The Walking Dead: “First Time Again” Review

The Walking Dead is back! Finally! Our favorite characters have returned in Alexandria and the stakes are high this season. Thing pick up in a nonlinear fashion, shifting from flashback scenes in black and white, to the present timeline. It was refreshing to see the TWD in black and white and was a great nod to the first season’s episodes without color. This 90 minute episode was chock full of action and things going wrong so let’s dive right in.

We get a lot of rehash in the flashbacks, which provide some nice moments between Rick and Morgan. I think that worked best to refresh the audience on what’s happened while getting Morgan up to speed. Morgan quickly sees that Rick is no longer the risk-taking second chance kind of guy of the past and realizes how ruthless he is becoming. Rick was quick to kill Pete, although he could have jailed him, as Morgan suggested. He didn’t want to bury him either and would have quickly killed the conspiring Carter in that moment (for a second, I thought he was). Morgan may serve as the “moral guideline” or antithesis of Rick this season and one could guess that since the trailers leading up to the season heavily hinted at a conflict. My guess is Morgan will die. The moral symbol always dies. RIP Dale, Hershel, and Tyrese.

In the flashbacks, we see how things are still very unsettled as Deanna is still grieving and the town is semi-fearful of Rick and his plan. Carol said it best noting that while Deanna is in charge, Rick is in charge. He is running the show and she’s just following his orders essentially. Rick actually had a great plan of diffusing the shit ton of Walkers that were found in the quarry. By the way, what was up with all of those Walkers?! You had to think that there was something holding the zombies back from overrunning Alexandria and that was a great explanation. My only gripe with that is who positioned the trucks to block the zombies off?

While that many walkers being present was one of my favorite parts of the episode, the best thing had to be the interpersonal relationships and fun dynamics between partners. The aforementioned Rick and Morgan dynamic is a great contrast. Rick was more humane and Morgan was at one point crazy, so the two being around each other echoes remnants of the past. Now, they almost switched rules, being that the former has almost given up on humanity and the latter hasn’t. Glenn and scumbag Nicholas is also another interesting dynamic, since Nicholas got Noah killed, left Glenn for Dead, and flat out tried to kill Glenn. Glenn being the good guy that he is, is trying to reform Nicholas but is weary of letting him help in important situations. It’ll be interesting to see if Nicholas gains his redemption of some kind. The car ride between Sasha and Abraham (“We’ll do it live!”) was great. Abraham is, well, Abraham. He does make note of Sasha’s previous suicidal tendencies of the last season.

Let’s wrap with the Walker Parade failing thanks to a well-timed horn. Who sounded the alarm? Who ruined the almost flawless execution of Rick’s plan? Was it one of Rick’s conspirers? The Wolves? I guess we’ll find out next week.

Last Points:

  •   Daryl is a complete badass.
  •   Morgan, Michonne did eat your last protein bar!
  •   Glenn’s pizza line= Perfect
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