“I see undead people – and, um, old people”: Recap – AMC’s The Walking Dead – S01E04 – Vatos

 Previously on The Walking Dead:

Previously on Walking Dead cartoon

 

Thank you, Graham Annable, for this awesome cartoon!

All picspam and GIFs in this recap are from F**k Yeah The Walking Dead Tumblr unless otherwise credited.

Now, before we get into the guts and innards of the recap, here are some pics of my Walking Dead TV Boyfriend Glenn in all his cute Asian glory, by popular demand.

Glenn actor

Glenn and crossbow toting Darryl 

Here’s hoping that he looks like this other Cute Asian underneath his shirt, KJewls!

mike-and-tina

OK, now onto the serious stuff, Spideys and Spidettes 🙂

– Camp Survivor River –

Useless Aunt Jenna Sisters Andrea and Amy: Sit on a boat and fish using different methods, because their father showed them different ways of tying them knots because they are so different, and…

Metallica: Enter Sandman!

Spidey Sense: Catches some z’s for this part.

Bella Swan: Girls, you’re a special snowflake like me!

– Camp Survivor Main Base –

Jim: The mechanic digs a hole at a frenzied pace.

Spidey Sense: Looks like he is angling for China, or maybe Mystic Falls – maybe he is Team Bloodsucker and not Team Braaaains?

Dale: Watches Jim did his hole, but from the camerawork we are apparently meant to think that it is JIM who is creepy.

– Zombie Capital of America, Atlanta –

Merle’s hand: Hi Ragtag Group of Rescuers!

Rest of Merle’s body: Nowhere to be seen.

Darryl: Starts to launch a crossbow attack on T-Dog because he blames him for being in a situation that required his brother to saw his hand off.

Jigsaw: Fool! Obviously you haven’t watched Saw XVIIIIIIIIIIIII, or you’d know the real culprit.

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes: Pulls a gun on Darryl.

Stand: Off!

Darryl: Backs down, putting his brother’s hand in a handkerchief.

Spidey Sense: Sees what the writers did there.

Darryl: Puts the kerchiefed hand in Glenn’s backpack, as you do.

Glenn: Always seems to be toting one body part or another, so it’s just another day at the office, really.

Our Ragtag Group of Rescuers: Follow the red brick road of Merle’s blood in a twisted kind of scavenger hunt search.

Spidey Sense: Let’s hope they find more Merle body parts on their merry way!

– Camp Survivor –

Dale: Confronts Jim about his new hole-digging obsession.

Jim: Doesn’t want to talk about it; it’s a private kind of digging.

Spidey Sense: Kinda like porn requires a private kind of watching? Oh yeah, you know what kind of porn I like? Skarsporn!

Details Skarsporn

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Dale: Squeals about Jim’s hole-digging extracurricular activity to the rest of the camp, though seems more concerned about a friend he thinks is going off the deep end than anything else.

Shane In Response To Talk About Holes: “Like the Shia LaBeouf movie”.

holes

Spidey Sense: Shane, look, your crowning one-liner last ep was good enough to earn Twinkie Moment of the Week, but pandering to my pop culture obsessiveness won’t do it alone, OK?

– Merle’s Red Brick Road in Atlanta –

Our Ragtag Group of Rescuers: Take out a few zombies, though they discover a few Merle has single-handedly, in every sense of the word, taken on. They discover a kitchen where Merle has evidently used a hot skillet to cauterize his wound.

Spidey Sense: Damn! More Badass Than Tallahassee Moment of the Week by a long shot!

More Badass than Tallahassee Moment of the Week

You know: What’s grosser than the cauterizing?

Jawless Zombette: Being taken out when she surprises Our Ragtag Group.

 

andbusiness:  because there’s just not enough death and gore on this blog.

Red Brick Road: Ends at a smashed window, where Merle had obviously made like Felix Felicis and got the luck out of there.

Our Ragtag Group of Survivors: Will need to get the DS’s bag of guns dropped in Atlanta in an earlier episode back if they want a fighting chance of going after Merle.

– Camp Survivor –

Dale and the rest of the camp: Approach Jim and ask him what the hell is going on.

Shane Walsh: Attempts to reason with Jim to stop him from freaking everyone else out.

