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November 07, 2010

The Walking Dead: Episode 2 "Guts"

No, this is NOT a Dallas Cowboys game update. The zombies in this movie might be dead, but at least they put up a fight before you put them down for good. At least the Packers better HOPE that sucking this bad isn't transmittable through contact. If 1967 was "The Ice Bowl", this one is "The Stink On Ice Bowl".

As usual, "spoilers" from the episode just aired will be in the comments and extended entry.

I'm going to have to pass on the nitpicking, because this episode doesn't give me any nits to pick.....UNLESS you consider the open access panel to the sewers located in the department store. Most large cities like Atlanta have combined sewers, where the storm drains connect to the sanitary sewers, to provide the sanitary flow an overflow outlet when it rains. The sewage blends in to the high flow from storm events (as one of my old professors used to say "The Solution To Polution Is Dilution") and would result in even the dedicated drain lines being sealed off from the store itself. Not sealing them off could cause nasty-ass odors in the retail shopping area, which from what I know about retail, would be a BAD thing.

Anyway, this episode racheted up the human drama, and we've learned a few things about post-zombie holocaust culture.

1. Asians will always make wisecracks under pressure. We haven't learned Glen's full name yet, but I'm willing to bet that it isn't "Duc Dong". Just a guess.

2. Being a crazy, racist, redneck meth-head with an itchy trigger finger will get your ass handcuffed to a pipe on the roof. Good thing for Merle (the Meth Achiever in question) that he's in a Frank Darabont movie instead of a George Romero movie: Instead of having the last man off the roof lock the door behind him to keep Merle safer from the "walkers", the last scene of tonight's episode would have been Zeds snacking on Merle's intestines while he screamed in horror.

3. Bangin' your ex-partner's wife (because you think he's dead) is still frowned upon by polite society, so a discreet rendezvous in the dark, potentially zombie-filled woods is the going price for nookie.

4. Apparently, the dead still have a sense of smell. Who knew?

5. Since Kevin Bacon isn't in this movie (as far as I know), why did they decide to make it "Six Degrees of Officer Friendly"? The FIRST group Rick comes in contact with in Atlanta are holed up with his wife and kid in a safe campground outside town? That's convenient. I guess with this season's episodes set at 6, they wanted to get to the "love triangle" stuff ASAP.

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posted by Russ from Winterset at 11:38 PM

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