Monday, October 27, 2014

Tasty BBQ Is People

“STRANGERS”

Talk about inserting a spoiler right off the bat! This episode has grossed out even the most hardened zombie watching lovers, as you shall see in the final paragraph of this summation...

Rick speaks with Tara (?), the lesbian from last season who’s traveling with Ginger and Co. Tyreese and Carol are chatting but I can’t hear them over my parakeets tweeting and chitchatting loudly. They want to mate in the worst way. Sasha! That’s Tyreese sister’s name. I remember. Slo-mo marching of the group armed with semi-automatic weapons.

Nighttime, by a campfire. Rick has a heart to heart with Carol. She gives him the watch she found, doesn’t appear to be Glenn’s. Daryl and Carol sit guard together. They hear something, cue the spooky music….and cut to the dark intro.

Daytime again! Daryl seems to have gone hunting to provide the gang with pulled squirrel sammiches. Bob the alcoholic and Sasha are a cute couple…but for how long? I’m just waiting for something horrible to happen. A man of the cloth is screaming for help. A priest, perhaps? A bunch of walkers are grasping at his dangling feet. Rick and co. The man vomits, feels better, intros himself. His name is Gabriel. The group eyes him suspiciously, in spite of his collar. He asks for food. Baby J coos. Rick stares the man down. Gabe says he has a church. Rick starts to ask him his famous three questions…how many walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? What have you done?


Gabe giving Rick his best "earnest" expression.


Gabriel leads to group, presumably to his church. His lame attempt at a joke falls flat. The zombie apocalypse is no joking matter, people! Rick enters the church, bearing his usual arms. It seems ok. Just deserted, of course. The gang checks out the bibles left open, journals, and other religious affiliated items left about. The reverend—it’s an Episcopalian church—seems to have been surviving on canned foods from the annual canned food drive of the church. It must have been some canned food drive, because it’s been quite a long time since the dawn of the apocalypse.

Ginger is still intent on getting Eugene to Washington DC so he can institute the cure for zombieism. Rick, Sasha and Bob are going to take Gabriel to kill off about a dozen walkers as they search for more food. Carl says that “Everybody can’t be bad,” with regard to Gabe. Rick wants Carl and Tyreese to stay behind and remain ever alert. Carl wants Rick to remember that it’s ok to still help people and not be super-suspicious all the time. But someone needs to be the watchdog, right? And who better than Rick?

Gabriel takes them to the building, or rather the complex of buildings. Looks almost like an abandoned neighborhood. Bob talks to Rick about Ginger’s (Abraham’s) mission. Bob wants to go on to DC, whereas Rick is hesitant. Carol and Daryl are toting water. Carol doesn’t want to talk about the past. Daryl wants to start over, a fresh slate for Carol.

Glenn finds some silencers at a gun shop. Rick, Gabriel and Co. arrive at the food bank. Rick enters with his gun raised, of course. The basement appears to be flooded and infested with smelly, wet walkers. Rick says they’re going in—to do what, I am not sure.

They try to use the shelving to block off the walkers. I can’t believe they actually ventured into that water. The rev is panicking and swimming away. He has no experience with walkers so I guess he doesn’t know what to do or how to act. A bespectacled female walker who resembles a librarian makes a beeline for Gabriel. At the last minute Rick saves his bacon. He should’ve just stayed near Michonne. Bob almost got it from an underwater walker! He seems ok after being saved from Sasha.

The gang has quite a haul of canned goods! They push their loot back to the church. Carl finds “YOU’LL BURN FOR THIS” scratched into the side of the church. Perhaps Gabe is not as good of a guy as he purports to be?

A veritable canned food feast ensues in the church. Ginger toasts to the survivors, but he exhorts them to be much more. Possibly pushing his trip to DC again. Carol has her eyes trained on the doors of the church. Eugene makes a pitch for getting to DC, where he claims it’s more fortified. Ginger even brings Baby J, who clearly represents the future, into his spiel. Perhaps mere survival isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Rick says he’s in, and there’s a series of happy whoo-hoos, and yeahs. Bob and Sasha get lovey-dovey in the church pews. Waiting for something bad to happen, waiting for something bad to happen!

Rick apologizes to Gabriel for drinking all the communion wine. And no, Bob the Alcoholic did not partake, as far as I can tell. Rick says he’s hiding something. What is it? It better not hurt anyone, cause according to Rick’s rules, if that happens he’ll have to kill Gabe. Carol sneaks out to the abandoned car she and Daryl found earlier. A car zooms by, and Daryl is sure it’s the car that got Beth. They take off after it. Bob is creepily outside by himself, looking on at the church. He’s crying. Someone hits him on the head. Down goes Bob, bonked on the head by a dark figure wearing a hoodie.

Bob comes to, only to see Gareth, formerly of Terminus, now wandering the woods. Gareth tells Bob he’s only hunting, trying to survive. Gabe is looking at a photo of him and the walker, well a bespectacled lady who looks like the underwater walker that almost attacked him earlier. Gareth continues his boring speech, and we find out after the camera pans out that he is munching on Bob’s roasted leg! Ugh. He informs Bob that he tastes a lot better than he thought he would. Well, there’s one way to solve the post-apocalypse food shortage problem. Tasty BBQ is PEOPLE!
The moment when Bob realizes HE'S what's for dinner.








Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rick and Co. Almost Lose Their Bacon


“NO SANCTUARY”

When last we saw our intrepid zombie hunters, they were trapped in a box, perhaps one used to house cattle at one time (foreshadowing, anyone?). If you recall, Beth is gone, perhaps kidnapped, even; Tyreese and Carol have reached an uneasy truce, and Rick recently went all vampire and ripped someone’s throat open with his teef.

