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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Walking Dead 2.2: The Nature of Vet
A fine, intense as always, yet in parts endearing The
Walking Dead 2.2 Sunday night, with most of the action centering around an old
country doctor – actually a veterinarian, much to Lori’s distress – doing his
utmost to save Rick and Lori’s son.
Carl was accidentally shot in last week’s episode, by a hunter
on the other side of a beautiful buck Carl was wondrously approaching in the
forest.Lori hoped that when the
doc said he was a “vet” he meant veteran, but no such luck.She’s of course desperate that Carl pull
through, and good manners towards the doc are the last thing on her mind.
Rick almost loses it, as does Lori, but they hold it
together so the doc can work.Rick’s blood type is the same as his son’s – a piece of luck – but Carl’s
condition is still critical, and requires Shane to go off (with the hunter who
shot Carl, who feels terrible about this, and volunteers) to find proper medical
Shane has one his best episodes in the whole series so far,
not only thinking more clearly than Rick (understandable), but getting him to
focus.Shane’s foray with the
hunter to get supplies runs into zombies.No surprise, it’s getting dark, but Carl’s life hanging in the balance makes this
encounter – not decided at the time the episode ends – all the more harrowing.
Meanwhile, back at the convoy, T-Dog’s developing a fierce
infection from his wound, which he could die from, just as surely as from the
zombies.He appreciates this
irony, and, fortunately gets antibiotics (part of Daryl’s stash) pretty much in the
nick of time.Antibiotics may be
no good against the zombie-generating plague – nothing is, so far – but they
can at least dispatch a bad old-fashioned infection.
So far this season, there seems to be a little more emphasis
on the human than the zombie – though Andrea nearly narrowly escapes succumbing to
one (she was deprived of her weapon last week, because she tried to end her
life last season).I’m liking this
slightly more human tilt a lot, so far.