“The Next World” was unusually good even by the high standards of “The Walking Dead.” My thoughts are as follows:
Dr. Eugene Porter
Not long into the episode Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) speaks the line “hunky dunky.” The expression is hunky dory. Was this some sort of error in the show? If “The X-Files” could broadcast an episode (“Babylon”) earlier this month in which we are shown two explosions from terrorist suicide vests being detonated and later show us that one of the two terrorists did not detonate his vest, “The Walking Dead” certainly could have let the line “hunky dunky” slip by. (For more on the continuity error in this “The X-Files” episode mentioned above see https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/a-review-of-episode-five-babylon-of-the-return-run-of-the-x-files-some-spoilers-are-revealed-below/.)
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene, had a short scene. It was long enough to reinforce something that has always been a feature of “The Walking Dead.” Though Cohan is a talented actress, she has never been able to get her Georgia accent down. Sometimes she sounds vaguely Southern. Other lines are pronounced by her with an accent that sounds like a person from the Midwest. Perhaps her trouble is explained by the fact that her mother is a native of Great Britain and Cohan spent the majority of her life in the United Kingdom.
“The Walking Dead,” HD and the Great Outdoors
Almost all of this installment took place outdoors. The lush Georgia forest looked wonderful on my HD TV.
Jesus, “The Walking Dead” and Religion
The highlight of the show had to be the introduction of Paul “Jesus” Rovia, portrayed by Tom Payne. The mysterious individual who tells Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) that his friends call him “Jesus” proved to be a compelling character. I am excited to see what part he plays in the story line of “The Walking Dead” going forward.
“Jesus” also leaves me a bit apprehensive. He reminded me of a 2012 “The Walking Dead “episode which depicted a large number of walkers sitting in church pews. The not so subtle take away from the episode was obviously intended to be that all Christians are zombies. I have always wondered if polarizing political statements like this one were a factor in the series’ first showrunner being fired. It is my fondest hope that “Jesus” is not used by the writers of “The Walking Dead” to make a hack critique of Christianity and/or Christians.
Darryl and Jesus
I did not quite understand why Daryl would feel such hostility toward “Jesus” from the very first moment he laid eyes on him. His leaping out of the truck to chase him down rather than just let him run off after “Jesus” topples from the top of the truck seemed inexplicable. Daryl’s rashness ultimately leading to the truck and all its supplies ending up at the bottom of a lake was poetic and filmed beautifully!
Rick and Michonne
In the show’s final moments we see Rick and Michonne, portrayed by Danai Gurira, become an item. When the episode starts the wall around Alexandria is still being rebuilt. Therefore Rick does not take much time to grieve the loss of his previous love interest on the show, Jessie Anderson (Alexandra Breckenridge) before jumping into bed with Michonne. Could he not have waited a bit longer? I think the viewers would have wanted him to do so.
“The Next World” was a fun hour of television. I look forward to watching and blogging on next weeks’ installment. Check back in with my blog a few days after it airs if you are interested in my thoughts on it.
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