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The Walking Dead Review: Zombie Fishing

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Yawn. That was a rather bland episode of The Walking Dead.

I was hoping that after Carl's situation was finally solved, the pace of the show would pick up and move the story in a new direction. Rather, it stayed in the same place, and didn't produce a satisfying or gripping hour of television.

Sure, there happened to be a zombie altercation. However, the zombie was so bloated and water-filled because of hanging out in the well, he couldn't really do much of anything. Of course, the group decided to come up with dumb ideas on how to deal with the problem. Hanging Glenn as live bait made no sense. After all, Maggie said there was more than one water well, so why risk anyone's life to get a zombie out? Plus, even if they did successfully do it, who would want to drink from it? I know I wouldn't.

Lori and Rick

Instead, it was a wasted sequence that was meant to be filled with tension, but left me bored. Yes, the make up was great and grotesque. Yes, there was plenty of blood and literally guts spewed everywhere. But all that doesn't mean the moment compensated for a lack of action or real suspense. Honestly, if anyone died after that fishing expedition, they would have deserved to have perished

The Sophia search continued and resulted in still nothing. The group bumbled around checking the woods and looking sullen. If that girl is alive, I don't know how.

And the ending? Not a dramatic, nail-biting shocker. So, Lori is pregnant. Big deal. I really didn't need to sit through a scene of watching her pee to find that out. I know in the long run it will lead to bigger problems, which should prove interesting to watch, but for the time being, it wasn't a moment like Shane's murder that left me surprised. And how was she able to find out so quickly? That must be one special pregnancy test.

I was pleased that Glenn received a few more lines of dialogue this week and even managed to find his own love interest. Hello, farmer's daughter! It was a humorous scene at the pharmacy as Glenn stumbled with his words and tried to explain picking up the condoms. Was their roll in the store something that could extend further or was it a one-time deal? It was interesting, Maggie's reasons behind choosing Glenn, mostly in the "it's the end of the world" philosophy or the fact that there simply aren't a lot of options. Which is true. The dating world is certainly a lot smaller.

Rick continued to be hard on himself, but he was bold enough to ask Hershel to allow them to stay. They really have found the perfect place and could coexist, but we all know that when something is too good to be true, it probably is. After all, why can't anyone go near that barn? Hershel is hiding something behind all of his religious views and calm but stern demeanor.

I am curious about what Rick placing his police outfit in the drawer will mean for him. It was a huge part of his identity, so will it change him into just one of the group? Will he still command a leadership? Much like everyone else, it seems that Rick is ready to step into the world of the morally grey. I'm not sure if he's going to like how it all plays out. Is giving up his role as the police officer a good thing? It could be only a matter of time before he starts making decisions like Shane.

In the end, "Cherokee Rose" simply fell flat. Where it could have started something new, it dragged out much of the old and tossed in some false suspense that amounted to guts everywhere and an abandoned house. As much as the show can take its time to develop the stories and characters, it also can't forget that important things need to take place each episode. Something has to drive the story forward and compel viewers to want to watch again.

Let's just hope there isn't any more zombie fishing anytime soon.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Maybe hershel is hiding family members that were turned in there. Could be why maggie was so upset when the well zombie was ripped apart and head smashed in. I think its odd with a world filled with zombies they have managed to live zombie free they even had time to have sex without seeing a single one

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Stephen I'm guessing she wrote the brand name. "Get me a Blue Bell single" or something. I don't know why she just didn't come out and say " I need a home pregnancy test" as he was going to find out anyway. And what if they didn't have that brand? It's another in a line of cheap contrivances the show goes to in an effort to amp up tension.
Colm, the comic doesn't have character development, with the exception of Rick's descent into madness. A character continues to play what they've always played in the books. Even Andrea's transformation from shrinking violet to bad ass played out in like one issue and then that's what she is for the rest of it. Lori was always whining. Carl, (the good, comics, Carl) was always as tough, and sometimes tougher, than his Dad. They don't spend an inordinate amount of time talking about their feelings.

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What I'd like to know is how do you say "Glenn, go get me a home pregnancy test" without saying "home pregnancy test"? I mean do those things have some complicated scientific name like "polycarbonate costamoisten" that everyone knows? Did she memorize the bar code and give it to Glenn? The scene would have been just as effective if she just wrote it down and they exchanged looks; Glenn being all surprised in the Pharmacy didn't make any dang sense. And I agree that the Sophia thing is getting dull. It's a character that no one is invested in, why are they doing an epic story arc around it?

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The ep was a little slow but, I guess you can't expect to have a high volicity episode every week, we have to see the other side of these people not just the survival part. What they are going through inside and what they are missing and needing, sort of a break. I liked it. Its one of my favorite shows...

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Auch... quit complaining about the character development, as anyone who has read the comics knows, character development is the bedrock of it. It is not all supposed to be shooting zombies but about how people survive in this world. I thought the episode was good for its purpose, which is setting the stage for what comes next. Loved the Glen-Maggie dialogue, Glen is much more likeable and realistic than in the comic books. The Well-Zombie scene I thought was deliberately campy verging on black comedy which works well on such a bleak show. It was like "The Three Stooges try to get a zombie out of a well and f_ck it up".

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@Dax....Nope! I thought the same thing! Lol

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ok i just had this thought but don't they have a bathroom she could have done the pee test in. wouldn't that have been a better option. she could have gotten rid of the test without anyone seeing it. i mean seriously let's just walk out into the middle of a field to take a pregnancy test with random zombies around and squat to take a pee test.

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Am I the only one who thought Lori had a yeast infection?

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I too must agree that the last minute and half was wasted on a woman urinating. Honestly, the time made up of her walking from the house, dodging people AND finding the time to squat and pee still would have NOT been enough time to get a response back from that test.
I think everyone can agree on the fact that it is Shane's baby. Honestly, regardless of the fact you thought your husband was dead, did you really think sleeping with his co-worker would solve anything? Considering the show is indeed set in the current year, she will still manage the effort to pull off the fact that it is Rick's baby, as I highly doubt they'll be able to perform an amniocentesis.
Overall, I seriously think that this show taking on a pregnancy storyline is an absolute waste of time. No good at all will come from this. If anything, she'll slow them all down. I say feed the bitch to the zombies if worse comes to worse.

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worlds fastest pregnancy test. bet all woman wish they were that fast. maybe in one of the next episodes someone will get curious and see what he is hiding in the barn. they really need to move on from the looking for Sophia thing. she should have just stayed where Rick told her to stay but no she had to run away. i don't know about the setting shop up at the farm. it doesn't really provide a way to further the story line and if they only have 6 episodes this time around they already spent most of them at the farm not doing much. move on from the farm already. where were they headed anyway. weren't they going to a military base.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

I believe this one bloomed for your little girl.

Daryl

Maggie: You got a girlfriend I don't know about?
Glenn: Me? No. No.
Maggie: Then you're a pretty confident guy.
Glenn: No. No. No. No. I wasn't... I would never...
Maggie: Is there something wrong with me?
Glenn: No. I, uh... I would never have sex, uh, I'm lost.

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