Not too long ago, I decided I wanted to do some of my True Blood-style reviews for The Walking Dead. Now that I have the DVDs, I figured I'd better get on that.
Under the cut, there are pics, spoilers, my opinions, random fangirling, etc. Click or not, the decision is up to you. I do want to warn dial-up users - this post is murder on bandwidth. I made picspams to go with this and they are MASSIVE! Actually, this whole post is massive. I think shorter picspams next time.
I hope you enjoy!
So the show opens up with Rick pulling to a stop and getting out to look for gas. He walks through what looks like the remnants of a camp. He hears a noise and looks under a car to see little legs walking by. Well, shuffling by. At this point, I say "Oh hell" cause I know what's coming. Yep, it's a child. Dammit. That's one of my rules - no kids. And she's a zombie. Rick is no happier about this than I am but he does what needs to be done. And that, ladies and gentlemen is the first time I've ever allowed a show to break one of my rules in the first 2 minutes and me carry on with it.
And we flash back just a bit to before the world ended. Rick and Shane are talking about the differences between men and women. This conversation is where I decided that I really just don't like Lori. Rick is upset because he and Lori have been fighting a lot lately and, that morning, she actually said to him "Sometimes I wonder if you even care about us at all." Now, I do realize that we're only getting half of the story, his half. I also realize that my unhappiness with Lori for that statement is largely because I do just adore Rick. So I admit that I have a problem - Rick and Lori have a problem too. Let's move along. From this conversation, you could also build a dislike for Shane based on his apparent attitude toward women. "You and every other pair of boobs" Shane, really? When I first watched this, this is where I decided that Shane and Lori were already having an affair. Just something about the look on his face while Rick is talking, I don't know.
Anyway, saved by the scanner - they get a call. Officers need assistance, officers have been shot. Out comes the spike strip and here come the bad guys. I like Shane's gloves. Anyway, Shane and Leon think it'd be cool to get on World's Craziest Police Chases - Rick is less than amused. The bad guys' car goes over the spike strip and an awesome little wreck ensues. Then comes the shoot out. I hate to say it but these cops can't hit shit - they fired off multiple rounds before they managed to hit the shooter. Rick takes a bullet in the vest in the meantime. Lucky he was wearing one. They forgot the basic rule that I learned in Mindhunters though: When is the scene secure? On the drive home. They didn't check to make sure all the bad guys were dead and one of them tagged Rick not in the vest. Shane kills him and they all swarm all over Rick as he bleeds out. Now I'm not sure where the wound really was but it looked much higher up than the bandages showed later on.
When Rick comes to, Shane is standing over him, holding a vase of flowers, telling him that they're still with him. Shane has obviously been crying - he does care at least. Next time Rick comes too, it's been a month or more since Shane left those flowers but Rick thinks it's only been minutes maybe. The flowers are wilted, the clock stopped, and the hospital is powerless, deserted. He's a lucky man to have survived on his own in a coma like that. As far as we can tell, he's the only soul alive in that whole place. Could you imagine waking up to that? Andrew did a great job with this bit - he played weak and confused very well. I believed it. The bullet holes in the wall were a nice touch, tied in with Shane's flashback in episode 6. I tell you one thing though: I would NOT have had the courage to walk into that dark stairwell with only a book of matches to light my way. Hells no! Neat trivia: the insignia on the chopper is for the 7th Cavalry, most notable in the stand with Custer at Little Bighorn, Custer's last stand. Very fitting, I think. I do think, though, that I'd have looked for some clothes and shoes before I left the hospital. Some scrubs at least.
And here we have Rick's first encounter with a walker, Bicycle Girl. She was just a bit more spunky when he came up and rattled that bike. Poor thing...
Rick goes to his home, really close to the hospital (luckily for him) and finds no one home. Andrew did a great job with this too - I felt really bad for him. I hate to see a man cry :( He goes outside, sits on the steps, and WHAM! Smacked in the face with a shovel. He's having a really shitty day. But hey, Lennie James! I love that guy! Didn't know him from Adam when I watched this - I watched Jericho later on. Morgan, babe, he just got smacked in the face with a shovel - give him a minute to answer. He doesn't even really register that he HAS a bandage.
I love that line - "gunshot ain't enough?" Haha! Seriously though, Rick was lucky to run up with Morgan and Duane - getting that bandage changed was worth a lot. Not to mention the food and the information. Morgan and Duane are obviously good people. Rick's beard is kinda growing on me by this point. Huh, I always thought he was a sheriff, not a deputy. Oh well. Morgan's wife heading for home, coming up on the porch like that reminds me of that bit in Dawn of the Dead when they ask why the zombies are swarming to the mall. Something made her go home. Instinct? Just a feeling in her undead brain? A spark of humanity left? Who knows? All I know is that had to be so hard to take, for Morgan and for Duane. How do you put down someone you love though? I mean really? How do you shoot your wife in the head?
I think that batting practice might've been a bit much for Rick with his wound. This is where Rick gets his info about Atlanta and the CDC. He also has keys to the police station and they have independent propane. Hot shower time! And a shave, praise be. And another uniform. With a hat. Again, praise be. I love that fucking hat! I can't believe that no one else thought to raid the armory at the police station though. Damn, Leon looks rough. Careless and dumb gets you busted every time.
The scenes in those two picspams happen pretty much simultaneously so I posted them together. Morgan is preparing to put his wife out of her misery and Rick is going after Bicycle Girl for the same reason. She's really making tracks since he last saw her, but she's losing steam. Poor thing. It's like she's reaching out to him for help. Probably just trying to catch a bit though. That's where I fell in love with Rick - he searched her out to end her suffering. He could've just let it go, let her go on. And he apologized to her. I feel for Morgan - that was such a heartbreaking scene! That poor man. Lennie James, you're brilliant. That got me misty watching it.
And we're on the road to Atlanta. Rick's wife, son, and best friend heard him on the CB but didn't recognize his voice. Personally, I'm glad it worked that way though - sweeter for when they did find each other. I do have to admit that Shane had a good point - no one goes off alone. They could send someone else with though, put up signs. This though, this sealed the deal for me with Lori. She kissed him. *growls* And he's looking at that family picture like it's the holy grail. She does not deserve him. The farmhouse scene was really bad - I guess they just offed themselves rather than keep on going. As soon as I saw the horse, I knew that would go badly. Coincidentally, that's rule #2 for me - no violence against animals. *sigh*
He does look damn good riding that horse though. All Old West style hero, ready to save the day. Atlanta is a damn mess. All the burned out buses and cars, the tank. And there's my zombie boyfriend Milo, crawling up out of that burned out bus. He looks really hungry too. And there really was a chopper so there's life out there besides just these few - we know that. And damn but that DO NOT ENTER sign was perfect. We'll just not discuss what happened to the horse - I was pissed at Rick for that for days. Take him into Atlanta and let him get... never mind. Those zombies are tenacious! Do tanks really have those hatches on the underside?
This scene? This is brilliant. The zombie soldier, Rick's horror, and the way they filmed Rick's reaction to the reverb with his ears ringing. Absolutely brilliant cinematography on that. And there's Milo again.
Tell me there's not a spark of intelligence, of awareness, in those zombie eyes of his. This looks pretty dismal for our hero - stuck in a tank with a dead zombie, a pistol, and not much hope. Until we hear "Hey you. Dumbass! Yeah, you in the tank. You cozy in there?" And Rick's like "Wha?" Excellent song choice too.
Welcome to my world. Welcome to my only world.