I’m usually on the side of The Walking Dead when it comes to episodes that don’t feature a lot of action, and “Claimed” was one of those episodes. I’m not big on zombies to begin with and am more interested in the characters and the survival aspect of it all. But this was just bad. I fell asleep on the first viewing and almost did on the second. So, let’s go…….
(I’ma break this up in three sections: the people on the truck, Carl and Michonne, and Rick’s fuckery-filled situation).
-The episode opens with Glenn and Tara on the back of the truck with the trio of new characters from the previous episode. Glenn is knocked out, so he doesn’t notice the truck stopping because there are cars blocking the street. As the crew prepares a plan to get through, some walkers came through and Tara was about to shoot them, but the red-headed dude, Abraham, smashes some skulls with a smile on his face. Saves bullets and does it happily. He should end up going far, but he probably won’t.
-Glenn wakes up eventually and asks Tara if they passed the bus, and she tells him everyone was dead. Glenn isn’t buying it and starts trying to break a window in the truck to get them to stop, which they do. Glenn wants to leave and find Maggie, but Abraham basically tells him that his wife is gone and he needs to move on. Glenn punches him the mouth and keeps it movin’, like dude isn’t going to get up. So obviously, the two start fighting and making noise, and guess what that attracts?
-Yep, walkers start coming out of the cornfields like a cheesy horror movie and the crew stops fighting long enough to kill them all. However, the scientist, Eugene, shoots a hole in the truck’s gas tank. Shit sounds like something Cyril from Archer would do. Glenn was leaving to find Maggie anyway, so the rest go with him, although the trio of new people will bail as soon as they find a car.
-So, all I have gathered is that Eugene is a scientist and the trio’s plan is to get to Washington, D.C. They apparently know what is causing the zombie apocalypse, and it is the government’s fault. I will throw this shit in the bushes so fast if it turns into a conspiracy show.
Moving on to Carl and Michonne….
-These two leave Rick to go and get supplies, and it’s always good to see Michonne smile as Rick wants her to be Carl’s friend. It is all fun and games until Carl says Judith’s name and since he thinks she is dead and not with Tyreese and ’em, he quiets up with the quickness. Rick wants to go with them, but he is still recovering from his ass-kicking at the hands of the Governor.
-I may go back and find that on Youtube. Man…what a thrashing that was.
-Michonne tells Carl that she used to have a child, and makes a deal with him: she will tell him one fact about herself for every room they clear of the house they are ransacking. This is huge for Michonne. She is trying to be a part of a family again, after what we saw about her past in the return episode.
-Michonne stumbles upon a room where the family that lived there are lying dead, and I have some questions about them. Why aren’t they walkers? It seems like it would be easy enough for walkers to get in that house. How did they survive so neatly? Starved to death? I thought everyone had the virus already. And of course, Carl would ask about a dead baby, he is obviously still thinking about his sister, especially now that he knows Michonne had a son. I don’t know. That whole scene didn’t do anything for me at all.
Finally, on to Rick….
-Rick stays back because he is all hurt and whatnot, and falls asleep reading when he hears a commotion downstairs; someone has rolled up on the house. He scrambles and hides under a bed, and then a dude comes up and lies on said bed, going for a nap. One of his people comes up and wants the bed for himself, but the first guy was like, it’s claimed (hence, the name of the episode). The two fight and one falls to the ground. He sees Rick under the bed and tries to get his partner to stop, but gets choked out in the process. Is he dead or just unconscious?
-Rick finally gets out of the room and from under the damn bed, while the second guy is sleeping, but stumbles upon another one in the bathroom and chokes him out. Is he dead or unconscious? And did no one hear the life-or-death battle going on upstairs? They were banging around pretty good.
-Rick manages to get outside and waits by a porch, where another guy is bouncing a ball. Rick was going to kill him, but the guy was distracted by what I think was a walker. Michonne and Carl are approaching the house, but Rick gets to them and they are on the road again. They see the big-ass truck with the “Sanctuary for all. Community for all. Those who arrive survive” statement on it and start following the path that everyone else has followed so far.
This whole episode was a big ol’ meh to me. It happens with The Walking Dead once in a while. I just don’t see any of the points that were attempted to be made here. Next week’s previews looked good, though, so here’s hoping.