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ZOMBIE SERIES – IZOMBIE , SEASON 2, EPISODE 3, Real Dead Housewife of Seattle

Real Dead Housewife of Seattle as the name implies, centers around a group of catty women in a “friend” group. As our victim is telling a friend on the phone how she told off another of their group, a man shows up at the door, offering a ten million dollar cash payment for their beautiful waterside home – which of course gets him in the door.

Our victim takes the realtor out to the deck only to get attacked. In the struggle they both go crashing through the glass guardrail to fall to their deaths. Well, she dies, but the realtor ends up in a coma in the hospital.

We then cut to the morgue, where Ravi is explaining the fall had a lot of energy because it exploded one of the woman’s breast implants.

Implans vs. Zombies

Clive has found the victims schedule on a printed stash of papers from the murderers pocket. He’s not a realtor, he’s a petty criminal, and with the woman’s schedule in his possession, Clive is convinced this is a murder for hire – and that puts the husband squarely in Clive’s scope as the most likely suspect.

For this meal, Liv makes some nice Tuna and Brain salad, delicious.

Tuna & Brains

We then cut over to Major getting squeezed. Almost literally. Vaughn Du Clark has sent his red headed assistant to remind Major they want results – and in this case results mean dead Zombies.

Red Headed Be-Otch

While Liv and Clive discover a link between the murdered woman and Vaughn Du Clark, Major has taken his next Zombie target, and gained a dog in the process.

The next day Live and Clive go to visit Vaughn Du Clark, and Liv gets a flash of Vaughn and her lunches brain having sex. Clearly they knew each other – biblically. Liv and Clive are leaving when two worlds come crashing together. Liv and Major came face to face at Vaughn Du Clark’s door.

Major Rajor

Clive and Liv aren’t being to discrete, and talk about Liv’s vision right there in Vaughn Du Clark’s office. They think they are alone, but the Red Headed assistant has heard every word.

When Clive and Liv get the chance to interview the victims husband, he doesn’t help his rankings on the suspect list at all. Liv asks him if he was aware that Vaughn Du Clark was banging his wife, and the husband punches his hand through a glass table top – so I’m guessing he didn’t?

We then get to see Vaughn Du Clark confronted about his indiscretions as well, by his Red Headed Assistant, and we also find out in the process that she’s his daughter, and the product of one of the previous indiscretions to boot.

For some reason, Red Headed Assistant decides to set her sights on Major, and proceeded to seduce him in the gym. The why isn’t clear. Is it to get even with Daddy? To piss Liv off? Is it just a ploy to get more information?

Liv then goes on a Birthday shopping spree, which lines up perfectly with Clive discovering that the very same personal shopper that Liv is hanging out with, is Clive’s new top suspect. When the suspect tries to run, Liv goes full Zombie, and smacks her around a bit.

Liv is having a sad birthday, at least until she discovers the cake in the fridge. Peyton dropped by while Liv was out, and the fact that Peyton still cares, makes Liv smile.

Real Dead Housewife of Seattle ends with Vaughn Du Clark facing off with the husband of the woman he was sleeping with – who also just happens to be on the board of Max Rager. Vaughn doesn’t react well when he’s told the board is about to vote him out, and he reacts by introducing his opponent to a Zombie.

Real Dead Housewife of Seattle scored an 85/100. There were a lot of great twists and turns, including Peyton coming back as the DA to go after the Utopium trade.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Pilot90
12Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?70
13The Exterminator71
14Liv and Let Clive75
15Flight of the Living Dead71
16Virtual Reality Bites76
17Maternity Liv75
18Dead Air66
19Patriot Brains74
110Mr. Berserk77
111 Astroburger72
112Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat73
113Blaine's World80
21Grumpy Old Liv80
22Zombie Bro80
23Real Dead Housewife of Seattle85

ZOMBIE SERIES – IZOMBIE , SEASON 2, EPISODE 2, Zombie Bro

Zombie Bro has Liv transitioning from a Grumpy Old Man brain to a murdered fraternity brother while Major struggles with the guilt of his new role as Zombie Assassin.

