So you owe us… Channel Surfing: The Walking Dead – Slabtown

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So after some pretty intense weeks, the writers at TWD gave us a break.  Or took one.  I’m not really sure which one is more accurate, but I feel like I got shorted at least a handful of zombie kills while they took some time off to refresh.

screenshot-2014-11-03-at-1-24-27-pm-5-things-you-might-have-missed-in-the-walking-dead-slabtownTick-tock, tick-tock… Beth wakes up to a clock ticking away in a hospital room: it’s very reminiscent of the opening scene where Rick wakes up in the series’ first episode.  Turns out, the people who took her from Daryl are cops and nurses – and one doctor.  This group is pretty special in a creepy what-have-you-done-for-me-lately kind of way, and that’s evident from almost the moment Beth wakes up and is told by a female officer, Officer Dawn, that she owes them something for them saving her.

Apparently Officer Dawn runs the hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, with an iron fist.  And as always, when somebody runs something with an iron fist, things get a little heated – and maybe the iron gets a little pliable and loses its grip.  Anyways…  The whole hospital seems to operate on the principle that everything costs something, and they’re pretty keen on keeping track of who owes what: police officers running things and looking for survivors, hospital staff/not officers doing all the menial chores and apparently sometimes acting as the officers’ playthings.

Officer Gorman totally deserved this.

Officer Gorman totally deserved this.

While Officer runs things with an iron fist she doesn’t seem to be very consistent in her decisions, and that leads to a little confusion on my part: she tells the doctor, Dr. Edwards, not to waste his efforts, then she tells him to save a lost cause – it’s all rather confusing.  But while the officers are creepy and scum-of-the-earth types (yeah, Officer Gorman, we’re looking at you), there are a couple of decent fellows in the mix: Dr. Edwards and fellow grunt Noah.

Dr. Edwards takes Beth under his wing and seems to be a pretty decent guy, but that’s short-lived as he uses Beth to ensure his place with the group in a not-so-awesome way.  In the end he’s just a regular guy who’s trying to survive, and he’s succumb to the amc-the-walking-dead-saison-5-episode-4-slabtownbaser instincts when it comes to survival – he just doesn’t want to do the dirty work.  Then there’s Noah: he really is pretty cool, and together he and Beth decide to escape the prison.  Long story short: he succeeds, she doesn’t.  And that’s where we leave things with Beth – minus the cliffhanger mentioned below.

Some other thoughts from this week’s episode:

  • slabtown-beth-and-dr-edwards-talk-art-and-boredom-while-eating-guinea-pigBETH IS BACK!!!!  Finally!  Now let’s get her back with the rest of the gang.
  • Cliffhanger of the week: CAROL!!!  Carol get’s brought in to the hospital on a gurney right as Beth is getting brought back in from her escape attempt.
  • I need a Walking Dead timeline.  On my living room wall, next to the TV so I know where we’re at in the story.  They jump around so much I don’t know what’s going on.  Is Carol’s appearance from when her and Daryl go looking for her?  I don’t think so – I assume it’s before.  But I DON’T KNOW!  And I’d really like to.  Please and thank you.
  • Pretty drawn out episode without a lot of action.  How much time can two people spend talking about a piece of art in the middle of the zombie apocalypse?
  • They’re pretty quick to judge the usefulness and survival skills of people, but they don’t know our Beth very well do they?
  • A pit of carcasses – perfect landing pad.  Gross.
  • Beth is a heck of a shot.
  • I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Noah, and that’s alright with me; he seemed pretty cool.

Our kill count for the week:

  • walking-dead-5-4-zombieBeth: 10 zombies, 1 total human (two half-kills as she willingly fed two peeps to zombies… in self-defense, of course!)
  • Creepy cops: 2 zombies
  • Dr. Edwards: 1/2 zombie, 1/2 human (same person really)
  • Officer Dawn: 1/2 zombie (really, the human had just died and hadn’t started to reanimate yet)
  • Zombies: 1 and 1/2 total human

There’s really only one option for zombie kill of the week, check out Beth going bananas with a handgun.  It’s pretty sweet.

Until next time.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC Sundays at 9PM PST

~ J.T. Riles ~

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