By Wyatt Earp | December 6, 2010
First, this first (short) season has been rock-solid. Sure, there have been points to nitpick, but every time an issue comes up, the writers give a decent explanation later – like last night when some light was shed on Rick’s hospital stay.
Second, the cast is really coming together nicely. There is no one I really want to see killed off. There are characters I hate, but they’re great characters, integral to the show. It is going to be difficult waiting a year for Season 2, but I think it will be well worth the wait. With that, let’s get into the nitty gritty. So you know, there are a few spoilers below the fold. Read at your own risk.
Okay, here are the points I want to address:
1. Shane is a scumbag. No, Shane is a hero. Personally, I don’t know what to make of Shane. He comes of as a hella-douche by boinking Rick’s wife and telling her he’s dead. Last night, we find out that Shane did everything possible to get Rick out of the hospital – to no avail. Then, we cringe as Shane tries to rape Lori inside the CDC. Shane is the example of what I wrote above. I hate him, but his character is fantastic.
2. Dr. Doom and the Exploding Building. I felt badly for Dr. Jenner. I figured TS-19 was someone close to him, and understand why he was so depressed. Locking down the CDC and waiting for sweet, fiery death wasn’t cool, but I understand why he did what he did. When Jacqui said she was staying for the barbecue, I actually whispered, “No.” When Andrea joined her, I said it again, only louder. Jacqui wasn’t the strongest character, but I liked her. And God forgive me, I love Andrea – even thought she can be a dolt sometimes.
For me, the saddest part of the episode was when Dale told Andrea he was staying, too. Dale is fast becoming my favorite character next to Rick. If they killed him off, I would have been really pissed. Thankfully, Andrea wised up and she and Dale escaped. Jacqui? May she rest in peace.
3. The Secret. What did Dr. Jenner whisper to Rick? My thought is that he saw Shane try to rape Lori on the security camera and wanted to let Rick know. That’s only a guess. I could be wrong, and I’m interested in your thoughts.
Overall, it was a pretty strong episode. We learned a few more things, and there wasn’t a cliffhanger, per se, which is good since there is such a long break until the next episode. So, questions? Comments? Criticisms? Have at it.