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ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND, SEASON 1, EPISODE 4, The Wrong End of a Telescope

The Wrong End of a Telescope is the fourth episode of the season. I’m hoping its a strong episode, because the last two have been in Rainy Day territory, and I have to be honest, I expect more from anything that carries The Walking Dead name.

The Wrong End of a Telescope picks up on the far side of the Blaze of Glory. Team Iris/Hope is on the march, trying to figure out where their father is.

The Group On The March

They know he’s in New York State, just not where, and unfortunately for them, New York State is a big piece of land.

To be exact, there are 54,556 square miles to cover. That is a lot of ground for a few kids and two adults.

The Team holes up in an abandoned high school. Because what building has lots of rooms for zombies to hide in and might have been used to house refugee who then were turned? Aren’t high school gyms full of cots during natural disasters?

The Team Enters The High School

So far we are ten minutes into the episode, and haven’t seen a single Empty yet. What does the team do? They decide to split up to explore, but at least they are pairing up. Still, separating the group in unknown territory seems like a bad idea.

I hope I’m not being too critical, but the atmosphere is still off. The survivors don’t seem to have any anxiety.

We are not fifteen minutes in, still haven’t seen a zombie. The people who produced this know the show has “The Walking Dead” in the title right?

Okay, we are now at the eighteen minute mark, and we finally see a zombie!!! And maybe something worse than a zombie, because whatever was crawling out of the room just got pulled back in. I’m guessing that whatever eats zombies, is likely dangerous to the survivors as well? Right?

Finally, there is a little bit of apprehension building. The survivors are in the high school, and something is in there with them. Which would be awesome, but the episode immediately cuts to a long cut scene of Hope and her dad.

There is too much backstory!!! We don’t need to know every characters life story in the first few episodes.

Felix and Elton have found what appears to be a killing room for Empties, and Felix wants to get out. He doesn’t know who or what is killing the zombies, and it sounds like he doesn’t want to stay around long enough to find out.

Just when things were getting good, and we see a wolf snarling at Huck and Hope, we get forced to watch Irish and Silas practice ballroom dancing. I have nothing against ballroom dancing, but the blending of the last school dance, with them dancing, just ruins the mood. Aren’t I meant to feel like they could get eaten at any moment?

Hope and Huck slip around the angry doggy while Felix and Elton decide to go into the basement to get back to the gym where Iris and Silas are. At least Hope and Huck find some supplies, even if they had to killer an Empty to get them.

There are only fifteen minutes left, but things are finally picking up. Something is in the vents, and when it starts to grown I actually had a small jump scare.

Iris and Silas are in the gym basement, where apparently a lot of zombies were put in lockers? Lucky for Silas and Iris, they happen to end up just on the other side of the door where Huck and Hope are. This is right about where Silas looses it, and decides its better to beat a zombie to death with his bare hands than use his big freaking wrench.

The team is now reunited, just in time to see Silas lose his sh*t. We still don’t know exactly what he did, but the narrator did say even his mother testified against him, so it must have been bad.

While the main group is getting ready to get back on the road, Felix and Huck are working over Elton, trying to get him to join there “Go Back” movement.

The episode had a slow start but picked up as it went on. I’m giving The Wrong End of a Telescope a 71/100, and hoping next weeks episode is even better.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Brave70
12The Blaze Of Glory50
13The Tyger and the Lamb65
14The Wrong End of a Telescope71

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND, SEASON 1, EPISODE 3, The Tyger and the Lamb

Season 1, Episode 3 is titled “The Tyger and the Lamb“.

The group has reached the “BOG”, the Blaze of Glory, and the fire has attracted hordes of the undead to the burning tire pit. The group has to cross the “BOG”, but how to do that with hordes of the undead around? Hope takes the responsibility on herself to reach the siren on one of the buildings in hopes of drawing the undead to her, and away from the main group.

While Silas has flashbacks to whatever happened before he moved to the Campus Colony, the main group is struggling with how to get out of the “BOG”. Silas did something, but it’s not clear if he killed his parent before or after they turned into zombies.

Season 1, Episode 3, The Tyger and the Lamb

Felix and Huck have found the main group, which drives home the realization that Hope was the one leaving the trail for the adults to find, but it’s not really clear why yet.

The first forty minutes of The Tyger and the Lamb suffers from the same issues as Episode 2, The Blaze Of Glory. There just isn’t any suspense around the Empties.

It isn’t until the last few minutes of the episode when we see Elizabeth Kublek, the leader from the Civic, that the episode has any real tension. Elizabeth’s lieutenant questions what they did, how many people they killed, and she’s going to make sure she takes care of any potential issues before they grow, sending her lieutenant to some sort of mental health institute while also letting him know he’ll be doing manual labor when he gets out. Once he’s out the door, she does show some emotion, but she still turned him over, making me wonder if he’s related to her?

I’m hoping the series finds its pace and gets more intense, otherwise I’m afraid it won’t last more than a season or two. The Tyger and the Lamb scored a 65/100, improving slightly from the Episode 2 dip.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Brave70
12The Blaze Of Glory50
13The Tyger and the Lamb65
14The Wrong End of a Telescope71

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Zombie Series – The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Season 1, Episode 1

The Walking Dead, World Beyond, Season 1, Episode 1 is titled Brave. It is ten years after the initial Zombie Apocalypse has decimated the planet.

The world is reminiscent of the Hunger Games. There are several factions and each appears to be isolated from the others. This ties into the two main character’s background, because Iris and Hope’s father has been taken away from Campus Colony to help the Civic Republic.

It is very clear that Iris and Hope’s father was very important to the Campus Colony. It is also fairly clear that even though he left to help the Civic Republic, he doesn’t quite trust them. He’s set up a pager and a printer so he can send his daughters messages without the Civic Republic knowing.

After a long pause in messages, Iris and Hope’s father sends them a warning. Things aren’t going well, and safety is not guaranteed. This triggers the girls, and two of their firends to decide to walk over a thousand miles to get to New York, where the Civic Republic have the girl’s father.

The small group sneaks out of Campus Colony, followed by their guardian, who is essentially the town sheriff, and his female deputy. Which is just in time, because the Civic Republic decides its worth killing everyone at Campus Colony to find the girls.

The campus slaughter was actually a little vague. Or maybe I’m just dim. I wasn’t sure where they were killing people, even though Elizabeth, the Civic Republic Leader, asks if her men checked in several of the buildings.

Thus starts the Episode 1, Brave.

Overall I enjoyed it. There is a lot packed into the first episode, including some very heavy handed foreshadowing. The girls are both tortured by the memory of losing their mother, which leads to several flashbacks. In the process we find out that the woman who killed their mother, just happens to be the pregnant mother of one of their travelling companions, who of course remembers his mother and unborn sister fondly. I’m sure he doesn’t know that Hope shot his mom after his mom killed her mom. (I hated typing that many moms in such short order.)

The acting is okay, but some of the dialogue seems forced. Hopefully the cast will gel more with each other as the season goes on.

Brave earned a 70/100 and I am hoping it gets better, because I am looking forward to the next episode. What cost it points? The rough edges in the dialogue and some of the acting is a B-. The other item which cost some points is that Campus Community seems a little too clean and well fed for the apocalypse. I know its 10 years later and they have a secure campus, but still, it didn’t feel enough like the apocalypse for me.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Brave70
12The Blaze Of Glory50
13The Tyger and the Lamb65
14The Wrong End of a Telescope71