Do Zombie Assassins Have Guilt?

With a dead frat brother on the floor, Clive is keen on getting the case solved as fast as possible, and asks Liv to let him know the moment she gets a psychic tingle. What’s a Hot Zombie pretending to be a crime solving psychic to do but make some brain nachos, right.

Brain Nachos Anyone?

Our fallen frat brother was a real douche. Our first potential murderer is a fellow frat brother who’s life was destroyed by a streaking prank.

Poor Clive doesn’t know why Liv is so different from case to case, he just sees her behavior as strange quirks but he’s willing to put up with it because her “psychic” powers help him solve crimes.

Box Of Chocolates

Major still doesn’t want anything to do with Liv, and Liv is falling hard on the Frat Douche brains, going so far as to take her new spy roomie to a frat party/wake.

While Liv is playing frat party detective, Major and Ravi decide to experiment with Utopian, which leads to Liv being called to rescue them from the club after they got totally messed up on Utopium.

Back on the case Clive leads an innocent college girl on a voyage of pain and embarrassment as they investigate if she new she was the ugliest girl at the frat party. Twisted and sad and hit too close too home. I’m pretty sure I helped a girl win that award at a college party years ago.

Clive then finds the only costume rental that matches the murderer, but the two kids they bring in are sweet – even if they are into some kinky stuff.

Meanwhile Blaine decides he wants to get back into the Utopian drug trade, and picks a fight with the cities crime boss – who is literally named Mr. Boss.

Back on the case, Clive cracks this one with old fashioned detective work. The reason he couldn’t find any links between the murdered frat brother and the young man who rented the costume was because there wasn’t one. The connection was between the other kid with the frat brothers same name.

It was all a case of mistaken identity.

Zombie Bro ends with Major rejecting Liv’s request to see him before he takes a hit of Utopium.

I’m giving Zombie Bro an 80/100 as it had a great twist and loved getting to meet “Princess Sparkles”.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Pilot90
12Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?70
13The Exterminator71
14Liv and Let Clive75
15Flight of the Living Dead71
16Virtual Reality Bites76
17Maternity Liv75
18Dead Air66
19Patriot Brains74
110Mr. Berserk77
111 Astroburger72
112Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat73
113Blaine's World80
21Grumpy Old Liv80
22Zombie Bro80
23Real Dead Housewife of Seattle85

ZOMBIE SERIES – IZOMBIE , SEASON 2, EPISODE 1, GRUMPY OLD LIV

Grumpy Old Liv is the season premiere and jumps right back in where Season 1 left off. Liv’s mom is pissed that she refused to give blood when her brother life depended on it – but how do you explain to your family that you’re a Zombie who craves brains?

Grumpy Old Liv

Ravi and Liv then end up at a crime scene where an older gentleman has been crushed.

Crushed By His Car Crush

Our victim’s brains then get turned into meatballs, sharing its memories and attitude with Liv.

Brain Meatballs

While Liv struggles with her Zombiehood, Blaine is a human, working as a mortician.

When Clive comes to collect Liv her Grumpy Old Man brains are in control and she’s not in a great mood, but all Clive is interested in is trying to understand what happened to Suzuki and how Major may or may not have been involved. Clive knows something isn’t right, he just doesn’t know what it is.

While questioning a tip line witness we get to see exactly who Liv’s Grumpy Old Man brains are impacting her, and I for won love it.

The witness gives them a bit of info, but things get more interesting when Liv realizes who the mortician about to clean her body is. Liv and Blaine have a heart to heart, and Blaine accuses Liv of liking the thrill of being a “crime solving zombie” before striking on the truth that Liv doesn’t have anymore of the cure that she used on Blaine. Liv begs Blaine for more of the tainted Utopium, but he doesn’t really care until she tells him that the cure may not be permanent, and she needs more Utopium to make more.

With few job options, Major is forced to act as a personal trainer. He doesn’t have any interest in chatting with Liv, but she does have him when she warns him that Clive is suspcious that Major had something to do with all the deaths at Meat Cute in Blaine’s World.

