Quickie Synopsis: Episode 6 (the series finale), in which our stinky crew raids the CDC liquor cabinet like it’s the last day on Earth, wastes hot water despite orders to the contrary, pukes, cries, deals with attempted rape, cries more, and then bounces, leaving a smoldering pit in their wake.
Shane Leaves Rick Backstory.
You know what? I watched this scene a couple time and still couldn’t tell if Shane thought Rick was dead or not. It looks like he puts his ear to his chest to listen for a heartbeat before sighing and putting his hand over Rick’s eyes like he’s dead. But then he looks again like he has doubts before he puts a bed in front of Rick’s room. How crazy was the military guys opening fire on the doctors though? [Edit: Later on Shane admits that maybe he actually couldn't hear Rick's heartbeat.]
The second time in just 6 episodes that people are overjoyed at taking a shower. Darabont just loves shower scenes. Also, Dr. Jenner is like, “don’t waste hot water” and then everyone proceeds to take their sweet time. Lori and Rick hump, Shane drinks and mopes, Andrea just sits there having a mental breakdown… Guys, uncool. Hump, mope, and breakdown OUTSIDE the shower.
Shane Tries to Rape Lori:
It’s weird saying this is a “best bit” but it’s definitely an important moment in the series. I’ll be interested to see Shane continually lose his shit over Lori.
Test Subject 19.
With some really advanced medical imaging we get a neat visual of how the virus invades the brain, shuts it down, and then re-activates it. We also get to see him shoot the zombie in the head (neat!). Aside from that though, the CDC is completely worthless when it comes to knowledge of the virus. Or microbe. Or wrath of God. Shouldn’t they know this?
Haha, what? Frank goes, “That clock: it’s been counting down. What happens when it reaches 0?” And the doc is like, “Generator shut down.” Uh, dude, pertinent info. There’s an hour left on it when he tells them. Good thing Frank asked. When time’s up? Lab-wide decontamination. Uh-oh.
The crew learns exactly what “decontamination” means. They aren’t terribly pleased, understandably. Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day.
Jenner Whispers to Rick.
What does he say?! WHAT DOES HE SAY?!
Hey, Rick’s grenade! Finally gets some action.
Dale Sticks Around for Andrea.
Aw. That’s sweet. Dale refuses to leave Andrea during the longest 4 minutes in TV history before the CDC blows up (seriously, the lab was WAY underground and these people are able to get out in like, 5 seconds).
The Last Shot of Season 1.
Damn, that’s how the first season ends? Darabont (at the time) thought the show might not get picked up. Imagine if that was how the show ended. Thank God it doesn’t. Too bad we have to wait almost a year to find out where our crew goes next. And whatever happened to Merle…
KILL OF THE WEEK
Daryl lops off a zombie’s head on the way to the Winnie. Thank you, Daryl, for making Kill of the Week actually mean something.
ZOMBIE OF THE WEEK
Zombie of the Week is Jenner’s selfless, genius wife who let the virus run through her body so her husband could study it and possibly find a cure. I didn’t think the zombie of the week would be so heavy all the time when I started this column. Damn.
Week 6 Zombie Kills: 4 (I need to point out that the survivors shoot 5 times and score 3 headshots (we don’t see where the other 2 bullets go or what they’re even shot at. These guys should be military snipers or something.)
Season 1 Total On-screen Zombie Kills: 66. For only 6 episodes, that’s pretty damn good.
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