Guess who saw the last two episodes of season one of The Walking Dead and the first episode of season two? Yeah, me, that’s who. Told you I haven’t forgotten.
So, here is “Wildfire,” the penultimate episode of season one. If you remember the last episode, the camp was attacked by walkers while Rick is in Atlanta trying to get back his bag of guns. Andrea’s sister, Amy, was killed in the attack, along with the abusive jerk, Ed.
You know what I hate? I hate when genre snobs say things that horror is nothing but tits and gore. True, there are some awful entries in the genre. There are some films that are fun because they’re awful. But I think, at its heart and at its best, horror is about what it means to be human. People are put into unrealistic situations and tested. How do they keep their hearts, their “souls” if such a thing ever existed? Isn’t that what a lot of our myths are about, people being tested by circumstances outside of their control? I’ve been reading the comic of The Walking Dead and while the gory drawing and/or the visual effects in the show shine, the show is really about being human in extraordinary circumstances.
In this episode, Andrea is keeping a vigil over her dead sister, Amy. She won’t let anyone take Amy away even though Amy will wake up as a walker. I think the scene of Amy reawakening is my favorite in the episode. It manages to be sad and creepy and beautiful all at the same time.
When Amy awakens, Andrea apologizes for not spending more time with her and shoots her in the head.
Meanwhile, Glenn yells at Daryl when he tries to burn Ed’s body. The walkers are burnt, the dead from their camp are buried because that’s what you do when you’re human. The pedant in me would like to point out that cremation is an accepted form of body disposal, but I get the point that Glenn is making. There’s the survivors and the walkers, them and us. It seems this world isn’t much different from the world they lost. I guess you just have to hold onto what makes you human.
And speaking of holding on to what makes you human, Rick has turned his friend, Morgan, from the first episode, into a kind of diary. He warns him that Atlanta isn’t safe and he wants to go to the C.D.C. Rick has read The Stand. Say “hi” to Stu if you catch him before they move him to Vermont. Does anyone else think that it’s strange that Rick is still wearing his uniform? Who’s his boss? I doubt the D.A. is still alive. I guess that everyone has to hold on to what they can to remember who they are and where they came from.
Jim, he of the endless grave digging, was bit in the attack. Rick makes his case to go to the C.D.C. Shane doesn’t like the idea and tries to get Lori to talk Rick out of it. Shane, you are everything in this world that’s creepy. What’s worse, is that during a sweep outside of the camp, Dale catches Shane almost shooting Rick. Shane, gobble a bowl of dicks, please.
They finally decide to go, with the exception of the Morales family, who wants to be with their family. The R.V. breaks down on the way to the C.D.C. and Jim, who’s now quite sick, decides he wants to be left behind. Jim is the man who witnessed his entire family being eaten. He says that he wants to be with his family–whether he means dead or as a walker, we never know. When the whole world seems to be zombies except for you, I guess becoming one is the only way to be really reunited with the ones you love.
The episode switches to a video of Dr. Jenner, the last man working at the C.D.C. He accidentally destroys his last best sample, TS-19. The caravan of survivors arrives at the C.D.C. and finds it not only locked down, but corpses are strewn everywhere in front of the building. Walkers start to come after the group and Rick begs whoever is watching the surveillance camera to let them in. The door opens and there’s a bright light, like something from a sci-fi movie.
The episode ends there, and so does this recap/review.
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