Rick and our group have found civilization but is civilization even possible anymore? If it is, can our group return to their civilized selves or would they even want to?
Alexandria is the perfect situation. It was a planned, self-sustaining community that, during the crisis, was set up with supplies for evacuees. Again, luck has played a big role in survival as there just happened to be large steel plates from a shopping mall under construction nearby and an professor of architecture to figure out how to best build the walls. In another stroke of luck (well, not for the evacuees), most of Northern Virginia was effectively evacuated so there are few people or walkers to use up resources or make life difficult.
This 'perfect' situation has a down side. As Carl observes, the people here are weak. They have certainly faced adversity but not life on 'the outside' for any extended period of time. They really don't understand how the world has changed and they don't have the skills to live outside their walls. Deanna is smart enough to know that they need Rick's group. They need them and they need their skills. I liked Deanna. She's smart, no-nonsense and she is more aware of the community's situation than most. Her son, Aidan, is a self-proclaimed douche bag who thinks he knows much more than he does. I'm concerned that his ignorance will get one of our group hurt or killed. The rest of the townspeople we met seemed to be 'babes in the wood'. Enid seems to be an interesting exception.
Our group is having some difficulty adjusting. Rick certainly looks more civilized but he is ready to take the place down if necessary. Being a constable, along with Michonne, gives them a certain amount of power and access that could be useful. Carol was creepy and hilarious. As an abused woman she has played the part of a dutiful wife before and now she is using it to camouflage her strength. I almost laughed when she had trouble taking off her gun. She smiled way too much. I wonder if Deanna managed to read her accurately. Carol is planning to be the ace in the hole.
I felt terrible for Daryl. He has been the one who has been most at home in the new world but he does not fit in this kind of civilization. While Rick and Lori may have looked at these kinds of houses as a dream for the future, such houses were never a part of Daryl's reality. He mistrusted them and the people in them before the apocalypse and I'm pretty sure that cops were not Daryl's favourite people either. Daryl does not want to be in Alexandria but he is staying for his family.
The sense of the ludicrous continued in this episode. Running water and electricity would be important but cocktail shakers? Video games? Aidan's claim that he had been in the ROTC and therefore was equipped for this new world just seemed ridiculous (I really enjoyed it when Glenn leveled him). If this community is going to survive, people need to be trained and 'civilization' needs to be different. Trying to recapture or hold on to what once was seems, to me, a recipe for disaster.
Bits and Pieces
In facial hair news, Rick's beard and all other facial hair are gone. It is nice to see his face but really how many razors are left in the world? It seems a waste of resources to me. On the other hand I would like to see Daryl cleaned up - just once.
Rick has lost his hidden gun. This is worrisome not just because he doesn't have a back-up now but also because that means someone took it.
My guess is it was the men Deanna exiled and that is not a good news story. She seemed to think that exiling them meant certain death but if they were the kind of men who were trouble in civilization then they probably survived and are pissed.
Politicians and transparency don't seem to go together but maybe they do for Deanna. Still, filming the interviews was weird.
Rick winding his watch was an interesting moment. It was tantamount to saying yes.
I wasn't surprised that they all slept in the same house. I was surprised that they didn't seem to set a watch.
Rick: “You should keep your gates closed.”
Rick: “Because it’s all about survival now. At any cost. People out there are always looking for an angle. Looking to play on your weakness. They measure you by what they can take from you. By how they can use you to live.”
Deanna: “If I didn’t win re-election I was going to be a professional poker player. I’m not kidding.”
Deanna: “Looks like the communists won after all.”
Enid: “Pull it together, sport.”
Carol: “Have you taken a shower yet?”
Carol: “Take a shower. I’m going to wash that vest. We need to keep up appearances, even you.”
Daryl: “Hey, I ain’t starting now.”
Carol: “I’m going to hose you down in your sleep.”
Daryl: “You look ridiculous.”
Glenn: “We need to make this work.”
Glenn: “Cause we were almost out there too long.”
Aidan: “You three need new gigs. You’re not ready for runs yet.”
Glenn: “I’m pretty sure you got that backwards.”
Carol: “If we get comfortable here, we let our guard down, this place is gonna make us weak."
Rick: “Carl said that but it’s not gonna happen. We won’t get weak. That’s not in us anymore. We’ll make it work. And if they can’t make it, then we’ll just take this place.”