Episode 2 review (there are spoilers)

After the premiere you can only expect this show to take off running.  It was a build up to introducing such a crazy scary world that these people are living in.  Rick is in Atlanta surrounded by zombies but we open at the camp of survivors.  This episode is really setting up the camp people and their relationships with each other.  You have to think these people have spent how many days with each other already.  They are starting to get to know one another and ultimately getting involved.  If it was the end of the world who would you want to be stuck with?  Strangers have no reason to be mean or hide who they are with each other anymore.  Not only that but lust becomes a thing of necessity.  I can only imagine being so overrun with survival and pushing your needs aside to the point that it becomes inevitable to act on desires that you may have pushed away in a civilized world.  Your primal brain begins to overtake and civility can deteriorate over time.

The normal rules don’t apply anymore.  How can you survive together in a world that has new rules?  Primal rules.  Leaders will be leaders and the rest will follow.  Rick is a natural leader and he pushes to the front and takes the reigns.  His former partner, Shane, is another leader type.  Level headed enough to see that emotions can get you killed.  Others will fall back into their natural states of being.  Lori, Rick’s wife, has already found a replacement and a new father figure for her son.  And honestly why shouldn’t she?  There are conflicts within the smaller group in the city that don’t seem to be more then their former selves not coming to terms with the new reality they all face.  They are holding onto the past and instead need to adapt to a new way of thinking.  At this point everyone is on a level playing field and if you can’t bring something to the table you may be left behind.

You not only learn this but you are also learning more about what this ‘walkers’ are capable of.  It is interesting to see that they are even using tools to get what they want.  The glass in the front of the story is broken eventually by a walker with a rock in his hand.  They are attracted to sound and smell.  There is a great scene where Rick and Glenn walk through the crowded streets of walkers and covered in the guts and blood of one of the dead.  They have to hack up a dead guy and pull him apart to spread on themselves.  Rick pulls out his wallet.  He does this as a sense of memorial to the dead he has to hack up and uses it as a means to make it ok because without Wayne they could not live.  It is graphic and disgusting for the sounds you hear.  Once the two get onto the streets to find transportation the walkers don’t seem to notice as long as there are not any sudden movements.  It isn’t until an inconvenient rain causes more problems because their ‘death scent’ is washed away.

They get the cars and now it is time to escape.  Merle ends up getting left behind and as a last chance hope of humility the door is locked with a chain and a padlock.  At least if he is going to get left behind then he can stand a chance to live another day.  It is sad for the fact that you kind of root for him to be left behind and for dead, but he still is a victim of this savage lifestyle.  No one deserves to be left for dead and turn into one of these not dead.  There is nothing saying they should take him with them but you kind of feel for the guy.  When the key is shown to him and he knows his life is in the hands of the guy he beat up you see in his face you already knew he was going to get left behind.

You get left with a few mixed feelings at the end of this episode.  You feel upset for Merle and the fact that he was so upset and primal in his fear to be left behind.  Then you also feel triumph for the rest of them getting out alive.  There is a victory that comes in a red sports car.  You have to imagine that Glenn must be so ecstatic about not only winning something against the walkers but getting rid of some tension by driving off in a bleeping car out of the city.  Unstoppable and uncatchable.

Next time.. You get to enjoy when Rick gets reunited with his lost wife and son and that dynamic.

Stay tuned next time.. same bat time.. same bat channel

Jess