which is not necessarily a bad thing. I simply haven’t yet decided if it’s a good thing.
We missed a lot. Seriously, I’m missing a lot of information here. The writers skipped over the entire winter, leaving us in the dark as to how the small group survived. Herschel did mention something about running from house to house, but other than Lori looking a might peaked– (What else is new?)– everyone appeared too well fed to have spent months living hand to mouth. While characters have obviously changed, as in Carol can now shoot a gun and Maggie is channeling Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, there was no indication of how the group came to terms with the following:
a. Shane’s murder and Rick’s culpability. For the good of the group? Self-defense? One has to wonder…
b. The certain knowledge they will all become walkers when they die.
c. Rick’s word = The Law.
In other words, last season ended with such a powerful scene, every character horrified and traumatized by Rick’s multiple revelations… Yeah I killed Shane (my best friend and father of my wife’s baby). Yeah, we’re all gonna be walkers when we die and I’ve known for quite some time. Yeah, I’m the boss of you so shut yer dang pie holes.
Only Lori seems troubled, but casting frequent concerned glances at Rick just doesn’t cut it for me. Without Shane to add tension to the relationship I’m not really feeling it.
Yes, there was a somewhat humorous and suggestive tete a tete between Daryl and Carol, although I wasn’t certain how seriously to take it or how far they’ve taken it– which is too bad because I like Daryl and Carol together and I wouldn’t mind seeing more of them. Unfortunately during the conversation Carol tossed off a thoughtless insult about my dearly departed Shane. If that’s all Carol has to say about the man who kept them alive for months, the man who stopped Carol’s husband from beating her and beating her daughter… very out of character. Although I did think it was hilarious when she almost shot Rick. Passive aggressive or an accident?
*** An Addendum: Carol said – and I may be paraphrasing – “I doubt Shane could have gotten us this far.” A fallacious argument if I’ve ever heard one. While it’s true Rick has taken on some of Shane’s qualities, i.e., he’s grown a thicker skin and he’s ruthless, at least to all (superficial) appearances, he lacks Shane’s pragmatism, intelligence, instinct and cunning. (I’m going to use a lot of ‘head’ references here- Rick doesn’t think ahead, he tends to blunder headlong into situations where he finds himself in over his head. Rick is still ‘proper’ and ‘prideful’. Shane, for instance, would order everyone to eat the dog food. He’d say – “We’ve eaten worse.” In fact I doubt there would be any hesitation among the group. I would bet under Shane’s leadership they would have resorted to pet food on many occasions because it was available and they have a pregnant woman to feed. Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. In a catastrophe human beings have eaten all kinds of things to stay alive.
I meant to put up this link to Marina’s Zombie Report, her take on the season opener. Check it out, it’s great! https://mustlovefiction.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/marinas-zombie-report-season-3-walking-dead-premiere/
Glen and Maggie are cute together – I give their scenes two thumbs up.
The episode featured lots of blood and gore, always a plus for a big segment of the viewing population, although I’m left wondering why there are so many walkers. Even if you have a functioning brain stem, body parts will begin to fall off after a while. See? Questions. As in why do those riot police still in full riot gear look pretty darn healthy for walking dead?
Dear Rick (and writers), as a nurse I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the following… chopping off Herschel’s leg with an ax will not stop the infection from spreading since it had already spread throughout his bloodstream by the time you dragged him into that room. Besides, how do you plan to cauterize the wound? You don’t have a way to stop the bleeding and you don’t have any antibiotics so all I can say is… a hair-brained scheme if I ever saw one. Just about as hair-brained as saving that kid, hauling his ass back to the farm, wasting time and effort saving his leg, and then deciding to kill him. I’m quite fond of Herschel but you shoulda just shot him in the head. Would have been kinder. Even if he doesn’t become a walker he sure as shit ain’t gonna outrun ‘em.
On the one hand the season opener was entertaining, on the other hand, something was missing and it wasn’t just Shane. Rick can’t carry the show for me, he’s too stupid. Note to Rick’s asinine brain… If dog food is the only thing available you eat dog food. Beggars can’t be choosers, oh glorious leader. Daryl, in his previous incarnation, would have given Rick a well-deserved smackdown for that bonehead move.
On the other hand, I’m already loving Andrea and Michonne. Here’s to hoping Andrea and Michonne enliven Season Three.