I find this new group of people very curious and interesting.
Besides all of that, tonight's episode was a fantastic example of how great this show does tension when it really commits itself. The entire 'chokepoint' aspect to the episode was meticulously crafted and had me on the edge of my seat, especially as Beta and Daryl finally met fists. Brutal all around, I suspect this is the first of many meetings between those two.
The rest of the episode filled out with the introduction of the Highway Men, who added an obstacle for those wanting to get to the fair over at The Kingdom. Just like a few weeks ago, it did feel a little bit distracting with how good the 'A' story was, but I was pleased with the final outcome as they weren't so bad after all. Who doesn't want to just sit down and watch a movie during the Apocalypse right?
And speaking of the soundtrack, The Whisperers' theme is already jaw dropping , now they've mixed the sound elements of the previous seasons and it is so good, it makes this whole conflicts in this arc feel fresh and epic, the story between Lydia and Henry is feeling better and better, I can actually see that they are playing a huge role in this arc, and the relationship between Connie and Daryl just keeps getting better and better.
The last bit not least, the confrontation between Daryl and Beta, this is a fantastic bowl if you ask me, the whole building sequences are shockingly great, the fight scene is very well done, comparing to those previous seasons' mayhems, this is really good, I like how they use the white veils for this scene, it's gruesomely brilliant.
The Highwayman's introduction is very cool, with the prosthetic body surrounding their own place is haunting but charming at the same time, but the Movie-surrender-conclusion is a bit awkward and out of place to me, though movies are a great thing and a amazing piece of art, and I get the whole building-a-better-world circumstances, but it still feels inconsistent, but nevertheless, this is still an amazing episode, I haven't seen The Walking Dead being this good for a long time.
Last weeks episode was good but by no means incredible. The one major thing it had going for it was that it introduced one of my all time favorite characters from the graphic novels, Beta! If I was excited about anything surrounding this episode it would be that he'd have a more prominent appearance.
Anyhow, the atmosphere of the abandoned apartment complex this episode takes place in was incredibly creepy, even without the whisperers thrown into the mix. When Beta and his crew did show up this atmosphere was only amplified for me. The fight scene between him and Daryl was one of the best fights throughout the shows run and the smaller conflict that happened before and after that was just as entertaining. Still, if I had one complaint it would be that Daryl should've gotten beat up a bit more. Having the character beaten to a pulp before eventually getting the upper hand would've been a great way to show just how intimidating Beta really was in my eyes. Just a minor flaw though.
We get to see how the fair is coming along in the B story, as well as The Kingdoms confrontation with the Highway Men. This was all very well executed in my eyes and I look forward to finding out more about these mysterious characters. Much better characters than those god forsaken garbage people might I add, with the exemption of Jadis/Ann maybe.
All in all another stellar episode for a stellar season! I can't wait for what's coming next. And if you read the comics you know what I'm talking about!
Good thing level headed Daryl was on time for Kissus Interruptus before Henry's sharp stick got him in trouble.
Beta telling a dying Whisperer that he will always be "one of us" was either foreshadowing the dude was about to contribute a new Whisperer mask or a nod to Tod Browning's Freaks "one of us, one of us".
If Alpha and Beta are considering cutting ties with Lydia, now would be a good time. Some things you just can't come back from and I doubt if she is going to be welcomed home like before.
Zeke really likes his tigers.
Dianne is getting a bigger role after many episodes as only a background character. Hmmm, as Han Solo would say, I have a bad feeling about this.
Carol wanting to negotiate first and kill second seemed confusing and inconsistent especially after her experiences with the Governor, Terminus and Negan to mention just a few.
Sorry but I'm just not buying into Tara being in charge as she exudes a serious lack of confidence and indecisiveness. The position to replace Maggie would be much better filled by Magna.
The Highwayman at first seemed legit, even for Civil War reenactors or whatever, until they gave in to Carol's demands just for a movie night. Really, that was something I would expect to see in Z Nation.
Daryl was most likely drawing upon how many times he promised himself as a kid that Merle would never kick his butt again when he had his epic fight with Beta.
All that was missing when Beta crashed through the wall was him yelling "Heres Johnny!"
Good thing Beta landed on that nice soft metal elevator roof after falling a few stories. Maybe he was a stunt man for the WWE pre-ZA.
Next episode is entitled scars, hopefully we learn how Michonne and Daryl got those X scars on their backs.
Other than the big fight things were only fair to midland (bad pun intended).
The Highwaymen are interesting and with them going to the kingdom for the fair.....i have a bad feeling about that. I think they are going to get tangled up in something they don't expect. (Comic reader know what happens) So it is going to be interesting to see what happens when the time comes.
So this was a really really good episode, so i am giving this a 10. Not just because it was a good episode but also to throw off the 1 and 2 start trolls
The Highwaymen reminds me of the The Minutemen from Fallout 4. They are unique and the leader seems like a great character. The fight between Daryl and Beta is something I've wanted and it came true and the choreography and everything was just perfect. Knowing that Norman and Ryan are good friends in real life made it so much better as you see that they are great actors and Ryan Hurst is killing it as Beta. Daryl and Connie is actually a great duo and I hope we get to see more of them as a team.
