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September 3rd, 2014

The Walking Dead Episode 5 Review

The Walking Dead Episode 5 ReviewThere was a terrible moment during tonight’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead“. It was the moment during the previews for next week in which the voiceover said “…on the season finale of ‘The Walking Dead’”. This first season of the show about the end of humanity via zombie epidemic has been pretty captivating television. The best way I know to judge how great a show is that the hour sure seems to zip by, leaving me craving more.

The fifth episode, titled “Wildfire”, of this initial six episode season picked up after the midnight zombie attack on the survivor’s camp in the hills outside Atlanta. As Daryl walked from body to body, stabbing each corpse through the skull with his pickaxe, Andrea sat beside her sister Amy’s body. Now, I don’t know about you, but each second that passed had me on pins and needles. As we all know, when you are bitten by a zombie, it’s only a matter of time before you become a zombie and sister or not, you will want to eat her face off. Well, eventually, Amy did turn to a zombie. It was a fairly unique way for it to happen, as I expected her eyes to fly open and for her to immediately bite at Andrea. Instead, the transformation went slowly, as she struggled to breath, her eyes slowly opened, and then she began to bite at her sister. It was as if she had just woken up after a nap. Then, Andrea said a few words to her sister, held a gun to her head, and blew her brains out.

Yes, this show is definitely not for the faint of heart. It’s also not for the faint of stomach, as we were also treated to watching Carol bash in her dead husbands head with a pickaxe. It was one of the nastiest scenes I’ve seen and to one up that moment, the shock of discovering that Jim had been bitten during the zombie attack followed shortly thereafter. There is no doubt that many of these characters are not safe and could go at any time.

There are a few characters that are definitely safe, most notably Rick, Lori, Shane, and Carl. I’ve got a feeling that the four of them will be around for quite some time. If anything, the emerging power struggle between Rick and Shane needs to be explored further. After the attack and Jim’s bite, Rick suggests that the survivors head for the CDC in hopes of finding Jim some medical help. Shane wants to travel to an army base that is 100 miles from their camp and will require them to go through potentially dangerous zombie occupied territory. In an episode filled with interesting and intriguing moments, none were more intense than a walk that Rick and Shane took in the woods. After hearing a sound, the two of them split up to investigate and Shane trains the sights of his rifle on Rick. There is no doubt that he gave serious thoughts to shooting him, either to eliminate the threat to his leader role or to eliminate his competition with Amy. Really, it’s probably both. He was interrupted by Dale, who definitely noticed what Shane was doing.

Speaking of Dale, he has definitely become my favorite character on the show. He seems to have a fantastic little monologue to deliver in each episode. Right now, he is first on my list of Characters That Must Live.

It turns out that Rick was right about the CDC. There seems to be a scientist of some kind locked in the building, recording a webcam diary, as he does experiments on what might be zombie brains. This guy is definitely losing his noodle a bit, being trapped underground and all by himself for an undetermined amount of time.

Sadly, Rick was wrong about getting Jim help. After stopping for some repairs on Dale’s Winnebago, Jim tells Rick to leave him there. He sites the reason being that he wants to be with his family, who were killed and are now zombies wandering the countryside. So the survivors say goodbye to Jim and drive off, leaving him leaning under a tree on the side of the road. Mark my words: We’ll see Jim again, but sadly as a zombie.

Once the survivors arrive at the CDC, there is no doubt that there was some sort of large fight outside the facility. There are abandoned tanks and bodies strewn all over the ground, as the overwhelming buzz of flies swarms over them. The gang makes their way up to a locked door and panic ensues. Shane wants them to leave and head to the army base. Lori is asking Rick what to do. Daryl takes out a zombie with a shot from his crossbow. It was a seriously intense situation.

The unnamed scientist watches this hysteria on a security camera. As Rich bangs on the door screaming, “You’re killing us”, the scientist mutters, “Just go away.” He finally relents and the gate slowly opens, with a bright shining light falling on the survivors. Call me paranoid, but I get the feeling that light wasn’t signifying hope. I get the feeling that meeting up with scientists, especially one that just said he was thinking of blowing his own brains out, might be a bad idea. Let’s face it, this show isn’t about zombies, this show is about how human beings treat each other and when the chips are down, some people make bad decisions. Wonder if this show is going to show us the people that make the bad decisions?

