What’s on the Tube: The Walking Dead, S2, EP9 – “Triggerfinger”

Clifford K | 27 February 2012 | AMC, TV Block | , | 0 Comments   

[Editor’s Note: This review was written for Feb. 19th’s episode of The Walking Dead]

Episode 9: “Triggerfinger” – Last week’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead was a real nail biter. Picking up where we left off last time; After losing control and flipping her car, Lori is lying unconscious inside the wreck, surrounded by walkers trying to break in. Meanwhile; Rick, Glenn and Hershel are held up in the bar in town  when a group of men show up looking for their now deceased buddies following the shootout in the bar just moments earlier. Tensions are higher than they’ve been in a while and things are about to get loud and fast very soon. Rick is hoping to avoid further bloodshed and turns to reason with the men. But after discovering their partners are lying dead by the hands on Rick, they arent intersted in reason and only want one thing; an eye for an eye. Back at the wreck, Lori comes to and quickly discovers she’s in a real pickle as one of the walkers have broken through the windshield and is only within inches of her. After a moment of panic and some quick action on her part, Lori is able to subdue the walker with a screwdriver to the face. Once out of the vehicle she takes down a second walker.

While this is going on, Shane realizes Lori’s absence and asks everyone of her whereabouts, but when no one can recall the last time she was seen, Daryl reveals that she asked him to go into town to help Rick but refused and told her to go herself. This leads Shane to go out looking for her, after finding her on the side of the road walking he try’s to convince her to return to the farm with him. However he soon learns she won’t return back to the farm with him until she finds Rick. This leads Shane to flat out lie to her about Rick and Glenn already returning with Hershel. His lie later backfires right in his face (which I took great pleasure in) when they return and she discovers Rick has not returned… I’d like to think that it’s here, in this very moment, the seeds Dale planted when he confided in Lori his theory about Shane, and what he believes really happened to Otis, finally blossomed. You can see it in her expression, the look of upset and utter discontent, but more importantly; the loss of trust. I believe Shane had this coming for a while now, all things considering what’s happened last season and all of this season. As Dale put it best; “This world, what it is now, this is where you [Shane] belong. And I may not have what it takes to last for long, but that’s okay. ‘Cause at least I can say when the world goes to shit, I didn’t let it take me down with it.” Shane has darkness in him brewing and there’s no bounds to what level he’ll stoop to, if it means it’ll benefit his own interests… we’ve all seen how far he’s already gone. Now the real question is will he attempt to take the next step in betraying his friend and partner Rick?

Now with that being said, Lori is no angle either. One could argue that while Shane is a threat to the group, Lori can prove to be an even bigger threat. Have we not forgotten how she went running into the arms of Shane before Rick’s body was thought to have been cold? Lori is a survivalist, and as a survivalist she will do what is necessary to protect her children and herself, this makes her no different than Shane to say the least. The only difference between them in that respect is she’s able to adapt. Andrea continues to annoy me, especially in this episode where she not only agrees with Shane wholeheartedly, but she’s apparently playing the role of influencer to his crazed insane antics… the love I once had for her character is now dead and gone, she doesn’t deserve the care and worry Dale has for her,  how he’s always looking out for her best interests despite how much she hurts him.

I was a little disappointed with Glenn in this episode. I understand he doesn’t want to be selfish and think of his own needs and Survival when the mess hits the fan and freeze up, I understand that and it’s quite noble of him, but Maggie poured her heart out to him and said she loved him, and he couldn’t have said it back? Is it that hard to just accept what little good there is left in the world? Even Rick told him he should cherish these rare moments life throws our way, especially in a zombie apocalyptic turned world… I’m sorry, I’m still a big fan of Glenn and maybe it’s just me wanting to see their relationship blossom into something much more then friends with benefits, but that is the definition of being selfish in my book. I’m glad Hershel has finally come to his senses and now agrees that his wife and the folks locked in the barn were in fact dead. I really didn’t want him turning into one of those southern clichés so many films dealing with the south likes to go with. Also, he won me over when he told Shane off. At that very moment, I literally wanted to shout out “You the man, Hershel!”

Carol’s attempt to bring Daryl out of the dark place he’s in was truly one of the most memorable moments of this whole episode. The tension was high between them and you couldn’t help but feel both their pain. Whether or not Daryl agrees with it, he and Carol share a bond, a sort of kinship that no other member of the group has, and you could see it in his eyes that he truly was remorseful for the things he said to her. Showing up to the house at the end was proof of that. The closing scene of last week’s episode has left some questions as to what will happen next for the group: What will become of them at the farm? What will Shane and Andrea have in store for the captive outsider? And more importantly, what will happen when Rick and Shane have their confrontation?

Kill Of The Week: This week’s KOTW goes to Lori killing a walking with a screwdriver

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