Meanwhile, the source of the Zombie plague is still interested in their next energy drink, Super Max.

Major then has a Zombie moment when he goes to meet his next personal training client – who just happens to be a Zombie.

Clive and Liv then close out there case, figuring out who killed their old man, which turns out horribly sad. A local man killed the old man after he thought the old man had killed his dog. I have to say I totally get it. If you hurt my dogs or cats I’d worry about the consequences later as well.

Grumpy Old Liv ends with Major being pitched by Vaughn Du Clark, the CEO of Max Rager. They both know there are Zombies out there, and Major needs to do something about it.

Worst of all, Major also gets to hear Ravi on the phone, confirming that what Major is experiencing, is real.

This is all overlaid by Major in his new customers house, killing him.

We then get a bomb dropped on us as we realize that Liv’s new roommate is Vaughn Du Clark’s right hand.

Grumpy Old Liv scores an 80/100. It sets the stage for some exciting follow ups, and had some awesome double-entendres splashed about, making this episode Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Pilot90
12Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?70
13The Exterminator71
14Liv and Let Clive75
15Flight of the Living Dead71
16Virtual Reality Bites76
17Maternity Liv75
18Dead Air66
19Patriot Brains74
110Mr. Berserk77
111 Astroburger72
112Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat73
113Blaine's World80
21Grumpy Old Liv80
22Zombie Bro80
23Real Dead Housewife of Seattle85

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 13, Beside the Dying Fire

Beside the Dying Fire is the Season 2 season finale and opens with a feasting horde getting distracted by the noise of a helicopter above them.

Hello Copter

Unfortunately for Team Rick, the copter appears to be drawing the ever growing horde towards Hershel’s farm, and a few fences aren’t going to stop them.

Zombies Vs Fences – Zombies Win

Even worse, the next shot is of the horde pivoting when they hear the gunshot that kills Shane, and we then see Rick and Carl walking back to the farm as the horde approaches in the dark.

Carl & Rick Walking Back To The Farm

When we come back from the break Daryl and Glen have just come back into the house and everyone is worried. Shane and Rick haven’t come back yet, and no one appears to even realize that Carl’s not in the house – because Lori’s such a great mom? Come on people, keep track of your kids in the Apocalypse.

It’s not long before everyone realizes what is about to hit them. Rick and Carl hear the horde behind them, and when Daryl comes out onto the front porch he can see what’s bearing down on them in the distance.

The Horde Approaches

Rick and Carl don’t have an easy path to the house, the horde is too large and is between them and safety. Just as Rick and Carl reach the barn, Lori realizes that Carl’s not in the main house with her.

Carl and Rick light the barn on fire to stage an escape while Daryl leads the others on a car ride to try and lead the horde away from the house. The setting the barn on fire strategy seems really questionable as Rick and Carl only escape the 2nd floor because the RV shows up (and the driver gets eaten in the process).

It doesn’t take long for the majority of the survivors to realize they need to flee, even as Hershel is wasting shotgun shells, trying to hold off a horde he could never defeat.

Hershel Wasting Ammunition

People are dying as the survivors are overwhelmed by the horde.

Hershel would have been bitten as well, but Rick is there to save him and force Hershel to realize the farm is lost. The Zombie horde is just too big. Everyone flees, stranding Andrea and Carol. Thankfully Daryll is there to save Carol after he hears her screams.

The farm is lost.

As the sun rises, Glen and Maggie are alone in a vehicle and Glen tells Maggie that he loves her as she breaks down, not knowing if her father and sister are still alive.

The survivors are all split up and dealing with the shock of losing the farm as they slowly regroup right back where everything started, on the highway where they lost Sophia.

As the now much smaller Team Rick drives off we cut over to Andrea, fleeing through the woods, pursued by Zombies as she runs through the trees.

Team Rick is forced to pull over so they can try and organize a resupply mission. As they are planning, Rick is forced to tell the other survivors that they all carry the virus. If you die, you turn. Rick then tells Lori that he was forced to kill Shane after Shane lured him out in the woods to ambush him. Lori, being Lori, reacts with anger, instead of compassion. It has to suck when your husband kills your baby daddy right?

