Eugene Bites: Thoughts on “The Walking Dead” Season 6, Episode 14: “Twice as Far”

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Episode 14 of season 6 of “The Walking Dead” (“Twice as Far”) was absolutely enthralling. Perhaps the best way to tease what is to come is to mention that it included what has to be one of the weirdest and funniest lines ever spoken in the history of television.

Great Walker Makeup

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There was some more great walker makeup this installment that begs to be highlighted. A walker with a lead helmet made for one of best ever seen on the program.

Rosita Espinosa

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Christian Serratos  turned in a strong performance as Rosita Espinosa. She has quietly done her job well since joining the cast.

Dr. Denise Cloyd

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That the community allowed Dr. Denise Cloyd (Merritt Wever), the only person in Alexandria with medical experience, to leave the safety of its walls for any reason was ridiculous. Her stated reason, that she knew the names of drugs needed by the group, was too silly to have been convincing. She could have written down the names of medicines. The moment she set foot out of Alexandria the believability level of the show dipped.

Daryl “Mr. Cool” Dixon

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Watching Daryl “Mr. Cool” Dixon (Norman Reedus) struggle to drive a truck with a manual transmission was a very funny touch. That “The Walking Dead” did not take the joke to its logical conclusion is inexplicable. A quick cutaway showing something other than the interior of the truck followed by a return to the truck and a view of Darryl in the passenger seat and Denise driving would have elicited a second round of laughter.

Denise’s Murder

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Denise’s murder had to be one of the most shocking moments in the entire run of the show. That “The Walking Dead” continues to surprise its viewers is one of the reasons it has kept such a large audience for so long.

Dwight

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Seeing Dwight (Austin Amelio) on our television screens was another one of the episode’s surprises.  He represents a return to the all-white male top tier villains standard the show has set. Paula appears to have been just a one episode departure from the show’s norm.

Dr. Eugene Porter’s  Evolution

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Dr. Eugene Porter’s  (Josh McDermitt) evolution into a new person has been most welcome and entertaining. His doing what Sgt. Abraham Ford, portrayed by Michael Cudlitz, would call out of the box thinking led to one of the weirdest and funniest lines ever spoken in the history of television. Ford tells Eugene: “You know how to bite a d#*k, Eugene. I mean that with the utmost of respect.”

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After Eugene is shot we see him having to be carried away. We wondered if he would survive. A few minutes later we learn that he was only “grazed” by a single bullet. If he was only “grazed” why did he need to be carried off?

Carol

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In contrast to the character ark of Eugene, in this installment we see the further disappointing character development of Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). Carol decides she does not want to kill for the people of Alexandria ever again and so leaves the community. It is too farfetched to believe that Carol, who as I stated in commentary on an earlier episode this season, evolved into the ultimate pragmatist and realist when it came to surviving a zombie apocalypse, would become a person who would do such a thing.  The last two episodes informed us that it was Carol’s religion which caused her transformation. I have never missed an installment of the show and never recall Carol’s spirituality to have been referenced in any way until this season. To use it as a key plot device six seasons into the show seems cheap. So too does having Carol run off. She has always been one of the best and most important characters in the series. She will be back just as happened the last time she separated from the main core group of survivors.

As Good as Ever

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Six seasons in “The Walking Dead” is as good as ever. It is too bad that prejudice against the horror genre will prevent the show from ever getting all the credit is deserves.

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