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The Walking Dead is a drama about a zombie apocalypse. It is based on the 2003 Image Comics series. AMC 2010-???

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Episode 12 - Remember

5 March 2015

This felt like the moment when the show reconnected with where it was when the train car closed at Terminus. Our survivors are the story. They aren't looking for a safe place to take them in. They're looking for a safe place to take over. If the people inside don't join their family then they will be kicked out. The people of Alexandria are “screwing with the wrong people.”  

Before going into this episode I also felt here that AMC's desire for what The Walking Dead should be was being fulfilled very well by Scott Gimple. AMC have commissioned a show which has transformed them from an also-ran cable network into an industry leader. From survival into potential mega-wealth. Gimple's instructions must have been to find a way for the story to run and run. We should be grateful then that instead of contriving one new group of villains after another he has built the show around the group. Our group are now both heroes and villains. They are a force of nature. They are the show. Even if Rick and Carl were to one day perish the group ethic could now survive them and so could the show. That's surely what AMC wants.

I'm not saying I want The Walking Dead to go on forever. But I admire the way Gimple (and presumably Kirkman) had managed to subvert our expectations. Rather than watch our group degenerate into cosy townspeople again, they now have the potential to be Termites or Governors themselves. Their moral centre makes them attractive to us and here the Alexandrians are taken in too. They think goodness also brings obedience but it does not. Rick's assertion that they might take this town was not shocking but it was still a twist on what we'd expect to hear from someone who is now groomed and dressed just like the old Rick. But the Sherrif is gone and the man who bit the throat out of another man is hiding behind those eyes.

I really like that the story could go several different directions from here. Our survivors could absorb Alexandria or be absorbed. An accident could shatter their security or a civil war could break out. We are also poised for genuine characterisation if the writers can handle it. We got one of those rare moments when I really like Glenn (as he outclassed Aidan). I really appreciated Carol's cover story and her clear indifference to the charms of this new place. It contrasted very nicely with Darryl's identical emotional state but childlike refusal to even take a shower lest it corrupt him an inch. With Carl meeting the first age appropriate girl in his entire puberty we know things will get complicated and for once that should be entirely organic.

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  • 'Rather than watch our group degenerate into cosy townspeople again, they now have the potential to be Termites or Governors themselves. Their moral centre makes them attractive to us and here the Alexandrians are taken in too. They think goodness also brings obedience but it does not. Rick's assertion that they might take this town was not shocking but it was still a twist on what we'd expect to hear from someone who is now groomed and dressed just like the old Rick. But the Sherrif is gone and the man who bit the throat out of another man is hiding behind those eyes.' Nicely put Robin. Their moral center has evolved with the passing of the seasons and with passing encounters with other human groups. They stand out so much in contrast to the Alexandrians in terms of what they think is necessary to do in order to survive, which has become their new morality and their way of life.

    Posted by Fluids, 04/03/2015 9:42pm (5 years ago)

  • I really liked this episode for serveral reasons:
    *Less is more - the story has always been more fascinating to me to watch the survivors than the myriad methods of Walker destruction.

    *Refocused on Rick, The actor continues to bring it on so many levels. He leaves a Grimey Handprint on Deanna's pristine window, that frames her view of the world. And let's face it, it was downright sexy to see him shave.
    *The way Carol subtly slipped on her suburban wife fascade was sublime
    *I am intrigued by the "Congresswoman for Ohio"
    *Gated Community, Walking Dead succeeds when it makes us examine modern life - this Gated Community represents aspects of our society that we are examining under TWD's dark lens.

    There was a lot to dive into metaphorically speaking in this episode.

    btw - I posted a review of the most recent Novel: The Descent in a Forum thread. Join me there to discuss.

    ~~Bonita

    Viewer score: 75 / 100

    Posted by Yogabon, 04/03/2015 2:48pm (5 years ago)

  • I really don't feel I have the right to assign this episode a score until after the next few episodes. 60 is just a filler score for now

    At times the episode was slow and predictable, but I kept wanting to see more. At first, I was kinda down on the video interviews of the various characters, but it tied into the ending quite nicely with Rick's declaration.

    The cast was already huge, but throwing in many Alexandrinites will inevitably lead to a massive thinning of the cast down the line.

