because she asked him to".  Darryl asks if he has any questions and Bob states no. He's just so happy to not be alone anymore that nothing else matters. The next scene is a pretty cool fog zombie-kill scene with Maggie, Sasha and Bob fighting them off. It looks like Bob may have been bit but he says very happily that it's just a surface wound. Ok, ok I like Bob now. That little weirdo has officially won me over. They move on from the foggy woods and find the train tracks that lead to Terminus. Bob says that when communications were still working he heard about Terminus. This is all Maggie needs, she knows that Glenn will be looking for her there. Maggie overhears Sasha tell Bob that she thinks the whole thing is pointless and that the three of them should focus on their own survival. Maggie decided to go off to find Glenn alone and leaves them a note in the sand telling them she's gone. Bob immediately rushes to find her, Sasha unwillingly tags behind. On her own now, Maggie kills a zombie and gets the disgusting idea to gut it and use it's blood as ink to write to Glenn on the Terminus signs and let him know to go there. Ewwwe. Sasha calls Bob out for grinning all the time and acting like a weirdo. He's so happy to not be alone that he treasures it. He then calls Sasha out on her lack of belief that not only will they survive but her brother Tyrese may have survived too. He then calls Sasha the toughest yet sweetest person he knows. Awwwe. #TeamBob. They reach an abandoned warehouse and Sasha wants to give up looking for Maggie (and everyone) and set up shop there. Bob says no, he had been alone and won't allow Maggie to be. Seeing as Sasha has made up her mind, Bob leans in for a kiss. Awwwwkward. Sasha doesn't really reciprocate but that doesn't put a damper on Ol' Bob! He leaves Sasha and continues on his trek to find Maggie. Sasha goes upstairs in the Warehouse and allows herself a tiny breakdown. After that 20 second reprieve, she looks out the window and sees Maggie lying on the ground. She touches the window and it falls out, shattering, and wakes up all surrounding Zombies. And Maggie too. She rushes out to help Maggie and after killing many zombies, they decide to stick together and find Bob. Maggie admits to Sasha that she was waiting for them as she realized she could not do it alone. Sasha admits she's scared and doesn't want to be alone either. They catch up to Bob on the train tracks and the happiness he radiates is truly endearing. He's no longer alone and neither are the two people he has come to care about. Definitely #TeamBob.
Darryl and Beth. Ugh. He's teaching her to track/use the crossbow when Beth gets her ankle caught in a trap and sprains it. Darryl gives her a piggy back ride so she doesn't injure herself more. They find a cemetery/funeral home where they stop and pay respects to a grave marked "Beloved Father". Beth still insists there are good people in the world. They go inside the funeral home which is stocked and clean (foreshadowing much???) and Darryl finds dead people embalmed and treated with respect. Beth speaks of it's beauty that someone still cares enough to do this. They grow closer as Beth plays the piano and sings while Darryl chills in an empty coffin. There is also a one eyed dog that comes to the door-this house has it all! Beth and Darryl go to the pantry and find Darryl's version of a "white trash brunch"-diet soda, pigs feet and peanut butter. Their meal gets ruined when a crap ton of zombies come to the door. Darryl tells Beth to run outside and she does-right into someone that had a car running! She apparently gets kidnapped which Darryl is too late to save her from. He runs after the car to no avail. He falls asleep sitting up on the train tracks and who finds him but those rapist red necks from two episodes ago!!! Darryl is accepted by them...for now. Though when the leader says "Suicide is stupid. Why hurt yourself when you can hurt others?" you can see the look on Darryl's face that he knows they're no good but he has to play along in order to survive. The last scene is Glenn finding the sign for Terminus. Whoo hoo!!!

This episode, though it had a lot of Darryl which usually makes me happy, left me not happy. Beth is too young damn it!!!! She's super naive and though she's a good influence for bitter Darryl, she's NOT a good love interest. It's gross. Carol and Darryl all the way! Can I get a witness??????

