February 25, 2013

Episode Review: THE WALKING DEAD, "I Ain't a Judas"

After two somewhat decent episodes, The Walking Dead stumbled a bit with "I Ain't a Judas" because it really didn't accomplish much of anything.

At the prison, Carl asked Rick to take a break and let Hershel and Daryl lead the group while everyone continued to debate on whether they should stay put or make a run for it before the Governor attacked again. The back-and-forth stalled when Andrea staggered up with a pet walker in tow, and she insisted that she was there to broker peace between the two groups, but Rick wasn't having it. Before she left, Carol suggested that she bed the Governor before killing him, which she was about to do until she backed out. Meanwhile, the Governor was building an army which could be strengthen by Tyreese and his group who were welcomed into Woodbury after they stumbled upon Andrea and Milton in the woods creating her guardian zombie.

Now, Carl asking Rick to step down for the good of the group was inherently and I'm interested to see where things go from here, but there was so much junk floating around along with some wheel-spinning that made me flashback to Season 2's lowest points. Admittedly, the fact that "Judas" was an Andrea-heavy episode didn't help matters because she's so unsympathetic at this point that most of her scenes fell flat. Add to that a lack of any real action and/or tension, and it all ended up being a little dull. That said, Tyreese's crew joining Woodbury was an unexpected twist that could payoff down the road.

Other Odds and Ends:
  • I'm sorry, but Andrea leading anything's ludicrous, and if she's the key to peace then give me endless war between the prison and Woodbury.
  • Carol telling Andrea to do the Governor and assassinating was icky.
  • Beth's quickly become my favorite character. I hope she sticks around for the long haul.
To be fair, "I Ain't a Judas" was not The Walking Dead at its worst, but it didn't really offer anything of substance to keep me engaged. I'm not saying that this show has to be non-stop craziness, but it does have to give me something to care about, and "Judas" didn't do that.


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