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Walking Dead Comes Back to Life
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 14, 2013
I wanted to Give Season 3 a poke in the head and put it out of its misery. How much of the Crazy Governor were they going to force on us? How many close ups of Rick's crazy eyes? How long was the sublimely oblivious Andrea going to overlook the fact that her boyfriend was stark raving nutso? Michone, who started out impossibly over-the-top with her matched pair of pet zombies on leashes, is much more real and interesting now. No longer acting like a rebellious 13-year-old, she still wields her katanka with amazing accuracy, but has become more three-dimensional and less of a cartoon character. She is spending most of her time with the survivors and only semi-hunting for the governor...he's not completely out of the picture although I do hope he's going to be held down to a minimum. I just wish they had not killed off Merle in Season 3. He was one of my favorite characters...what's not to like about a guy who can cut off his own limb and replace it with a swiss army arm?
I started watching Season 4 without much hope and boy howdy, was I surprised. There's life the The Dead yet. Episode 1 was killer. Rick regained his sanity, sort of. His son is less psychotic. Herschell's missing leg has magically regenerated. No explanations are given, but the comic book version does mention that they find, at some point, a prosthetic limb (but it's just a leg, with no interesting accessories like Merle's replacement part). I have not read the comic version, but Amazon reviewer Brian Byrd gave me that heads up elsewhere.
Episode 1 has several truly creepy scenese, not least of all is Rick's encounter with a young Irish lass in the forest. We also have lots of new survivors, most of them from Woodbury, home of the Crazy Governor.
In the following episodes, a serious and highly contageous illness hits the prison compound. A high death rate and those who succumb reanimate. This does two things: it gives us a new story arc and gets rid of some of the newbies. By episode 4, we're back to our core group (mostly...heh heh). And the Zombies are rocking. More hordes and they're dangerous and frightening again. For most of Season 3, the poor Zeds were nothing more than pests. Unless you were tied to a chair and locked in a room with one, they posed no threat anymore. The survivors just swatted 'em like mosquitos. Season 4 has given them back their teeth.
As always, the producers' ruthlessness in cutting cast members is still shaking things up. No one is Zombie-proof or bullet-proof and some of our original recipe survivors don't make it. Unfortunately Glenn is not among the victims. Sorry, but Season 3 was seriously marred by those endless "let's drag in the kids" scenes of Glen and Maggie making out. Almost as sleep-inducing as Rick and the Governor's staring contests. We also lose two of my favorite original survivors by the end of Season 4, one by exile and one by the governor sawing off his head. Yep, the Guv continued to make trouble in Season 4, but in a more intersting way than in Season 3. No longer "The Guv," he wants to be known simply as "Brian." But he's still nuttier than a fruitcake, just in a different way. I'm hoping the exiled character comes back. Not in the reanimated sense, just in the "Hi Honey, I'm home" way.
Episode 4 is intense, exciting and gory. Everything you want from The Walking Dead. I had to stop watching and take breaks from the action and mayhem once or twice. The writers have really stepped things up. The Zoombas are on the march; the new characters are interesting, particularly a little girl who sometimes mistakes the Zs for pets (but not in that silly Michone way).
Episodes 5 through 7 were just as good, and the season ender was a shocker. You have to give the writers and producers credit, they'll throw anyone to the wolves (or the zombies). No one is guaranteed to survive until the time time. Makes for some really intense viewing.
Let's hope next season remains reanimated or the producers will find it's their audience, not the dead, who are walking.