Of Zombies and Criminal Justice
Good morning Walking Dead fans, it’s a new week and finally a new episode worth writing about so here’re my musings on the proceedings for the liquor and peaches episode.
I couldn’t bring myself to write about last weeks episode because I found it boring, depressing and kind of annoying in a vague nebulous sort of way that I can’t wrap my amateur writing hands around.
Tyreese seems to be carrying the crazy card this season so far. That’s fine, I suppose someone has to carry it and while it annoys me I can rationalize it. Almost any survivor in TWD world should be mentally scarred at the very least by the horrors they’ve endured. I’ll also note that crazy Tyreese is still only a tenth as annoying as crazy Rick; possibly because crazy Tyreese isn’t leading a group that just coughs and looks at each other uncomfortably when he acts crazy. Still, he’s being confronted with it and Tyreese seems more likely to recover more quickly due to that than Rick did.
As if zombies didn’t suck enough now we have plague zombies; that sucks even more. I originally had serious problems with this murderous super flue that people have been keeling over from but I have gathered that it is modeled on actual super flues from history (primarily the Spanish flue) and that somewhat defangs my skepticism. Just because the dead are walking doesn’t mean humanity’s older scourges have laid down their arms and goodness knows the prison probably isn’t meeting first world standards of living conditions.
The houses that Carol and Rick are rooting around in don’t work for me. They look far too pristine. By this point the story time is running at least the better part of 2 years for the zombie apocalypse to have been going on yes? I think 2 year abandoned houses would be a lot more filthy.
I understand that the newbies that Carol and Rick found were only brought in to be killed again but did they have to make them such aw shucks likable characters? Why couldn’t Carol and Rick simply brought the two along with them on their foraging expedition directly? Two young adult bodies, even if one has a bum leg, would be a huge asset at the prison, especially considering their recent losses. Also how did the poor redshirt girl’s leg end up at the fence gate and the rest of her end up buffet across the street? Did an especially discerning walker throw it over there? Is there such thing as a foodie walker who won’t eat damaged limbs?
This brings me to the subject of a running irritation with me: the constant under appreciation the show has for human resources. More important that canned food or some tanks of gasoline human beings strike me as being one of the most important resources you can have in TWD world. Sure they consume food but a healthy adult can go out and scrounge up more or grow more. A healthy human adult can do a lot of productive things and when you have a society like the prison group where you have a surplus of unhealthy infirm adults or young children you should really be on the lookout for more adults to recruit. You should also try to preserve the ones’ you’ve got (I’m looking at you Carol)!
As to Carol, her confession was last episode but her justifications were this one and I’m sad to say they’re generally bunk. Shall we run down them?
-The “they were suffering I made it quick” line was bunk. Even as a callout the euthanasia it didn’t work because I severely doubt that Karen and David were pleading for death’s sweet embrace.
-The “I was protecting the group” line was double bunk. These people had been quarantined. Either the quarantine would be effective in which case killing them was pointless or the group had already been infected (this turned out to be the case) in which case killing them was pointless. The only thing Carol protected the group from was the eventual chance that these two healthy adults might have fought off the flue and resumed their rolls of being productive adults in the camp (and keeping Tyreese non-crazy).
-The “You were abdicating your leadership role so I was just filling the void” line was triple bunk. Yes the Ricktatorship was over but the prison had an apparently well functioning committee that had long since filled the void and was by all accounts doing a pretty good job. At the start of the season the prison community was looking pretty well run and pleasant. Carol didn’t have the right to unilaterally start murdering people because their sniffles freaked her out.
On the subject of “you have no authority” Rick heaving Carol out of the community is similarly idiotic. You’re not running things Rick and you’ve spent the whole season crying about how you don’t want to. Do you think this unilateral move is going to spread peace and congeniality in the prison community? Let’s tally it up. Darrel is gonna be furious; he obviously was very close to Carol and you just sent her off into the wilds with a backpack of scavenged peaches and a beat up station wagon? Tyreese is gonna be furious; Carol killed his girlfriend and another man and you gave him no say in the matter nor a chance to confront the murderer. Frankly I can’t think of a single character that should be okay with this. Everyone has known Carol since season one for fish’s sake! Argh! North’s hate of Rick Grimes continues apace this season apparently.
So what are all your thoughts on the latest episode or TWD in general?