The Walking Dead – “30 days With an Accident” (season 4, episode 1)
Last season was, full of ups and downs and lots of shootouts. We left off at the prison becoming the next sanctuary for the residents of late Woodbury, and the Governor escaping to who knows where. This season picked up with a more somber and slow pace, which I personally enjoyed. Just to note, the show does have a new show-runner, Scott Gimple, who directed one of last seasons best episodes and he did promise us more walkers. So, yanno, fun stuff. Now on to review, just let me get my umbrella cause it’s raining zombies.
Right, the episode opens with a calm Rick waking up early in the morning to tend the farm that the group has. This is a good way to establish this communal society situation. It also shows how comfortable the people at the prison are with the walkers, there is possibility there for a new plot twist, and this is backed up because the pig got sick and died, and Patrick got sick and died, and crazy forest chick was all crazy. It’s safe to say some weird stuff is going on, maybe airborne disease or water disease, not really sure how this disease works, so more information on it for this season would be kind of awesome.
While the episode was a slower pace it was a good balance of serious and actual human interactions, not to mention Hershel is flipping hilarious, that guy has jokes. And even when the squad team of Michonne, Daryl, Glen, Sasha, some kid who Beth is dating, Tyreese (Cutty from The Wire), and newcomer Bob (D’Angelo Barksdale, also from The Wire yo), who almost gets everyone killed. But also is responsible for one of the best scenes in the series so far. Basically Zombies start falling from the ceiling into the shopping center and it’s a perfect horror sequence—funny but deadly.
One character who I’m excited to see more of and definitely has evolved throughout the series is Carol. Apparently story time is a big deal in the prison, but story time actually turns out to be Carol teaching the little ones how to knife-fight and other basic post-apocalypse skills, you go Carol. Oh, and then there is Beth. I’m still not sure how I feel about this new okay with death attitude. It’s definitely an interesting route to take the character.
Rick had some major emotional conflicts in this episode; if we take a moment to reflect on Rick we can see the guy is a mere shell of what he used to be. While before we had authoritative Rick, leader Rick, a Ricktatorship, now we have a guy who is refusing to use guns and does in fact cry when crazy ladies who carry heads in bags kill themselves. That whole forest scene was intense and I honestly didn’t see any of it coming, but it worked in establishing this bigger theme of “can we come back from all the crazy shit we’ve done and seen?” Is this world that we live in too far gone from humanity?
By the end of the whole thing I wanted more, and this is a good sign for a show that I’ve quoted as “hit or miss.” I’ve been angry at this show, and I’ve thought about quitting it, but I just don’t know how, so I hope. So far, so good, ready for some zombie action! Woohoo!