Spidey Sense: Awww, leave Jim alone. He wasn’t bothering anyone by digging a hole to Mystic Falls or wherever. People, I think you’ve got more important things to worry about, like, um, a ZOMBIEOCALYPSE.

Jim: Is like the little green tractor that could and keeps on digging, Shane Walsh, Dale and the rest of the camp be damned.

Shane Walsh: Handcuffs Jim…

Spidey Sense: Hmm, wonder if her ever used those on Lori?

Shane Walsh: And throws Jim’s face in the dirt of his hole, breaking Spidey’s heart a little because he looks so broken and defeated.

Jim: Breaks down and gives this deeply saddening speech…

Jim's sad speech

– End of Red Brick Road in Atlanta –

Glenn: Pitches a masterplan for retrieving the bag of guns. Breaking it down, he’ll run for them while Darryl covers him with his crossbow and return the way he came if he can, but if he has to will escape to a position two blocks off where T-Dog and the DS will be waiting for him.

Darryl: Wonders where Glenn developed his strategic skills.

Glenn: Explains that, actually, he delivered pizzas pre-zombieocalypse.

Glenn pizza boy

Cordelia Chase: Don’t worry Glenn, I’m sure your pizza delivery career took you so many exciting places!

Spidey Sense: Hmm, Glenn seems like the cute geek type who would be obsessed with World of Warcraft and other video games, so I’m not too surprised about his mad strategizing skills.

Our Ragtag Group of Rescuers: Split up, which makes Spidey Sense nervous, because in horror movies this is always how victims are picked off.

Glenn: Makes a mad dash for the gun bag with Darryl covering him and manages to make his way back again before the zombies can fully realise what is happening and start lumbering at him in earnest.

He didn’t bank on: Human foes!

Glenn and Darryl: Are jumped by random assailants, who, surprisingly, don’t look like this…

Vampire Diaries Masked Avenger Dude

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The Non-Masked Avenger Kidnappers: Have some backups in a Non-Masked Avengermobile who grab Glenn and speed off with him.

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes and T-Dog: Picked up the gun bag before the others could get to it and also have a bargaining chip in the form of a Non-Masked Avenger-in-a-Wifebeater accidentally left behind.

Spidey Sense: Can’t really blame them for wanting alone time with Glenn.

Darryl: To his credit, tries to give chase, but is distracted by zombies who have started pouring in through a nearby gate that is ajar.

Spidey Sense: Ajar gates during a zombieocalypse? Big mistake! Just ask Shaun from Shaun of the Dead!

– Camp Survivor –

Jim: Is shackled to a tree. He apologises to Lori for scaring the kids and says he can’t even remember why he was digging the holes, apart from that the insane urge was linked to a dream he had that he can’t remember the details of.

– Back in Zombie capital of America, Atlanta –

Non-Masked Avenger-in-a-Wifebeater: Travels in a van with the DS, Darryl and T-Dog to what appears to be an old factory where his cohorts are so that they can make a deal.

Guillermo AKA Non-Masked Avenger Leader: Says they’ll kill Glenn if they don’t get Non-Masked Avenger-in-a-Wifebeater and the gun bag.

Our Ragtag Group of Survivors Minus Glenn: Are vastly outnumbered by the Non-Masked Avenger Kidnappers.

Spidey Sense: Will personally zombify the whole group if they hurt Glenn.

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes: Calls for a timeout, which includes this sweet scene…

Aww DS Glenn speech

Our Ragtag Group of Survivors Minus Glenn: Go back in what is basically a suicide mission give how severely outnumbered they are.

All: Is not as it seems!

Sweet Lil Old Lady: Appears suddenly and Non-Masked Avenger Leader looks chastened when she asks for help.

Haley Joel Osment: I see old people!

The Non-Masked Avenger Kidnappers: Suddenly start acting like nice young grandsons.

DS and old lady

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes: Takes advantage of their softening situation and lies that the Non-Masked Avenger Kidnappers are helping him with a missing persons case.

Sweet Lil Old Lady: Takes the group off in search of Glenn.

Spidey Sense: Props herself back in her chair after falling out of it going “WTFFFFF????” at the old lady revelation.

The Non-Masked Avenger Kidnappers: Are actually protecting a bunch of seniors in an old age home setup from being zombified.

Non-Masked Avenger Leader: Was a custodian pre-zombieocalypse.

