Precious mem’ries how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness of the midnight
Precious, sacred scenes unfold…

Continued from part I of the season 4 premiere re-cap, found here:
http://walkingthewalkingdead.gonnageekhosting.com/2013/10/i-told-you-not-to-give-them-names-the-walking-dead-re-cap-season-4-premiere-30-days-without-an-accident-pt-i/

Any season premiere needs at least one BIG HUGE LOUD CRAZY action moment, and of course for season 4’s premiere that was the walkers dropping through the Big Spot ceiling like guano in a bat cave. To me, the scene didn’t quite have the “holy crap!” power of the walker herd down I-95 that opened season 2 or the prison raid in season 3, but it was a very cool memorable moment nonetheless. There was only one casualty, but who didn’t see Zach/Larry/Trevor’s demise coming after his not-good-bye moment with Stone Cold Beth Bundy? For all of the good stuff that TWD does, subtle fore-shadowing isn’t on the list; the writers typically take the Robin-Williams-Using-A-Jackhammer-In-A-Room-Full-of-Cymbals approach to foreshadowing. Sort of an ALL-CAPS mentality, like your Me-maw on Facebook:

SEE, GLENN IS LOOKING AT BABY STUFF BECAUSE HE THINKS MAGGIE IS PREGNANT!

SEE, NEW GUY BOB IS STARING AT THAT BOOZE BOTTLE BECAUSE HE IS AN ALCOHOLIC PROBABLY BATTLING POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER BECAUSE HE WAS A MEDIC IN THE ARMY!

LET’S MAKE SURE EVERYONE SEES THIS ONE WALKER WITH THE BLEEDING EYES OVER AND OVER AGAIN! AND THEN CUT TO THE DEAD PIG! SO EVERYONE GETS THAT THERE MIGHT BE A CONNECTION!

er, I just want to verify that you did indeed see me, OK?

er, I just want to verify that you did indeed see me, OK?

Ah yes, bleeding eyes and dead pigs…I love it when the show starts to look like a Nine Inch Nails video! Oh, and a dead newbie nerd…we barely got a chance to know McLovin before he goes all 28 Days Later on us in the shower.

(I can’t shake the feeling that Beth may have flirted with him earlier in the day).

Throughout the off-season we’ve heard about a new walker threat looming, and apparently it’s not just increased numbers but something that now affects the living as well. Is it air-borne? Pig-borne? Maybe THAT’s why you shouldn’t name them! GET IN THE HOUSE, VIOLET! This is setting us up very nicely for what should be a wild and bloody 2nd episode when newly-turned McLovin attacks from within the secure walls of Farmer Rick’s Happy Commune…can’t wait!
Until then, some thoughts:

  • Maybe it’s just her resemblance to Jamie Lee Curtis that appeals to me, but did anyone else think it was kinda hot when Carol turned story-time into Cutlery-and-Shanks 101?
  • It was great to see the return of that green Hyundai Product Placement hatchback…
  • Look at Sascha getting all bad@$$ with a katana blade! But can the show handle 2 strong black females with Samurai swords? For that matter, what about Tyrese & Bob co-existing, or have the writers finally figured out that they can have more than one strong black character of each sex at the same time? Going back to last season, the writers have set up Sascha as the strong one compared to her big brother Tyrese, who seems full of self-doubt. To me this fact — coupled with the fact she and Michonne sorta cancel each other out — makes Sascha a prime candidate to become a walker snack in the next episode. 
  • Not to be outdone by Michonne and Daryl’s choices of transportation that provides very little protection,  what are the odds that Glenn announces to the group he is going to start using  a pogo stick when they go on runs? Will Maggie don roller skates?
  • Personally, I think Violet was a great name for a pig.
  • And finally a note to Michonne: I see you are considering a trip to Macon, GA. Might I recommend you make a pit-stop at a restaurant called Steak Out? It’s a place that actually delivers steaks as well as some of the best, juiciest cheeseburgers ever…let me repeat: They bring delicious red meat to you. OK, there’s probably a good chance the place has been over-run by now and the delivery guy probably has bleeding eyes, but hey, it’s worth a shot…

 

See ya next week, yo!

See ya next week, yo!

Tune in later,
-jcs

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avatar J. Christopher Smith (10 Posts)

Chris is a lifelong fan of anything dark + macabre, beginning with the old classic black-and-white horror movies (that he had to sneak and stay up and watch) as well as campy TV fare such as The Addams Family, The Munsters, and The Night Stalker. That led at an early age to the writings of Stephen King and Peter Straub, then onward to the works of artists such as Edgar Allen Poe, Edward Gorey, Thomas Harris, Carl Hiaasen, Chuck Palahniuk, and of course, Dr Seuss. Chris was born + raised in Middle Tennessee, received his further education at Western Kentucky University, and currently lives among the moss-covered oaks of historic coastal Southeastern Georgia. In past lives he's been a long-haired bass player in college rock bands and an over-worked restaurant manager, but currently crunches numbers and curb-stomps spreadsheets for a Fortune 500 company. Chris enjoys spending time at his spooky marsh-front manor (dubbed the Monster Plantation or Monsta P) with his lovely wife Melanie, their dogs, and a monkey butler named Amos Moses.


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