So there is only one episode left. It’s great that we already know another season of “The Walking Dead” will be in store for us in 2011. The only question is how long are we going to have to wait and who won’t we see next season?




15 Comments


  1. Anonymous

    This is my favorite show since Heroes Season 1 (only, of course). It’s AMAZING; thanks for the review. I was confused about what Shane muttered to Dale in the forest, so if you know, holler.

    -Danny Dance of Dance Is A Feeling house music blog, http://danceisafeeling.com


  2. Anonymous

    I finally got around to watching this. I was with it till the end. Highly disappointing. The gang’s reaction to the doors being shuttered was melodramatic and stupid. Of freakin’ course the doors are going to be shuttered. Why are the characters being portrayed as idiots all of a sudden?

    Also, in the source material the origin of the “disease” or “outbreak” is yet to be explained, and it’s been like 5 years. It bothers me that they felt as if they had to explain things to keep people interested. Although it’s a major deviation from the story I’ve come to love it’s not the deviation that gets under my skin, it’s the cliche of it all. That’s probably why the original storytellers skipped that part, which is commendable imo.

    This might spell the end for this show as far as fans of the original series (and originality in general) go. We’ll see what the last episode offers, but if the crappy editing and story arch of this last episode (not to mention that Rick’s son Carl has played virtually no role at all whereas he’s an important character in the source material, which is compelling because he’s like 10 and killing people/zombies) is any indication they may as well quit while they’re ahead. Thumbs down.


    • Kllk

      no one likes you


      • Anonymous

        I love a good troll. When, if ever, you gain the ability to form your own opinions and use a keyboard to express them please leave a comment and let everyone know.


        • Mark

          I second that. No one likes you


        • Braguetto

          (No one likes you)³

          Well, i guess it was because you already knew the story, but man, just watch the show and enjoy it instead of searching for errors and mistakes. The show is awesome, the actors are doing a really good job. Everyone who dies I’m getting sad. Even when they left Merle behind I was like “shit, he didn’t deserve such a big punishment”.

          You say about Carl doing nothing: Imagine if it was you. You are a child, 10 years old, and there are freaking ZOMBIES everywhere. This is not a nightmare, this is real! I bet you would be crying and you would not be able to say anything. You would just want to be with your dad and your mom. Well, I would.

          And about the door being closed. You would be calm? “Well, let’s wait here, I guess he is sleeping. He will open the door for us.” Shit man, the zombies are getting close, it’s getting dark, you have no gas, no food. They have many reasons to freak out.


          • Anonymous

            Just my opinion as relates to the source material. I didn’t expect it to be the same, nor did I want it to be.

            The actors are good, yes.

            I agree about Carl being terrified etc., but he is forced to do things and is actually quite brave for a little kid in the original. Scared or not he has no choice but to act.

            I said the editing was bad because the RV broke down, Dale is telling Rick he’s “out of tape,” then they leave Jim and drive off without resolving their vehicle issues.

            They have lots of guns, and why would they have no food?

            They pull up to the CDC at dusk. There is no activity and bunches of fallen zombies. They weren’t sure if anyone would be there to begin with. If they were so concerned about nightfall, why wouldn’t they hunker down till morning? And then, deciding to go investigate the building at dusk, they find it secured. Duh. So within seconds they start yelling at the tops of their lungs about zombies knowing full well that noise attracts them.

            And there weren’t any zombies. Just one. I’m not looking for holes, it’s all right there. Watching this and saying to myself “that’s not supposed to happen!” and so on would be stupid. If it were like the original Shane would be dead, having been killed by Carl, and Lori would be American Indian (at least she looks that way). There would be no Merle, Rick would have only met Glen, not a group, in Atlanta, and there would be many other different things. None of that makes any difference to me because if it were the exactly the same it would be incredibly boring.

            I was enjoying the show up to this point. But unfortunately I know how smart the story and characters are supposed to be and all of a sudden aren’t. Project wildfire? Give me a break.


          • Anonymous

            Just my opinion as relates to the source material. I didn’t expect it to be the same, nor did I want it to be.

            The actors are good, yes.

            I agree about Carl being terrified etc., but he is forced to do things and is actually quite brave for a little kid in the original. Scared or not he has no choice but to act.

