I actually voted the episdoe as "good" rather than excellent. I just felt like it flew by so freaking fast, there were so many things happening, that there wasn't much time for anything but "BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!" Which, I mean, I love killing zombies, I love the action, but I just felt like the epi should have been stretched to an hour and a half to allow 10 minutes more or so for dialog. I dunno, it seems I'm in the minority. It was still a great episode, but I actually felt like Better Angels was better...more well rounded.
A few things:
Lori - ugh. Just...ugh. Maybe you should have WATCHED YOUR FREAKING KID! Frack, woman. I'm quite intrigued by her reaction to Shane being dead. On the one hand, I can see that she feels guilt for her little apology to Shane, and how that may have pushed him over the edge, forcing Rick to kill him. That she is slightly hysterical over yet another step in her wittle boy's departure from a normal childhood - killing one of his childhood idols. Yeah, that'll mess a kid up. But he WAS a walker. Soooo...get over it. On the other hand, when I saw her reaction to hearing "the news" my first thought was "she loved him! She was in love with Shane!" One thing I AM pretty certain of: that IS how Rick interpreted it. There was pain, disbelief and anger in Rick's eyes when he turned and faced Lori, and I felt like he was thinking the same thing as I first did: she loved him.
For people being pissed at Carl for being all blubbery over Shane...I can completely see why he'd be messed up over this! Carl is a kid, he is going to be fairly unaware of what was really going on between his dad and Shane. He had NO idea how nuts Shane was getting and how dangerous he was. I'll bet you anything he doesn't believe that Shane would actually try to kill Rick. So to him, his dad just murdered his idol in cold blood. That is a harsh reality for him to not only have lost Shane personally, but to realise that his dad killed him for non-walker reasons. I imagine he'll have to grow up some before he can really grasp how his dad had no choice.
Daryl saving Carol: be still my heart.
Seeing Daryl ride up on his bike like a knight in shining armour made me feel giddy. Then the "What do you want?!" question and the little discussion between them...I'll squee in private.
I was irritated by Carol in this epi though. I mean, I think she'll get over Rick's "betrayal" after she has had some time to digest. But thinking that her and Daryl are better off on their own is crazy. She should trust Rick a little more after all he has done, and tried to do, for her. Everyone else (besides good ol' Daryl of course) would have given up on Sophia long before Rick did.
I do get why people feel angry at Rick over him hiding what Jenner said. I think they'll get over it. I believe Rick should have told them, even if he told them he wasn't positive Jenner was right. But it doesn't change a whole heck of a lot that he DIDN'T tell them. It wouldn't have changed how they did anything. So they're all infected. OK. Doesn't really change much...when you are dead, I don't think you care whether you come back or not anyway. The only "dangerous" part, is that there could have been a situation where someone died in an accident or something where it would have been important to know that they'll rise again.
The Michonne thing was pretty 'meh'. I'll just wait to reserve any real judgement until I see more of her character. I thought the scene was fairly lame and just felt so....generic. Plus, I STILL don't get why her neutered zombies don't try to go after Andrea and herself constantly, even if they can't do any damage. "They're used to her" seems like a illogical (with this shows mythology) reasoning to me. Anyway. We shall see.
I can't believe Andrea got left behind! I just would have thought that her and Carol would have stuck together after Andrea came to save her! And then Carol was running around all by herself! I was kind of confused there.
I was glad Rick stood up for himself finally. People have been down on him since day one, they've never patted him on the back for anything he did right or for them, but they always pointed out any mistakes he made. It isn't like he's going to be against getting advice from Daryl or Herschel or Glen or whoever. But someone has to make the final decision, and I think Rick is as good as any. Good for him for saying "there's the door if you want out."
Cannot WAIT for season 3 though..
Edited by Creeper, 19 March 2012 - 03:58 AM.