Once more, the episode opens with scenes of idyllic life in Alexandria. Except, this time they are broken. They are broken by Michonne’s secret night life, when she answer to the irresistible call of her sword. Even though we don't yet know at this point, it just makes you feel uncomfortable. It is not all … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 9, Episode 4 Review: The Sword, the Bat, and the After to Protect
Sequences where walkers are killed always have some meaning in The Walking Dead. In this episode, it did not happen frequently. Instead of action, more space is given to... tomatoes. Have you seen those perfect shiny tomatoes in this episode? I spotted at least three of them. One picked by Rick at the beginning, one … Continue reading The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 3 Review: Remembrance, Justice, and Tomatoes.
Sequences of violence are coded as part of a research project that looks at how violence is depicted in popular culture, and seeks to understand what makes violence attractive in movies and TV shows. The overviews are about movie sequences rather than events in the narrative. They tell, for example, how many scenes in the … Continue reading About sequences of violence overviews
The theme of building a new civilisation is again central in this episode. From what Rick tells us at the start of the episode, this means moving away from violence: violence is for survival, while peace is for the 'civilised’ world. There are many signs of this new civilisation throughout the episode, from schooling to … Continue reading The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 2 Review: An Uncertain Bridge between Communities
“Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry... no knowledge of the … Continue reading The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 1 Review: The Post-Conflict Politics of the New World