Monday, February 27, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 10: 18 Miles Out

Wow, we got some great zombie action this week, to remind us what the show's supposed to be about. This is the second zombie-heavy episode in a row. Maybe AMC was impressed enough with the ratings to scrape up a bit more cash for the budget.

By the way, if you haven't seen it yet, check out this Walking Dead Special Effects Reel. It's interesting to see how many seemingly normal scenes are actually green screen shots. I was particularly amazed at how many of the zombies are CGI creations!

• OK, this is just nitpicking, but why were Rick and Shane driving Randall 18 miles away from the farm? Sure, it makes for a good title, but why wouldn't you pick a nice round number like 20?

• I was expecting a bit more of an epic battle between Rick and Shane than what we got. Shane appears to be tamed for now, but I'm betting things will flare up again right around the end of the season.

• That Randall sure knows how to keep a secret. He knows Herschel and Maggie (but I guess somehow they don't know him?) but he doesn't mention this fact until Rick's ready to turn him loose to fend for himself. Wouldn't it have made sense for him to say something earlier? If he'd said, "Oh Hi, Maggie. Hello, Mr. Greene" as soon as they brought him to the farm, wouldn't they have most likely let him stay? Or was he afraid Shane would kill him on the spot?

• Rick's decree that they need to use their knives more makes sense, but he needs to be more careful. He slices open his thumb and uses the blood to lure the security guard zombie, and then appears to stab it in the head with a knife held in his now wounded hand. How easy would have been for some tainted zombie blood to get into his cut?

Shane did the same exact thing when he was trapped on the school bus.

• After the two zombie security guards are put down, Shane notices that they don't have any bite marks on them. I'm not entirely sure, but I think they're planting a little seed here in reference to the comic book. In the comic Rick & Co. discover that you don't have to be bitten by a zombie to turn into one. Anyone who dies, even of natural causes, will come back as a walker. It was a big revelation in the comic as the characters realize they can never win-- no matter what they do or how long they survive, they're doomed to eventually become zombies. It gave new meaning to the title, "The Walking Dead." Is that what they were setting up here?

• The zombie attack in the parking lot was really well done. I especially enjoyed Rick's zombie pig-pile scene. It reminded me of Gimli the Dwarf being crushed by orcs and wargs in The Two Towers. Rick gets extra points for creativity for shooting through a zombie's head at the one behind it.

• Wow. Did Lori just diss Andrea for standing guard and protecting the farm instead of doing laundry? As Archie Bunker would say, you're a pip, Lori. A real pip.

• Andrea apparently really believes that old "If you love something, set it free" mantra. Mopey Blonde Girl has given up hope and wants to off herself and Andrea's response is, "Why that sounds just fine. I'll just walk a thousand yards this way and leave you to your work."

I guess I dozed off in psychiatry class the day they said "If you try to kill yourself but not too hard, it means you want to live."

• Why does Rick blindfold Randall again for the trip back to the farm? He already let on that he knows the Greenes, so he likely knows the location of the farm as well. What good does blindfolding him do now?

• I'm confused by the zombie in the field. As they're driving "18 miles out," Shane stares thoughtfully out the right side window and sees a walker staggering through a field. Later on the way back to the farm, Shane stares thoughtfully out the right side window and sees the same walker still staggering through the field. How did he see the zombie on the same side of the road both times? Did the zombie cross the road? Or is Rick driving back to the farm in reverse?

9 comments:

  1. Lots of zombie action, YES! Rick killing the guy through the fence was great. I like when they find interesting ways to kill the zombies. Insert one bullet 2-3 kills. Gotta love that.
    I was watching The Talking Dead (a talk show about the Walking Dead that comes on much later.) and they said the title of the show is about the survivors not the zombies. Sounds like they are lining up the show with the comic book on that score.
    I didn't understand the importance of Shane seeing the zombie in the field and didn't even think about the fact that it was on the wrong side of the road lol.

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  2. Yeah, I'm not sure what the zombie meant either. Maybe it had to do with the fact that they were driving on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere and Shane saw the zombie and realized that there's nowhere on Earth safe from them? Or was he staring at the zombie and thinking, "That walker's just like me. Staggering around without any purpose, lookin' for some brains to eat."

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  3. I noticed the zombie/wrong window thing as well, Rick just might have got lost and they are driving around trying to find the right way home. The killing with a knife tactic - a) zombies try and get you at any cost so why do you need to blood let yourself every time you want to use this method. and b)when Rick has this brainwave, why does he not consider taking bigger knives with them - they both use tiny pen knives. I would have a hunting knife or even a ninja sword. (late comment again, UK!)

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  4. A possible explanation for the tiny knife deal: Rick seemed to think of it en route, as they were driving 18 miles out. So maybe the small knives were all they had on them.

    Maybe when they get back to the camp they can get some big knives out of Carl's stash (remember in the first episode of the season Carl found a big set of deadly looking knives on a dead guy's lap).

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  5. I don't know why but I felt sorry for the walker in the field at the end of the episode
    I guess it was because of the music, because I hate walkers

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  6. The symbolism of the walker in the field is that Share is sympathizing/relating himself with it. Because Share himself has truly become a monster. There's no turning back. So he sees the walker almost as a mirror of who/what he has become.

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  7. I thought it was odd RE: field zombie, after discussing it with my boyfriend we were like 'ooooh, what if it was Jim' but I looked up the episode on IMDb and it basically implied he was nobody as he was played by the same guy who played the last zombie out of the window that Shane broke (apparently a make up artist for the show!)

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  8. I think the zombie meant that he was noticing how they're starting to get closer and closer to the farm and he's kind of happy about that because he thinks another overrun is just what he needs to prove hes better than Rick

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