Back in the woods, Andrea is out of ammo and exhausted, and is about to get bit after getting pulled to the ground when we are introduced to another epic character – Michonne.

Michonne

Team Rick is sitting by their fire when they hear something moving in the dark. People are panicking, afraid and unsure, which leads to Rick losing his cool, raging at the other survivors that he killed his best friend to protect them all, so get off his back.

After Rick is finished bringing the survivors back to reality, the camera slowly pans away until we see the Prison in the distance.

The Prison

Beside the Dying Fire was not just the Season 2 finale, but was also an amazingly powerful episode with tons of action, as well as giving us a taste of what is to come in Season 3 to keep us hooked. Beside the Dying Fire scores a 100/100, and is Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 12, Better Angels

Better Angels opens with Rick  eulogizing Dale in a voice over as the team is out in the fields taking their rage out on some Zombies.

Shane’s Shovel Kill

When we come back from the first break Hershel has rethought his decision and Team Rick is moving into the house, which is safer and more defensible.

Carl then does something smart (for a change) and gives the .45 he took from Daryl’s motorcycle to Shane, along with a dose of self blame for Dale’s death.

Back at the house, Maggie invites Glen to put his stuff in her room, but he declines, saying its because of Hershel, but both Maggie and Glen look unhappy about it.

Out in the field Lori approaches Shane, and admits that the baby could be his or Rick’s. Sorry, if you screw around so much there could be multiple baby daddies, that’s not good. Sorry, I guess I’m old fashioned like that.

Who’s The Daddy?

Lori then has an emotional moment with Shane, but why not screw with the unstable dudes head a little bit? Shane then goes back to the house and gives Rick a guilt trip over the prisoner drop versus talking to Carl about Dale’s death. It was effective though. Rick goes to comfort Carl.

Shane uses the distraction to go collect the prisoner and lead him off into the woods all so he can stage a fake jail break and claim the kid stole his gun. The plan works, as Daryl get’s exactly what he wants. Team Rick is now out for blood, not willing to let the kid go, especially if he’s armed.

I do love the fact that Daryl’s not buying what Shane is selling. He can smell the BS from a mile away.

Daryl Not Buying Shane’s BS

Shane eventually loops back to the start of the trail and finds the dual tracks of Shane and the prisoner. Something isn’t quite making sense. The two of them then find the prisoner, or rather, the Zombie Prisoner finds them, and Daryl can tell the kid had his neck broken – and has no bites.

Just about when Daryl is realizing Shane might be up to something really bad, Shane and Rick are walking in the dark, and Shane is telling him to walk in front of him. Rick’s years as a cop are telling him something is off as they walk and talk. He knows that Shane is leading him out to ambush him.

Rick Calling Shane Out

Rick asks Shane why, and Shane tells him the truth, did he really think they were just going to make friends after everything that happened? Rick is such an idiot here. Come on, the guy f*cked your wife, and is willing to kill you to keep doing it. Put a bullet in Shane and be done with it.

Rick finally does something right. After luring Shane into a sense of security by putting his gun down he puts a knife into Shane’s belly. Good for you Rick.

Then things get a little silly, as Carl somehow finds Rick over Shane’s body, just in time for Shane to reanimate and save Rick.

Unfortunately for everyone, the shot rings out through the woods, and we see lots of Zombies turning towards the noise, setting us up for the season finale.

Better Angels scored a 75/100, making it Worth Your Time. The last few minutes are intense and awesome, but the lead up is a little slow, which cost the episode some points.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 11, Judge, Jury, Executioner

Judge, Jury, Executioner opens with Daryl playing hardball, beating the snot out of a prisoner, forcing the man to give him details on his group. How many, types of weapons, details that will give Team Rick a chance to survive. For some reason the prisoner then tells Daryl about his groups raping two girls in front of their father, then tries to say he wasn’t part of it. Daryl, rightfully, began to kick the snot out of the guy.

When Daryl goes to report to the group, Rick does something logical, and says they have to kill the kid. Dale, being the moral compass of the group, disagrees.

