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Episode 10 - Inmates

7 May 2014

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Synopsis: Daryl and Beth pick up the trail of some of the children but find Walkers devouring their bodies. Tyreese is still alive though caring for Judith, Lizzie and Mika. The stress is getting to him though when Carol appears. Sasha, Bob and Maggie find the bus but its inhabitants all turned. Glenn is back at the prison and prepares to escape. He bumps into Tara and pushes her to help him.

The Good: Again I thought this was an admirable attempt to inject character moments into the narrative. In particular this was the most interesting Beth or Glenn have ever been to me.

Beth is still absent much definition but to hear an extract from her diary was a start. She also kicked off the theme that the spirit of Hershel will live on in the next generation. Bob, Maggie and Glenn all seemed to reference his faith in a better future to keep them moving forward.

The survival of baby Judith also implies that hope is, at least for now, going to be an important part of the show. When Lori first raised the problem that a crying baby would draw Walkers I assumed that the show just wouldn't have babies survive. To actually see Tyreese trying to care for three children while on the run was quite poignant. I felt for him as he struggled with the desperate scenario of keeping them all safe and sane for more than a day. Even though it seemed unlikely that the show would kill them off, the visual of the three girls alone as Walkers approached was inevitably gripping. I don't yet understand where Lizzie's Carol-inspired ruthlessness ends and her own psychosis begins. But to see her give in to a sort of trance as she tried to smother Judith's cries was almost-amazing television. Again, the show just doesn't seem capable of something so shocking but the mere suggestion of it was fascinating.

That sequence was one of many evocative or memorable images. Beth staring at Daryl after his insensitive remark as they both consider the thought that they are each others only company now. Maggie being forced to methodically slaughter and then search the bus for her dead husband. Glenn staring at the empty prison, their sanctuary now empty.

Maggie was very strong in the bus sequence and Glenn matched her back at the prison. Both gave very admirable demonstations of how to cry convincingly on camera. Glenn finally seemed like a man to admire and support here. With no one else to help him he had to devise his own plan and carry it out. It was a good demonstration of addition via subtraction. With no alpha males around suddenly we could see his bravery, his resolve and his competence.

The Bad: At this stage it seems like Scott Gimple is doing an admirable job with the poor plotting he was left with. A lot of the problems with this episode were related to the fact that we don't know or care about any of the former residents of Woodbury. They were an awkward leftover who have proved to be nothing but canon fodder. Beth weeps for children who I barely remember. Maggie weeps with joy that the fifteen recently deceased bus passengers were no one important. And in the height of indifference Tyreese and Carol don't even ask a dying man if he'd like to be put out of his misery. They just leave him weeping on the side of the road.

The bus massacre is a bit of a head scratcher. Everyone inside is dead but the doors are all locked. Did no one try to escape while people were being slowly eaten? It seemed really inappropriate for Bob to be smiling and upbeat. If the show wants to create a character who can laugh through the apocalypse that would be interesting. But Bob isn't that guy and just seemed like an ass hole for grinning after their home just got blown up.

The last time we saw Glenn, he was unable to stand, so the idea that he made it back to the prison and to safety is highly convenient. The fact that after a quick snooze he has enough energy to strap on riot gear and barge his way through a crowd of zombies is silly. His collapse on the road, only to be immediately rescued, did not help.

As I say, a lot of this is about the foolish handling of the Governor. The show introduced a load of new characters but only then blew up the Prison. So we knew that none of them were going to die. One of the main lessons Gimple and company should take from this is that there is no suspence in characters looking at dead bodies. We know that main characters die on screen, not off it. Don't build plots around that emotion, it isn't there.

The Unknown: Carol's return was very convenient but understandable. There's no way poor Tyreese could keep up the charade much longer. I hope that we don't get a drawn out story as we all sit around waiting for him to find out what she did back at the prison. I just can't see a way that that will play out well.

I enjoyed parts of this episode enough that I'm actually sad to see everyone headed down the same road. Being alone gave these characters time to shine. If in two episodes time they are all reunited at this Sanctuary then they may all go back to their former roles.

Best Moment: Two children are about to be eaten alive and one of them is smothering a baby. It's not often you get to see that on television.

Conclusion:
Despite all the silly moments I think this episode was another step in a positive direction. It attempted to make us care about these people and that's very important.

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  • Biggest problem: The anonymity of the redshirts aka former woodbury-people.
    When they open the doors and down the zombies in the bus, I don't recognize a single one. I don't have an idea if it's supposed to be the people that left on the bus, or if it's supposed to be other walkers that had wandered into the abandoned bus. Only the fact that the doors were locked said something about that. This is very annoying, so the addition of the woodsbury people have sadly been one of the weakest point in this show.

    Viewer score: 68 / 100

    Posted by Walth, 07/05/2014 2:11am (4 years ago)

  • Just a short comment. I have not read the comics and this is just strong speculation. With Lizzie's actions could she had killed Tyree's girlfriend and Carol took the blame for it. Lizzie is the surrogate for Sophia and Carol will do anything to protect her as she felt she failed Sophia.