A canister releasing sinister looking smoke is thrown into the box containing Rick and Co. Then Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and a few others kneel in front of a long metal stainless steel trough, their heads bashed in with a baseball bat and then their throats slit with a machete. The blood pools into the trough. The leader of the sinister group—is it Garrett? He asks Rick about what was in the large bag he dropped off in the woods. A variety of weapons, Rick replies. The ones I’m going to kill you with. Of course, only Ranger Rick could come back with such a witty and pithy retort at a critical junction! An explosion rocks the warehouse, interrupting the throat slitting endeavors of the two goons.

New intro for the show! Still dark, of course, but they’ve incorporated several haunting images from last season, like the bronzed baby shoes affixed on a cross for a child’s grave.

Baby Judith, who is the cutest ever, you just want to protect her from all the—uh oh, a whole pack of walkers are about to descend upon the tracks where Tyreese, Baby J, and Carol were walking. The pops of distant submachine gunfire distract the walkers and they change directions. They debate going to Terminus after hearing the gunfire; were they attacked by someone, or did they attack someone?

Carol and Tyreese find a cohort of the Terminus group and tie him up. They overhear him referring to a captured Carl and Michonne. The man chewing gum in the hat, tied up, tries to make conversation with a silent Tyreese. The man identifies Tyreese as a “good guy,” which is why he and the baby will die today—so he says. Not if Tyreese has anything to do with it! He tells Tyreese to take the car and Judith and go.  In the meantime, Carol has smeared herself with walker blood and guts and dons the grossest looking, most hideous caftan ever known to Maude (cue sound of Bea Arthur loudly rolling over in her rather long grave.)

And then there's Maude! I couldn't find a picture of Ms. Arthur in her signature caftan. Uneffingbelievable.


Ever-resourceful Carol causes a massive explosion right at an entrance to Terminus and takes out much of the rampaging horde. Yay Carol!

Carl and man in a baseball cap see that smoke is rising from Terminus. Garrett is freaking out about the activity outside. Zombies on fire are entering the compound; apparently, fire is not the best deterrent. Badass Rick takes advantage of the situation with his trusty knife and stabs the two goons to death. Lauren, Michonne, Eugene, and Ginger et al. are trying to find ways to escape from their box/cattle car. Badass Carol pulls her submachine gun from her Bea Arthur getup and takes out a Terminian.

Rick and Co. walk through a darkened warehouse, a human butcher’s of sorts. After they reach open air Rick opens a cattle car that contains a wild man who really looks like a human incarnation of the beloved Muppet Animal. “We’re the same,” he gleefully exclaims, and then a walker (yes, they are still all around Terminus) makes a quick snack of him. A hairy, no doubt awfully smelly, albeit crunchy, snack.

Carol is doing a bit of wandering herself, and comes across tables piled with peoples’ possessions. She finds Glenn’s watch, the old timey one that Hershel gave him (RIP). Rick ambushes one of the shooting Terminians and kills a bunch of them with said submachine gun. Meanwhile, Terminians are being chomped on left and right. Carol’s surveilling (is this a word? Autocorrect disagrees) gets her in a bit of a pickle. An older woman surprises her. The woman tells her Terminus was a peaceful sanctuary, but people came and pillaged it. “You’re the butcher, or you’re the cattle,” she proclaims. That’s the end message. She asks where the men they pulled from the train car are, and shoots the woman in the leg as a warning. Then Carol leaves her to incoming walkers. Good riddance.
Don't forget; it takes a village to raise a child. A village of vicious Zombie Hunters, that is!


Walkers start to surround the cabin. The bad man in the baseball hat threatens baby J with his hands on her, about to twist her neck. Tells Tyreese to go outside, where the walkers have gathered right outside the cabin door. Tyreese leaves the cabin and screams. And--- go to commercial. Tyreese is such a big cuddly teddy bear, I hope he makes it. He’s gotten a raw deal so far, losing his lady love Karen last season to Carol’s epidemiological rampage, ad having to witness the disintegration of the small family he had with Carol and the two girls from the prison, X and X. (sorry, my memory fails me here; too long between seasons. I think it was Mika and Lizzy)

Tyreese is OK. He jumps on the man and pummels him, but seems to stop short of killing him, just instead beating him to a bloody pulp. The audience, being me, is OK with that.

Tyreese’s sister (egads, my memory fails me) and Eugene et al. plus Michonne and Carl are still trapped in the train car, and everyone is working hard to find a way out, as the battle outside rages on. Rick suddenly opens said train car. All work very hard to kill as many walkers as possible. They all escape over a fence just in time. Rick starts digging up his gun cache. Glenn wants to let it be and move in. Rick wants to return and kill the rest of Terminus. Daryl sees Carol stumbling towards the group. Everyone is stunned, while Daryl happily embraces her. Carol is the badass hero of the day! She after all ignited the initial explosion that made the escape possible.

A reunion of sorts occurs. Baby J is reunited with Rick and Carl. Tyreese and his sister embrace. Whew. Have we seen the last of Terminus? Probably not. Garrett survived, it would seem; Rick fired off a shot that hit him in the shoulder.


Horrible man in a baseball cap is dead. The group, our former, intrepid group, pushes on down the railroad tracks. Rick changes the sign leading people to “Sanctuary” to NO SANCTUARY. He could add a HELLZ NO if he was feeling sassy, but let’s face it—Rick ain’t sassy. And guess who is back? Rick’s friend and savior from the first episode, Morgan! At least, I think that’s what his name is. Through the electronic grapevine known as the Internet, I’ve heard that TWD will introduce/reveal a  gay character. And yes, it will of course be the biggest badass of them all—Daryl. We’ll see if the show’s writers can handle this in a nuanced way or succumb to tokenism. I certainly hope the former is true. I bid you adieu, for now, until next week!