Dale Arguing That They Can’t Put People To Death

This is one of those times when Rick made a solid decision, and while I love Dale’s morality, the world they live in is one that would require some harsh responses to survive.

As Dale tries to rally support to his view of the world, Andrea agrees to watch the prisoner, even though she agrees with Rick’s viewpoint, she agrees to help Dale for the short term. Shane then goes right back to questioning the decisions – even though I think Rick is doing what Shane would have done here right?

Inside the barn we then see Carl making not so great decision again when he goes to chat with the prisoner. Shane saves him before anything bad could happen, but still.

Dale then goes to find Daryl, hoping to sway him, but instead gets a little shock when Daryl shows him just how smart he is, and that he already knew that Shane killed Otis.

Daryl Showing His SMRTs

Carl then shows what a d*ck he can be when he tells Carol that heaven doesn’t’ exist. Rick tries to talk some reason to Carl, telling him to apologize and make things right with Carol. Instead of going to find Carol, Carl makes another questionable decision, and steals a 45 from Daryl’s motorcycle. Carl then goes into the woods and almost gets bit when he tries to site in on a Zombie stuck in the mud.

Back at the farm we see a touching scene between Hershel and Beth before Hershel shares a few bits of wisdom with Glen, then gives him two gifts. The first is Hershel’s family heirloom watch, and the second is the fact that he’s telling Glen that he blesses his relationship with Maggie.

The group then has a meeting about the death penalty, which basically turns into Dale vs everyone else, at least until Andrea chimes in to support Dale a little bit. With the decision, made Rick, Shane, and Daryl take the prisoner out to the barn.

Please Don’t

Rick is just about to pull the trigger when Carl shows up and tells Rick to do it – which makes Rick falter, unable to do it after Carl’s words. Isn’t Carl the reason that Rick is doing this? To keep his son safe? On another note – is the kid just free range? Does anyone actually watch the kid? Lori banged her husband’s partner while his body wasn’t cold, and she let’s the kid just wander around in the post apocalypse world? Rick’s to blame too, but at least in this case he had a priority task, which is why I’m wondering what Lori was thinking?

While Rick is chickening out, Dale has gone for a walk to clear his head, and finds a wounded cow, and then a Zombie that surprises him, taking him to the ground and ripping open his chest in the process.

Dale Falls

First of all, this sucks. Dale was one of my favorite characters. Secondly, this really highlights why basic survival rules are so important. No one goes out alone. Always at least two people. It also highlights just how strong the Zombies are. Tearing someone’s chest open takes a lot of strength.

Judge, Jury, Executioner ends with Daryl being forced to put Dale, who is mortally injured and in excruciating pain, down. Thus, the story of Dale comes to an end, you will be missed.

I’m giving Judge, Jury, Executioner a 70/100, mostly due to its focus on the death penalty drama, and because they killed of Dale, who I really liked.

Carl’s Questionable Decisions

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 10, Miles Out

Miles Out starts with a rush. Rick and Shane are being chased by Zombies while the wounded kid they rescued off the fence in Triggerfinger squirms his way across the ground to a machete, trying to reach the blade so he can presumably free himself from his bonds. How did we get here? I guess we are about to find out.

The next scene has Rick and Shane driving out of town with their prisoner, on a mission to drop him off away from the farm when Rick stops the car so he can talk to Shane.

Time to Talk

Rick calls Shane out on what happened at the school to Otis, and more importantly, on what happened with Lori and how Shane has been telling the other survivors that Rick is going to get them killed.

Shane Telling Rick Good Guys Don’t Survive

Rick tells Shane that he needs to make a decision, if he wants to stay he needs to realize that there is nothing, and will never be anything again, between Lori and Shane. Shane tells Rick he’s got it all wrong, Shane didn’t fall in love because he protected Lori and Carl, Shane fell in love because Lori and Carl saved him. For me, that should have been a red flag for Rick. Better to have put a bullet in Shane there. I never heard Shane actually say he was swearing off of Lori, and that should have been a huge issue for Rick.