    This episode reminds me of the beginning Season 4 part 2 in that the story could go a number of different ways, but this scenario feels full of more possibilities.

    But I have to say the two Walker scenes were pretty dull, I know this wasn't an action episode, but sometimes the writers make the heroes look less dominating in these encounters to artificially increase the tension.

    Viewer score: 60 / 100

    Posted by Ben F., 03/03/2015 5:44am (5 years ago)

  • ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Thoughts:

    I am going to guess and hope that the next episode is going to be more of the same (that is it will be about the group getting used to the Alexandria compound with interviews inter-cut with Abraham, Maggie, Rosita, Glenn, Eugene, Gabriel, Noah, Tara and Sasha.)

    If the show runners do that then we would at least get more characterization and ideas of how each them are dealing with living at the compound.

    It’s pretty clear that the Alexandria folks have had it easy and don’t know how to defend themselves and they could always use more security. Either that or they are having problems dealing with other groups threatening their security.

    Rick’s gun cache was gone so they were probably being watched by someone while his group made its way to the compound.

    The writers are already setting up a conflict between Jessie’s husband Pete and Glenn with Deanna’s son (I believe his name is Aidan.)

    Deanna mentioned that this was a planned community for really wealthy folks and that Northern Virginia (including Alexandria) was evacuated at the onset of the outbreak. That’s convenient huh? That would cause a low count of walkers that you need to deal with for a little while. It would also account for how these people were able to get the walls up and remain relatively unscathed during the apocalypse so far.

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    Good:

    *Wow, running water, electricity and no doubt heat and security.
    I like that these people don’t really know how to defend themselves well. It appears they have been extremely lucky, however that has come at a premium price. It’s easy to see Deanna is desperate for them to stay there.

    *Carol appears to be acting like aging soccer mom a real ‘people person’ probably to get more intelligence on the people of the community.

    *It makes sense that Rick’s group would all stick together in the same house. They don’t know these people and this way they can watch out for each other. At the end of the day they can also compare notes on things. Hopefully they are taking into account the houses might be bugged.

    *The compound keeps guns in one locked area. This says a few things to me:

    1. They have never endured an attack from a human group.
    2. A large group of walkers has never breached the walls before.

    If they had, everyone would be armed at their homes.

    I bet Rick is very concerned about that.

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    Bad:

    There are a couple of predictable things that are coming:
    1. A conflict between Glenn and Deanna’s son and
    2. Rick and Jessie’s husband. The fact that the guy is out on his porch smoking in the middle of the night probably means he doesn’t get along with his wife. (Perhaps it will get real cliché and he will end up being spousal abuser. )

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    Unknown:

    * What is the group remembering? That they need to stay tough and strong and always have an edge? Remember what it’s like to be a member of pre apocalyptic community inside a post apocalyptic environment? Remember what it’s like to encounter other groups of survivors?

    *Is Rick’s house bugged? Aaron did have surveillance equipment the last episode, so one can assume they also have listening devices in the form of bugs. I believe there is power in the houses as well, so it’s certainly very possible. Is Rick looking out for that type of equipment?

    *Is Deanna really going to side with Rick and his group or her son?
    *Is Deanna hiding something with her banishment of three people? Did she banish them or kill them? Is this a variation on Dawn at the hospital? I hope not.
    *Is Reg Monroe (Deanna’s husband) still alive?

    *What will become of Enid? Will she become a love interest for Carl? She seems to be the only kid in the compound besides him that knows how to fend for herself out in the world. Is she trying to make a run for it? Is she stashing supplies and eventually she will have enough to leave?

    *How big is the population of this compound? How big is the security force?

    *Is Morgan going to be able to track Rick’s group from Noah’s house to Alexandria? There was a map that he found in the church that would bring him as far as Richmond.

    *If Deanna truly sides with Rick over the incident with her son and Glenn why is she so desperate to have Rick’s group stay? Is there some type of threat out there other than the walkers that her compound group are not well prepared to handle like a hostile group of humans?

    *Will Rick’s group end up taking over Alexandria?

    *What will Daryl end up being? A member of the security force or a scout?

    *Is the Alexandria community too soft and untrained to stay with?

    *Not having a working phone system makes sense. Do they have radios?

    Viewer score: 69 / 100

    Posted by Fluids, 03/03/2015 2:40am (5 years ago)

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