Before I start, I want lớn make it clear: I enjoyed The Walking Dead immensely và I still think it’s one of the best—if not the best—new television show this season. The character development in most episodes, including last night’s finale, remains *The Walking Dead’*s greatest strength. Zombies (or walkers, whatever you want to call them) are just zombies. Lifeless characters that have no personality whatsoever. So, for better or worse, it’s always up to lớn the living characters lớn guide the narrative. Think about it: in most stories where there is some sort of evil presence, the evil presence is quite often the most fascinating part. Zombies are not interesting. So, instead, the survivors have lớn be interesting—which The Walking Dead has managed to vị in its first six episodes. Those characters have khổng lồ remain interesting even when they spend the entire fucking season finale in a futuristic underground bunker with Dr. Asshole VonKnow-It-All (Yeah, this one’s going lớn get ugly).This might have been the silliest hour of television that I’ve ever watched. Let’s start with Shane: as his flashback showed, it looks like he did his best khổng lồ save Rick at the hospital. Fine. So why all the drama? Or, at least, why make the reveal so straightforward? Shane was overrun by walkers and the military while, at the same time, he thought Rick was dead. Well then, he wasn’t lying! Can we move on? Of course not. Last week Shane almost murdered Rick while out patrolling in the woods. This week—presumably safe và sound at the Centers for Disease Control—he pretty much rapes Lori in a wine-fueled rage. I mean, come on, how has Rick not caught onto their little tryst by now? His wife cries herself lớn sleep then, the next morning, Shane has deep scratch marks on his face. Shane’s excuse? “I must have scratched myself while I was asleep.” Yes, that seems lượt thích an absolutely logical explanation—hey, let’s eat!

Then there’s Dr. Asshole VonKnow-It-All, or, as he’s actually called on the show, Dr. Jenner. Everything about this character, including the premise, is terrible. As we find out, Dr. Jenner is the sole-surviving scientist at the locked down C.D.C. As it turns out, all of the other scientists either left the center lớn be with their families or they killed themselves. To lớn this I call bullshit! I know a few researches personally and have even attended their nerdy-scientist parties (granted, I fit in nicely at these parties—except for the whole not having a PhD bit). Every single one of these guys would geek-out at the prospect of trying to lớn come up with a cure for a disease that has affected the world. It’s lượt thích a slugger stepping up khổng lồ the plate with the bases loaded in the World Series with his team down by three runs. Deep down, I think that’s what these people dream about as they sleep with a big fat smile on their face. “I got to save the world!” I don’t buy for one second that only Dr. Jenner, half-heartedly, mind you, continued his research—and only because he made a promise to his wife, who was a victim of the disease.

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Oh, and then Jenner, after giving a medical explanation of walker symptoms—the brain is all but killed, only leaving the most basic of instincts—reveals lớn the group that the entire C.D.C. Will soon self-destruct và that everyone is trapped inside, “sorry folks.” When Rick protests the news that he would soon be incinerated, Jenner calmly reminds Rick that when the survivors entered the C.D.C., he warned them that the doors would never xuất hiện again. Of course, he neglected to mention that the entire place would soon explode but, hey, free booze!

Last week I half-heartedly joked that the C.D.C. Was basically just The Hatch from the second season of Lost. Well, it pretty much was a direct rip-off. An underground bunker that even has a countdown to lớn destruction. When Rick & Daryl were frantically trying to open the doors, I’m surprised one of them didn’t try entering 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, và 42 into the computer system. Thankfully, the group doesn’t spend almost an entire season underground in this bunker. Unfortunately, they vì chưng spend the entire last episode of the first season in an underground bunker. Why? Because Dr. Jenner is sad. He’s so sad, he wants to lớn be killed when the building self-destructs & he’s taken it upon himself to lớn bring this band of survivors with him.

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No matter how you slice it, this was a lousy episode. But I could have lived with it as a penultimate offering. I kind of like the fact that The Walking Dead doesn’t just constantly shove zombies down its viewers throat as a cop-out for bad storytelling. But the fact that this was a season finale— a season finale that I should mention was filmed before there was any guarantee of a second season—is unacceptable. Also, remember Merle? Remember the three-episode arc that focused on setting this guy up as a despicable human being, then the ill-advised rescue mission to find him?

Well, that was your ending: No mention of Merle and a show about zombies that ended, not running from a zombie, but running from a bomb.

I’m still looking forward lớn the second season, albeit with reservations. I think with only six episodes lớn work with in its first season, The Walking Dead rushed itself through a narrative that started so wonderfully paced in the first episode. With thirteen full episodes next season, I can assume that a lot of the faults of the first season can correct themselves. And since we now do know that there will be a second season, yes, the Merle storyline still awaits us, as does the secret of whatever it was that Jenner whispered into Rick’s ear, Lost in Translation-style, before the escape. So this first season finale didn’t necessarily kill any personal anticipation for a second season—it just left me with the most basic of instincts.