Back at the farm Lori is telling Maggie that Glen came back, and that he’ll get over his anger/anxiety, jut before Maggie’s sister, Beth, questions Lori about why she would get pregnant in their world. Lori’s answer is fairly blunt, but inaccurate. She says she didn’t have a choice, but she could have just refrained from f*cking her husbands partner for a few more weeks, right?

With Rick apparently appeased that Shane knows his place, they continue on the road until they find an old school like building to drop off the prisoner. Rick uses the two lone walkers in sight to reinforce his point about using knives if they can – in order to save ammo. Once inside, Rick finds a small burn pit with several bodies in it.

The Crispy Dead

Meanwhile, Shane finds a bus that was clearly a camp site for someone. Shane also looks over the two cops walkers, not seeing any bites – so what turned them? Rick settles on scratches.

Back at the farm Lori is starting to worry about Beth as she catches her taking a kitchen knife from her meal tray. Lori doesn’t see the point of surviving any longer.

Back at the prisoner drop Rick and Shane are forced to deal with the fact that the kid knows Maggie, and that means he knows where she lived – or could at least figure it out. Shane goes to off the kid, and Rick does something stupid by trying to stop him. Rick and Shane then duke it out, reinforcing my point that if Rick has just killed Shane, none of this would be going down. As Rick and Shane fight, the kid goes for a knife dropped on the ground and starts to cut himself free of his bonds.

Unfortunately for everyone, Shane throws a bit of metal through a window and unleashes a small horde from inside.

Bodyflauge From The Horde

Rick, having just killed the first one out the window, uses it body as cover and hides as the small horde streams out of the building to focus on Shane. Shane runs with the horde in tow as their prisoner manages to get his hands in front of himself and kills the Zombie trying to eat him.

Back at the farm Maggie and Beth are fighting over her suicidal thoughts as Lori and Andrea disagree about whether suicide is a valid path forward when the world is full of Zombies. Lori and Andrea go at it, and Andrea cuts Lori deep with a comment about having a son, husband, and boyfriend. Andrea then goes upstairs and gives Beth a pep talk. Pain doesn’t go away, you just make room for it. When Maggie and Lori come back upstairs, Beth has cut one of her wrists open in the bathroom.

Meanwhile. Rick is run down, and after Shane dropped a motorcycle on his leg, seems worse for wear. This leads to Rick being the bottom of the pile, but also doing an awesome triple kill.

Rick’s Triple Kill

Shane’s not so lucky. He get’s chased back to the bus where he gets trapped inside with apparently nothing but a knife as a weapon. Rick then does something surprising, and decides to leave Shane to his fate, at least until he sees the two cop bodies and has some need to save Shane. Rick and the prisoner drive up to the bus guns blazing as Shane runs to the busses emergency exit so he can jump in the vehicle.

Having survived the small Zombie horde, Rick and Shane are back to where they started. Do they kill the prisoner to keep the farm’s location hidden? As the two talk about what to do Rick once again tells Shane that Lori, Carl, and baby are his, but Shane just listens. Come on Rick, just put a bullet in Shane and be done with it.

As the two are driving back to the farm, we are left to wonder. Did they kill the prisoner? I think they did based on Rick saying he wouldn’t be able to not think about it that night.

Miles Out scored a 90/100, mostly because of the decent amount of Zombie action, as well as Rick’s triple kill. That makes Miles Out Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 9, Triggerfinger

Triggerfinger starts with Lori, nonconscious in her rolled over car as a walker is doing its best to get a late night snack. While Lori is waking up and fighting for her life, Rick, Glen, and Hershel are hiding in the bar as more newcomers show up, looking for their friends, who Rick just put down.

Rick tries to defuse the situation, but the newcomers shoot out the windows in reply. Rick’s plan is to have Glen run for the car as Hershel covers him, and Rick holds the front entrance. We then get to see that Hershel may not like guns, but he does know how to use one. Glen is not dealing with the stress well and has frozen, but luckily for him the newcomers flee. They don’t know how many people are in the bar, but they do know they’ve already lost at least three of their own (including the two killed by Rick). Unfortunately for one of the newcomers, his buddies leave him behind after he jumps down off a roof and ends up speared on a cast iron fence.