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Priorities

So apparently, SOME people think this past episode of "The Walking Dead" wasn't that good (Stephanie). Any episode where we get all Darryl all day is a great one (you are dead to me Stephanie but I still love you JT!!) and any episode where the main objective is alcohol is a WINNER (again D-E-D DED Stephanie!!!)
The episode begins with Beth and Darryl finding refuge from a thunderstorm/herd of Walkers in an abandoned car trunk. It was extremely tense as they kept the trunk open a crack for air and you could see the lighting, hear the walkers, and see the car moving from the passing herd. (Side note: Beth is the luckiest girl ever to be trapped with Darryl in that close of quarters. Sigh). When the storm breaks and things have quieted down, they leave the trunk and find a camp where Beth lights a pretty great fire and they find snake to make some snake jerky. This is where Beth has an epiphany: She needs a drink. A real, honest to God, alcoholic drink. Pre-Zombiepocalypse, she had lived a sheltered life with her family and had never even tried a sip of alcohol. Darryl is pretty unsupportive of this endeavor and Beth is fed up with him. She leaves his moody behind back at the camp and starts off to find her Holy Grail-some booze. Darryl decides he cannot let her do this alone and finally goes and catches up with her. Their first destination is a Country Club. Darryl, even in a Zombiepocalypse, is clearly not comfortable in a place like this. There are bodies hanging, a half body/half mannequin with a sign that said "Rich Bitch" on it...again, it's not the zombies that are the only things to fear. Something bad happened there and Beth wants to give some respect to her. She tries unsuccessfully to take the body down but it's Darryl who finds a blanket and covers her up. Beth then goes to the kitchen where she finds a bottle of wine. SCORE! But alas, that lasts all of two seconds because a Zombie comes from nowhere and she is forced to break the bottle in his face and fight him off (what a waste). They then make there way to what is left of a gift shop and Beth finds the cutest little yellow polo/white sweater combo... I think we can all predict that white in a Zombiepocolypse is just not going to happen. She learns that when Darryl kills a zombie and stains her new ensemble. Boo. FINALLY they make it to the bar where the only alcohol left is Peach Schnapps. Now, for all of us who can clearly remember your first time getting drunk (or remember stories told to you as you were too drunk to actually remember them firsthand), Peach Schnapps is pretty typical of what your first time is (Mine was Kahlua and Zima but I digress). Beth is holding the bottle but can't bring herself to drink. She starts crying, which interrupts Darryl's impressive dart game he had just started. Seeing his homegirl cry and unable to achieve her dream of getting crunk, he does what any good friend would do: suggests they leave and find some REAL alcohol.

They go to a shack that Darryl had discovered with Michonne. This brings back a lot of memories for Darryl and you can see him struggling with this. He finds Beth some MOONSHINE. Yes freakin MOONSHINE. Holy crap. I first had Moonshine a few years ago (thanks Kim and Chris!!) and let me tell you: it's all it's hyped up to be and more. It's STRONG. Like whoa strong. But if she survives this Zombiepocolypse, Beth will be able to impress everyone with the tale of her first drink being Moonshine (#madrespect). So she and Darryl start playing a drinking game "Never have I ever" and we learn that Darryl has never left Georgia and Beth has never shot a crossbow. She then offends Darryl by insinuating he had been in prison before they actually lived in the prison. This sets Darryl off and he is now Angry-Drunk Darryl. He drags Beth outside where he is going to teach her to use a Crossbow damn it! He gets the nearest Zombie and makes Beth try to kill him with the Crossbow. Her aim is drunken of course so it's basically just him torturing a zombie. She goes and puts it out of it's misery with a knife. Beth has resigned herself to the fact that she is a walking dead girl but she wants Darryl to realize that she has made it this far so she's more capable than he gives her credit for. She brings up Sophia and this is where Darryl, being the amazing fountain of inner feelings he is, lets go. He starts crying about Rick, about Carol, Sophia, about Hershel and about how he feels HE is to blame for not stopping the Governor before he killed Hershel. It was pretty intense to see our strong hero feeling guilty to his core about what happened at the prison. Beth lets him cry but threw her arms around him for comfort. It was a really sweet scene and freakin Beth is so lucky to hug him (sigh). But this scene also speaks to Darryl's character. Alcohol, a pretty girl and a Zombiepocolpyse could have a negative effect (shall we say) on a man. And it was clear that the thought of taking advantage of Beth in any way, shape or form isn't even a thought for Darryl. Even when he got a little rough with the crossbow lesson, you never, EVER thought he would harm her in any way. She is truly safe with him and again, it speaks to his morality and his heart. Le Sigh. After that well deserved breakdown, they then wander over to the porch for some more Moonshine and Darryl opens up about his past with his brother and how he never really felt like he had a purpose in life before the Zombiepocolypse. He was Merle's brother, his shadow but didn't really have an identity of his own. Beth, who is wise beyond her teen years, reminds him that he has to stay who is NOW, not go back to what he was. Darryl has become a good, strong man who has a great heart and even greater biceps. He is not the wannabe Merle thug he once was. So with that, they decide to set the shack (and essentially Darryl's version of what he once was)on fire, throw up some deuces and peace out of there and on to their next adventure.

Next week it looks like we get to see what Maggie and crew are up to. I hope they all connect at some point soon!! Thank you for reading!