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The Walking Dead #415 - Us Review

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Glenn continues to search for Maggie as Daryl sees what life with a new group is like.

Season 4 is almost over, and tonight's episode, Us, aims to build the hype for the finale. The second half of this season has been character-driven, revolving around each group of survivors and offering us the most detailed look yet at some of them. This, however, this has taken a bit of toll on the overall narrative. Well, Us changes that and gets all of the pieces moving forward again while also delivering more than a few humanizing scenes.

This episode juggles Glenn's group and Daryl's group. That said, Rick, Michonne, and Carl do appear for just one scene. While it may feel like a totally random way to remind us that Carl and Michonne are bonding (as well as changing), it'll all make sense in the end and absolutely builds interest in the finale.

I'll be blunt: prior to this episode, I haven't had an emotional connection to Tara. Yes, she's been through some atrocious things, but the way her situation is being presented felt a bit dull to me, especially compared to the handling of some of the other characters. Us finally changes my impression of her and it's all thanks to one honestly touching moment. Without blatantly spoiling anything, I'll say this scene also gives at least two other actors a chance to reel us in with some strong displays of emotion. What happens right before that is totally predictable but it still manages to become a strong scene and that's all thanks to the performances.

Abraham already had an episode to show off who he is and what he's like, but Eugene and Rosita were pretty much cast aside; only having a few remarks here and there. Us grants Eugene a much better opportunity to display his personality and it offers a few smirk-inducing lines. Rosita gets a little more screen time, but truthfully, there's nothing here that'll make you truly connect or care for her. With so many characters being developed, it's understandable that not everyone will get a chance to shine... at least not yet.

I have to take a second to praise the practical effects in this episode. There were some solid opportunities to show us how legitimately creepy these zombies are and the kills/gore were never over-the-top yet still remained awesome.The barbed wire along the cheek? Man, brutal stuff right there and very well executed.

What happened with Tara after that tower zombie appeared was frustrating, but given the fact Abraham is trying to keep Eugene safe at all costs, it's not that big of a deal to me. However, the frustrating moment of the week goes to Glenn's handling of the tunnel scene. Don't get me wrong, I get his logic behind it, but there's at least two or three different options I could come up with right when they saw that challenge. The one he went forward with never even crossed my mind, because... well, doesn't he need that flashlight for the rest of the tunnel? Who knows how much farther he needs to go and what obstacles he'd face?

I'm left feeling pretty mixed on Daryl's side of the story. It's engaging enough, but they're going overboard with spelling out the very obvious message. We all know the conflict Daryl's facing -- who he was vs. who he is, how people view him, etc. -- but it feels like they're trying to remind us of that with basically every other sentence.

Okay, spoilers time. Who else thinks Terminus is the TV series' equivalent of the Hunters? Lure the people to them, give them a false sense of security, then get them when their guard is down. I mean, I couldn't be the only one thinking that when we saw the place was seemingly empty and she was cooking... something, right?

This week's episode races many characters towards Terminus and does so in a pretty entertaining fashion. Us is able to highlight several characters and build some serious intrigue for what's to come. Here's hoping the finale can successfully focus on each of the big developments and give a proper amount of attention to the key survivors. It would be a shame if it doesn't because they've definitely made a big push to make us care about quite a few of them.

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Posted by LiveForever

Yep.

"Grab a plate" or whatever she said, and I immediately thought of the Hunters.

Great review as always!

Posted by GodOfMischief

I think I know what was on the grill at the end...

Posted by The Stegman

This second half of the season has kinda been a let down, we really haven't had anything that interesting happen, nor has any substantial character development (Besides Bob) occurred.

Posted by FearTheLiving

No mention of Bub I is disappointed.

Edited by iceslick

@k4tzm4n: I think Eugene is gonna be a character I'm really gonna hate, lol. I rolled my eyes when he said "I'm gonna save the world". I said out loud, what does this guy think he is? A superhero? Lol He also sounds like an idiot for a "know-it-all". Good review by the way.

Edited by Lee_Everett

The show suffers because of AMC. If AMC had never wanted to cut the budget, Darabont wouldn't have departed, neither would Dale's actor. Fear the Hunters NEEDS Dale but since we don't have him, I guess we have the Terminus...

Posted by FearTheLiving

The show suffers because of AMC. If AMC had never wanted to cut the budget, Darabont wouldn't have departed, neither would Dale's actor. Fear the Hunters NEEDS Dale but since we don't have him, I guess we have the Terminus...

They'll just recycle the story with another character, they've done it before and they'll do it again. The girls and Hershel stories sound familiar in the comics?

Edited by mak13131313

What an excellent episode and, I agree with everything you had to say about it. And you're not the only one thinking that about your spoiler. That's exactly what I have been thinking.

Edited by The_Tree

I liked this episode well enough. Abraham steals almost every scene he's in, I'm glad they brought him into the show.

Hopefully the finale turns out good, they've got a lot of storylines to juggle (Beth, Daryl's group vs. Rick's, Tyreese/Carol, Terminus). I'm thinking either Terminus is an adaptation of Fear the Hunters, or something else entirely. The preview for next week's episode kind of reminded me of the crazy, religious zealot from The Mist with the way she called Terminus a community.

