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10/13/14

The Walking Dead returns for season 5

Our buddy Glenn wishing he'd practiced restraint escapes...
If the first few minutes of last night's season opener didn't give you good motivation for practicing urban E&E/escaping from restraints, then you're probably in the wrong place. Some hard to watch stuff.

Good improvising of weaponry by Team Rick, too. With a little work, a belt buckle becomes makeshift Wolverine claws.


A standout scene for me was the conversation between with the captured baddie and Tyrese. The scumbag straight up points out how illogical it is that they haven't killed him yet--"Why am I still alive? How can that help you?" It shows TWD is aware, at least at times, of the character's seemingly senseless survival decisions. In the zombocolypse, you don't have the luxury of taking prisoners. Kill all those bad guys and let God sort 'em out.

Overall, solid, tense episode. Several great ass kicking moments from the good guys, and the show continues to have me on the edge of my seat waiting for characters to die at any moment.

What did you think? Did the episode get you thinking about anything? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Interesting from the standpoint of the 'good people/bad people' theme. Terminus' inhabitants, and Ricks team were in the same circumstance: at Terminus, thrown into box cars by bad guys, escape, kill bad guys....but the Terminus folks walked away from the experience changed into killers, and Ricks group escaped and...remained themselves? Its another example of how environment makes some people forsake their humanity and how others hold on to it. Although you could argue Ricks group is simply a group of killers who are more choosey about who they kill.

    Daryls reunion with Carol does nothing to dispel the possibility that he's actually gay. His greeting to her is like she's his mom, not his girlfriend.

    And, hey, Carol killed Tasha Yar from Star Trek!

    And we get character development showing Tyrese as the 'gentle giant' who doesnt want to kill but is a killing machine when he has to be.

    Good episode with enough grit to be suspenseful, but not outrageously over the top.

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    1. r.e. Daryl - apparently details will be revealed later on this season. He does have a big following amongst TWD's female fan base, so the choice to make him gay might be a disappointment to many. Carol is older, mom-like, and they've always had an awkward thing going on...

      r.e. whether Rick's group is another group of killers: Rick's group doesn't kill unless they are threatened, in which case they kill you just fine. They put themselves at risk to help others out time and time again, and the debate around whether or not to 'help' is a constant amongst the group.

      In contrast, the Terminus group lured in people looking for refuge, and brutally murdered, butchered and ate them. Pretty big difference.

      Didn't realize that lady was Tasha Yar!

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  2. My gosh, how many lives does Glenn have anyway ? That guy has got to the Walking Dead's 'mostest close calls for dying' champion.

    Bottle rocket in rifle barrel - quite the lucky shot, yes ? Carol kicked some serious butt in this episode, she really went all the way to help out Team Rick. And baby reunited with Rick and Carl - not a dry eye in the house! :^)

    Terminus logic - YOU ARE EITHER THE CATTLE OR THE BUTCHER. Some serious thought there, and people who are not grounded in religion - I can see that happening. People who don't consider their actions in the eyes of God when they pass on. That is one of my biggest concerns (especially with the younger generation), that when LEOs are no longer in control, what keeps the world from tilting on its axis ?

    Helluva great premiere - certainly got our money's worth of action.

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    1. Im pretty sure you can have a fine moral compass without having to believe in a deity. What keeps the world from titling on its axis is the number of folks who believe in being 'good' outnumbering or outgunning the number of folks who believe otherwise.

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    2. Commander nailed it. I'm agnostic but I know what Right and Wrong are without the fear of an afterlife of punishment.

      As to killing, life is precious and should never be taken if there is an alternative. But at the same time, it shouldn't be squandered. So I value my life (and my families) over yours. Threaten us and, especially in a survival/zombie situation, quite likely to shoot first and loot the bodies second.

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  3. We come in peace and you want to cut us to pieces. I think that pretty much says it all about this whole experience. The Terminus crowd lost their way and devolved into us against everyone regardless of right, wrong, good or bad. In their minds everyone was bad, and therefore a good meal. The argument by the dying, "it wasn't like this in the beginning" reminded me of Germany circa 1945! Yeah, it started out with some pretty noble ideas and then devolved into wholesale institutionalized killing. Glad they all got what they deserved, especially that whining cow in the “Candle Room”. There can be no redemption for those people. If any survive, they should be shot on-sight for their crimes.

    Rick's group, even in the throes of the walker overrun kept their humanity by risking their lives and freeing the other captives. Ultimately there is a huge difference between Rick's group and Terminus. Team Rick sought to coexist with the Terminus Group and took life only when needed. Go Team Rick!

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  4. the writer said that there was a method for choosing at Terminus. The refugees were offered barbecue. after they ate the barbecue they were asked if they like it, liked the place, people etc. You were then told that the barbecue was people; your reaction determined if you joined terminus, or were served as a meal.

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  5. Most exciting part. The return of MORGAN! Looking completely bad ass, and most importantly - sane again.
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    1. Wait - where was Morgan? I musta missed that one.

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    2. Morgan? Where?

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    3. After the credits finished, a short scene of him walking down the railway to terminus all covered up, then he stops and removes his mask to reveal his face. Not shown on pre-screenings for reviews but shown on regular release of episode. Apparently may pass through terminus remains and I hope he cleans up the remaining scumf&$ks. Including the "big man" Rick and company freed that got bit
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    4. No Morgan turned away from Terminus after reading Rick's muddy redo of the message that Terminus was not actually sanctuary. What is more interesting if you noticed is that someone is tracking Rick and company and putting a circled X on the trees as they go. Rick and group did not do this so they are being followed. Sets up for Morgan to come in after the followers and save the day.

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  6. Great episode, as usual.
    So my biggest question was, 'Why are they eating people when they could be growing food?'
    I would have to be insane to think that way, no matter how hungry.
    Desperate people do crazy things.
    Anyone out there know what human's taste like?

    Morgan showed up at the very end.

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    1. Dang - sounds like it was in the 'next week' preview at the end of the episode. We cut our cable a year ago, so I buy the episodes.

      Sure I can dig this up, though...

      Yep - here it is. Awesome!

      http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/spoilers-an-unexpected-return-episode-501-the-walking-dead-no-sanctuary

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    2. Ah. Yes. That was it. Just after the trailer .
      Interesting journey. From essentially unprepared for Teotw to setting up his zombie proof stronghold , but losing "it " to a degree trying to go solo. "No man is an Island" especially after TEOTW. They should do a backstory/ webisodes on where he's been to now - possibly tracking Rick n Co
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    3. There appeared to be some gardening going on but not on a large scale. The problem with gardening on a large scale is that you have to have more land and protect yourself on that land. The prison worked because of the fences and towers (for awhile) but very few places would allow this without tearing up large amounts of concrete. Also by luring people in they could increase their numbers with like minded folks (ie cannibals) and take anything they had of value.

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