Sweet! So I’m FINALLY launching the “Rebel Ragdoll Review” portion of the blog, and yes, smack in the middle of my Colby’s Christmas Countdown. I owe you all about 14 posts, but just bear with me. I’m a busy girl! 😉
First up on the Rebel Ragdoll Review is an assessment of The Walking Dead, one of the most popular tv shows on air right now. Mind you, my reviews are very tongue-in-cheek, so if you’re looking for a Siskel-Ebert level analysis, you’ll only come away from this half-filled. I do engage in story analysis though, pointing out some key storytelling weaknesses and strengths that stood out to me the most while experiencing the show. Enjoy!
Lori: Shut up. Just shut the hell up, and stop judging. You banged your husband’s best friend because you were “vulnerable”, and you don’t even know who the father of your baby is. Then you want to judge your husband for making the most difficult choice in his life? Shit, at least he chose the hard road and now has to live with it. YOU chose the easy way out, rolling in the hay with an undercover psychopath and ended up causing some crazy friction where none need be in a zombie apocalypse. gtfohwtbs, please. focus on teaching your son how to freaking listen, because he’s always getting into trouble.
Andrea: YES!! YEESSS!! You finally became a gangster and stopped whining like a punk. You held it down in the last two episodes like a G. Survivor-mode. You have now moved across to my list of favorite people.
Glenn and Maggie: ya’ll are cute. still two of my favs… so far. We’ll see what happens in season 3.
Hershel and Daughter: ya’ll are okay. your name sounds like the chocolate makers.
Rick: Yo. Just yo. what happened between you and Shane… you did what you had to do, and if Lori doesn’t like it, oh well. she needs to focus on whether or not that baby is yours, son. that’s her primary concern right now. There’s nothing left to say man… do what the hell you have to do to keep things on an even keel. Paradise exists under the shade of swords, son. If folks don’t like it, they can take a hike and survive on their own. one.
Carl: first of all, your name sucks, but okay. maybe he named you after his grandpa or guinea pig. whatever. also, you really need your ass beat. we have a saying in my family, and it’s called “don’t speak when grown folks is talkin’.” you’re annoying and trying too hard to be a gangster. slow your roll, short fry.
T-Dog: you’re clearly the ox of the group, and I’m not quite sure how to feel about that. you pissed me off in two episodes, but for the most part, you’re a quiet and useful member of the group. hopefully you’ll get a more central role in season 3, but i’ve also heard that it gets worse for you, so… hm. jury’s still out.
Carol: there’s a hidden strength there that I admire. i’m not sure why or how, but it’s there and i actually like you.
Daryl: best. character. ever. EVER. he’s a dick, but not really. very smart in his own way and brave. really just doesn’t give a fuck, and yet does… and i like that.
Michonne: enter the baddest bitch of them all. psyched, and hopefully your disposition and fate will have diverged from the graphic novel as much as the rest of the series has.
General Thoughts & Story Analysis: the series should have been four episodes shorter. a lot of fat could have been cut. scenes could have been way tighter and threaded with more tension. And the dialogue should have worked a little harder. More twists were desired. The series thus far is doing an amazing job with themes: gender dynamics, humanity, faith, bonds, etc… even though sometimes, they might be expressed in a way that is a tad expository. In all, though, I REALLY enjoy the series. It elicits strong reactions if nothing else, lol! Very much looking forward to Season 3: Enter the Governor.