Summary: Jim reveals he is bit. Andrea waits for Amy to come back ads a walker and kills her. Rick and Shane argue about what to do next and Shane is almost tempted to kill Rick. Eventually he sides with Rick and they choose to head to the CDC. They drop off Jim on the way so he can die on his own accord. Dr. Jenner is in the CDC working alone but he loses the last test sample. He prepares to kill himself but opens his doors to let in Rick's group.
The Good: The one sequence that didn't really fit in with the rest of the episode was the Jenner sequence, so it naturally felt like a breath of fresh air and was amongst the best parts of the episode. Seeing him struggle in isolation to try to save the world was powerful stuff and it was suitably sad when his test sample was destroyed. Worse yet was seeing him talking to nobody, clearly feeling miserable in his total isolation. And it's because of this that he takes pity on our group of survivors, as he chooses to be a better man and let in the group even though he knows he plans not to stay in the world much longer.
The main group moments were pretty good too. I liked the constant focus on the humanity with many small moments. Andrea staying with Amy and wanting her to at least be sort of living so she can say goodbye is really sad but it feels like the way a real person may handle the situation, even with the risk. Glenn wanting to bury their dead was another nice moment, even though I thought Steven Yeun's acting left a little to be desired when saying that line. I enjoyed Daryl still being upset about Merle and I also loved Rick's argument that they don't kill the living. As another scene with Shane showed, the temptation to kill in this world must be high but there needs to be some sort of morality to keep us engaged with the characters.
I loved Rick and Shane's conflict in this episode. Them arguing about where to go next and what to do with Jim felt real, since it is much more likely that not everyone would agree to do the same thing, and with a lack of actual rules in this world, it's easy to understand how there are a ton of potential decisions to be made. I really loved that Shane felt for just a little bit that maybe Rick has a freak accident and doesn't make it back from the forest. After all in a world with no rules, why not? It was a fascinating little moment which really amps up the tension with Shane since he is clearly a little unstable at the moment. I also liked that Daryl got a little involved too as he entertained the most barbaric possibilities in this world.
Rick calling Morgan was excellent too. I'm glad that the writers haven't forgotten about Morgan since he was the primary reason Rick went to the city anyways. I was glad that Rick left a message for Morgan when he left as well on the off chance that he came to the quarry.
There were a couple other good scenes too. I enjoyed Carol taking out her frustrations on Ed's corpse for the short amount of time it got. I also liked Dale and Andrea's talk, as it gave us more information on both characters. Jim's scared reaction to being bit was great too and his farewell was somewhat touching though we really didn't know him well at all.
The Bad: The characterization on this show still lacks. We are seeing that they are human, but no character feels particularly distinguishable. Everyone has like one significant trait but other than that they have no depth. We need to get more depth next season at least because it's hard to get too emotionally engaged the way things stand right now.
I wish there was more urgency when Amy rose up instead of everyone passively watching. They were all so concerned when Amy was dead but there was a weirdly limited reaction from everyone when she did come back.
How long did it take them to reach the CDC? They left the quarry in the morning and barely made it by nightfall. What took so long? They must have had like 8-10 hours to get there, but they took forever. What were they doing? They clearly weren't scavenging either since they apparently had no food or fuel by convenience.
The Unknown: Is Fort Benning still fortified? Or has it been whittled down like the CDC?
What happened to all the other scientists at the CDC? Did they die? Run away?
Best Moment: While I really enjoyed the Jenner scenes, I thought the moment of Shane momentarily tempted to kill Rick was really well done.
Character of the Episode: Shane.
Conclusion: This was a pretty good episode with some great moments, though the characterization problem prevents this from being truly excellent.
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