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The Walking Dead Finale: TS-19

December 6, 2010

The first season of the Walking Dead had an explosive finale. Looking back, I can say that I enjoyed the series, but it’s not without its flaws. Of course, you have to take into account that the entire season was only 6 episodes, so its shortcomings can be forgiven. Next season is going to have 13 episodes, so it can (hopefully) only get better from here.

TS-19 opened with a scene depicting exactly what happened to comatose Rick when shit got real. Shane was there, and made a weak attempt to save him, showing early on that he’s not good at decision making under pressure. In fact, he looked right at the unconscious Rick and asked him, “What do I do?”, still looking to him for leadership. Now, I understand he was flustered and under pressure, but I would think a police officer who is trained in basic first aid would know if his buddy is alive or dead. Still, you could see he was at a loss as to what to do, if unhooking his machines would kill Rick, or how to maneuver a dead/comatose man through the chaos on a cot. True to his nature, Shane took the smart/cowardly approach and got the hell out of there, leaving Rick behind.

Back in present day, the gang is filled with that hopey changey stuff Rick was so eager to find them. They delight in a hot shower, food, wine, board games, and books. It’s normality again. But not for Andrea, still mourning her sister. And I am hella annoyed that her moments of grief were twisted in the preview to make it look like she was infected. It was also pretty obvious that she wasn’t going to die at the end. She’s been given too much character development in this short season.

That black lady who knew that one thing that one time was marked for death from the beginning. She (apparently named Jacqui) almost played the part of Angel of Death herself, helping both (white) Jim and Jenner die. If I didn’t know there was a powerful woman of color in the comics who may yet make an appearance, I’d be annoyed at this, too. Borderline offensively named T-Dog isn’t long for this series, either, having had zero development and adding next to nothing to the team. And why was he the only one who cared that Jacqui was staying behind?? The Hispanic family departed ages ago, leaving Glenn as the lone non-white character who adds anything at all to the team. Oy. And I was wasting my time ranting about the role of women post-apocalypse.

Not that women have it all that great; Lori in particular. To quote Encrazed Crafts, damn, she is in a tight spot. Shane jumped up the creep scale about 10 notches after sexually assaulting Lori in the rec room. Now, if she tells Rick, chances are Shane will end up dead, either by being killed by someone in the group (most likely Daryl, least likely Rick) or by being abandoned for his crime. They need all the able bodied people they can get. Loosing Shane makes a weaker team. But he’s also a huge threat to the team, with his quickly unraveling sanity. There’s no easy solution.

The most intriguing thing that happened this episode was Jenner whispering into Rick’s ear. Chances are he found something on the blood tests. I doubt anyone is infected, they’d be feverish by now. Pregnancy is possible, but also a bit cliche, and regular logic would say he wouldn’t test for that. But this is TV logic, so who the hell knows. Another theory is that he saw Shane assaulting Lori on the CCTV. None of these jive with me, though.

In the end, most of the gang escapes, thanks to Chekhov’s grenade. Caaaalled it.

Other Notes:

  • Doctor Jenner (played by Noah Emmerich) looks an awful lot like Ian Roberts, who played Upright Citizen’s Brigade agent Antoine. Who also lived underground, running experiments.
  • Still no sign or Merle or Morgan, surprisingly. Less surprisingly, no Zombie Jim.
  • Speaking of Jim, Sophia (the little girl) seemed more upset about his death than Daddy’s. But who can blame her?
  • Dale might just be my favorite character. I don’t think he was trying to call Andrea’s bluff or manipulate her into leaving. Her death would be the death of all hope for him.
  • COMIC-RELATED SPOILER: Highlight to read. I read in an interview with Robert Kirkman that Shane has survived longer on the show than he did in the comics. He’s been doing Very Bad Things and will die eventually. When and how is still a mystery.
One Comment leave one →
  1. Encrazed Crafts permalink
    December 7, 2010 1:23 am

    Hmm. Well how do I comment about a spoiler. Well, ok. Uh. Let’s say…two episodes ago someone went into the woods with Rick. This person, in the comic, did not make it back to camp. It is unfortunate, though. I would have liked to see said person continue on and be ‘redeemed’ instead of constantly dogging them via script.

    I’ve been linked to! I can haz happinezz! (Yay!) Many thanks! I’m glad someone got use outta that line. I was hoping it was be a joke, but think it came across a little flat in my ‘presentation’ >.<

    Shane should have heard Rick's heart beating. He did cite gunfire, but that is not likely. Credit must be given to his actions, though. I disliked the dood early on, but recently they actually gave him a personality and through better and worse, it has lasted since the third episode. He asked for a sign and was greeted with the power failing. He did not know what effects would occur to Rick should he pull him off the machines, and with the power shutting them off, he listened to his heart. When that failed he left greif-stricken, but you cannot save those already dead. (Oh how that set the stage for almost every other decision Shane has made sence that moment.) Methinks shortly after Shane left the backup kicked in, explaining how the lights were still flickering once Rick woke up out of his coma. Again, though I disliked Shane greatly in the beginning, he did better than T-dog. T-dog went back at his own risk to save someone who was 'bad' and alive. Shane stayed long enough to barricade his (who he thought) dead best friend in, at least to save him from being eaten while sleeping and thus getting turned in the process.

    From there he went to Lori, telling her what he knew at the time. He and she probably latched on quite hard as they were running for their lives, and a relationship started. NOW I can agree that scene in the forest was careless because they wanted the looming reality of 'sudden death everywhere' to go away, at least as long as their session lasted. Based on their…enthusiazm…it did not last long. /rimshot

    As far as the hospital bit goes, I am curious as to who went back into the hospital and marked off the double doors as "Do Not Enter, Dead Inside," as the doors were not latched in this flashback. Curious, indeed!

    Checkov's grenade got the most underwhelming use I have seen in a long time for something subtly hyped for that long. He took out an *entire* window with that explosion! Man alive! Just imagine the sheer terror a window pane vendor must feel every time Rick shows up in RL! Sigh. Should have busted it out in Vatos. Vatos, I says!

    I does wonder what Mr. CDC told Rick. But, that's the whole point of not just telling us in the first place. Oh! Looks like you just got another Checkov's Grenade! Do not show one character whispering something unto another unless you intend that character to tell everyone else eventually. Which is kinda funny. Think that one whisper will cause a hell of a lot more of an explosion than that little nade (first Checkov) did.

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