by Joshua Leonard, Reviewer
This week on “The Walking Dead,” Daryl, Tyreese, Michonne and Bob make it to the vet clinic. Bob battles his addiction to the bottle, while Rick and Carol go out on a run to get more immediate medical supplies for the group.
That is pretty much it.
I knew it was bound to happen. This episode could have been 15 minutes long instead of an hour with the lack of content in the episode.
Tyreese is now, more or less, pulling a Rick from early season three after Lori died – not caring about his life or anything else. We have seen this already! Come on guys!
We get a little more in-depth look on Bob’s back story and how the only way he can sleep during the “quiet nights” alone is by downing a bottle of alcohol. I don’t know about the rest of you, but who cares about Bob? I feel no emotional attachment to that character, and every episode where he is with some of the others when walkers appear I always assume he is the next new character to become zombie food.
We see Rick and Carol having a lack-luster conversation about how Rick does not say anything about Carol killing off the two sick people at the prison. Rick more or less beats around the bush and Carol keeps pressing the issue. I honestly did not care for this pair-off at all. There is not any chemistry with these two and it was obvious in this episode.
Rick and Carol meet a couple of “hippies” (Carol’s words) that are super chipper and carefree. Have they been listening to Bob Marley and munching on chips for the last year-ish of the zombie apocalypse because I don’t think they should be so happy-go-lucky at this point. I guess being carefree does not get the two lovebirds far as we later see the girl being devoured as some zombie lunch. We don’t get to see what happens to the “Dazed and Confused” guy, but, again, who cares?
Finally, at the end of the episode, Rick opens up to Carol and basically tells her to beat it. He says the rest of the group will not look at Carol the same and Tyreese will more than likely kill her for what she did to Tyreese’s girlfriend. Rick gives Carol some supplies, helps her gas up a car and she hits the road.
Carol’s new outlook on life and surviving is a little jarring as it really came out of nowhere. I know Carol as the motherly-figure who takes care of everyone and makes sure they are all OK emotionally. I guess there were hints of Carol’s character change throughout the beginning of this season as she is training the children how to defend themselves. Still, I do not feel that the rebel, kill or be killed persona really works for her.
By far the highlight of the episode deals with Daryl and crew as they try to get to the veterinarian office for medical supplies. Last episode, they were overrun by a horde of walkers and had to flee from their car. This episode picks right back up as Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and Bob make it to a little gas station to find a working vehicle. The gas station is covered with tree limbs as the group begins to hack them down.
Tyreese, doing his season three Rick, is all angry and accidently lets the walkers loose that are inside the gas station. I thought this part was pretty cool as the walkers just pop out of the branches like a whack-a-mole game, causing the group to whack-a-walker as they popped out.
The only other exciting scene in the episode happens when Daryl and crew try to escape the clinic as it is bombarded with walkers. The writers really know how to keep audiences on the edge of their seats when it comes to scenes like these. This is where I was hoping we would get rid of Bob, but to no avail.
As with all idiotic characters that get introduced in the show, Bob puts the group at risk as he tries to save his bag from being taken by the skin-biters. Oh yes, I almost forgot, the hippies call them skin-biters. We learn that Bob only had a half-drank bottle of brandy in his bag – just another reason why I hate this character so far. I guess the show needed a new Andrea?
Overall, I felt that “Indifference” was, well, I was indifferent about the episode. The big question of this episode is what happens now with Carol. I do feel that we will see her again in future episodes this season. Maybe she meets up with The Governor and decides to seek her revenge on Rick for kicking her out. Maybe Rick and crew will get in a sticky situation with no hope of surviving and Carol miraculously shows up and saves the day. Either way, unless something particularly interesting happens with Carol, I don’t care.
The scenes from the next episode look pretty promising as more turmoil begins to arise at the prison. The infected get even sicker and it seems as if maybe one of them becomes a walker. We will just have to wait and see next week!