Another week brings yet another weak installment of AMC's dreary melodrama of the deadly dull dead and of the zombies who crave them.
opens in the aftermath of last week's protracted, episode-long retreat
from Woodbury, and, until the last few moments, most of it is merely
filler, just like last week. Just like every week.
Rick, completely out of his mind, is beating the bushes around the
prison for the ghost of his awful wife, Glenn is, with very limited
success, trying to step up and take a leadership role. The group
recognizes a strike-force from Woodbury will almost certainly be
descending on them at any moment, but no one besides Glenn seems very
interested in doing anything about it. Hershel suggests packing up and
running, a very bad idea that is immediately vetoed. Glenn suggests a
better one--returning, with Michonne, to Woodbury to assassinate GINO.
Hershel objects and the notion is abandoned almost immediately. Neither
the very real threat they face nor Glenn's harping on it ever manage to
inspire any real sense of urgency. Glenn rhetorically bellows "Who's on
watch?" As he'd realized, no one is, and, as the episode continues, no
one bothers to take the watch, either. While Glenn and Carl
inspect the prison interior in an effort to find the source of a breach,
everyone just sort of stands around, metaphorical thumbs buried in
metaphorical orifices. When he returns, he assigns Carol and Axel to
setting up some barricades, which they do in a leisurely manner that
suggests they couldn't possibly care less. Still trying to nail down
that breach in the prison, Glenn picks Maggie to ride shotgun on his recon of the perimeter.
She can't be bothered, though, because she's busy pretending as if his being furious over what happened to her is some sort of thing at which she should take offense.
the comic, the Governor had sexually tortured Michonne in a very brutal
and sadistic manner, and when, a few episodes ago, his television
counterpart had Maggie peel off her shirt and bend over a table, it
looked as if this scenario was about to be played out with Maggie as
substitute. But this is the kinder, gentler Governor In Name Only of
television, and when he saw he probably wouldn't get what he wanted that
way, he backed off. Maggie wasn't raped, tortured, or harmed in any
way. At the time, this drew a lot of raspberries from some viewers, fruit that was countered by others who said those throwing it seemed to want a rape to happen.
It was good, said the latter, that we didn't have to endure such a
horror which would be too awful for a television audience. As the last
two eps have demonstrated, the gang behind TWD has decided they want it both
ways--to not have Maggie raped (a move dictated by the series' viewer
demographics), and, at the same time, to have her act as if she suffers
the psychological scars of a rape victim. In practice, this played out,
this week, as Glenn needing Maggie's help on a matter crucial to their
survival, and her angrily slapping him away and refusing to lend a hand
because GINO saw her breasts.
Only on THE WALKING DEAD.
GINO's attack finally comes, right at the end, and no one is prepared for anything. The first shot takes out Axel, a designated
red-shirt. As usual on TWD, his death was noisily telegraphed; after
being essentially a background character since his introduction, he
suddenly had a lot of dialogue aimed at endearing him to the audience.
What follows is the most ludicrous gunfight since THE A-TEAM was
cancelled--a dozen people firing fully automatic weapons at one another
for an extended period and no one hitting anyone. GINO and his thugs
don't even bother to take cover. With no one on watch, one of them
manages to waltz right into the prison and take one of the towers (he
becomes the only other casualty of the affair). Conscientious viewers
may wonder why our heroes, who can, at any other time, so unerringly
score one head-shot after another, suddenly can't hit anything, but they will no doubt be dismissed by the harder-core fans of TWD as nitpickers.
GINO has the prison gates crashed by a truck full of zombies, and, as
the rotting critters pile out, he leaves, seeming pleased with his
little show of force. If he was confused by the fact that his men, who
had so efficiently liquidated a National Guard unit earlier in the
season with barely a missed shot, had proven themselves such incompetent
marksmen, it didn't show through his smile.
And that was "Home." I may make it sound tedious, but I can't make it sound tedious enough.
While Maggie was busy not being bothered to help with this crucial
matter, she did take the time to have a second Lifetime movie moment in feeding