The Walking Dead: 4.11 - Claimed

Oh The Walking Dead how you frustrate! The recent double set of cracking episodes brought some character development, some danger and thrills, and most importantly lots of Walker killing, very good stuff. Sadly Claimed is slow. Very slow. This week character development is front and centre and my isn’t it a bit dull.

“Do you have something to say about extremely comfortable and attractive shirt.”
There will be some people that disagree and will have loved the scenes Michonne and Carl wandering around an empty house having a chat. Now those scenes of the two are nice, their relationship is one of the few hopeful aspects of the show at the moment, and there’s some wonderful acting between the two, but they need to be framed in a more interesting environment. Yes we want to know more about Michonne and it’s the first time she’s been really human, but let’s mix that in with a little katana wielding and move the story on a bit please. Plus it doesn’t feel right to see Michonne laugh.
Then there’s Rick. At one time he was the best character in the show, brave, interesting, conflicted, and struggling to come to terms with the world and his friends in it. Now he’s almost empty, devoid of any interesting traits. He’s given up being a leader, is being schooled by his teenage son in every scene, and just lacks direction. His scenes in the house were tense and well done, but nothing we haven’t seen before.
“Eugene’s a scientist. And he knows exactly what caused this mess.”
The story this week takes time out to focus on Glenn, another character that’s lost his way story wise, and the newbies. It turns out Eugene is a scientist who knows how to save the world and Abraham is on a mission to get him to Washington. It’s important, obviously, but they’re far too quick to turn around and follow Glenn when he decides finding Maggie is more important. These scenes demonstrate the inclination of the writers to come up with improbable plot mechanisms to get it’s characters to do what they need them to do.
The main point that’s thrust home for the umpteenth time is that people are the real danger. Both in the scenes with Rick, where two people are killed, and in the scenes with Glenn and Abraham, where their truck is disabled, it’s people killing or fighting each other that leads to the consequences. The Walkers are almost literally onlookers.
Next week it seems to focus is on Daryl and Beth, who have a potentially interesting dynamic, so hopefully the show can get back to the qualities of the previous two episodes and get back on track.

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