Glenn: Is in no real danger; they were just pretending this was the case so that they could get the guns to protect the seniors.

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes: Offers them the majority of the weapons before Our Ragtag Group heads back into the street.

The Van: Is missing.

Merle: Is more than likely back, bitches!

– Camp Survivor (Though Not For Long) –

Jim: Has been freed and is eating fish with the others.

Ed: A man who beat his wife Carol in the last episode and earned a spot of Spidey Sense’s zombie hit list, is sulking in his tent like a child, bearing the bruises of his last encounter with Shane.

Useless Aunt Jenna Sister Amy: Goes off for a tinkle.

Strange Rustlings: Rustle, first outside of Ed’s tent.

Spidey Sense: Yessssssssss! Zombie time!

Spidey Sense’s New Zombie BFF: Gnaws on Ed’s wind pipe. Umm, awesome! Twinkie Moment of the Week, baby!

Twinkie Moment of the Week

Amy: Is picked off next in truly gruesome style.

Amy bites the dust

Shane Walsh: Starts firing zombie headshots, and one earns himself Zombie Kill of the Week with this one…

 

dwalkingdead:  BLOWN. AWAY. twdz:  My brain was blown away.

Zombie Kill of the Week

Spidey Sense: Is glad she didn’t eat anything before watching this episode.

Jim and Morales: Bash zombies with baseball bats like they are innard-y piñatas.

Useless Aunt Jenna Sister Amy: Dies in her sister’s arms.

Jim: Gets bitten on his stomach, a zombie hickey that his human friends don’t see and he doesn’t bring to their attention.

Spidey Sense: Ironic that the death scene was the best one the sisters ever had.

Jim: Remembers his dream suddenly. “This is why I dug the holes.” To escape the horrors of Zombieland.

Until next episode: Fin.

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10 responses to ““I see undead people – and, um, old people”: Recap – AMC’s The Walking Dead – S01E04 – Vatos

  • kjewls

    Yay! You posted Glenn pics for me! He definitely gets the KJewls Seal of Approval. As do “Skarsporn,” and any references made to the movie Holes. Shia rocks! Speaking of abs, have you seen his lately? DAMN!

    Gotta love all those gory gifs on your blog. What good is seeing a zombie axed through the head once, when you can see it happen, 85,000 times :)?

    • Spidey Sense

      I know, Glenn is a total cutie pie and snarky to boot – what is not to love?!

      I’ve had Shia love since Disturbia, so although I hadn’t heard he was bulking up for a movie role, I applaud the director making him do so.

      It is funny how comical the gory GIFs are when taken out of context – when watching the show I can barely keep my s**t together, I’m so scared, yet they are strangely funny in small doses. Or maybe I am truly just dark and twisty 🙂

  • Marc

    This comic book fanboi is well and truly satisfied.

    Jawless zombie was also pure win. I am enthralled, I can’t stop watching.
    Any kill utilising crossbow is just … well – the best.
    Running through my mind is the repetitive sounds of ‘twang’ followed by ‘thunk’ followed by ‘thud’.
    The glorious three Ts.

    Whereas your zombie kill of the week brings one word reverberating through my skull. That word is BOING!

    Over and over and over and over
    the spell of repetition is really on [me].

    The subtle art of zombie killing is almost lyrical in its poetry.
    I love the smell of spilt congealed blood in the morning.

  • Spidey Sense

    I was so excited to find the picspam that merged TV show stills with comic book footage – very cool!

    Jawless zombie is a little reminiscient of the creature from Predator that has a retractable jaw, no? And I agree, it is like watching a train wreck – you just can’t look away 🙂

    “Twang” is a particularly fitting glorious T given the very Westernesque flavour this show has. BOING made me LOL… it’s funny because it’s true!

    And I agree without you about good zombie killing being poetry in motion. There is an art to zombie carnage that is quite unlike any other supernatural killing that I just can’t quite put my finger on.

  • Marc

    I think the greatest thing about zombie killing is that it is a thing (for want of a better word) that is accesible to the common people.

    To kill a werewolf one requires enough wealth to purchase a number of silver bullets.
    These bullets would be hugely expensive because demand would be rather high in the supernatural hunter community, but supply would be excrutiatingly low due to the insane inpracticality of silver bullets.
    And also, that presumes the firer of the silver bullet has the skill to shoot the damn thing into the beasts heart. But the common redneck gun owner would probably struggle to hit the side of a barn – it’d take some damn fine hunter to get the first bullet right where it needs to go on the first shot.

