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The Walking Dead: Still (2014)
Worst Episode of the Series So Far
First of all, I'm not one of those viewers who want non-stop action in The Walking Dead. On the contrary, the 3rd season (which was nothing but poorly choreographed action sequences)was my least favourite out of the three (and a half). This episode was one of the most boring to date. There was no story progression AT ALL in this episode. Here's what happened: Beth and Daryl start the episode, distant from each other personally, and end the episode with an understanding. Did they REALLY need to spend 45 minutes doing this? Nope. They could of cut out most of what was shown in this episode, as a lot of it was just them walking around without any dialog. Yes I understand the writers were going for character development, and I'm all for that. But there needs to be progression in the plot at least a LITTLE bit. The only part I liked about this episode, was Daryl's drunk rant, which is saying something because I hate Daryl's character. However it was quickly ruined by the out of place, awkward, cringey and creepy backward hug from Beth. A lot of Beth's dialog felt very forced and pretentious, and you can tell the writers are really trying to make Beth seem edgy but she just comes off as a brat (like Carl). I'm pretty sure a teenager in a zombie apocalypse wouldn't be so argumentative and disobedient. Really didn't like this episode. They need to get back to: Rick, Carl and Michonne...and Tyreese, Carol and the kids soon, because they are the only character's I'm interested in. Sadly, from what we've been shown of next episode, these characters wont be in it. I would say Glenn and co. but Eugene is the worst acted character I've seen...I face palmed. Also, UH OH he shot and destroyed the truck so now we're stuck in Georgia some more.
The Walking Dead: Live Bait (2013)
This episode was so unexpectedly different from what anyone expected and in my opinion, was for the good. I prefer the show when it's more to do with the characters and drama of the show as I am a huge Breaking Bad fan. Even though I hate comparing shows to each other, I think the quality in story telling was sensational in this episode and was on par with the standards of a normal Breaking Bad episode.
They way the writers were able to make you empathize with such a horrible human being (The Governor/ Phillip/ Brian) was very well done, and so were a lot of other things: the way the machine guns are heard in the background when the Governor is saving the girl (symbolizing he is still ruthless, as it calls back to the slaughter of his people), the symbolism used when talking about chess, and the way the girl The Governor meets looks like Maggie, reminding him of the horrible things he did to her.
Even though a very slow episode, one of my favorites of the season. I was never actually bored and only wanted it to continue.
The Walking Dead: Internment (2013)
A Sad Soul
By far the best episode of the season. One of the best episodes of the whole series and the scariest episode since the Pilot of this show! This episode had my face constantly cowering in fear behind my hands, not because of the walkers, but because of the possible and almost certain looking, deathly outcome for our main characters. Usually when a character gets a lot of screen time in an episode, they die. Which is why I was so certain Hershel was going to bite the dust. I'm glad to see Glenn still alive and I guess it couldn't hurt to still have Sasha.....for Tyreese!
The flu has temporarily been taken care of, and so now we need to make room for another story arch. The beginning of something that made this episode as scream worthy as it was.
The Governor is back...
I'm so excited as I thought he was a great character and was excellently portrayed by David Morrisey. The biggest cliffhanger the show has left me on!
The Walking Dead: Indifference (2013)
For Quiet Times
The first 3 episodes of this season, although slow, were very entertaining to watch and were very good episodes. This episode however was very dull. The reason why the previous episodes of season 4 were so good was because of the emotional side of the story. This episode didn't have that and left me feeling pretty bored throughout parts of the episode.
Don't get me wrong, it's a good episode, it just wasn't as good as a lot of others. For example, what was the point in the random strangers, Rick and Carol come across? All that it did was give Rick a new watch. The writers should of at least made the man come back with Rick.
However the character development for, Bob Stookey was really well done, and was one of the more interesting parts of the story. Rick's big decision at the end of the episode where he kicks Carol out of the group was also very interesting, and will live to be one of the more controversial moments in the series.
Overall, a bit of a filler episode (apart from most of the scenes with, Michonne, Tyreese and co.)and not very memorable, but one of the better filler episodes.
