Sex & Insanity: The Walking Dead Episode 306 Review
Every week for the rest of the existence of The Walking Dead, I will be reviewing each episode with comparisons to Robert Kirkman‘s graphic novels of the same name. I will tackle both major and minor conflicts, themes, and execution of the show’s production; I will do this all while adding my self-proclaimed expertise in both the show and comics.
This week, viewers were treated to another episode that proves to lay the foundation of The Walking Dead’s legacy with epic precision, and production done professionally; it could be easy to cheese-ify a zombie television show. As comic readers know, the show strays away from the story Kirkman initially thrilled fans with, more so in some parts than others, and in some situations nothing has been changed. Everything is fair game for a good ol’ fashioned compare and contrast blog post.
Ladies and gentlemen, my first episode review. Please comment, disagree, share your thoughts on the series, the episode, the comics.
Michonne vs. the post apocalyptic world:
Luckily for comic nerds, the Michonne we fell in love with has officially come to fruition in this week’s episode. No more bitch-faces only, now we are getting the full-on action diva she was throughout the comics. The street-smart, katana-wielding walker-slayer not only took off without Andrea, a decision that could not have been easy for her, but she lied in wait to hunt down a group sent by Woodbury- which she knew was coming. Bravo, Michonne, you single-handedly took down Crowley, Tim, Neil, some walkers, and the best of it all, she found the prison… carrying Maggie‘s basket full of baby formula.
My prediction for Michonne in the next episode is that she will inform the group of the Governor (scenes from the next), but she will also unveil that fact that Andrea is still alive and in danger. She will become a vital part of the new group, and will either return to Woodbury or be a leader during the prison battle (which I suspect will be the midseason finale in 2 weeks.)
Sequence rating: A-
Sex: It’s On Andrea’s Mind
I still cannot tell if Andrea is planning something or just loves to get it on with men on power-trips. In the comic, she is just as badass as Michonne. She has her head on her shoulders, she loves Dale; she loves love. However, she is still a good shot, and fearless nonetheless. Not only is Andrea never even in the prison, she never meets the Governor like this. The advantage to this sexy scenario is that the audience will never have anything to reference back to, we will always have to keep on guessing right down to the wire. I always wanted something more from Andrea, I want her to run shit- to break out of that prison and rejoin the group that she was a part of since season one.
My prediction is that instead of Michonne killing the Governor, Andrea will do it. That is the only good explanation I can come up with for all the lovey-dovey screen time between these two. While I enjoy sex scenes between good-looking people, I wish they would go into the Governor’s rape scenes instead of passionate sex.
Sequence rating: B
Are you there Rick? It’s me, Lori:
So anyone who was trying to tell me all week that the phone ringing was some actual human, can officially kiss my behind. This was one of those smaller pieces of symbolism from the comic that was not to be messed around with. The phone ringing is the best way to show Rick’s descent into cuckoo-land. In the comic, Officer Grimes only talks to Lori, and it takes him a moment to figure that out; in last night’s episode, he talks to Amy, Jacki, Jim and Lori. Showrunner, Glenn Mazzara, added that element of memory… that connection the audience had in season’s past, for an extra kick to the gut. We cried last week when Lori died, and now they want us to keep on feeling sad. It’s not enough to watch walkers get sliced into shish-kabobs every week, they want us to remember- to feel with every new cast member lost, a burden. Oh, and when Rick tells Hershel the phone has been ringing? That look of “I know this guy is losing it, but I’ll let him have that moment,” well, it was priceless.
The dialogue throughout were just as they should have been. Andrew Lincoln, as usual, steps up to the plate to make the comic come to life- to show the audience he knows how to play a widowed husband on the brink of insanity.