    To kill a vampire is somewhat easier than a werewolf – all you need is a pointy stick. The hard part is getting close enough to a super-strong, super-fast, pointy-toothed mofo that wants to drain you of your blood.
    It takes something more than nerves of steel of get that job done – it takes a gentleman of the big pointy hat persuasion.
    You know the sort of shit-kicker I’m talking about? The sort of tough guy who can wrastle a Polar Bear nekkid in the middle of he Alaskan winter.

    To kill Cthulu … yeah, I’m not trying that

    However, in order to kill a zombie, all a person needs is a skull crushing impliment (sharp or blunt makes no difference) and a desire to wack peoples heads in, wether they were once family members or not and suddenly, pizza delivery guy has suddenly become Mister Hero McWhackyWhack!

    Summing up: Where all other supernatural monsters and fiends require a certain calibre of buffed-up-hero-god-thing.
    However, Zombie killing is the time to shine for the common man, woman and child. All and sundry can grab a base ball bat and charge the hordes of shambling undead creatures in an orgy of destruction and scattered brains.

    • Spidey Sense

      Haha, Marc, remind me to keep you around in a zombieocalypse society – your pragmatism would probably be the only thing that could keep me alive 🙂

      The thing that defines these survivors is their ordinariness. There are no Buffys, no friendly sparkly vamps or supernatural powers of any kind to help them out. They just have to rely on their natural wits and resourcefulness. They get tired and sore and don’t look particularly glamorous or hot while on the run (Glenn being the exception for me, of course!).

      It’s a world where ordinary heroes like former pizza boys can stand up and be logistical geniuses. And that is one of the reasons why I suspect we love zombie tales so much – we are symbolically beating our own fear of creeping, walking death.

      Makes me wonder the process you have to go through to create a silver bullet. Is it a case of melting silver and pouring it into a mould, or have I watched too many werewolf movies too? 😉 It’s also kind of hilarious that vampires can ultimately be brought down by what amounts to a piece of wood.

      • Marc

        “your pragmatism would probably be the only thing that could keep me alive”
        Aw shucks.
        For what it’s worth, the first thing I’d try to do when slipping into survival mode is chuck some Michael Jackson on and try and get a groovy dance number going.
        Just for the love of God, no one trip on the boom-boxes power cord – as soon as the music stops they turn right back into slow moving brain hungry killing machines.

        Alice is the exception for me – running around in that su-PERB little red number.
        And that hair.
        And those eyes.
        Rawr.

        And if you want to know how to make silver bullets, just ask the lone ranger. I’m pretty sure he would have had to supply them for himself given the fact that most cowboys back then went for something cheaper and more practical like i dunno, lead?

        • Spidey Sense

          I’m in total agreement with you – the zombies in the Michael Jackson video are misunderstood and just want to have fun! It is only if you get between them and the boogie that they get nasty 🙂

          Your Alice comment makes me think that sometimes my blog can be a little hot male centric. Maybe I need to do something for you men too other than gory zombie GIFs!

          Maybe if the lone ranger hadn’t kept his badass werewolf killing skills to himself, he would have been the woman-crawling-all-over him ranger!

          • Marc

            Don’t blame it on the vi-rus
            Don’t blame it on the sci-ence
            Don’t blame it on the zom-bies
            Blame it on the boogie.

            And yes, your posts can get a bit male-centric (I can honestly say I’m not interested in abs) but hey, you’re a woman and I’m a machine (Death From above: 1979) So who am I to complain?

            Oh, and the Lone Ranger was too much about morality and high horsing about on his pedestal to get ze wemmins.

            • Spidey Sense

              Ze wemmins gives me flashbacks to the Little Rascals 🙂 Alfalfa, anyone?

              I much prefer your zombified version of Blame it on the Boogie. And poor Michael Jackson did become a bit of a different species towards the end, so it is fitting really.

              Don’t you worry, I’m an equal opportunity ogler – I will have some female-centric stuff for you. And there will always be my gory zombie GIFs, especially as The Walking Dead has been picked up for a second season! Yippee!

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