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TV Show: The Walking Dead Season 3 Ep. 2 "Sick" Recap and Review
Whoa. I knew we would get Dark Rick this season but I didn't think it would be that fast. I figured that they would gradually introduce it, but this could be their way of building toward it, with much darker scenes of Rick yet to be seen. The way he handled Tomas and Andrew showed us a side of Rick that we only previewed in the Rick/Shane situation. It's going to great to see how the writers handle Rick's new dark presence. While not as strong as the previous episode, this was still a great follow up to the season premiere, staying completely focused on the events inside the prison following the removal of Hershel's leg and the introduction of the five inmates in the cafeteria.
"Sick" picks up immediately where the previous episode left off with Rick, Glen, Maggie, T-Dog, and Darryl needing to get Hershel back to the others before he bleeds to death. The prisoners come out into the open, and look as surprised to see Rick and the others as they are to see the prisoners. Rick's focus stays on Hershel, while Darryl and T-Dog keeps their weapons trained on the prisoners. The prisoners seem to have been holed up in the cafeteria for many months awaiting a rescue, unaware of the severity of the zombie outbreak outside of the prison walls. Rick's group makes it clear that they are not the National Guard or any rescue team there to save them. Glen is able to get Hershel on a make-shift stretcher, and the group races to get him back to the cell block. The episode picks up with the same fast paced intensity that we were left off with at the end of the first episode.
They leave Hershel with the others while Rick, Darryl, and T-Dog must deal with the prisoners who have followed them back to the cell block. After a bit of arguing Rick ends up making a deal with Tomas, the apparent leader of the prisoners, that they will help clear out a prison block for them if the Tomas gives them half of their food supply. Rick explains to them what's been going on outside of the walls of the prison, and even brings them outside to show them. I found it silly that the prisoners, who were locked up inside that cafeteria for almost 10 months never considered the fact that the world has gone down the toilet. If they did they clearly make no mention of it here. After finding out what the world is like out there they don't seem to be as a surprised and shocked as some might be after finding out there is no world to go back to. While they do wonder what has happened to their families outside of the prison walls, it still wasn't as emotionally devastating as it could have been.
After receiving their half of the food, Rick, Darryl, and T-Dog takes the prisoners to go clear out a cell block for them. Upon their first zombie encounters, the prisoners go wild, fighting like its a prison riot while Rick, Darryl and T-Dog stand back and watch them. I laughed quite a bit at this scene, mostly because of the looks Rick, Darryl, and T-Dog give the prisoners while they are attacking the zombies like a "What a bunch of idiots" look. During the scuffle one of the prisoners, Big Tiny, is bitten. He makes his case that hes alright, and that he doesn't even feel it or feel sick, but Rick keeps saying that they need to take care of this. Tomas shows his true colors and smashes Big Tiny's skull in over and over again until there is nothing but mashed skull and brain matter left.
The group continues to move forward, and during another zombie attack Tomas almost hits Rick with his weapon, then throws a zombie on top of Rick in an attempt to kill him. It's obvious that Tomas does not want to play by Rick's rules. After killing the last of the zombies Rick confronts Tomas. After a few exchanged words Rick looks at Tomas and says "S*** happens", then firmly plants his Machete into the top of Tomas' head. Its quite the shocking moment, and a huge turn in character for Rick. He officially dives into the pool of darkness when, after Andrew attacks Rick and runs off, Rick locks him in a courtyard of zombies and tells him to start running, leaving him there to die.
With just two out of the five prisoners left, Axel and Oscar, Rick, Darryl, and T-Dog escort them to their new cell block. Its quite the horrific scene when you see handcuffed prisoners who were seemingly lined up and executed outside of their prison cells. They advise Axel and Oscar to take the bodies outside and burn them, and Darryl apologizes to them for the loss of their friends. While the two prisoners are left in this cell block, and told not to make themselves a presence to Rick's group, I doubt this will be the last time we see these two.
Back at their cell block, the women try to save Hershel and stop his leg from bleeding out. They elevate his leg but he continues to bleed through all the sheets that they use to cover it, and realize that they need medical supplies or else they might not be able to save Hershel. Hershel is handcuffed to the bed just in case he dies and turns into a zombie he wont be able to attack anyone. Sometime during all of this Carl decides on his own to make a dangerous trip to the infirmary to receive medical supplies for Hershel. He makes it back with the supplies and admits to only have to kill two walkers, which is nothing big for a bad-ass like Carl. Lori reprimands him for doing so, even though without his trip to infirmary Hershel would have more than likely died. Maggie gives an emotional speech to a passed out Hershel, and Lori gives Hershel mouth-to-mouth after he stops breathing.
At the end of the episode, with the entire group around, Hershel finally wakes up. Whew. I was kind of worried that we were going to lose him. I'm glad he was able to pull through. Lori seems to be redeeming herself this season, after being the most hated character on the show. She even admits this episode that she has not been the best nor has she been a great mother. Rick and Lori share a scene at the end where they finally have a heart-felt, and slightly amusing, talk. Rick still refuses to acknowledge her as anything more than Carl's mother, and his only real response to everything with her is a thanks for her helping to save Hershel, but the hand on the shoulder was a step in a good direction.
During everything that was going on inside of the prison, Carol, along with the help of Glen head out to the fence to find a female zombie where she can practice doing a c-section on. With Hershel injured and Lori due any day, its going to be up to Carol to perform the c-section on Lori. After Carol disposes of the walker of her choice, Glen distracts the rest while she pulls it inside the fence. Now alone, Carol, in a disturbing yet awesome scene, Carol begins to perform the c-section on the walker. Someone though, is watching from outside of the fence. Could it be the governor or someone from Woodbury? Could it be someone else completely? We never really know for sure, but we do know that there is someone out there watching.
I thought this was a great episode, that featured some awesome zombie kills, but also highlighted the human threat as well. Rick turns a really dark corner in the episode, and it will be interesting to see how deep into this darkness he will go. There was no mention or scenes of Andrea or Michonne in this episode, and it focused completely on the prison. Hopefully next week we get an episode dedicated mostly to Michonne and Andrea since we've seen very little of them in these first two episodes.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9PM EST on AMC
Created by Robert Kirkman
Starring Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies, Lauren Cohan, IronE Singleton, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, Laurie Holden, Dania Gurira, and David Morrissey.