The Walking Dead: Isolation (2013)
The Only Thing You Can Choose
Another character developed episode and with each one, we see more and more of who these characters really are. I'm mostly referring to Rick, Hershel, Tyreese and especially Carol. It is very dramatic and a lot of this episode felt like a murder mystery, detective styled thriller which was a nice change to the series. A good thing about this season so far is that every episode so far has felt completely different from any in the whole series.
In the past there has been a lot of poor writing making most people hate certain characters (Lori and Andrea), however this season so far is incredibly well written in terms of character dialogue and character story arches making every character in one way or another likable. In my opinion of course.
This episode is a great addition for the already tense story that will make any fan of the show pleased.....and frightened for our favorite characters.
The Walking Dead: Infected (2013)
Under My Skin
In the premiere of season 4, we had an even mix of both action and character development. However in this episode, the writers decided to go for the more emotional route rather than just having the episode turn into a bloodbath.....and I absolutely loved it! There were some riveting action scenes in this episode (the D Block scene stands out the most)but the reason why I enjoyed this episode so much was the way it made me feel; with Rick in particular. There was so much emotion between the characters which is what made the episode feel so real.They seem to be doing a very interesting side story between the two little girls at the moment, that I'm guessing will play into the larger plot which I'm excited for. Also there's the new threat that needs to be addressed! I won't name what it is for people who want to read a review that isn't spoiler heavy but trust me....It doesn't look good for the group. The promos for the next episode suggests there are going to be A LOT of zombies so they really do seem to be doing this season justice in terms of pacing and keeping the show interesting. Just hope they can keep it up. This episode has been rated highly, and rightly so. It goes down as one of the shows best for me.
A Promising Start
After the finale of Season 3 a lot of people were left feeling very disappointed, including myself. However I'm happy to say that this episode definitely made the last episode worth while, seeing as some of the things they seem to be doing with the prison in this episode is very interesting. The Walking Dead has always had a pacing problem and the season premieres for seasons 2 and 3 are great examples of this. The season 2 premier was way too slow even though it had the highway scene and the season 3 premier was too fast showing us nothing about where the characters were mentally.
This season's however is incredibly well paced and gives a good introduction to what's new whilst still keeping me entertained. If the rest of the season can be as well paced as this episode then this will be the best season to date (and we still haven't seen the return of the governor!). The dialog was well written as well and felt very believable. The only gripe I have with this episode was the acting from a certain character that we see for the first time; a woman that seemed to have a pretty big effect on our protagonist, Rick Grimes. The acting was just not up to par and took me out of the experience for a bit (I did like her story line though).
Dexter: Remember the Monsters? (2013)
Mediocre final Season. But A Great Final Episode!
Overall, Season 8 has been disappointing. A good season, just not up to the expectations I was having. The last episode is definitely the best episode of season 8 (don't let the rating fool you) and redeemed the shows final season by quite a bit. Throughout parts of this episode I started to have panic attacks over some of the most emotional scenes in Dexter's history. The very last scene struck me by surprise and every other viewer as well. No one I've seen make predictions came anywhere near to accurate on the ending. I personally think that it gave the show justice, and helped me find closure within the whole series. Obviously there are going to be people who didn't like the way it ended so are just going to say it's a bad episode(hence the rating). I'm glad to see my second favorite show of all time end after 8 seasons, seeing as anymore would of just killed the whole thing. The conclusion to Dexter's story is complete, and a good story it was.
The season started off as one of the best seasons, up until episode 7 when Hannah Mckay came back into the story. They should of used her character more for revenge, not a love story between her and Dexter.
Also, the character Dr. Vogel seemed like a really creepy, interesting character that would bring in some dark, twisted story towards the end (I was thinking that she would have killed Harry, and made it look like a suicide). Instead however, they just turned her into a mother figure for Dexter.....yeah.
Overall, a great beginning to the season, followed by a bunch of terrible ones, making the season average at best. The last episode however, was poetic and beautiful.