10:58 - What an awesome ending. Even when the show lags in the middle, the endings always seem to pull through.
What is strange is that the scenes with zombies are oddly the most humanizing, not the conversations about fishing and whatever. There is no pretense in them.
10:56 - With the way that the opening scene played out, I should have know this was going to happen. At this point, I cannot even remember what happened in the comic books. I can't tell what is faithful and what is not. I find that to be a good thing.
10:55 - This is the sort of thing to which I wish there had been some kind of build-up. But I suppose that it mirrors the way that things inexplicably happen in the comic book.
10:54 - Zombies are spectacularly adept at finding the jugular vein.
10:52 - Don't you hate it when people stumble into your camp site, ruin a perfectly serene night?
10:50 - I wonder what is so compelling to Frank Darabont about inaction. About stasis? Think about it. Shawshank. The Green Mile. The Mist. The Walking Dead. They all deal with the banality of inaction. Characters sort of sitting around and biding their time. It's interesting that all of those things have something fairly obvious in common.
10:48 - Those bruises are hyper-realistic.
10:48 - I'm not complaining about the mood or the tone (or really even the pacing of the show). Is there such a thing as balance of pace?
10:44 - The filmmakers do not effectively balance the zombie tension with the human tension. That's really my most damning criticism. Every scene is a talkie scene or a zombie scene, and the range in between is fairly shallow.
In a comic book, this idea is profound. On television, not so much. It makes the work seem unbalanced and leaden.
10:37 - Whoo-whee, it's about to go DOWN! Just kidding.
10:34 - (I apologize in advance for the obvious question) Are there no abandoned gun shops in Atlanta?
10:33 - Laurie Holden, it seems, has all but disappeared from this episode. Also, I still don't really care about Lori Grimes. Just throwing that out there. I want to care for her, but I just don't. I just don't.
10:31 - The zombie element is being minimized in order to maximize the human drama, and I can't decide if they are doing it because they think it improves the story, or if they are intentionally making it seem high-brow.
10:28 - I like young, Hispanic Denzel Washington.
10:24 - What's so terrifying about 'TWD' is that it holds very closely to the zombie trope of uncertainty. Just about any character (who is not a lead) can die at any point in a zombie story. The tension we feel for Rick Grimes is real, because his story could end any moment. The fact that it doesn't is almost irrelevant.
10:23 - Tying someone to a tree in a zombie story is the one way to ensure that person's situation ends tragically.
10:18 - I wonder which is a more terrifying proposition: fighting off the zombie hordes in TWD or facing down a screaming crowd of Beatles fans, circa 1966.
10:17 - I haven't seen the shaved head / bangs look since 2006!
10:13 - This is the first scene we get of real, honest zombie cabin fever. Jim's losing his mind. Jim hasn't really been featured in the show, which should give us a slight hint of what's going to happen to Jim.
10:10 - It takes some major cojones to cauterize a wound with a flat iron. Woof.
10:04 - I don't know why the Boondock Saint is so pissed. The severed hand indicates the guy - The Rook! - left with a fighting chance.
That hand is awfully sick (and real) looking.
10:02 - I get so caught up in trying to dig metaphors out of the characters' conversations that I sometimes lose track of what they're actually talking about. Like fishing.
10:00 - Episode 4 - "Vatos"