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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Walking Dead 6x14: Twice As Far

You know what I love seeing? People being mopey assholes. You know, people whining and complaining, being asses to each other for no good reason. It's really compelling television!

Guess what we get in the episode of The Walking Dead, Twice as Far? People being mopey assholes! At least some of them redeem themselves by the end but, boy, is it tough to watch while it's happening.

First we have Eugene and Abraham. Abraham notices Eugene newfound confidence. Eugene brings Abraham to a factory where he believes they can manufacture bullets. Abraham likes the idea. So far so good! (Although, bullet shortages is nothing this show has explored before or something the characters have talked about in any earnest but...whatever...)

But then things go downhill. A zombie shows up with melted metal covering its body acting as armor. Eugene really wants to take care of this zombie but seems incapable of realizing the challenges the metal poses. Since Eugene can't stab the zombie in the usual way but still tries to, Eugene finds himself in a bad situation. Abraham, of course, rescues Eugene. I suppose, things are still fine.

Well, things would be fine if Eugene didn't throw a hissy fit. Apparently Eugene felt a little emasculated and his feelings got hurt. So he yells at Abraham and kicks him out. Eugene, for someone who is supposed to be smart, you sure can be an idiot. There's nothing wrong with learning how to handle yourself but stay in your lane and know your roll. Abraham is a trained soldier with biceps the size of your head. He'll always be better at fighting than you. It's OK, you have your own uses. Alexandria needs you just as much as they need Abraham. Calm down.

That brings us to Rosita and Daryl. They're escorting Denise on a medical supply run. Unfortunately they're very grumpy about it. They don't want Denise with them and are very vocal about it. I'm not sure what their issue is. Denise, as well as a lot of people, need to learn to survive outside the walls. You never know when the shit will hit, a few weeks before? Daryl and Rosita are going to have to bring rookies out eventually and this seems as good of a time as any. But, regardless, Daryl is mopey, Rosita is mopey and they're being asses to each other and being asses to Denise for seemingly no good reason.

This all culminates in Denise yelling a lot of truths at Daryl and Rosita. Basically, she says the world is a very dangerous place and there are no real places to hide. Everyone is risking their lives all the time. So people need take risks, to grow and to learn. Taking the inexperienced out may or may not work out every time but it's the only way for people to move forward in the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately for Denise, today it does not work out for her.

This is The Walking Dead so no good deed goes unpunished. Denise gets arrowed through the eye. The culprit who shot the arrow? Dwight, the man Daryl helped escape from the Saviors only to have his motorcycle and crossbow stolen. Yup, that's right, Denise was shot with Daryl's crossbow.

Dwight has Eugene as a hostage so Daryl and Rosita can't retaliate. Abraham is hiding in the bushes but Eugene outs him. I was just about to get livid at Eugene for that but it was really a ploy by Eugene to distract Dwight so Eugene could get close enough to bite his dick. I'm dead serious about that.

With all the dick-biting going on, things get crazy, Abraham, Daryl and Rosita manage to turn the tide again Dwight and his crew. A lot of Dwight's men die but Dwight doesn't thanks to the magic of the main character force field. With the enemy retreating, Rosita, Daryl, Abraham and Eugene make their way back to Alexandria minus one doctor.

Other Thoughts:
Regardless of what you think about Morgan's pacifism, building a jail cell isn't a bad thing.

Daryl should know how to drive a stick shift. To be fair, I don't how to drive a stick...but I've never claimed to be Daryl.

I'm not a fan of mopey Daryl.

If I was scavenging, I'd grab everything that wasn't nailed down provided I could carry it.

So we get a bit of morbid environmental story telling. I believe somebody killed a infant to keep it quiet so as not to attract zombies. It's just odd that they'd write "hush" on the wall. I don't think the baby could read. I suppose they could have been crazy but...I'm skeptical.

So Denise says she sees a cooler in a car. Daryl and Rosita say to forget about it and then proceed to never look back at Denise until she's all the way to car.

