Often times when I have a strong emotional reaction to something in a TV show, I search for online reviews of that episode to see if others felt the same. In the case of last night's Walking Dead ep, it appears that not only did no one agreed with me, most of them felt the opposite...
A number of things have been annoying me about the show lately, but they're the little plot hole-y things that you have to ignore with Walking Dead. But last night there were annoyances of a different kind:
1) The more minor of the two: While clever, it bothered me that they used rats and birds that way. Yes, I know that animal abuse is way low on the scale of things come the zombie apocalypse, but it still made me frown a lot. If the situation had been real, how scared those animals would have been!
2) The hitchhiker/camper guy. Holy cow. I cannot believe every review I read wrote about how funny those scenes were. At best they described them as "darkly humorous" or "morbidly hilarious". How horrible the scenes were to watch. Were those reviewers unable or unwilling to put themselves into that guy's shoes? What would it be like, to be alone and on foot in that world? To be so desperate he was willing to yell (and thus attract walkers to himself) to try to get them to stop?
Yes, strangers in their world could be dangerous. Could be. Or they could be people who are just trying to survive. As much as possible, the survivors should be sticking together. Helping each other. How many living people are left in the world? Do they not realize that each living person matters? That the pool of them is only going to get smaller and smaller? Yes, day-to-day survival is their priority, but can't they see longer distance as well?
And on a more minor note: I've said this before, but I really hate the timeslot Walking Dead has. As soon as the ep ends, I turn off the TV and go to bed. More than half the time, I wake up to zombie nightmares. And even if I have no nightmares, I'm so hyped up and on edge, that it takes me a long time to fall asleep. (But the show is too good for me to record it and watch it later!)