Quickie Synopsis: Episode 2, in which Rick Grimes makes some new friends, dismembers a corpse, and gets the F out of Dodge.

Best bits:


Steven Yeun is perfectly cast as the wise-cracking, unreasonably smart (for a horror show/movie) Glenn. His sarcastic remarks are a welcome addition to the bleak tone.

"You just rang the dinner bell."

Who doesn't love a classic Romero Siege? I find it a little hard to buy that a zombie would have the intelligence to pick up a large chunk of concrete and use it to bash in the windows, but I love the ticking clock of the slowly breaking glass.

Michael Rooker.

Michael Rooker plays a GREAT asshole and his turn as Merle is no exception. You hate him within 10 seconds of appearing on screen. Who's going to stink-palm this guy?

Glenn lays down some logic.

It's refreshing to see not just a large dose of common sense in a horror show, but also coming from the young Asian guy. For someone living in a world without zombie movies, he's pretty clever—he only lets one person follow him so he isn't bunched up, he keeps the sharp shooter at the doors, and he maintains a lookout.

Andrea Loots the Department Store.

The Walking Dead" is all about the human moments in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. This isn't demonstrated any better than Laurie Holden's Andrea finding a small necklace for her sister while zombies pound and groan a few feet away at the doors. And Rick admits that "the rules" don't apply anymore.

The Organ Donor.

Again we see Rick's humanity as he checks the ID of a dead zombie that he then proceeds to viciously hack it into pieces. It's F'ing gnarly. I can't believe this show is on a regular cable channel. I love the reactions of all the people standing around—especially squeamish Glenn. And then everyone digging into the body cavity to pull out guts. And after everything? "Give me the axe, we need more guts." I was LOLing.

"Where's Glenn?"

I love the shot of Glenn bombing out of the city in the Challenger, having a blast. Who wouldn't do that given the opportunity? [Editor's note: Me, that's who. Should you find yourself with this opportunity, please resist the urge. Should an accident occur, doctors are scarce and an injured survivor is a dead survivor.]


Around the same amount of killing took place this week as last (too bad Rick didn't use that grenade though) but none of them were very spectacular. Rick's axe through the head of the first zombie that realized he's actually food is pretty awesome though. Homeboy got cleaved.


Zombie of the Week goes to a zombie who's most awesome moments were after he was put down. The Organ Donor scene is probably my favorite bit of television since the opening of season 2 of "Lost." Organ Donor Zombie, thank you for your gift.

Week 2 Zombie Kills: 14 (on-screen—even though Rick's aim hovers somewhere around an impossible 90% headshots, if he fires his gun and we don't see a hit on screen, I'm not counting it.)

Series Zombie Kills: 27