            I said the editing was bad because the RV broke down, Dale is telling Rick he’s “out of tape,” then they leave Jim and drive off without resolving their vehicle issues.

            They have lots of guns, and why would they have no food?

            They pull up to the CDC at dusk. There is no activity and bunches of fallen zombies. They weren’t sure if anyone would be there to begin with. If they were so concerned about nightfall, why wouldn’t they hunker down till morning? And then, deciding to go investigate the building at dusk, they find it secured. Duh. So within seconds they start yelling at the tops of their lungs about zombies knowing full well that noise attracts them.

            And there weren’t any zombies. Just one. I’m not looking for holes, it’s all right there. Watching this and saying to myself “that’s not supposed to happen!” and so on would be stupid. If it were like the original Shane would be dead, having been killed by Carl, and Lori would be American Indian (at least she looks that way). There would be no Merle, Rick would have only met Glen, not a group, in Atlanta, and there would be many other different things. None of that makes any difference to me because if it were the exactly the same it would be incredibly boring.

            I was enjoying the show up to this point. But unfortunately I know how smart the story and characters are supposed to be and all of a sudden aren’t. Project wildfire? Give me a break.


          • HM63

            In regards to the editing, i agree that it was kind of weird how they brought up the problem of no tape and then didn’t really confront it. But if you think about it in one the previous scenes rick uses duct tape to tape the note and map to the dodge charger for that black friend from the beginning. My only guess as to how they kept going was that they used the rest of that tape. And i think the reason they were panicking was because they were already seeing zombies (granted it was just one) and wanted to get out before more showed up. I like the show a lot and can’t wait for the season finale.


          • Anonymous

            Hm, I took the tape thing to be metaphor, but you may be right.

            Another way to look at the “freak out” at the CDC building is that Shane really didn’t want to go to begin with (he was considering killing Rick in the woods after all) and began instigating the others. Group mentality and so on.

            The show has been great so far, my disappointment over the conclusion of this episode may be completely unwarranted. The finale may be brilliant. But the way it appears is that it’s being set up to be very generic by telling the same story that’s already been told many times before. It appears the producers would rather satisfy the mainstream then remain original. Explaining the origin of the “outbreak” in the way it seems they are going to is, well, generic. A cure for a disease gone wrong? A biological weapon accidentally released? Alien DNA? There’s only so many ways they can go now that they’ve chosen this route. Again, this may not be the case though, and I hope it isn’t.

            Then again I may be wrong altogether and the government had nothing to do with it. Just because it was given a name, Wildfire, doesn’t necessarily mean they unleashed it. The scientist did after all say they “collected” the samples rather than created them, so maybe I’m reading it wrong to begin with. Perhaps the scientist really knows nothing at all about the origin of the outbreak. I guess we’ll all find out next week!

            I appreciate you sharing your opinion rather than hurling insults :) To everyone else, I apologize that I have read the books and have an extra layer of material to draw from. If they did not want comparisons to be drawn perhaps they should have not based it on something that already exists? And for that matter, honestly, maybe all this did happen and I’ve just forgotten. It was a long time ago!


          • The timing of the scene was a bit awkward, but … two members of the group drove down the road to see what the gas station in the distance had to offer, in the way of parts, while the scene with Jim unfolded. I figured that was a done deal, and I am okay with not seeing the dramatic hose repair scene. I just figured they found the part they were looking for and were able to continue on … but without Jim, per his request.


  3. Anon

    @dannydance: Shane tried to fob Dale off the scent that he’s a control freak and that he wanted to blow his Rick’s head off by pretending he thought for a second Rick was a zombie. He said something along the lines of “whoa, that was close – we might have to start wearing hi-vis vests or something bad might happen” ;) hahaha lame-o excuse.


  4. I am so excited every time I watch The Walking Dead episodes I love this series so much!


  5. Gsxrnomad

    So with all the gun shops in America these guys don’t go shopping? It’s a great show that I just fell onto so I have to catch up but I don’t get the lack of firepower. I’m hoping I can see eps on line to get my answer.


    • creeves3

      Entering population centers would be dangerous. Given Shane’s defensive strategy, the options for raiding would be limited. Gun shops tend to be well secured so access is a problem.



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