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'The Walking Dead' recap, 'Alone'

The Walking Dead (tv program)Sons of Anarchy (tv program)Zombie (movie)Jeff Kober

Sometimes, I can't quite tell if an episode of "The Walking Dead" is kind of slow, or if I'm just completely worn out from a weekend of existence.

Sunday night's new episode, "Alone," had me dozing off and drooling in my lap a bit.

Maybe it was because it was the second straight episode without main protagonist Rick Grimes, or because no main characters were killed off (I know that sounds ridiculous, but this is "The Walking Dead"), or because the characters are still just aimlessly floating around, slowly drifting in the general direction of this mysterious "Terminus."

This has the feel of earlier seasons, where the show is just killing time until the big season finale. We can only hope that the build up escalates next week with only three episodes remaining.

Sure, there was a lot of zombie carnage this week, but even that seemed kind of routine. Maggie was slaughtering them to use their guts as sign paint for goodness sakes.

There was some stuff in this episode, especially toward the end. The big questions we're left with are who kidnapped Beth, and who was that gang of armed scavengers who absorb Daryl? I know they were the same crew that ruined Rick Grimes' nap a few episodes ago, but what is their M.O. anyway? Could they be a recon crew from Terminus?

And what is Terminus? I hope it's a big, abandoned amusement park. And I hope everyone gets there soon. I don't get why it's taking so long. A bunch of people seem to want to get there, but it's taking forever. It's like, "Oh, how do I get to this mysterious safe haven?" Answer: You walk along these train tracks that you're standing on, Magellan.

I enjoyed Bob Stookey's flashback at the beginning of the episode. He was just pounding generic label nighttime sleep aid medicine like it was Wild Irish Rose.

That graveyard house that Daryl and Beth came across was also kind of intriguing, but not quite as creepy as the country club. Why was someone dressing up zombie carcasses in suits and dolling them up in make up?

Why was Maggie laying down between zombie corpses?

Why did Bob and Sasha French kiss and why have Daryl and Beth not?

Why did Daryl sleep in the casket like he lost a Casket Match?

Why did we have to listen to Beth sing again?

Ahh, now I'm getting all sleepy again...

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The one-eyed dog in this episode was named Dooley, and according to Talking Dead, it lost its eye saving its owner from a car jacker.
  • The leader of the gang which comes across Daryl is named Joe, played by 60-year-old Jeff Kober, best known for his role as the mayor in "Sons of Anarchy".
  • Other new members of the gang are Dan, Billy and Harley.
  • The song that plays during the opening sequence was "Blackbird Song" by Lee DeWyze.
  • This is the second straight episode without Rick Grimes or a human death.
  • Thanks to Walking Dead Wikia.

DID YOU NOTICE?

  • The tombstone that Daryl lays a Cherokee rose upon said "Beloved father" and was dated Nov. 12, 1837 - Dec. 10, 1874. Who was that old timer? Daryl's great grand papper?
  • The license plate on the car that presumably absconded with Beth read "XH6 781" and had a cross in the rear windshield. Quick, someone call the police!
  • During the flashback, Bob says that he killed one human, and he did so because "she" asked him to. Hmm...
  • Sasha reveals that she was a firefighter before the zombie apocalypse.

QUOTE BOARD

Beth: "Dang"

Daryl: "I don't think the good ones survive."

Sasha: "We get warnings, and the next time is on us."

Daryl: ""Peanut butter and jelly, diet soda and pigs feet: that's a rednecks feast right there."

Joe: "You see a man with a rifle, he could have been a photographer or a soccer coach back in the day. A bow man is a bow man."

Joe: "Suicide is stupid. Why hurt yourself when you can hurt other people?"

Winner: Joe

BEST ZOMBIE KILL

I liked it when Maggie was windmilling that sign around and decapitated that beastie. Maggie must be pretty buff, though, because she was swinging that sign around like it was a tennis racket. CGI much?

CREEPIEST ZOMBIE

Humm, I would have to say that sunken eyes man who was feasting on a corpse when Beth stepped into the trap.

DEATH COUNT

Zombies: The official count was 29, for 309 on the season. It kind of seemed like they just threw a bunch of zombie kills at us to appease us this week

Humans: I didn't see any, and its been awhile since any alive people have been terminated. We're stuck at 38 on the season. Maybe a few humans will die next week?

LINGERING QUESTIONS

What group were those guys who searched Rick's house from? Whose shoe did they find near the train tracks that made Beth cry? What book was Carl reading in the house? What book was Rick reading before those weirdos invaded the house? Who was on the other end of that radio transmission from earlier in the season? What is new with Morgan? Who kidnapped Beth? Whose grave did Daryl and Beth come across?

A look ahead to the next episode, "The Grove"

Everybody walks down the train tracks. Tyreese babysits the littl'uns. Is Terminus the Grove?

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