Things I can see happening for the finale:

  • Beth was taken by the Terminus people.
  • Rick loses his hand-- with either the Terminus people or Joe, Daryl's group's leader. Something big has to happen with Rick, since Lincoln's going to be on Talking Dead.
  • Of Bob, Sasha, Tyreese, and Carol, at least one of them will die.
Posted by lukehero

I can't tell if Eugene is really a scientist in this show or if it's like in the comic & he is full of it.

As far as Terminus goes.

Posted by Nightwing4

Idea:

Terminus is a nice place and everyone lives there in safety happily ever after.

/series

Edited by ForeverMan

I really enjoyed this episode, although I've found Glen's actions to be pretty frustrating since the prison went south. His preoccupation with getting to Maggie hasn't seemed just obsessive but downright reckless. He marched his dedicated friend limping into that tunnel, and the two of them were only saved by a pretty huge stroke of luck.

Anyways Terminus looks interesting I bet Tasha Yarr and whoever she's working with kill 1 or more of our heroes.

Posted by Transformers1024

So did the entire group from Atlanta COMPLETELY forget they went to the. CDC?!

In season three Milton was trying to find a way if the zombies still had any human part left in them and Andrea was helping him the whole time, even though she was at the CDC and heard Jenners freaking speech!

In season three Rick tells the prisoners, "at least half the country has been wiped out." even though he heard Jenners speech where he heard Jenner say that the plague is everywhere! And the rest of his group was standing right behind him when he said it!

For the last 5 episodes of season four, Abraham has been constantly obsessing about getting Eugene to DC because he knows exactly what caused the zombie plague, in front of Glenn who was at the CDC when Jenner said "it's everywhere and there is no cure!"

Huuuuuuuggggee plot holes AMC!!! Can't wait to see how Rick, Carl, Carol and Daryl react to the news, even though they got confirmation from a government facility...

All of that aside, really hope they do The Hunters arc! It was one of my favorite arcs in the comics!

Edited by ARMIV2

Terminus is gon' be so phony bologna. Why is there only one episode left?

Posted by SavageDragon

This episode got me pumped for the season finale. Cant wait to see how it comes to a close. Fingers crossed that Beth is ok.

Edited by AllStarSuperman

I love the Walking Dead, but is anybody else getting annoyed by the ridiculous sounding music at the end of the episodes nowadays? Its actually kinda stupid.

Posted by ARMIV2

I love the Walking Dead, but is anybody else getting annoyed by the ridiculous sounding music at the end of the episodes nowadays? Its actually kinda stupid.

Eh, I find it to be pretty fitting with some episodes, but those just might be the episodes where I really enjoy the song played.

Posted by lukehero

@allstarsuperman: Yeah, but they have to push these soundtracks for money. But, I really wish they didn't have to.

Posted by LiveForever

@lukehero: How cynical! I don't think it's necessarily about "pushing soundtracks", but more about the emotion that music can elicit. That said, last night's song was pretty terrible...

It's also kind of an AMC-thing. Mad Men & Breaking Bad in particular make heavy use of music.

Edited by lukehero

@liveforever: It's not cynical, it's common practice to push soundtracks and have product placement.

Posted by lukehero

@liveforever: Read the story on the soundtrack.

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5944662/the-walking-dead-soundtrack-vol-2-exclusive-album-premiere

Posted by LiveForever

@lukehero: Well, yes. Playing the songs from the soundtrack on the show is just good business, right? Can't begrudge them for including music on the show and then including that music on a soundtrack they have for sale. All I'm saying is that I don't think the music is always used incorrectly, or shoehorned in. Occasionally, sure. But I for one enjoy the way they've used it as a whole. Maybe it's because I'm a music guy, but music has an emotional quality that resonates well with a show like this.

Posted by ThePRez

@the_tree said:

I liked this episode well enough. Abraham steals almost every scene he's in, I'm glad they brought him into the show.

Hopefully the finale turns out good, they've got a lot of storylines to juggle (Beth, Daryl's group vs. Rick's, Tyreese/Carol, Terminus). I'm thinking either Terminus is an adaptation of Fear the Hunters, or something else entirely. The preview for next week's episode kind of reminded me of the crazy, religious zealot from The Mist with the way she called Terminus a community.

Things I can see happening for the finale:

  • Beth was taken by the Terminus people.
  • Rick loses his hand-- with either the Terminus people or Joe, Daryl's group's leader. Something big has to happen with Rick, since Lincoln's going to be on Talking Dead.
  • Of Bob, Sasha, Tyreese, and Carol, at least one of them will die.

I have read somewhere that Kirman regreted the desicion of cutting rick's hand

Edited by lukehero

@liveforever: Are the songs themselves good, OK sure. Do most of them feel out of place though in the show, YES. Only song that has fit in this season that they are trying to push was with Internment. I don't begrudge them. Shows need money to continue. They even have product placement with Hyundai and a few others.

