posted on Oct, 29 2017 @ 07:36 PM
Last Sunday marked TWD series season 8 premiere and 100th episode.
For those of us whom are faithful followers of the show, I'm sure I can speak for us all when I say it could had been better.
Rather than making it an extended showing, the show runners stuck to the usual 44 minutes of air time plus the usual plethora of commercials.
For those of you who have yet to see the season premiere, I advise you to stop here to avoid spoilers.
So, we have a few confusing scenes in the premiere, a bunch of bad choices, and other things that can only come down to bad writing.
Don't get me wrong. I love this show, but that doesn't mean I can't vent my gripes.
We are introduced to a new key character in the opening scenes. Fans of the comic would have recognized the man quoting the Quran as Siddiq.
In the comics Siddiq is part of Oceanside and plays a part in the rebuilding of Alexandria after the Saviours blow it up.
In the show, we know Oceanside does not play host to any male members, so it will be interesting to see we're they write in his back story.
As well, for those who might had missed it, we hear Rick Grimes quoting the same verse from the Quran as Siddiq, in one of the many flash back/forward
scenes this episode had.
That brings me to my next point...where in the hell in time are we?
We Have scenes of old man Rick, grey bear and all, presumably in the fast forward 2 years after the "All out war" story arc. We then get flashes of
teary eyed Rick, red eyes, tears, quivering, visibly upset, minus the snot hanger we had in Ricks last break down.
One frame from this flash back is particularly interesting.
Rick is standing in front of 2 mystery make shift graves.
whom ever they are, I have a feeling they are part of our core group and close to him.
Rick didn't cry when Abe got nixed, he only broke a tear when Glenn got it.
Glenn was with Rick the longest in the series out of any character.
We know it isnt Michonne, Carl or Judith, they are in the flash forward aged and healthy, when Rick is an old man.
I guess we will have to wait and see where all these flash backs fit in.
Another scene that rattled me to the core was the infamous pop in on the Saviours doorstep by our merry militia.
No less than 50 guns were pointed at 1 man - Negan.
Heck Negan didn't even take cover. He happily stood out in the open staring at all the barrels pointed at him.
Rather than someone just taking the shot and putting him down, ending his reign of terror, we hear a nice little speech from Rick.
Then Rick provides a faux countdown from 10 that stops at 7 before easily 2000 rounds gets dumped into the Saviours compound.
Why didn't one of the guys in the back just pop him? He could have died 100 times over in that span.
This was the bad writing i mentioned earlier, but it does not stop there.
During all the melee, Gabriel risks his life for that snivelling worm Gregory, only to be left stranded at the Saviours front door.
When Gabe takes cover from the horde of dead, he finds himself taking shelter in the same trailer Negan is in.
Equipped with a gun, Gabriel takes the time to listen to Negan's - Whom is only armed with a bat, "#tin pants" spiel, and he just stands there
with a look of terror on his face.
Why not just blast him to pieces?
You rally 3 communities together for 1 sole purpose; take this guy down.
He's killed your friends, makes you gather crap for him and his lackies.
You go threw all this trouble of out fitting your cars with tin siding so you can hide behind it.
Your fearless leader gives a kick ass motivational speech.
Then show up on this guys front porch uninvited,
All for one reason - to kill the guy, and no one even try's.
And Negan doesn't even try to hide.
He stands there listening to all the crap, smiling and not even one of these bozos Even try to pop a shot at him.
Just bad writing.
Maybe I'm being to hard on the show or just expecting too much from it, but scenes like than get me angry.
It's like the writers forget their characters purpose.
They put together 10 minutes of actual story and then dump in 35 minutes of filler to make sure you tune in next week.
I'm hoping tonight's episode is a continuation of last weeks and picks up right where we left off.
We already know Negan doesn't get captured till the end of the season, but hopefully the story keeps the action packed pace...but coherently.
We can have all sorts of explosions and gun fights, but the writing needs to make sense at the same time for the show to be enjoyable.
What are your thoughts on last weeks episode?
Did you think it was the epic premiere/100th episode mile stone, as it was made to sound?
Will Negan make it till the season 8 finale? Or will we be thrust forward 2 years in the timeline come the mid season finale?