Rick Grimes and the Allied Communities Begin their War on the Saviors
But Rick’s Flash-forward Sequences Mar What Could Have Been a Perfect Episode.
The Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere review
Season 8, Ep. 01 – ‘Mercy’ | Aired October 22, 2017
by TS Alan
I’m taking a different approach on this review. I’m giving readers two lists: 8 Reasons Why I liked the Walking Dead Season 8 Premiere and 8 Reasons Why I Dislike the 100th episode.
8 Reasons Why I Like the Episode:
- Rick has finally made a real plan, including anticipating Negan’s counter moves.
- Carl at the gas station being a shot for shot recreation of a scene from the first episode.
- The mystery Muslim man Carl discovers may be Siddiq from the comic book.
- Best lines in the episode, Negan’s remarks to Rick during their initial encounter: “I’m not exactly feelin’ a reason to throwin’ lead at each other,” Negan tells Rick. “I care about my people. I don’t want to just march them into the line of fire because I want to play ‘my dick is bigger than yours’ … It is. We both know it,” he says with a grin.
- Morgan (Lennie James) spearing a Saviors member by Pulpin Urgent Care.
- Walkers! Lots of walkers.
- The ascending aerial shot of the trailer that Gabriel and Negan are taking refuge within. A homage to the aerial shot of the tank at the end of episode one.
- It’s the Walking Dead!
8 Reasons Why I Dislike the Episode:
- The Weird “Rick” Yankovic flash-forward sequences that interrupted the story line.
- The never ending opening speech by Rick that also book-ended the episode.
- Rick’s useless banter with Negan trying to get Negan and his lieutenants to surrender. He should have just opened fire.
- Gabriel didn’t shoot Negan the second he discovered him in the trailer.
- Not knowing the meaning of the stained glass Celtic cross as Rick is mourning. The Walking Dead never throws random shots into the show for no reason. The religious significance would favor Father Gabriel being killed by Negan. However, being an avid reader of the comic there are other possibilities.
- No one has killed Gregory yet.
- Infinite bullets. So where did Rick get all the ammunition from?
- Only one scene and one line for Eugene.
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