    Viewer score: 72 / 100

    Posted by hodag007, 24/02/2014 4:48pm (4 years ago)

  • More survivors? (Jeannette, Luke and Molly). Is it possible these folks are still alive as a small group?

    The boot on the train tracks was one boot that was about child size, however no one knew the folks that were fighting off the walkers on the train tracks so the child may not be Luke or Molly.

    Did Jeannette help Glenn off the bus before it left and perhaps was overcome by zombies?

    Jeannette was not one of the walkers on the bus and she was at the front of the bus with Glenn.

    Could her remains be some of those in the middle of the bus?

    Tyreese was the last adult to see most of the children.

    Does Tyreese know what happened to Luke and Molly?

    How about Lizzie and Mika? Do they know what happened to the other kids?

    Is the blood on Judith's carrier Molly and Luke's?

    They were guarding Judith at one point.

    Posted by Fluids, 20/02/2014 4:20pm (4 years ago)

  • First of all, I have to say I didn’t like this episode. it had its good and somehow exciting moments but they were all a little expected or silly.

    Generally, “inmates” was another character focused installment in TWD. But it really hadn’t that emotional affect on me in comparison to last episode.

    The idea of Beth’s diary at the opening scene worked for me. It very helped me to remember what happened to them during last recent days; entering into the prison was another hope for them, it was like a new life. But the Governor attack changed everything. So, with the Beth’s dairy you review their feelings in those days, while you’re seeing them running from Walkers through woods in these days.

    Carol’s returning was interesting and cool, especially when she joined with Tyresse group. We must see what would happen about Karen’s murder.
    And Lezzie continues to develop into one of the most interesting characters. I wonder what would be the end of this Carol-made kid.

    I think the most important thing in this episode was that almost every single one of our unanswered questions was addressed; Judith, Carol, that radio voice earlier this season and the possible next destination of our survivors and of course with the introduction of new characters.
    The episode moved the plot forward, finally. And this is the main reason that keeps me excited for next week. Because this episode itself was one of the worst episodes of TWD!

    In the end, I can say “Inmates” just functioned as a set-up for the reminder of what happened this season and what is waiting for our survivors. Not more.

    thank you

    Viewer score: 65 / 100

    Posted by Reza, 19/02/2014 9:20am (4 years ago)

  • Season Four Episode 10: The Walking Dead

    I had to watch this episode several times to catch everything.

    Good:

    A very action-packed episode we have consolidated the 12 groups down to 7 groups. I thought it might useful to myself to update the write up of the groups I detailed back with Episode 8's podcast comments, so I can keep track of them and may help you too. Here's what I came up with:

    Group 1: Michonne, Rick and Carl
    Group 2: Carol, Tyreese, Judith, Mika and Lizzy Samuels
    Group 3: Daryl and Beth
    Group 4: Glenn and Tara (and three new folks)
    Group 5: Maggie, Sasha and Bob Stookey
    Group 6: Morgan (Rick’s old hometown.) (Last appearance: ‘Clear’)
    Group 7: Morales family (Morales, Miranda, Eliza and Louis)(Last appearance: ‘Wildfire’)

    Dead (or most likely) or zombified:
    • Lilly (swarmed by walkers in a field according to Tara. Mostly likely she’s dead.)
    • Molly and Luke (Most likely never made it out of the prison area.)
    • Jeanette and Ex Woodbury bus folks
    They did a pretty good job of touching upon how each of the survivors is dealing with being separated with no secure living situation anymore.
    Sasha seems pragmatic choosing to fixate on the essentials (also showing some concerns for her brother Tyreese and even Bob’s health.) Interestingly Tyreese shows similar regard for his sister.
    Maggie is dead set on finding Glenn and vice-versa.

    After what Lizzie did to the rabbits and Judith, it looks like Lizzie is the source of all the dead animals at the prison and she has developed some very serious psychotic issues. Someone better watch that child before she switches to children instead of animals.

    Maggie’s reaction to not finding Glenn was very well done.

    The scenes where Tyreese left the girls along with Judith were terrifying.

    Lizzie nearly smothering Judith was also equally tense. She’s definitely a little psycho.

    Bob Stookey seems to have a crush on Sasha (not sure if it’s mutual.)

    Bad:

    Beth’s diary and her efforts keeping it up represent the faith and hope that Hershel told her to have, however I don’t know if I learned anything I didn’t know already, so how necessary really was all of this?

    I didn’t understand what specifically Beth was crying over. Is it a struggle with feeling hopeful and then hopeless? Did she think the small black shoe was that of one of the kids (Luke or Molly or someone else) who escaped the prison and was eaten? Was it to show she was really broken up by the prison and the execution of her father? We find out later on it’s not someone from the prison but a group of folks who get attacked by zombies who happens to be passing near the prison.

    They don’t seem to know what to do with Daryl in these scenes except, make him look withdrawn with what has happened at the prison and Beth has to jolt him into looking for the others later on. He does voice insensitive yet sobering comments about faith and hope to Beth and appears to feel some guilt over that by offering a bandana for the grapes she was collecting.