On The Fence

This is one of those scenes that I just don’t get. This guy, or kid as Rick puts it, just tried to shoot them from a roof. Put a bullet in his head and get back to the farm! Instead, Rick convinces Hershel to amputate the leg, which leads to them being surrounded before Rick eventually just rips the dude’s leg up off the spike.

This Is Going To Hurt A Little

Out on the road Shane finds Lori, and lies to her that Rick has returned to the farm to get her into the car. When they show up Shane drops the pregnancy news publicly. Now Carl and everyone else knows. When Shane get’s her alone she tells him that Rick knows, that she told her husband what happened. Shane tries to convince her it was “okay”, that what they did was a good thing, but Lori isn’t buying it. If only she’d been so strong a week after she thought her husband was dead.

We then see a horribly emotional scene between Daryl and Carol as she tries to let him know he’s part of their group, and he rages at her, saying horrible and cruel things. She just takes it, knowing he needs to vent, her previous life of abuse giving her the ability to take it? It’s sad, but also sweet that she cares enough about Daryl to take his pain.

With Rick, Hershel, and Glen missing, Shane, Daryl, and Andrea are about to go on a search mission. As soon as Maggie sees Glen she runs to him, bypassing her dead in a sad snub.

Ouch

Once inside Maggie pulls Glen aside and he tells her that her dad saved him, and then Rick saved them all, but that he froze. He froze because he was scared of losing her, and now he feels guilty.

Triggerfinger ends with Lori telling Rick that Shane believes her baby is his (it probably is) and that Shane is telling others that Rick is going to get them all killed with his bad decisions.

I’m giving Triggerfinger a 76/100, making it Worth Your Time. There isn’t a lot of Zombie action, which cost it some points.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 8, Nebraska

Nebraska opens exactly where Pretty Much Dead Already ended. Rick has just put down Sophia, and Carol and the team are all stunned by what they just saw.

Sophia Has Been Put To Rest

Hershel’s people are just as devastated, their family members have all been put down, or mostly put down? When Hershel’s daughter runs to her family, we find out that not all the walkers are completely dead, they were just mostly dead, but thankfully Andrea was there to finish the job.

Andrea Finishing The Job

With the secret out, Shane goes off on Hershel, who in turn demands that Team Rick moves off his land. Rick and Shane then go at it. Rick is pissed that Shane forced the issue, and Shane is pissed that Rick seems fine with the fact that there was a barn full of walkers.

Glen then proceeds to put his foot in his mouth, telling Maggie that now that they know what happened to Sophia they will move on. He doesn’t seem to see how Maggie is taking the “move on” bit. She wants him to stay.

As everyone is dealing with the fallout Andrea and several of the others clean up the Zombies, which leads to an arm getting free from the truck. I don’t know why, but I really liked this scene. It speaks to how messy The Walking Dead world is, and also to just how much we, as humans, can normalize just about anything.

Arm Pick Up

Meanwhile, Glen and Maggie are trying to deal with what happens next. Maggie clearly wants Glen to stay, and Glen isn’t picking up on what she’s laying down.

When they go to find Hershel, they find he’s gone, and likely fallen off the wagon too boot. After finding an empty flask Rick decides he needs to go into town to get Hershel. Lori doesn’t understand why, not until Rick tells her they need Hershel – to deliver Shane’s baby. (He didn’t say that, but I’m pretty sure that’s Shane’s baby.)

Dale then drops a few reality bombs on Lori, telling her that he’s pretty sure that Shane killed Otis, and that Shane is going to kill someone else. Lori looks perplexed, but I think she knows that Shane has a dark side.

Out on the road, Glen tells Rick about what has been going on with Maggie.

Glen, Telling Rick About Maggie

Glen isn’t sure if Maggie really cares about him, but Rick tells him that everyone else can see it. Maggie cares about him. Glen is still so innocent and sweet at this point. The only women he’s ever professed his love to were his mom and sisters.

