The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 4: “Service” Review

Considering this episode was longer than usual, this review is going to be short and sweet, mostly because what I think is worth talking about can be contained.

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Having good focus on the Alexandria group after everything that happened in episode one was nice to see, even if their space is invaded by Negan who of course shows up earlier than expected.

Negan is aware of his power and that becomes abundantly clear when he hands Rick Lucile and casually walks into Alexandria. The fact that he leaves his precious bat behind shows that he knows that 1) the bat will be fine, 2) he’ll get it back, and 3) it won’t be used against him. He knows all of this because he knows Rick and others wouldn’t dare cross him, no matter how badly they want to. He even starts to test Rick, pushing all of his buttons, knowing full well that Rick still holds Lucile and could beat him at a moments notice.

Carl still continues to be the shining beacon. His scenes are some of my favourite so far this season, especially the ones with Negan. I can’t wait to see them interact more in the future, and if they ever do kill Negan off I need Carl to be the one to do it. Although with all those moments where it looked like Rick might actually hit Negan with Lucile I’m pretty sure they’re going to build up to him doing it, which makes sense, he is the main character after all, but it would be a deserving end to have Carl be the one to take down Negan.

When they mention that mixing Alexandria and Hilltop to fight back Negan wouldn’t work because the Saviors have more numbers, it actually gave me hope, mostly because they don’t know about the Kingdom yet. That probably won’t make up the numbers either but it will certainly help. I definitely think one person will take down Negan, but that will only happen once they’ve got a big enough Army to tackle the Saviors.

I feel like jumping around from place to place each episode could get a bit much, but if they’re careful it’ll make sure the audience stays interested this season because they’ll keep tuning in to find out what’s going on with each group especially if there’s been an episode or two break. Plus, it makes it more interesting when certain groups (in the case of episode 4, Alexandria and the Saviors) come together and have interactions.

One thing I’m looking forward to when we check back in with the Saviors is Daryl. He was very quiet and did everything he was told this episode, and it’ll be interesting to see how he acts away from the people of Alexandria. It was also a nice little moment when Rick walked a few paces after the truck, keeping his eyes on Daryl, as the Saviors left.

Another couple of things I’m looking forward to, this time with the Alexandria group, is what is Rosita up to. I want to know more of her plan, and where is Maggie? I can only guess she’s at Hilltop, and I have to assume that they’re keeping quiet about her being alive because of the baby, but there could be more to it, and I’m intrigued.

Overall this episode wasn’t bad. I really do feel that this season has been okay so far. I’ve only really had issues with the first episode (hence why the review was so long), but if this keeps up I might actually really enjoy this season! What do you think of it so far?

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 3: “The Cell” Review

THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.

This episode of the Walking Dead opens with a montage of Dwight collecting all the ingredients to make himself a sandwich. One of ways this is cool is that it does show you around the Savior community a little, giving you some layout and a way of how the characters are living, but at the same time, with that music playing over the top, I don’t really know what to think.

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Based on the fact that the whole pre-opening credit scenes were about Dwight gave enough indication that this episode would focus on him quite a bit. Honestly, going in I didn’t know what to expect. I remember Dwight showing up by the train tracks and I’d honestly forgotten who he was (as did my mum who I was watching with at the time), and it was only after somebody told me he was the one who took Daryl’s crossbow and bike that I remembered. He really didn’t stick with me, so going into this episode I wondered if I would care about him enough or even at all. I’ll say now, I did a little by the end of the episode.

After the opening credits we jump into Daryl inside of a dark cell with a song called “Easy Street” playing on a constant loop. It’s all clearly a way to break him, and we can see straight away that Daryl is very emotional. Possibly over Glenn, possibly over the fact he wasn’t very well before all of this, possibly for the constant music, possibly for all of it and more. At one point the music suddenly stops and Daryl lowers his head as if about to fall asleep when the music starts up again.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 2: “The Well” Review

This review contains spoilers.

Practically everything about this episode was different to episode 1. That’s not too surprising because a lot of shows, after a tough episode, will have a more lighthearted one. For that reason I wasn’t too surprise, but I do have mixed feelings on it which I will talk about a little bit later in review.

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I thought the opening shot was very cool. Seeing Carol being wheeled along, and seeing those two men on horseback. It already started to set the tone of what we might expect to see in the Kingdom. Having it fade to black and then cut back in to sudden chaos with the group being attacked by Walkers worked surprisingly well. It made me feel disorientated because of the sudden change, but then of course that’s how Carol must feel. One minute she’s dozing off on this cart, the next she’s on the floor and there’s chaos going on around her.

Carol’s hallucinations of seeing the Walkers as their human-selves was interesting. I’m wondering if it’s just a fever of some kind, or if it’s that mixed in with the idea that she’s starting to feel regret for all the choices she’s made (in killing real people), so now if she sees the Walkers as living people (even only for a split second) it’ll be harder for her to deal with them. Clearly she’s being reminded that although they are Walkers and they’re dangerous, they were also people once too.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 1: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” Review

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It came as no surprise that the show tried to drag out who had been killed in the season 6 finale as long as they possibly could. Although I believed, after seeing the finale, that they should have revealed who died, I was willing to suck it up and just wait for the premiere. However, this was under the impression that it would be revealed quickly, of course, it wasn’t, and I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t have revealed it sooner. Fans like myself weren’t itching to find out who died during the hiatus, or at least stopped wondering who it might be after a while. When I discovered (through spoilers before I’d seen the episode) who died I was not at all surprised or even impressed in some ways.

If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead I believe there are moments in this episodes that you will really enjoy and appreciate, but be aware, especially if you already have issues with the show, you might find things that really bother you.

Before I get into this I have to say I really appreciated the throwback to Dr Edwin Jenner in season 1 with the episode title. It was a simple way to show how much is changed and to perfectly frame how much the characters, especially Rick, have gone through.

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THE REST OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

I have also split this review into sections so it’s easier for you to find something specific.

THE PRE OPENING CREDIT SCENE.

The episode starts with the (seemingly) immediate aftermath consisting of a zoomed in shot of Rick’s face so we still can’t tell who has been Luciled. My biggest problem with this scene is Rick’s “I’ll kill you” comment. Okay, sure, it’s an emotional and horrific time and Rick isn’t one to shy away from challenging anyone who threatens him or his family, but it really was not the time. After seeing what Negan is capable of I think even Rick would know to keep his mouth shut, but sure, I can buy it if I have it. The real problem comes when Negan basically asks him to repeat himself and Rick continues to say “not today, not tomorrow, but I’m gonna kill you.”

Although he was clueless, season 1 Rick was very smart and tactful in very different ways. rick.pngThe show seems to have over the seasons taken him away from that, or at least tried to add to it. They’ve made him more reckless, arguably stronger, and more of a survivor, but in doing so, especially the first one, they’ve been made him kind of stupid. Sure season 1 Rick would have been out of his element here, but he would have known that no matter how much Negan deserves to die, in that situation, you keep your mouth shut, play your cards right, and wait for a more appropriate moment.

I will say, the first interesting moment for me came when Negan dragged Rick into the trailer. I haven’t reached that point in the comics where Negan is introduced, but I was very impressed with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal at the end of the last season. In that scene I remember why I liked him so much.

Although I’m a against dragging out who died, it was a good scene to have before the opening credits, all except for the last shot. What was the point in showing the gory remains of someone’s head if you’re not going to tell us who it is? Now, maybe there’s a clue in there that I missed, but it really doesn’t seem like it. It just felt like another attempt to remind us that there’s a death, but we’re going to have to hold out just a bit longer to find out who.

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