Walking Dead Recap: A crossbow to the brain
Season 1/Episode 3: Tell It To The Frogs
Note: I was like a zombie with a half-attached jaw after starting my Monday with a largely unsuccessful dentist’s appointment. That’s my excuse for getting this to you late and short. My apologies. Next week will be different.
This week’s episode started off with panoramic views of Merle Dixon still handcuffed and trapped on the Atlanta department store roof.
T-bone padlocked the roof door before abandoning him, but it’s looking like that won’t keep the undead at bay for long…
Although Lori’s wracked with guilt about her indiscretions with Shane, she’s not ambivalent about her feelings for Rick. “I really thought I’d never see you again. I’m so sorry,” she tells him in lieu of a confession. Shane’s also wracked, but maybe more with frustration at his own crap luck than guilt.
The next morning at camp, the reunited Grimes clan and their not so merry band of fellow survivors are going about their domestic camping chores when Carl finds a zombie eating a raw deer continental breakfast. They kill him without ammo, which takes a lot of time and manpower. Daryl finally shows up with a bunch of squirrel meat, just in time to finish the zombie off by shooting his already decapitated head with a crossbow. Shane and Rick then tell Daryl his brother’s handcuffed to a roof back in Atlanta. Daryl goes ballistic but, to his credit, does not get all racialist. He’s going to rescue his brother, dagnabbit. T-Bone and Rick, feeling responsible, volunteer to go with. Lori and Shane are both incredulously pissed at this development. “Why would you risk your life for a douchebag like Meryl Dixon?” Shane asks. Rick brings up the lost bag of guns they now desperately need to bolster his argument and manages to coax Glenn into joining them as well.
Left behind daddy-less again, Carl goes frog catching with Shane. Lori’s none too happy about it. The Grimes family is now off limits to him, especially since Shane was the one who told her Rick was dead. Oof. And just when the guy was showing shades of likeability. Daryl Dixon’s turning out to be pretty likeable too, what with his squirrel catchin’, cross-bowin’, and sass talk. He brings an “ugly skank” zombie to another crossbow end as the Merle Dixon Rescue Crew make their way through the department store.
Back at the RV camp, Andrea tells off survivor Ed for beating his wife, Carol. Ed calls her “a college educated cooze,” then hits Carol in front of everyone so they’ll know exactly where he’s coming from. This gives Shane a good excuse to drop a frustration relieving solid beat down on Ed that leaves him near death. But he can’t be nearly as badly done in as Merle, who puts the survive in survivor when the closing shot reveals he cut off his own hand to escape from the roof to parts of Atlanta unknown.
With the exception of the introduction of Ed, who seems like another 2D redneck character cut from the same cloth as Merle Dixon, I thought this was another solid episode. Other than Ed, the casting was the real standout for me this time, with Steve Yuen’s Glenn, Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon, and Chandler Riggs’ Carl all turning in fun and moving back up performances to Andrew Lincoln’s still stand up Rick Grimes. And, even though he’s kind of a stereotypical trope, I can’t wait to see what happens to Merle. I hope for his sake he manages to find some more meth and that it’s not that difficult to snort with one hand. What did you guys think? What are you liking or not liking so much now that we’re halfway through the 1st Season?