Print Just when we were sure that we had Strand figured out, kaboom! And that was just for starters.
It can take weeks for the characters to finish a single conversation. The buttoning up of a coat or the locking of a door is treated as a monumental event. Shane then tells a half-true, half-dirty, guilt-soaked lie about how Otis died. Otis died a hero, he says, for the greatest reason of all, to save what is now, as Hershel points out, their most precious asset: a child.
First we must discuss the powwow between Hershel and the gang about how to best search for that other most precious pain in the asset, Sophia. Hershel agrees that this is an excellent plan, except wait, he has one little, tiny suggestion: No one should take their guns. Or rather, make that the second most.
Camping outside that house in a nylon tent. Peeing unnecessarily onto a pregnancy test in a field during the pitch-black night when there is a perfectly nice bathroom inside the house that probably has a door with a lock and everything.
And the house, considering its boundless supply of dramatic-steam-manufacturing hot water, probably has a heated toilet seat, too.
I will say that I am glad that Glenn is being given more screen time, even though that foreplay conversation made me uncomfortable.
Not because it was about sex but because of how perfunctory, insert-sex-scene here it felt. I cannot begin to fathom how he got that noose over the bloated zombies head, but that is the least of my concerns with this show.
There was one glorious moment when I was watching the gang fighting over how to pull the rope, and it occurred to me that watching this hapless bunch try to problem solve is like watching something out of an eighties comedy. Imagine the crew in Stripes or the Griswolds in the Vacation movies trying to take on a zombie invasion.
And suddenly make a whole lot more sense, too. It is fitting that Daryl found that Cherokee rose, because he remains the great hope of season two.
So maybe it is Norman Reedus who deserves most of the credit for finding a way to bring his character to life a character that was one of the shallowest when the show began ; something is happening in the Daryl scenes, something real.
That moment in the RV with Carol had a stillness to it that I feel the show is ever struggling to achieve. Usually it feels forced, like when Hershel called Grimes over to admire the view and weirdly lecture him about his religious convictions; for a second I felt that I was watching some sort of 7th Heaven mash-up.
Does that mean the show has too? And how does that then affect the fate of Morgan and his son and their most promising story line? Did she really specify a particular brand?
And why a shopping list at all?