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The Walking Dead, 3/3/2013, "Clear"

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Shaunnick, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Mar 5, 2013 #61 of 186
    danterner

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    This was the first episode in quite a while that sparked a "wha? It's already almost over?" reaction from me. It was also the first in a while where I didn't find myself using my iPhone while watching; it got my full attention throughout.

    I will say that I have given up on watching The Talking Dead. I haven't seen any of them since the show returned. 30 minutes of it was just about right for me. They're all an hour now, and an hour show talking about an hour show is just too much for me.

    Also, the practical effects in this series are normally VERY well done, but it seems like lately there have been a number of real stinkers, with obvious rubbery heads etc. Hopefully that's not a trend, and hopefully we get more episodes like this one.
     
  2. Mar 5, 2013 #62 of 186
    MikeMar

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  3. Mar 5, 2013 #63 of 186
    Bierboy

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    Why Rick? Michonne was at the wheel when they passed him...I realize he is the de facto leader, but, lately, even that's been up in the air.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2013 #64 of 186
    ihatecable

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    Not really, two out of the four prisoners tried to kill Rick and the group. Also last season there was the bar scene with Hershal and Glenn where Rick had to get them out of. It seems more often than not outsiders bring trouble. Besides the guy could have been a decoy tor a ploy to slow them down
     
  5. Mar 5, 2013 #65 of 186
    danterner

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    Even assuming the backpacker is a good guy, which is a dangerous assumption to make, at best he still represents another mouth to feed and another potential source of zombie-attracting noise. Passing him by is a hard choice (and probably not the one I'd personally make) but its probably the right one from a survivalist standpoint. Too risky to stop and help him.
     
  6. Mar 5, 2013 #66 of 186
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Well, nobody's saying he's not justified in being a dick. It's just interesting that he's gotten to the point where he no longer seems to consider the possibility that any other human being could be a good, contributing member of his little (and shrinking) society.

    Clearly that cannot continue. These people aren't at a point where they're thinking about the future, but at some point they will have to, and either come up with a way to move forward (and grow), or just lie down and die. The alternative is to lie down and die without realizing that's what they're doing.

    Another thing that bothers me a little about this show is that these people have very little to do. It is inevitable that they would spend a fair amount of time talking about their situation, but there's no sign that they've done this beyond the very little we've seen on-screen. It's another case of a TV trope (in this case, if it doesn't happen on-screen it doesn't happen, and the characters largely remain in stasis until the next scene) being taken to extremes.
     
  7. Mar 5, 2013 #67 of 186
    MikeMar

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    Pick him up and make him Woodbury war fodder :)
     
  8. Mar 5, 2013 #68 of 186
    Cearbhaill

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    For me it wasn't that they didn't stop to pick the guy up.
    It was that they didn't even look at one another to see if everyone felt the same way- whether to validate their feelings or assuage any guilt. I think Carl looked around a bit but the two adults were both intentionally non-responsive.
    It was quite powerful to just see each of them alone with their own thoughts at that particular moment.
     
  9. Mar 5, 2013 #69 of 186
    DevdogAZ

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    As others have said, how good of an asset can he be if he's running down a road shouting at the top of his lungs? If he doesn't know by this point that sound attracts the walkers, then his survival is pure luck and he would be a liability for the group.

    On the way there, they weren't really in a position to take a prisoner and keep their eyes on him. On the way back, they didn't have a chance.

    Seems like I've heard or read that Andrew Lincoln sticks with the American accent from the time they start shooting the first episode of a season until the season is over. Helps him keep it consistent and helps him stay in character.

    My thoughts exactly. I always hated that Talking Dead ended so quickly when I watched last season and thought the extra 30 minutes would be great, but this season I've yet to watch more than about 10 minutes of an episode, because I just can't justify another full hour when I have so many other shows to catch up on. 30 minutes made it easy to just sneak the episode in, while 60 minutes means it requires a real commitment and takes the place of me watching something else.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2013 #70 of 186
    cheesesteak

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    What's he supposed to do when possible salvation zooms by, ask for help in sign language? It's a natural reaction to yell after the car in that situation. For all they knew, he could have been one zombie killin' mf'er. Or a wizard.
     
  11. Mar 5, 2013 #71 of 186
    DreadPirateRob

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    TD was actually great this week. They went behind the scenes of Morgan's Zombie Obstacle Course, and it was way more detailed than we saw from the show.
     
  12. Mar 5, 2013 #72 of 186
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Then again, if he's in a car driving away it doesn't matter how many walkers are chasing him...

    Sucks for him that the first car he sees in a year is full of dicks! :D
     
  13. Mar 5, 2013 #73 of 186
    DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    Yelling when they first drove by is one thing, but when he was 300 yards away running down the road and still yelling at them, that made me realize they made the right decision by not picking him up.
     
  14. Mar 5, 2013 #74 of 186
    stellie93

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    How many swords were lying around when the Apocalypse happened? I don't know anyone who has a real sword.

    Crazy or not, you have to give Morgan credit for surviving as well as he has. How far from the prison were they? Maybe they should all just pack up and move in with Morgan. The Governor would never find them if they're 5 hours away.
     
  15. Mar 5, 2013 #75 of 186
    Shaunnick

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    As it happens, I recently came into posseion of one. Tucked it under my bed. :D
     
  16. Mar 5, 2013 #76 of 186
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Same thing for the guy on the road. Realistically, anybody who is still alive has mad survival skillz...he obviously spent at least part of the last year between Rick's hometown and the prison, most of which has proven to be pure living hell.

    Of course, in the context of the show he's probably not somebody who has managed to survive pure living zombie hell for a year, he's just some guy on the road who allows the writers to make a point about Rick...
     
  17. Mar 5, 2013 #77 of 186
    betts4

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  18. Mar 5, 2013 #78 of 186
    pmyers

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    not to mention that the show is basically useless unless they have somebody from the show, actually on Talking Dead.
     
  19. Mar 5, 2013 #79 of 186
    john4200

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    Or he spent months in a bomb shelter and left when he ran out of food or water...
     
  20. Mar 5, 2013 #80 of 186
    pmyers

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    I disagree. The pure fact that he is alone and still alive proves he has skills. I'd say despiration and the fact that was probably the first moving car he's seen in a year, probably made him react the way he did.
     

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