WARNING…spoilers abound here.
After all these months one of TV’s best shows finally makes its much-anticipated return. After the way last season ended I was very curious to see how this next season would play out with Rick’s group at the prison taking in the Woodbury survivors. I don’t know if it was meant to mirror Rick’s current position in the comics with him leading an actual community, but even if it’s not, I thought the dynamic of a large group would make it interesting.
I guess on that front I was a bit wrong. I know it’s just the first episode, but we haven’t been introduced to a Woodbury survivor that I care to get to know, but that may change. It was interesting to see Woodbury citizen Bob make his debut. In the comics he is way older and white, but they kept the former army medic with a current alcohol problem intact.
There wasn’t much to chew over here story wise. I guess this first episode was meant to catch us up on what’s been going on with the group currently and to set up some plot for this season. We did get some tense action moments, but overall this episode was a lot of talking. The problem was, there wasn’t much of it that I cared about. Tyreese had his little thing with Karen. Rick had a storyline dealing with a survivor he meets in the woods, another thing that I didn’t really care for, especially since it had no real ramifications on the story going forward. Beth had a boyfriend and then lost that boyfriend. My reaction to it was pretty similar to hers, didn’t care. Carol is pretending to read stories to the kids, but is instead leading awkwardly taught survival lessons. I guess overall the main problem was, why is any of this stuff happening, is it serving to set up some plot points for the season, and if it’s not why should I care?
I really wish there was more in this episode for us to grasp and hold onto to take forward with us, but there just wasn’t. I have to say; this was a complete turn around from the previous season premiere. The first scene of the season 3 premiere grabbed me and didn’t let go; this premiere was just a bit “meh”. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad to have The Walking Dead back, and the fact that Abraham and Eugene will making appearance (Check out the story here.) has me super excited, but this episode just felt empty. The end, which was meant to make us gasp and wonder what will happen next week, was just kind of so-so for me. My only hope is that it will lead to plenty of chaos and panic next week.
Overall, after all the wait and anticipation, we really weren’t given much to go on. It was just a decent episode.
3 out of 5 nerds