Beth tries to remain hopeful. Tyreese, Lizzie and Mika run into a familiar face. Glenn and Maggie struggle to cope without each other.Beth tries to remain hopeful. Tyreese, Lizzie and Mika run into a familiar face. Glenn and Maggie struggle to cope without each other.Beth tries to remain hopeful. Tyreese, Lizzie and Mika run into a familiar face. Glenn and Maggie struggle to cope without each other.
Season 4's tenth episode "Inmates", more eventful and gutsy than the previous episode "After" (while that was far from a bad episode this was an improvement) if not the adrenaline rush of other episodes before and since, does lack other episodes's tautness but it is still a very well done episode. It is yet again a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is a thought-provoking episode with some tension and emotion, though these two are stronger in previous and later episodes.
It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.
Maybe "Inmates" has spots where it is too coincidence and convenience reliant (especially with Carol) and the storytelling is more set up rather than advancing or properly building upon what was previously seen, if not quite filler.
Occasionally momentum is not always there, especially in the more exposition-oriented parts that didn't feel as focused in quality. More bolder risk taking may have helped.
Like all the episodes of the show however, "Inmates" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.
The writing is intelligent and thought-provoking, a bit heavy on the talk at times but intrigues still, with lots of slow-burning tension and emotional resonance and shows signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful parts are suitably uncompromising.
Appreciated the story generally, where there is never the mistake of being confused or over-stuffed, and characterisation, which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is rarely dull or rushed with a mix of alertness and breathing, with some intensity in the more tense parts. The character writing and the character interactions are very compelling, even if not growing or illuminating in this regard as others before and since. Daryl and Tyreese are very well done and Beth is the most interesting she's been in a long time. Great to see Carol back.
Everything is nicely paced without rushing through the more important parts, not exactly taut all the time but not dull. The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted, here Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus are noteworthy.
Altogether, very well done. 8/10 Bethany Cox
- Sep 18, 2018