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Bobby Pope

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The Walking Dead Review: What's in the Barn?

What a disappointment this season has been. The writers have been lazy as hell. Yea, I get the whole philosophical dilemma of ‘how long should we search' regarding Sophia. Shane said it best when he said, ‘in the past we would stopped looking after 72 hours.’ Okay. We get it. However, it appears the writers (and other reviews on this page) think it takes all season to drive this point home. Well, guys- it doesn’t. Better shows can create this mood in two episodes. Sadly, most of this season has been filler. From irrelevant scenes that changed nothing regarding the story line to scenes that zapped whatever common since our protagonists SHOULD have had - It’s just been shamelessly bad. Little do the writers know that when Hershel says, “It’s a wonder you guys have survived this long� that most of us bitterly agreed.

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I didn’t really care for the first two episodes (too soap opera and too much screen time with the two women at each other’s throats). This episode was going to be my last. However, I think I’ll follow it now. I thought this episode was genuinely sweet and engaging. I think the dialogue is a bit wooden and I often feel I’m watching a high school play due to its pace, spot on cues and set pieces. However, this one brought some adventure, some surprises and was a bit heartbreaking. It’s no Walking Dead. But I’m engaged and happy about it. Looking forward to following it…

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I think this is the best show on television. However, I’m getting a bit nervous with how the writers are portraying character decision making. I mean, nobody on the show is looking for guns and/or driving off in better cars. Any good hick from Georgia would have looted every house on the way (enough rifles in those homes to supply a third world country) and dumped the crap RV and other junk cars for sturdier ones (how many RV’s, armed Army cars, and better gas millage auto’s have they passed by?) as they still cipher gas and tear out hoses from better cars. It’s a common since thing. I was bummed that Otis died. I felt the actor showed more genuine emotion and grief (just in his expressions and body language) than any actor on the series (with their contrived mini drama bouts). Actually, I’m starting to care more for the people on the farm then our regular protagonists- which is fine. I am assuming they are setting up Shane as a character who ‘breaks’ (probably goes nuts) due to losing the girl, her kid and killing a good guy (when he could have shot himself). Because they’ve set him up as a character with supposed integrity (and he probably thought he had some)- that he’s now questioning his existence, his sanity, his choice in killing Otis and whatever else… I’m thinking he ‘snaps’ sometime late November. Besides that, I liked Sundays show and I’m looking forward to seeing how far they take it… I just hope they start making choices that most of us would make (I think) regarding survival.

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