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The Walking Dead – “Tell it to the Frogs”

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Last night was a real treat. If you haven’t been following the show as religiously as most of us WPR editors and podcasters have, then you shouldn’t read this article because I will be going in depth to what happened on last night’s episode.

So, as a catch up: Rick has made it to Atlanta, he’s lost his horse, lost his guns and walkie talkie, handcuffed a racist-ass piece of white trash (Merle Dixson) to a pipe, and helped the survivors escape the city in the back of a delivery truck.

At the beginning of the episode, we see Merle talking to himself on the roof of the building that he’s shackled to, it seems that he’s kinda going crazy from all of the exposure. It’s not until he sees the 3 or 4 walkers that are just on the other side of the roof entrance door that he decides that he needs to get away…by any means necessary, DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUN!

I won’t do a complete rehash of the episode, but that first part is important because of what we see at the end of this week’s show.

We get to see Rick reunited with his wife and son, which I have to admit made me get kinda misty in the eyes because it was such a sweet moment. If you take that moment of absolute relief from not only Rick but his wife Lori and combine the painful to watch exchanged glances between Lori and Shane, you’ve got television’s best on-air drama.

The fact that Shane declared that Rick was dead to Lori without actually knowing for certain was a real dick move coming from the point of view as them being best friends, but is made even worse by the fact that he was literally sticking it to Rick’s wife!

Introduced this episode were two more examples of deplorable human beings that I personally believe the world would be better off without.

First up, is the sad excuse for a brother of Merle Dixson that is the epitome of white-trash (as I know it). It wasn’t even the eating squirrels thing that I didn’t like about this guy, because I’ve done that myself. It had to be the fact that you can tell he’s at the cusp of losing his mind at the drop of a hat, much like his brother.

Second, you have Ed, the abusive wife beater. I almost cheered when Shane took all of his sexual frustration out on the asshole, but subsequently got pissed when Carol, his wife, ran to his defense. I’m sorry, but a wife beater getting his just desserts from someone his own size should have been something she cheered on as well.

I think the most interesting thing about this show is that you don’t even need the backdrop of it being a zombie apocalypse to make the drama elements work. You could easily replace the zombies with any other type of monster or cataclysmic event and still have a riveting drama. I think you could actually count on one hand the amount of zombies we saw this episode.

The scene where the walker is eating the innards out of a deer that has more than one crossbow bolt sticking out of it was obviously a planted scene appease the lovers of zombie gore so that they wouldn’t bitch about having ‘too much drama’. I enjoyed it, but it did feel a bit forced. I thought it was awesome that the lopped off head started to move and croak when people were just standing and staring. It gives me hope that we’ll see a scene with a head gnawing on a person with all of the chewed and swallowed ‘food’ coming out its neck hole.

Near the end of the episode, I found it funny that them getting into the city was drastically easy compared to the horse incident on episode 1. I did find it interesting that there weren’t as many ‘geeks’ in the store as I thought there should have been, but like I said earlier, this show works just as well without the zombies.

All in all, I think that this was the best episode of the season, and I can’t wait to see where they take it in the last 3 episodes of the season. I did have one huge complaint though, why the hell would Merle decide to lop his hand off with a hacksaw instead of the other easy to cut pieces of metal keeping him from his freedom? It seemed like a bad retelling of Saw to have a dangling handcuff and a dismembered hand just sitting there on the roof…not to mention it’d probably be pretty easy to track him down due to the massive blood loss from the cut.

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