As Deanna throws a party for the new arrivals, Carol comes up with a plan to get the group's weapons back. Meanwhile, Daryl bonds with Aaron, and Sasha struggles to cope.As Deanna throws a party for the new arrivals, Carol comes up with a plan to get the group's weapons back. Meanwhile, Daryl bonds with Aaron, and Sasha struggles to cope.As Deanna throws a party for the new arrivals, Carol comes up with a plan to get the group's weapons back. Meanwhile, Daryl bonds with Aaron, and Sasha struggles to cope.
Season 5 may not quite be as consistent as the previous four seasons, with a small lapse in quality in the episodes, which were still more than worthwhile and well above average despite an understandably divisive critical reaction, between "Four Walls and a Roof" and "The Distance". But at its best, like the first three episodes of the season and the previous two episodes, it still intrigued and amazed. Overall, it was a solid season. After two such exceptional episodes, there is an enormous amount to recommend about "Forget" but couldn't help thinking that it was a little bit of a disappointment and less of a return to form than the previous two episodes were. It's still a very good episode in my opinion and not to be forgotten, the good qualities are many and they are great.
"Forget" is one of those episodes that is a bit on the slow side, with some not so eventful stretches, and it did for me lack tension at times.
While Sasha had a big scene that was one of the highlights of the episode, she until this point had not been the most developed or meatiest of characters, so some might consider initially the scene slightly out of the blue. Some may dismiss "Forget" as not being the most story-advancing of episodes and as a filler episode.
There is however so much that works about "Forget". The character development does advance and become richer, both significantly in ways one does not expect and with plenty of subtle touches and little things. Appreciated the quieter and more reflective tone on the most part and that it didn't feel over-stuffed, it was also very touching and above all human. It was a change of pace and a pretty good job was done on that front, it is very understated but at the same time equally confident. While previous events of the season aren't advanced as such, there is some nice foreshadowing and setting up what's to come and even some harkening back. Two scenes stood out. Despite any initial reservations, Sasha's breakdown was very poignant and many will relate, even if for some this was the first time they properly notice her that scene and her development in this episode was necessary. Making even more of an impression was the scene between Carol and Sam, showing a darker side to Carol that was so unexpected and it was quite scary and makes one feel uncomfortable in a good way. The Daryl and Aaron subplot was intriguing and did have some tension, and am loving what they are doing with the Alexandria setting, which already feels and seems like a community and that is really great to see.
As one expects, "Forget" is another superbly made episode. It has gritty and audacious production design, visuals that are well crafted and have soul rather than being overused and abused and photography of almost cinematic quality. The music is haunting and affecting, without being intrusive. The direction is controlled yet alert and the acting is never less than great, the best performances coming from Norman Reedus commanding the screen beautifully, a heartfelt Sonequa Martin-Green and best of all an unexpectedly but thrillingly intense Melissa McBride. Writing is thought-provoking while also taut.
On the whole, didn't blow me away but very good and even though not continuing the return to form standard it's a step in the right direction. 8/10
- Apr 14, 2019