This week on where have they all gone we get to see more of Rick, Michonne and Carl and Glenn and Tara. We also get to meet a few new characters – Rosita Espinosa, Sgt. Abraham Ford and Dr. Eugene Porter. Apparently Porter can end the apocalypse if only they can get him to Washington. Macho stupidity has interfered with this plan. We’ve seen that before but usually not from Glenn.
The new additions were the most interesting part of the episode. I instantly liked Ford and he had the majority of good quotes in this episode. Rosita didn’t have much to say but is obviously her own woman even though Tara said that she would follow Abraham anywhere. She walked after Glenn and Tara without a second thought or a look back. Dr. Porter just creeps me out. If he is the saviour of the world I think we are all in trouble. And if the CDC and it counterparts around the world couldn’t figure it out I’m not sure Porter could. An important piece of news is that Washington has gone dead. Wouldn’t at least one of the bolts holes for the very important still exist? Maybe that is what Porter is hoping for. From Tara’s comment it seems that Ford has an ulterior motive for going to Washington. An interesting side story, that isn’t going anywhere for the moment.
The other lovely piece of this episode was the ‘new’ Michonne. It is obvious that she has changed and for the better. I was impressed with Danai Gurira’s acting yet again. Michonne’s movements and even her voice are lighter and more open. It’s like she has somehow become unfrozen. And in some ways she is even stronger. She found the walker baby and her family and was sad but not overcome. She told Carl about her son and could carry on. She has healed in some profound way.
In general, I found this episode too slow and coming from me that is saying something. I don’t mind a snail’s pace when we have character development but other than Michonne that didn’t really happen. We had Rick in dire straits but as soon as they left him in the house alone I knew that was going to happen. There were some really suspenseful moments when I thought Rick might be discovered or injured even more or that he might have to save Michonne and Carl but it really was more of the – ‘there are really bad people roaming around’. We now have Rick, Carl, Michonne, Carol, Tyreese, the girls and Judith on their way to Terminus. I imagine the rest of the season will be trying to get the remnants of the group on their way there and if we’re lucky the season finale will be a reunion.
Bits and Pieces
The sign Crook Rd. was obviously significant – a reference to the prison perhaps? The balloon was a nice touch.
Tara writing the directions on her hand was also a nice touch. I wondered what she was doing. She is so thoughtful and as Ford says - good.
How do you feel about soy milk? I’m with Carl. It’s terrible.
Food, batteries, water – I would put the water first. It must be hard to get.
About three hours by car is at least 100 miles. That is quite a walk.
Things I could live without – stupid brutes – what does that say about men? If I was a man I'd be offended by how men are portrayed. The family scene which I misinterpreted at first.
Ford: “Oh honey. Look at you. You’re a damned mess.”
Tara: “You smiled. You were smiling.”
Ford: “Well I’m the luckiest guy in the world.”
Michonne: “Do you have something to say about my extremely comfortable and attractive shirt?”
Michonne: “I’m done taking breaks.”
Michonne: “Toddlers find me funny.”
Lovely but now creepy sign - “Shhhh! Mae Mae is sleeping.”
Ford: “Son of a dick.” (I now have a new swear word)
Ford: “How in the holy hell did you possibly kill this truck?”
Doc: “A fully-amped up state and an ignorance of rapid-firing weapons.”
Doc: “Trust me, I’m smarter than you.”
Ford: “...saving the world is just more important.”