    The dead rabbits are very hard to see in the Lizzie rabbit slaughtering scenes (I know the scene was at night, however it should have been physically clearer.) They are wedged into a crack of a fallen tree trunk. As incredible a tracker as Daryl is, he didn’t pick up on the dead rabbits. If he did, then that would have made the rabbit scenes work better.

    Glenn had the whole prison to himself and even left his cell door open when he was resting. He took quite a while gathering gear from different cell blocks. It looked relatively safe on the inside, just the outside was a bit overrun. This begs the question, if that’s all the walkers that are going to show up after all that ruckus and the Governor and his goons are dead ( besides trying to find Maggie), Why leave? Why not find everyone and go back there? What would have sold me on leaving the prison would have been the sight of a mega herd heading towards Glenn and Tara as they were leaving the prison. That would have sealed the prison as a continuing sanctuary point.

    Unknown:
    Will Tyreese ever know that Carol killed his girlfriend?

    What killed the bus occupants?

    I believe a bunch of folks in the rear seats of the bus got hit with bullets and quickly died and then attacked everyone else. Did any of them escape?

    What happened to Jeannette?
    What is Terminus?

    It looks like Group #2 (Carol’s group) is headed for that.
    Is there foreshadow for the name? I did some web searches to see if I could find any symbolism.

    • Is it Woodbury?
    • Is it the original name for Atlanta?
    • Could it be an office complex in Atlanta?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28office_complex%29
    • Perhaps the nation’s capital (Washington DC)?
    • Is it a new group of survivors?
    • Is the name synonymous with the Roman god Terminus?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminus_%28god%29
    Terminus was Roman god that protected boundary markers that demanded sacrifices to be appeased. Could the group be walking into a trap?

    Will Group #2 end up at Terminus?
    What has become of Morgan, Lily, Luke and Molly?

    Are these new characters Group #4 (Glenn’s group) have encountered evil or good?

    Viewer score: 60 / 100

    Posted by Fluids, 18/02/2014 9:41pm (4 years ago)

  • @David - I did praise that scene for its intensity. But he was a prisoner. I felt this showed him planning for himself rather than just reacting with bravery.

    Posted by The TV Critic, 18/02/2014 11:10am (4 years ago)

  • This episode reminded me of "The other 48 days"episode from Lost. A sorta what everyone else is up too. But it was entertaining enough and I'm curious to see what is in store for the different groups hopefully something interesting and varied for each set of characters.

    Viewer score: 60 / 100

    Posted by Dave Lopez, 18/02/2014 6:13am (4 years ago)

  • "Glenn finally seemed like a man to admire and support here. With no one else to help him he had to devise his own plan and carry it out. It was a good demonstration of addition via subtraction. With no alpha males around suddenly we could see his bravery, his resolve and his competence. "
    What about the time he killed a walker with a piece of the chair he was tied to and after being almost beaten up to death?

    Posted by David, 18/02/2014 2:56am (4 years ago)

  • This was to be the best episode in forever.

    I tried to stay spoiler free, including promos/previews and not listen to any review or podcast to color my opinion.

    It is much easier to nit pick and write about displeasures and disappointments. I am finding it harder to cite why I loved this episode with specifics.

    The biggest draw for me on this show is the world they created and how people might possibly react to what they experience.

    The biggest plus to this episode was the pulling together of the many threads left hanging by episode 4.8, yet leaving their outcome open.

    I felt fully engaged the majority of the episode, by turns genuinely anxious and cheering.

    Maybe this has to do with the characters I like (Daryl. Carol & Tyrese) having returns to screen from quiet to noisier that highlighted their characters. To characters I've not cared or liked as much doing so much better than I'd expected; Beth, Maggie, Glen.

    I liked the device of using a Beth voice-over to juxtapose the past with present, the way many of the scenes were framed for most of the episode was better, the music (love Bear McCreary), the idea of sanctuary, "A place for the children", I fell for the possibility a child might kill a baby.

    The conveniences (who ran into whom, easy or difficulties of Walker kills and Glenn's amazing strength in escaping) did not bother me because I've come to expect them. Therefore my 'bad column' is unformed right now.

    The Unknowns is this new group. Necessary to further challenge our survivors. I find the cliff hanger for Glen and Lily's sister to be what I'm least sure about.

    And of course, Sanctuary, can't help thinking of Logan's Run when I hear that word.

    Viewer score: 90 / 100

    Posted by Yogabon, 18/02/2014 12:40am (4 years ago)

  • Abysmal episode, I agree with everything Aaron said and there is so much more bad stuff I don't even want to start getting into it... But the worse for me has been, like Aaron pointed at, the TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE acting by "Beth" (and also by mika - Lizzie's younger sister I think, but at least she's got the excuse of being a little kid). Her acting is sooo bad I wonder how on earth she managed getting casted for this role. Beth and Darryl REALLY have got to merge with another bigger group ASAP so they won't have to give her so much screen time next time her group is the focus of an episode. Seriously, it felt like watching a so-bad-it's-funny direct-to-DVD Z movie, TWD has had many bad moments/episodes but this is the first time I had this feeling of watching a poorly acted and poorly written jungle survival Z movie drama.

    Viewer score: 40 / 100

    Posted by David, 17/02/2014 11:49pm (4 years ago)

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