…but don’t give Michonne away.
Greetings, Deadheads! Before we begin, I’ll clear up some things regarding the last recap. The book I mentioned in some recaps from the last part of this half of this segment of this season is “The Passage” by Justin Cronin. It’s Book One of a trilogy, though Book Two (“The Twelve”) has been sitting in my “to read” pile for months. Book Three won’t be out for another few years so you’ve got time to catch up! I’ve read “The Road” and while it’s very well-written, the pacing is very slow. I recently purchased “Tomorrow When the War Began” per a suggestion in the comments but haven’t started it yet.
As for my feelings on TWD: I DO enjoy this show, thoroughly! But the plot holes, coincidences, and dropped storylines are often laughable and reminiscent of daytime TV. One of my other favorite shows (Homeland) also suffers from this ailment. I can suspend disbelief, but at a certain point, these types of issues make potentially great shows just good. I do not enjoy Rick as lead character – reluctantly takes on the leadership role only to find how taxing the role of leader can be.
Been there, done that.
Yes, Rick is flawed, but that is not why I dislike him. I root for flawed characters like Don Draper or Walter White because they are compelling and complex. Coincidentally, AMC is also their home and they are two of the most fascinating characters on TV.
Now that we’ve cleared all of this up (last thing: I’m still not buying the jaunt back to Rick’s hometown. The show has constantly led us to believe many roads are impassable, there are gas shortages, and Rick himself said they kept getting pushed further and further out), let’s get on with the recap!
Last week Michonne (becoming more awesome by the second), Rick, and Carl met back up with Morgan, Rick’s savior from the premiere episode. Morgan had become more than a little cray, but had rigged up some unbelievably badass walker traps. Sometimes when I watch this show I’m reminded of an old Twilight Zone where a guy was dumped in a deserted “town” which was just a massive psychological experiment on a closed set of some sort. I just get a smiliar vibe from TWD sometimes.
We open on Hershel and Rick. Rick looks like he’s had a much needed shower, shave, and change of clothes. He meets up with Daryl, who is also looking a cleaner than usual. For a second I’m wondering if this is a flashback because no one looks like they just spent the past month rolling around in a dumpster, but we see Hershel’s crutches, so this must be present day.
Rick and D-train are combing through some type of abandoned warehouse area when Gov. approaches. Gov. lifts his hands in mock surrender and tell Rick they have a lot to talk about. I’m glad Rick at least showered for this affair. Basic hygiene always makes one seem much more credible when one is involved in negotiating what’s sure to be a bullshit peace treaty.