In town they find Hershel at the bar, and Rick tells him that Beth needs his help. While Rick is trying to convince Hershel to come back to the farm Lori has decided to go into town to tell Rick they need Hershel emergently, and in turn ends up hitting a walker while looking at a map, and then flipping her car.

While Rick is comforting Hershel, two newcomers walk into the bar. The newly enlarged group shares a drink, before the newcomers share how they made their way from Philadelphia to Georgia before dropping the bomb that Fort Benning has been overrun.

The newcomers start to set of Rick’s alarm bells when they get real interested in where Rick’s people are, and if they have someplace to hole up. Things get ugly after Rick tells the newcomers they can’t join up with them. This leads to Rick having to take care of business.

Rick Taking Care Of Business

I love how Rick puts a final bullet into the bigger guy – just to make sure, and never has any hesitation. This is the Rick that kicks butt.

Nebraska scored an 88/100, making it a solid, Worth Your Time episode.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 2, EPISODE 7, Pretty Much Dead Already

Pretty Much Dead Already opens with tension. Rick and Lori are dealing with the fallout of her unable to keep her legs closed for Shane, while Glen keeps looking over at Maggie who is standing on the porch. He’s decided he doesn’t have a choice, to keep the secret any longer, and drops the bomb on Team Rick that the barn is full of walkers.

The Barn Is Full of Walkers

The barn full of walker ignites the group. Shane wants to leave while Rick and Daryl want to stay and find Sophia.

With the secret out Glen begs Maggie to talk, but she just breaks an egg over his head, not ready to make nice. While Maggie is taking her anger out on Glen, Daryl is stubbornly trying to go back out, wounded, to search for Sophia. When Carol stops him, he loses it.

As everyone is dealing with their sh*t, Rick goes to talk to Hershel.

Rick Tells Hershel They Found The Barn

Rick wants to talk about the barn, Hershel just tells Rick he wants his group to move on by the end of the week. Rick tells Hershel that forcing them to leave would mean putting everyone at risk, including his pregnant wife. Hershel doesn’t want to hear it.

A little later Hershel tells Maggie that he gave Rick the order to leave, and Maggie uses his faith to show him what the bible would have said. Hershel struggles with what Maggie is saying but he gets pulled away when he’s told “its happened again”.

Hershel bring Rick with him to the creek. The bottom of the stream is soft and silty, and walkers get stuck there. Maggie must have an impact on Hershel, even though they didn’t really finish their conversation. Hershel asks Rick if he can stop killing the walkers.

Zombie Capture

Rick asks Hershel what they are going to do when the Barn gets full but Hershel doesn’t answer as they wrangle the two Zombies away from the stream.

Back at the farm Glen confronts Maggie, telling her he never wants to see her in danger again, and the words made Maggie realize he does really care about her – and smooching commenced.

While Maggie and Glen are making up, Dale and Shane are having it out. Shane wants the guns that Dale is trying to stash, and it almost comes to blows.

Shane is pissed, and that anger overflows onto rick and Hershel when he sees them coming back with the two restrained Zombies. This leads to Shane screaming about how a sick person couldn’t take multiple gunshot wounds to the chest – before he finally puts the walker down with a headshot.

It’s still not enough for Shane though, and he lets loose the barn zombies in a fit of rage, which leads to one of the iconic moments of The Walking Dead universe. After the team puts down the other zombies, the last walker out the gate is revealed. The team has found Sophia.

The Team Finds Sophia

Pretty Much Dead Already is one of those episodes that you will remember for years to come. I still remember this episode when it was on the air the first time. I remember sitting on the couch with my older boys, and we all gasped when we saw Sophia. Pretty Much Dead Already scores a 100/100. It is a master class in suspense and character development.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999
21What Lies Ahead95
22Bloodletting91
23Save The Last One83
24Cherokee Rose94
25Chupacabra97
26Secrets85
27Pretty Much Dead Already100
28Nebraska88
29Triggerfinger76
210Miles Out90
211Judge, Jury, Executioner70
212Better Angels75
213Beside the Dying Fire100