Edited by TheAcidSkull

Eugene is such a

Posted by TheAcidSkull
Posted by AlKusanagi

If you're faced with a tunnel full of walkers, you just stand at the well lit end and yell into the tunnel, bottlenecking them out into the entrance and finish them off. Duh, Glen!

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I've just went back and watched the first few episodes of season one and I have to say the series has dropped in quality. I honestly didn't notice it before but if you go back and watch a few of the original episodes it just seems a lot better. the acting and dialogue wasn't anywhere near as melodramatic as it is now and the zombies were a lot faster, smarter and more dangerous. I mean they used to pick up objects, open doors and even run at you but now they just shuffle and moan.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous
Posted by TheAcidSkull

@theacidskull: I would feed him to the zombs bit by bit.... :P

Well not carl, but that crazy sister killing whore? Gladly. Glad she's dead.

Posted by k4tzm4n

If you're faced with a tunnel full of walkers, you just stand at the well lit end and yell into the tunnel, bottlenecking them out into the entrance and finish them off. Duh, Glen!

I thought the same thing when they first stood in front of the tunnel and heard the zombies in the distance. However, that would have been totally ineffective in that scenario due to the rubble.

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Posted by lukehero

@jonny_anonymous: I have disagree highly on the acting & dialogue. Seriously, people used to laugh & make fun of the dialogue from the first two seasons. How many times did Rick say "stuff"? Or "things".

Zombies being less of a threat: I agree 100 percent. The Zombies from season 1 & 2 were incredible threats & showed the intelligence of a small child. Even in one on one fights, characters would struggle to beat a Zombie. Now we have seen Daryl & Michonne solo several Zombies at once. Now Zombies seem to be mindless animals that just roam around. Heck even Hershel soloed multiple Zombies in Internment.

Then at the end of the episode(Internment) Rick & Caryl took down a whole army of Zombies.

Posted by Renchamp

In the comics it is thought that the zombies get weaker as they "live" because they have less and less to feed on.

I enjoyed this episode. This whole season, in fact. This is the type of show I like to watch: great characters that grow. Not all at once in a blaze of zombie-killing glory, but organically. I don't need the horror aspect at every turn. I enjoy it, but I enjoy seeing this world through the lens of others more. This episode did a great job.

As for Eugene: Yikes. I find him written better here and that is scary. He is one dumb dude. Intelligent, sure. But dumb.

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Posted by Bl00dwerK

Best episode of the second half, by far...

Edited by Sovereign91001

A solid episode.

Posted by Frobin

7 episodes since the fall of the prison and this one was the first gleam of hope … ok, it was far from being good, but it got some direction again. Of course there are still some pretty dumb moments like the tunnel scene: Tara jamming her leg just for artificial suspense and of course it’s impossible to lift the stone … come on … it’s so hackneyed, so lukewarm.

At least 4 or better 5 of these super-lame, mega-boring stand-alone episodes should have been made like this one: watching the splinter groups parallel in one episode and cutting the stretched “2-3 person stories” of 5 episodes into 2 or 3.

However, if this is the TV adaptation of “The Hunters”, I really hope the show runners don’t mess it up like the Governor story arc. In my opinion, The Hunters story arc had a very important role in the overall character development of Rick as well as the forming of the group. First, of course, the cannibalism was the shocking moment, but the real surprise of the Hunters story arc was in my opinion: the new formed group (Rick's and Abraham's) handled them easily. The Hunters considered themselves bad ass, but were always portrayed as cowards (they usually didn't attack large groups, but they were hungry) ... they never were a real threat to Rick and Abrahams group. So for the first time Rick's group was the bad ass group. In my opinion this is important, because it later misleads the expectations of the reader and creates an amazing twist in the Alexandria Safe Zone story arc.

So I really hope they do this story arc well.

Still I’m totally disappointed of this season. I really hoped after the endless stretching of the Governor story arc till midseason final, the second half of the season would tell the Hunters story arc and the cliffhanger of season 4 would be the beginning of the Alexandria Safe Zone story arc.

Now I’m afraid, we’ll see the Hunters story arc next season. And I really, really hope they rush with the pacing of this annoyingly slow show next season.

Edited by Frobin

The show suffers because of AMC. If AMC had never wanted to cut the budget, Darabont wouldn't have departed, neither would Dale's actor. Fear the Hunters NEEDS Dale but since we don't have him, I guess we have the Terminus...

True in a way, but the role of a character can be replaced by another. My guess is Tyreese - since he didn't really match the team (Abraham has much more potential and on TV we have also Daryl ... so too much strong male characters). He also hasn't the connection to Rick and I guess will not get it. And his leg has way more meaty than Dale's ... *barfing*

Posted by Lee_Everett

@frobin: Sadly, I think Bob will be Dale'd.

Edited by JulienEdwards

I think I know what was on the grill at the end...

Beth A La Carte

Edited by Skyhawk1

I was really hoping Glen and Tara would be zombie chow. How stupid can you be??

Posted by danhimself

I'm kind of hoping that Terminus looks like a really great place at first but as the days go on people start randomly disappearing and Rick and the others begin to question where all the food is coming from only to realize that they've been eating people