But I'm with Denise, checking out the cooler is worth the risk. It was just a zombie in a car. Daryl or Rosita could've easily taken care of it.

Denise was inexperienced but I don't think that had to do with her demise. It's a shame. I liked her!

So, whose the doctor of Alexandria now?

So, Dwight had fled the Saviors, right? Did he start his own gang? When did he turn into a badass? What happened to his lady friend? Was he conning Daryl the whole time? So many questions...

It looks like Carol left Alexandria because she's sick of killing? Morgan should have gone with her then! Instead, Daryl goes after her, maybe?


  1. I gave up immediately after this episode. The arrow through Denise’s eye was my last straw. And haven’t regretted it since. I’d stopped before but always came back not more than one episode behind; the pull of having committed to an ongoing drama is strong — and so is knowing lots of your friends watch it, never mind the general zeitgeist. I wasn’t even sure I’d pick up this season last fall after the previous finale, yet I did and there were parts that I honestly thought were among the best the show’s given us. There was also dumb stuff: Rick, Daryl, and Jesus’ romp, for example, and the producers utterly yanking our collective chain with the Glenn thing not just in terms of how impossible it would’ve been for him to survive that situation but, way more egregiously to me, removing the actor’s name from the credits until the situation was finally revisited when actors’ names had traditionally been left in even when they didn’t appear. So with the show’s lack of respect for its audience clear, and too-frequent, mounting stupidity on the part of the characters, I had to wonder once again why I’d keep watching such a relentlessly bleak series whose every opportunity to offer fascinating stories of society being rebuilt in this world got skipped past or abruptly cut off. Denise and Eugene were both too reckless during this episode despite also having points to make that their companions dismissed, but that last straw, casually killing Denise to show us once again that nobody outside a holy trinity or thereabouts is safe, up for offing when you least expect it, even if it means breaking up a new relationship and ridding our group of its only doctor — frankly, I don’t need it weighing me down. Nothing about the show suggests that we’re headed towards anything other than unending trials and tribulations week after week, year after year. I have more quality television around than I can keep up with anyway.

    1. ^^This times, like, a thousand.

      I too have given up on the show - my last episode was actually, uh, "Two for the Road"? The Rick/Daryl/Jesus Romp episode. Not because it specifically was a tipping point, but because every time thereafter that my wife and I would sit down to watch TV, there was always something available that I wanted to watch more than the next episode. That, combined with, as you said, my general disdain for the show clearly not being interested in telling the kind of stories I want it to tell and my vague knowledge of what was coming in the rest of the season (including a season-ending cliffhanger of dickery on par with the Glen ruse) was enough to convince me to just walk away.

      My wife is still watching, and I have her give me verbal recaps after she finishes an episode, and frankly, I'm enjoying the show that way more than ever, even while I remain convinced walking away was the best decision (that's also why I'm going through and "catching up" on David's posts now).


    2. I’ve been totally content with my decision to drop the show. And I expect that once the premiere reveals who was on the end of Negan’s bat I’ll be even happier officially not buying into it any more.

  2. but it was really a ploy by Eugene to distract Dwight so Eugene could get close enough to bite his dick. I'm dead serious about that.

    I am both sad and glad I missed this...

    Regardless of what you think about Morgan's pacifism, building a jail cell isn't a bad thing.

    Yep, seems like a good thing to have.

    Daryl should know how to drive a stick shift.

    Right? That seems like an odd thing for him to be ignorant of, especially since he rides a back (so the idea of manually gear shifting isn't foreign to him).

    If I was scavenging, I'd grab everything that wasn't nailed down provided I could carry it.

    Right? You never know.

    It was just a zombie in a car. Daryl or Rosita could've easily taken care of it.

    As always, kill all zombies whenever possible at minimal risk to yourself!

    It's a shame. I liked her!

    Yeah, that is too bad. So many interesting stories to tell with her, all snuffed out in the name of the show's unending nihilism.


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