Monday, November 24, 2014

The Walking Dead 5.6-7: Slow

The past two episodes of The Walking Dead (5.6 and 5.7) have been, well, a little slow and lackluster - certainly in comparison to what happened with Eugene and then Beth before that.

Carol and Daryl in 5.6 were good to see together, as was Carol's back story, but neither broke any new ground.   And although the priest was an interesting character on 5.7, that's about it - he's interesting.

About the most significant development in the two episodes is the evolution of Daryl.   By 5.7, he's a voice a reason, restraining Rick at crucial moments.   This is an important trajectory indeed, seeing where Daryl started, just a hair's breadth from his racist and violent brother.

Whether Carol and Daryl will ever get together as more than in their current brother and sister relationship remains an open question.   I'd like to see that happen, because it would be good for both characters.

Carl, Maggie, and Glenn finally got a little good screen time, but not enough.  Michonne has been barely visible this first half of season five.   It was good to learn a little more about Rosita, but she's still a long ways from being a major character.

Is The Walking Dead running out of steam?  I haven't read the comics, so I don't know what's ahead on that score, but as a television series it's beginning to feel like it needs something more.  I'm hoping that next week and the episodes ahead this season can provide that.

See also: The Walking Dead 5.1: The Redemption of Carole ... The Walking Dead 5.3: Meets Alfred Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone ... The Walking Dead 5.4: Hospital of Horror ... The Walking Dead 5.5: Anatomy of a Shattered Dream

And see also The Walking Dead 4.1: The New Plague ... The Walking Dead 4.2: The Baby and the Flu ... The Walking Dead 4.3: Death in Every Corner ...The Walking Dead 4.4: Hershel, Carl, and Maggie ... The Walking Dead 4.6: The Good Governor ... The Walking Dead 4.7: The Governor's Other Foot ... The Walking Dead 4.8: Vintage Fall Finale ... The Walking Dead 4.9: A Nightmare on Walking Dead Street ... The Walking Dead 4:14: Too Far ... The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale: From the Gunfire into the Frying Pan


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