"Chokepoint" is an episode of "The Walking Dead" based on strategies. Daryl plots a scheme to get rid of a larger group of attackers. Carol and Ezekiel succeed to turn a gang of thieves into road protectors. And Henry proceeds in his stupidities that will certainly cost lives of the presently peaceful communities in the future episodes. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "Chokepoint"
This episode had a cringe moment for the ages, the movie response, come on Carol. Guys..... a movie?? Really?
Beta scenes were cool, Carol's movie line keeps bugging me so bad along with the Master of cringe,; Prince Henry. Hey Prince, I hope you become a martyr, its a good thing for the show, for everybody, trust me.
As I said before, last 4 episodes were great, especially the the last one, I've seen it twice, very creepy and very much alive and REAL , not so much this time,
Please bring back the sense of realism, and one last thing, Henry,( don't know your real name) and (nothing personal) but get another job, acting is dull, killing every scene, no hard feelings Prince.
Rest in peace along with all the cringe and bring the walking dead back to life.
7 for the cringey moments
Lydia mildly seducing Henry (and gain his trust) was a pretty good attempt with the kiss (she owns him now). I hope she is not another Delilah.
The scene at the Kingdom with the road warrior people was probably a bit over the top for some TWD fans. A "movie"? I didn't record the scene, but did the other people accept?
It would seem they was at a stalemate (or disadvantage) at the moment as the Kingdom miraculously had its warriors appear out of nowhere, and without making a sound.
It was in the spirit of giving peace a chance that Carol offered the move (if they would join them). I assume they accepted that offer and lived another day. The only thing that would have been the cherry on top of the cake is if somebody turned on the dance music and Jerry did a break dance in the middle of the floor! They spared us that scene because they cut to Tara (the new Michonne) and zombies attacking the new baby in the wagon and then a rescue from what looked like the road warriors working for that movie ticket at the upcoming festival.
Pretty soon the Kingdom will became civilization's new downtown.
OK...something bad has got to happen soon! We can't have all this happiness! If the Kingdom, Alexandria, the Hilltop and the Whisperers all meet at the Kingdom for the festival and it breaks into dancing and hip hop I am out of there.
This whole Whisp thing is just plain stupid. They put on Halloween masks and walk with the dead. Is that enough for them to hide with the dead? Anybody remember Rick and Glen getting all gut and bloody all over to do the same? No, I guess not. Not even the writers of this nonsense. Keep up the low IQ work, it only contributes to lowering the IQ of the viewer. Shame.
Kingdom. Jerry the Axman, aka Comic Relief, has a little booboo on his face. Apparently, some new dirtbags jumped Jer and took his little sword, and gave him a note demanding payment for the roads they control. They are, wait for it, The Highwaymen. Not the Highwayman of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristoperson, and Waylin Jennings. Now that would have been cool. These clowns are wearing civil war outfits, and it looks like they may be using revolutionary war muskets. Ok, so EZ, Carol Rambo and company with their bow and arrows surround the Highwayers hangout. Carol suggests negotiations. EZ is looking for blood. They go to negotiate. Carol offers them movie tickets in exchange for keeping the roads safe. What a joke. That is the only way I can enjoy this show at this point. As a comedy.
Hillys, Tara and company, on their way to the fair, a tree blocking their way. These brainiacs bring along the Whisp Baby. Zombies attack. They are saved by, wait for it, The Highwaymen. But again it's not Cash, Nelson, Kristoperson, or Jennings. Rather than civil war outfits, they should have dressed as Cash and Company.
They all make it to the Kingdom for the fair. Carol asks for O'Henry, and Tara says something to the effect that they should have been there by now. So, any normal person with basic survivor skills would probably think, what the hell are these idiots doing with a fair? Did we not see, da da, The Whisps? Jesus being killed? No worries, it's all normal, let's go to the fair with the paper mache tiger. So stupid. Unrealistic.
Best part of this episode was the Dar Beto fight. But even that was weak. Dar stabs Beto in the shoulder. No problem, Beto is super whisp, he just pulls it out and struts out like it's a scratch. This is a joke. You get stabbed, you're in pain, you're weak, you get the hell out of there. Not Beto. Beto is Super Whisp. He falls down many flights onto a soft landing of a heavy metal elevator with only a bloody lip. Give it up. If this stayed in the comics, or was a cartoon or claymation, that's one thing. But it's supposed to be real life, with zombies.
We have cheap plot device O'Henry, the dumbest character ever conceived in motion pictures. And now he's in love. O Boy. Imagine if this fool procreates.
The Highwaymen are ready to throw down and buckle for Movies? Take a look at Carol Rambo's dumb smiling face as she bribes the Higwayers. It's like she's talking to some little kids. What is this?
The only way to enjoy this is as a comedy. And watch a few zombie kills. The unintended/intended consequences of these shows is dumbing down of our society. Instead of coming up with intelligent tv, we have the producers of this crap paying the same hipsters wearing the zombie masks to come here and post praise. Good luck with that.