Summary: Daryl goes out to look for Sophia and finds a clue but he falls off his horse, down a cliff. He has visions of Merle and is able to climb back up. Rick and Shane come into conflict about their differing views. Hershel isn't being told enough about what is going on around the farm. Glenn goes to the barn to have sex with Maggie but discovers that there are walkers inside.
The Good: The Daryl focus was pretty good and helped this episode avoid being a dud. We got to sympathize with him and take a character journey with him, developing him more and allowing us to understand what is truly in Daryl's heart. Now we understand that he's tough and gritty, with a good heart as he doesn't turn on Rick despite his inner ramblings with Merle. By having Daryl deal with this struggle and overcome while becoming a better person, we have become invested in his character and this show has finally appeared to crack characterization for one character.
The action scenes were pretty good too. I enjoyed the walker action scene not for tension (it's obvious Daryl will escape) but because of how it demonstrated Daryl's grit and ability to fight through whatever is thrown at him. It was a great way to get us to support and like him.
The Rick and Shane scenes were really good. They have an interesting dynamic as friends with wildly different methods of survival. I thought that their argument was really good because I could understand both sides and both guys felt like real people arguing about differing opinions. Thankfully this story feels like it has meaning too as this conflict feels important and meaningful with potential ramifications to the story coming when both guys end up blowing up at each other. I wish the other scenes this episode had that same purpose (see: The Bad).
I like the ending reveal with the walkers in the barn. It finally gives this season something to increase interest and maybe get the show rolling again.
The Bad: Unfortunately a lot of this episode doesn't feel important at all with 95% of it being filler. Nothing here advanced the plot with the exception of the ending reveal. The Hershel, Glenn and Lori storylines don't accomplish anything new from the last episode and that is very poor and showcases how much the show has slowed down, which has not played to any of the show's strengths in the first season.
A lot of these pointless storylines aren't good. Glenn and Maggie is pretty dumb because the show is treating Maggie like a 15 year old instead of the adult she is supposed to be. Furthermore, I still have no clue what her character is supposed to be, which makes it tough for me to care for her relationship with Glenn. I don't care much for Hershel's storyline of not being told anything either. It's obviously setting up the fact that he turns on his guests but it's not being done in a logical or interesting way. Lori's story doesn't progress at all and is pretty bland as well. Honestly Daryl's story is pretty much filler too because it doesn't move along the story at all.
There was one great dramatic scene where Andrea almost kills Daryl because he wobbled in like a walker. That had serious potential and it actually almost convinced me that Daryl died which is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, the scene was ruined because everyone was idiotic. First of all, it's just one walker which means that they have plenty of time to wait until they kill it, so why not tell Hershel? I hate that the group doesn't care for Hershel except Rick. Do they not realize that he can kick them out if he doesn't like them? Everyone seems foolish for pushing their luck and taking everything for granted which you would think would be the one thing everyone doesn't do seeing that they are in a zombie apocalypse. Additionally, I can't possibly buy Andrea shooting. What does she hope to gain? Why? It's stupid and it better lead into a storyline between Andrea and Daryl or it all becomes pointless drama which accomplishes nothing and only wastes our time.
The show is still reliant on these one on one conversation scenes and it's getting tiresome. There needs to be better ways to manage multiple characters.
The Unknown: What is Merle's fate? Where is he now?
How will Daryl feel towards Andrea shooting him? Will he have hostilities now?
Best Moment: I'll go with Daryl cussing out Merle and making it to the top of the cliff.
Character of the Episode: Daryl.
Conclusion: This was another meandering dud of an episode saved by a good Daryl storyline. The show needs to pick up again because it hasn't capitalized on season one appropriately.
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