Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 12

We spent last week watching the budding bromance between Glenn and Abraham and Rick Home Alone-ing it with a group of survivalists. But all that time we were wondering, “What’s going on with our favorite white trash tracker and the zombie apocalypse’s Tom Waits fan laureate?” Well settle down, folks, the answers will be forthcoming.

  • A better name for this episode: “Liquor Run.” = -6pts 
  • First trunk date. = +4pts
  • Holy shit! Daryl just missed a squirrel from 5 feet away. Like a boxer, he must remain sexually pure. = +6pts 
  • Beth wants to get tore up! = +5pts 
  • The hanging dead. = +14pts 
  • Zombies in golf regalia. = +9pts 
  • Fore! = +4pts 
  • As far as first drinks go, Moonshine > Peach Schnapps. = +8pts (Sure beats the hell out of this technician’s adventure with boxed wine) 
  • Daryl Dixon is a mean drunk. = -5pts 
  • The mystery of what Daryl did before The Turn would have been a bigger deal if it had turned out to be anything other than what we all expected already. = -10pts 
  • Looks like Beth has seen What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. = -20pts (For causing us to remember that shitty movie.) 
  • It might not have made for as impressive of a visual, but wouldn’t it have been more practical to wait until morning to burn the house down? = -15pts (Seriously. Where are you guys going to sleep?) 
  • Ending the episode with a Mountain Goats song. = +10pts
Total Score = +5pts
Season Score = +225pts

The episode started strong: spare dialogue, arresting visuals, a nice focus on how the characters continue moving forward in the wake of tragedy. The disappointing detour into TV catharsis and Johnny Depp homage sucked a lot of the air out of it, though. And Beth is really going to wish she still had that shack to recover in when she’s puking her guts out the next morning.

Score Technician: Joe Hemmerling and Sean McConnell

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