The Walking Dead Review: “Something They Need”

Editor’s note: this review of AMC’s The Walking Dead will contain some spoilers. I will try to keep them to a minimum, but they’re be there nonetheless. You’ve been warned.

Last week, I blasted The Walking Dead for wasting time doing a whole lot of nothing. In “Something They Need”, things definitely happen, and that is certainly better that tire spinning, but it still had a lot of problems.

The Walking Dead Review - "Something They Need"

The big one, naturally, is that this episode brought one of my longest running complaints to the fore: why exactly are we rooting for these people? Think about that for a moment. Our guys are supposed to be the good guys, but in this episode, they raid a town and take all their guns, leaving them completely defenseless.

Now, they do this so that they can fight the Saviors. On its face, this seems reasonable enough. The Saviors are monsters, right? They beat Abraham and Glenn to death with a baseball bat. That’s pretty messed up.

But let’s remember for a moment how Rick and company ended up with the Saviors. They made a deal with a coward to attack the Saviors based on their word that the Saviors were monsters. So they attacked the group and murdered a ton of people. It only makes sense that Negan and his guys would strike back.

The Walking Dead Review - "Something They Need"

Now, don’t get me wrong here, I’m not defending the Saviors. They are clearly villains. But the Alexandrians aren’t without blame in this whole war, which makes then stealing another group’s weapons much harder to defend.

And I’ll tell you what really got my panties in a bunch with the Oceanside story: having the zombies show up and the two groups united against a common foe. That’s weak. It was designed solely to take the sting out of the “good guys” taking things from another community by force, and I really, really hate that.

And speaking of things that I hate, I’m pretty irritated by the rape story with the Saviors. Using sexual assault as a tension builder is something I absolutely cannot stand. In this case, it was even worse because Negan came in and saved the day by taking a hard-line anti-rape stance.

The Walking Dead Review - "Something They Need"

Here’s the thing: that’s a bunch of bullshit. Negan has three women he has forced to marry him. He is a rapist. He doesn’t get to take the moral high ground just because his rapes are less overtly violent.

There was some good stuff with Sasha and Eugene, and Tara is always a delight, but this episode really left a bad taste in my mouth.

Grade:
2 zombie heads out of 5

12 Comments

Pi3rK

Saying that recently TWD has taken the easy route on many topics is an understatement. Grabing the guns like, “sure why not, take ’em. You know what I even wanna join you guys”, Dwight’s betrayal in progress to name a few. They tried to stretch the season… We all knew this wasn’t gonna work great, and it did.

The Trash people are an absolute joke, most of the mains characters are losing interest while the others are struggling with potential that will never pan out.

Now, I actually liked that Neagan’s trying to play “Do what I say, not what I do” card. Giving the hard lesson to this perve guy while he obviously is not better was brought on purpose I guess. It was nice to finally see Gregory and Maggie have a moment together, specially the way it happened. And of course Sasha and Eugene were awesome in this episode again. Probably the best acting performance recently (I know you’ll disagree here but I like the performance of Neagan).

I say, make the war happen, Rick, Michonne, Daryl all die. Saviors still running their world, put Aaron in charge of a brand new group with the survivors and make them travel the country to the West Coast… That’s 6 more seasons easily.

And bring back Shane from the dead! LOL

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Pepper Valentino

I don’t know about Killing off Rick and making him the leader, but I would love to see more of Aaron. All he is now is the angel (kinda) on Rick’s shoulder. Like Hershel was. And I think he could be so much more than that. I don’t know what, but he could definitely be more.

I don’t want him to be just another hopeful person dead, because they were hopeful.

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Dave

Certainly not, Aaron is a great character. That’s one of the things that really frustrates me about this show. There are some damn good characters on the edges, but the focus is on duds like Rick.

Dave

Seeing Aaron as the angel on Rick’s shoulder is an interesting take. He definitely has this sage-like quality to him, but he seems more grounded than simply being an ethical touchstone for the main character.

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Dave

“I say, make the war happen, Rick, Michonne, Daryl all die. Saviors still running their world, put Aaron in charge of a brand new group with the survivors and make them travel the country to the West Coast… That’s 6 more seasons easily.”

Wow, that would be a bold move indeed. I like it. I think Rick is one of the weaker aspects of the show. Having someone else take charge might be a cool idea, and Aaron seems like a reasonable choice.

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Pepper Valentino

I’m surprised you didn’t have anything to say about Dwight.
But judging by your feelings on everything in the show lately, you didn’t like it.
Haha!

Dang it! I can’t handle all of this negativity!
It’s the best show ever! And everything it does is great!
Except the cgi deer. That was not great. Haha!

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Pi3rK

Still love the show too. It’s just that… Right now it’s not as good. Don’t you think?

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Pepper Valentino

When I think of this season. Yes. I dont think its as good as it could be.

But I really like the second half. And most of the first half.

Maybe I was just really excited about negan. Then they have a hilltop episode,(which had Simon. So thats good.at least) And a tara episode. Thats 3 weeks to wait to see negan again. And that really took some wind out of the sails for me. And I didnt really care for Negan’s first visit to Alexandria either.

But then it picked up. And I really enjoyed episodes 7,8,and 9. 10 was good. And I really liked 11! But then the circus episode. Which I didnt like. And I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t like it beforehand too. So I wasn’t even all that excited during week leading up to it. There goes some wind.

But I’ve liked the rest. And am very excited for the finale.

So is they can have a really good finale. It will probably lighten up the whole season a lot, for me.

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Dave

There are definitely some highlights. I love me some Simon. Honestly, he should be the big bad. That guy does the scary/goofy thing right.

Dave

Oh man, that CGI deer was hot garbage.

Yeah, I am pretty negative about the show. I want it to be better than it is. I want this to be a smart, character driven show with hard moral questions and deep, realistic horror. It isn’t that, and maybe it isn’t fair that I want it to be. I mean, me own silly little comics certainly isn’t that.

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