Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Walking Dead 4x16: A
So Terminus sucks. No one saw that one coming, right? Actually, I was probably more surprised than most. (That’s not to say I was actually surprised although I will say the reveal happened a little sooner than I expected.)
This is one of the times knowing the comic worked against me. Terminus is not in the comic but I thought it may take the place for another setting that wasn't inherently bad. But nope, it was just another rug being pulled out from our characters.
That happened and we also got a somewhat unsatisfactory conclusion to the Daryl/Joe’s gang subplot. It was satisfactory in that Joe’s gang got what they deserved (and Daryl called their code stupid) but I was hoping for a little more from Daryl on this. It really turned out that Daryl was just hanging out with them because it was something to do. Also, he appears to have zero inclination to at least try and look for Beth. (I know the possibility of finding her is remote but I’d at least like an effort.)
And really, that’s all that happened in the season finale. It wasn't a bad episode. We got some character growth from Carl and Rick. Carl is feeling some remorse and Rick is becoming more of a bad ass. We also finally got a look at the inside of Terminus. However, none of this felt like a big season ender.
Heck, we’re not even sure what Terminus is up to. I have a big suspicion (more on that below) but nothing’s been confirmed except that they like to keep prisoners in a rail car. Technically Rick was the aggressor towards the Terminus folk and theoretically Glenn and company could have also been aggressors. So maybe they've all been put in “prison” for good reason. I don't believe that. I'm just saying it's possible. My point is, we really don't know much about Terminus at all.
I once said that The Walking Dead’s best episodes are season openers and season finales. This finale didn't live up to my expectations. Blam, of Gentlemen of Leisure comments section fame (amongst other and almost certainly lesser things), said that this second half of the season feels like the first half of a season and the mid-season finale of this season felt like a season finale. If you followed all that, then know that I 100% agree with him. This would've been a fine mid-season finale but as a season finale it wasn't a game changer and it didn't get my juices flowing as much as I wanted it to.
This review is going up later than usual mostly because I got a little lazy on Sunday night and then all my energy got diverted to seething over the How I Met Your Mother finale and the lengthy comments I left in Teebore's review.
No, that's not a typo. Yes, this episode is titled "A" because...well, I have no idea why.
To put a bow on my review, I would have created some more prison stories for the first half of this season and then done the Governor stuff to end this season. Then this latter half of season four could have been the first half of season five.
So, yeah, the people at Terminus are totally cannibals, right? They keep people in the rail car as cattle. The meat they were serving is probably human meat which is why none of the Rick's group actually had a chance to eat the meat.
So, in the end, it’s Hershel’s fault that Rick became the farmer that pissed off Carl so much. Way to drive a wedge between a father and his son, Hershel! (Or, you know, Carl could have been more mature about things.)
So, Rick shows how to manipulate the environment to lure rabbits into a trap. Kind of like how someone could use train tracks to lure people to a trap...
I would’ve appreciated at least some attempt to save the random dude with glasses. That whole scene was staged weirdly, though. How did this guy get in that predicament? Why did he try to fend them off when there seemed to be a clear lane to run away? What was the point of this scene?
I appreciated that Daryl immediately came to Rick’s aid and wasn't conflicted about it.
Joe’s gang made Rick angry. You won’t like Rick when he’s angry.
I’m sure Carl will have a perfectly healthy reaction to seeing his dad brutally kill a gang of people.
I’ll be honest, though, for a fraction of a second I thought that they might actually kill off Daryl. Silly, I know.
Why the hell is Daryl being all cryptic with Rick about what happened to Beth? Plot?
It was appreciated that Rick and crew exercised some caution upon entering Terminus...for all the good it did them.
I feel like Rick could have gotten the information he needed while keeping himself safe for the time being by simply asking where the guy got his watch instead of immediately pulling a gun. You could ask, see if the answer is satisfactory and then try to snoop around to find the real answer or something. No need to escalate things so quickly.
I was going to criticize how terrible at shooting the Terminus people are but that was intentional for once! They were just herding their cattle.
I’ll be honest, though, for a fraction of a second I thought that they might actually kill off Carl. Silly, I know.
I am curious how Glenn and his crew got herded into the rail car.
On the Talking Dead they said Carl admitting that he felt like a monster is actually a step forward for him because it showed signs of guilt and remorse. Last season when Carl shot that boy he felt nothing. That’s actually a good point.
So, I bid adieu to The Walking Dead for this season. Teebore is still trying to recover from his caffeine pill addiction so I will actually be taking over reviewing Game of Thrones too. Your disappointment is understandable and I’ll apologize in advance for the boob counter I will be implementing.