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The Walking Dead Review: What's In the Barn?

I'll control my people, you control yours. As much as the "leaders" Rick and Hershel might agree to keep their respective groups in line, neither of them are doing a very good job. Everyone seems eager to create their own agendas and refuse to listen to others. Remember that saying there is no "I" in team? Someone better figure it out and quick. Daryl hunted for Sophia on his own, which unfortunately meant that he had to fall a tremendous height, get stabbed by an arrow, and narrowly bitten by zombies. He needs to work on his buddy system and that doesn't include using his long lost brother Merle. Read More... //

'The Walking Dead' recap: The Fall of Daryl Dixon

One of the weirder things about  The Walking Dead 's second season is that the show appears to have zero interest in bringing back its most fascinating character. Neo-Nazi psycho-biker Merle Dixon tore through the second episode of the series, hurling racial slurs in every direction and lashing out physically until his own allies had to put him in handcuffs. In episode 3, Merle pulled an  Evil Dead II  and sawed his own hand off, and then he cauterized the wound with a Bunsen burner -- this all happened offscreen, unfortunately, or it would have been the bloodiest/awesomest scene in basic cable history. As played by the famously batcrap-crazy character actor Michael Rooker, Merle was a live wire -- and an immediate sensation. Even though the character was created for the TV show, he fit right in with the villainous grotesques who frequently populate the Walking Dead  comic book. (There is a popular theory that Merle actually  is  one of those grotesques: a horrific dude known only as The Governor.) He seemed to suggest a bleak reality about the post-apocalyptic universe: that, without the constrictions of society, some men would be happy to just watch the world burn. Merle stood in sharp contrast to the rest of the  Dead  ensemble, who -- besides Shane the  Team-Killer  --  have mostly proven to be extremely nice people who get along almost uncannily well with each other. Even Merle's little brother Daryl has mostly transformed into a puppydog with a crossbow. Read More... //

‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 2, Episode 5, ‘Chupacabra’: TV Recap

'The Walking Dead,' Season 2, Episode 5, 'Chupacabra': TV Recap. There’s a great television tradition of near misses with firearms when main characters are at risk, and this week’s episode of "The Walking Dead" presents a "just grazed him!" scenario to top them all. //

'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap

'The Walking Dead' does itself such a disservice with the flashback scenes. Honestly, they are so interesting! While we've spent, now, five full episodes searching for a character that no one cares about, a flashback shows the streets of Atlanta being napalmed. Now that's a television show. The bad news: We were soon back in the present and graced by the presence of Lori fretting about her pregnancy. The good news: To this point, this was the best episode of the season. Do you know what was great about this episode? (Other than the fact it didn't include ridiculous subplots involving bloated zombies trapped in a well?) It's because this episode was all about Daryl. //

'The Walking Dead': Daryl Dixon wears zombie ears, Merle rears his ugly head

We know "The Walking Dead" isn't all about Norman Reedus' character, Daryl Dixon -- the sweet, yet cagey as a rattlesnake good old boy who will spend the rest of his life (no matter how zombie-filled) getting over the abuse suffered at the hands of his sicko brother Merle. But sometimes it sure feels like it.How can we help fixating on the guy when an episode, Sunday's (Nov. 13) for instance, spends so much time with his evolving (and hot) character? [By the way, if you haven't yet watched and don't want the episode spoiled, then stop reading now and save this for future reading.]On Sunday's ep, Daryl -- who seems to be the only one actually holding out hope that Sophia (Madison Lintz) is actually still alive -- falls down an embankment into a river and ends up impaling himself on his own crossbow arrow. Ouch. That, of course, necessitated the removal of Daryl's... //

THE WALKING DEAD “Chupacabra” Review

THE WALKING DEAD  "Chupacabra" Season 2 Episode 5 – So I finally read the first three trade paperbacks of  The Walking Dead  comic book. Loved ‘em. Great story, evocative art. A little repetitive as far as dialogue goes, but it gave me a nice idea of the source material. That said, I kind of like the television show better. Sure, some of the stuff AMC’s  The Walking Dead gives us is a little made-for-drama (last episode’s crazy  "let’s use live bait to lasso a zombie in a well" caper was a little bit bizarre), but the show makes up for it with exceptionally stellar acting, and a batch of characters that, to me, seem more engaging than anything the comic book gave. Read More... //

'The Walking Dead' Recap: 2x04 'Cherokee Rose' Gives Audiences A Lot To Consider

When we last left our plucky zombie fighters, Shane used a not-quite-innocent-but-probably-still-nice man to save Carl's life. Sophia is still missing, but Rick and his crew have found refuge wi... //

The Walking Dead 2.04 "Cherokee Rose" Review

It was the first episode of The Walking Dead  to ever feature just one zombie. "Cherokee Rose" proved to be a chance of pace after the rush of the last few weeks, though not without its share of contrivances. I'm talking, specifically, about the Well Incident. The Well Incident the only part of the episode to feature a zombie, and it was a memorable one at that. The waterlogged zombie reminded me of a much grosser version of Doctor Who 's worst monster ever , and it certainly is one of the most memorable zombies the show has served up to us yet. It's just too bad that it was the subject of a pretty abysmal tangental plot that eventually when nowhere. After all, was there really any logic in sending Glenn to his possible death just to pull a zombie from a well that was probably already contaminated? More than anything else in the series thus far, that entire segment of the episode felt really contrived -- though it did provide the episode's required gross-out moment when the zombie's lower half exploded back into the well. Read More... //

'The Walking Dead' Recap: The Calm Before the Storm

This episode of The Walking Dead focuses on fleshing out its characters rather than zombies eating their flesh. Even without a mutilation per minute pace this lull showing Daryl's sentimental side, rising tension with Herschel and Glenn's budding romance stays interesting. You're Starting To Lose Me... It's one big happy family again when Carl awakes the camper crew rolls and into Greene Farm. Well, almost everyone. Sophia's still playing hide-and-seek with the undead somewhere despite constant searching for her. That's a little disappointing because we see new dimensions in all the other survivors and Carol's still stuck in worried mother mode. Really hope that her daughter shows up soon so Carol can have a different expression on her face other than a mixture of stomach cramps and worry. Read More... //

The Walking Dead Review: Zombie Fishing

Yawn. That was a rather bland episode. I was hoping that after Carl's situation was finally solved, that the pace of the show would pick up and move the story in a new direction. Rather, it stayed in the same place but didn't give a satisfying or gripping hour of television. Sure, there happened to be a zombie altercation. Yet, the zombie was so bloated and water filled because of hanging out in the well, he couldn't really do much of anything. Of course, the group decided to come up with dumb ideas on how to deal with the situation. Hanging Glenn as live bait made no sense. After all, Maggie said there was more than one water well, so, why risk anyone's life to get a zombie out. Plus, even if they did successfully do it, who would want to drink from it? I know I wouldn't. Read More... //