‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Underwhelming midseason finale from ‘Start to Finish’

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The Walking Dead recap season 6 episode 8 mid-season finale ‘Start to Finish': There goes the neighbourhood.

This episode – the so-called mid-season finale, with obligatory cliff-hanger ending – opens in the bedroom of Ron Anderson (Major Dodson), the younger son of Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and her late brute of a husband Pete. But this season has been all about the impossibility of keeping the outside horrors at bay, and as the camera follows a line of ants from the window to the half-eaten meal Ron has left on the floor, it’s a portent of what’s coming. As Carl (Chandler Riggs) and Jessie’s other son, sulky-pants Ron (Austin Abrams), join Michonne (Danai Gurira), Gabriel (Seth Gilliam) and a bunch of others, Rick is briefly possessed by the boundlessly cheery spirit of a Christian summer camp leader. “Good,” he says. “You’re safe.” There is one tiny skerrick of good news amid all this catastrophe, though: our back-from-the-dead hero Glenn (Steven Yeun) can now see a way back to Alexandria.

I mean, Maggie is cute and all, but still… Enid (Katelyn Nacon) thinks he’s off his Lazarus-shaped rocker. “This is how it happens,” she says. “And it always happens, Glenn.” The end, she means. Just go,” he says. “But that’s how you lose people – even after they’re gone.” The world’s least-qualified doctor, Denise (Merritt Wever), is down in a basement enjoying a sparkling tete-a-tete with the captured Wolf man (Australian actor Benedict Samuel, late of The Beautiful Lie). It was something her husband Reg – the architect of this near-Utopia – used to say when things got bad, she says, kind of dodging the question because she can’t get Google translate up just at the moment. “I’m lucky, Michonne,” says Deanna, who has seen her husband decapitated, her dream overrun by the undead, her son revealed as a cowardly drunk, and her own life brought to an abrupt end by a blade and a bite. “Working with my family towards a better future was all I ever wanted,” she continues. “That’s what I got. I got to do what I wanted right up to the end.” In the garage of Jessie’s house, Carl finds Ron, and offers the kind of solace only the deluded can muster. “My dad’s gonna figure something out,” says Number One Son. “He always does.” “That’s bullshit,” says Ron, who is a total douche but in this respect at least is spot-on. “Your dad’s just going to get more people killed, because that’s what he does, that’s who he is. It’s in this kind of stuff – always operating at a level just below explicit – as much as the big narrative turns that The Walking Dead keeps surprising us.

She asks him to look after her dim-witted son Spencer as if he were one of Rick’s people. “They’re all your people now,” she tells this reluctant Moses of the South, adding it’s not just because he can grow an awesome beard either. When the herd breaks into Jessie’s house, he proposes the survivors gut a couple of zombies and cover themselves in their entrails, then make a dash for the armoury. “I’ve done it before,” he says, and he’s harking back to season one, when this stunt worked a treat until it started raining.

That’s not a knife, this is a knife: Carol (Melissa McBride) and Morgan (Lennie James) have a full and frank discussion about the best way to deal with Wolves. Rick and the others wander through the herd looking like extras in a Lady GaGa video, while Deanna gets off her deathbed to open the door on a hall full of zombies.

A gang of bikies blocks the road where Daryl (Norman Reedus), Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) are tooling along in the petrol tanker. Rick and co are surrounded by zombies with a walking “waa-waa” alarm called Sam in their midst; Maggie is stuck on top of a watchout on the wall, with no food, no water, and no way out; Daryl and co have just met the Saviours, who are really anything but. It seems churlish to say so but the facts don’t lie: on the very day Taylor Swift’s hugely anticipated stadium tour of Australia kicks off, the Pennsylvanian pop star’s year of unprecedented dominance is officially over.

She’s the first person to top the ARIA singles and albums charts in the same week since Swift exactly a year ago, when she was on top with Blank Space and 1989. Around the world 25 (you can read our review here) has knocked up some jaw-dropping statistics in a week; if it sustains this momentum it will become the biggest album of all time. In the UK, 25 recorded the highest ever debut week sales , with 800,307 copies – more than the next 86 albums that week combined, according to the UK’s Official Charts Company.

As for what explains Adele’s monumental success (beyond a towering voice of course), a cynic might argue 25 is huge because Adele had a captive audience after 21, which sold 30 million albums. But it’s likely her fallibility is part of her appeal: she’s admitted a lack of confidence, was teased as a young artist – even by other celebrities, including Joan Rivers – and this week admitted suffering crippling stage fright. “I get so nervous with live performances that I’m too frightened to try anything new,” Adele told NPR. “It’s actually getting worse.

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