I am aware that it has been 3 whole weeks since I have written a Walking Dead review. After seeing the Walk with Me episode twice, I really had to think about where this episode was taking the series. I couldn’t decide if I really enjoyed this episode. Then 2 Sundays ago, Killer Within aired. That episode had me reeling until last week, and then after last night’s episode, Say the Word, I felt like I was back to Walking Dead normal. As normal as that can be. And now, for the next review of The Walking Dead.
As said above, I wasn’t too impressed by this episode. We start out with the helicopter. This has been a question on viewer’s minds for a long time— Who is in the helicopter? The military, apparently. But this is disappointing because of what happens to the group later on. The helicopter crashes and the passengers are severely injured. In a very comic book-like shot, Michonne and Andrea see the crash from a field and they, along with Michonne’s zombie slaves, walk toward the scene. These shots are so awesome because it is like looking at the colored version of the comic book. As the two walk up to the scene, they hear vehicles also swarming the area. Michonne gets everyone hidden so as not to get caught by other humans. Michonne’s pets start getting restless because of all the tasty human meat surrounding them and start to get rowdy. It seems that she doesn’t even think twice about it, but she cuts their heads off. It didn’t seem genuine. Why is it that she kept them, anyway? Why did she make them her repellent if it was so easy to kill them? It is assumed she knew them before they had turned; there really doesn’t seem a point in keeping them if she hadn’t of known them. It really bothers me she did this so suddenly. In the comics, it really did seem to have more meaning behind it. Shortly after this, none other than Merle Dixon appears behind Michonne and Andrea. Now this would have been more surprising had the trailers for the episode already not spoiled that he would be back. What was surprising was his B.A. zombie killin’ prosthetic on his hand-less arm. Upon seeing Merle, Andrea passes out, which would have been a lot of viewer’s reactions had we not already seen Merle in the trailer for this episode.
When Andrea wakes up, she and Michonne are blindfolded in the back of a car with Merle and an unknown (The Governor) in the front seat. She can see the entrance to what we will find out is Woodbury with junk cars and zombies hanging from trees. I would assume blindfolding them is so if they do try to leave, they are disoriented and don’t know how to get back to where they came from. But since Andrea later decides that The Governor is irresistible, this scene bothers me. TV Series Andrea is a nitwit, but any nitwit knows that if a man blindfolds you and puts you in the back of his truck to take you to his neighborhood, you probably aren’t fully safe there. It also bothers me because the dead zombies hanging from the trees proves exactly what to others? If it’s for people, this would just make me scared of whatever is behind those walls because clearly they find a thrill from killing the walkers, which we later find out is true. And if it is for the walkers, that’s just non-sensical. They can’t think, so how could they even begin to process, “Oooooh… stay away from there cuz they’ll kill us!” They can’t!
Andrea and Michonne are taken to a medical ward, of sorts, where Andrea is given fluids. She and Merle seemingly have a touching moment talking about the group who left them both behind. Andrea informs Merle that the last time she was with the group, Daryl was alive. As nice as it is for Merle to know that his baby brother is still around, this scene is too soft. Why is Merle all of the sudden a nice guy? He isn’t a kitten, but he is not the guy who kicked the crap out of T-Dog, either. Throughout the episode, he is submissive, mostly to The Governor, but not dominating towards the other residents of Woodbury. The importance of this scene, though, is that it gives Merle some sort of hope. He realizes there is a big world outside those gates, something many of the other residents don’t seem to know, based off how The Governor runs things.
When The Governor enters the room, Michonne demands their weapons back. He tells her the two can leave the next day. But the thing is, Michonne is more confrontational in the comics. She is scary and can hold her own. This chick can hold her own, but she doesn’t evoke any fear from The Governor or the audience. As the episodes have gone on, she is getting a bit tougher, but she is also more analytical. She is always picking apart the situation and how people are acting. Someone needs to in this duo, because it is obvious Andrea will pretty much be attracted to the worst kind of people, always. This is also the scene where Andrea and Michonne find out that all dead people become walkers, no matter how they die, as The Governor and his crew stabbed the dead men from the crash, only bringing back Lieutenant Welles. If I were Michonne, it would be hard for me to believe that all the dead become the walking dead no matter how they die because this group is not trustworthy. But they both easily believe him.
After they spend the night in their new room. Michonne and Andrea get a tour of the “town” Woodbury. They are told about the strict curfew and the tour guide attributes the safety of Woodbury directly to The Governor. Meanwhile, The Governor speaks to Lieutenant Welles and promises him to return his crew to Woodbury if they are alive. I hate to say it, but David Morrissey did not impress as The Governor in this scene. The Governor is sadistic. He is not supposed to be likeable. David Morrissey is a little likeable, albeit a tad creepy, but too likeable. The Governor then goes to the lab where Milton experiments on dead walkers. He directs Merle to find out more about Andrea. Merle doesn’t put up a fight, which I still find strange because this is Merle Dixon we are talking about here. When Merle leaves, The Governor and Milton look at a table which holds Michonne’s now headless pets. They discuss how she cut off the arms and jaws to stop the desire to feed. I would have to guess she did this to them before they turned because it would be hard to cut off a jaw that is gnawing at your flesh. As the two talk about it, The Governor gives us a glimpse of his weird-o –ness by taking his finger and touching the walker head where its jaw used to be. Ewwwwwww.
Later, The Governor fixes breakfast for Andrea, Michonne, Milton and himself. The only notable thing about this scene is they constant discussion of the tea Milton makes. The Walking Dead rarely does anything without some kind of meaning to it, so either this will wind up being a fun bit of trivia or there is something up with that tea. Otherwise, Michonne still tries to be tough stuff when questioned about her pets where she just argues she wants her weapons back.
Now the next scene is the one that bothers me the most. The Governor drives up on the group Lieutenant Welles left behind while waving a white towel. He comes up peacefully and then out of nowhere shoots the man who was speaking in the chest. Now this is a military group. How did they not see that coming? On top of that, how did they not notice the group from Woodbury who surrounds them? These people were military! They should be pretty good at noticing people or walkers surrounding them, especially in this post-apocalyptic world. The Governor then orders a man, who the Talking Dead referred to as “Evil Glenn”, to take weapons from the dead. They go back to Woodbury and announce that the military group was dead. Everyone easily believes this, and why wouldn’t they? No one but Michonne finds it strange.
The episode ends with The Governor looking at a picture of his family, a wife and daughter. He goes into a room and drinks his whiskey. The camera pans to show human heads floating in tanks. And as creepy as this is, it doesn’t totally freak me out. Seeing his zombie daughter would have been freaky, but floating heads? Its only “eh” on the freaky meter.
Overall, this episode was missing something. And I know exactly what that something was. Rick Grimes. This show is amazing and without our core protagonist and his group, it really lacks the allure the other episodes have. Thank the zombie gods that the following episode has our group back! Stay tuned for my next review!