Last Night’s Episode

A lot of Deus Ex Machina in last night’s episode.

And a few problems.

Abraham & the Hand of God:

Abraham got story time last night, and with that, the Hand of God that reaches down and make sure that “the table is set.” At every turn in his journey through the remnants of civilization Abraham finds bounty; he is literally the sparrow for whom God provides everything he needs. Abraham finds weapons for defense: he struggles with the monster hanging from the pole, to no avail. Then, providing the Zen moral to his experience, his moment of letting go proves to be the moment of provision. After he’s stepped away and waited, the zombie drops from the pole leaving the RPG free for the taking.

In the office, Abraham discovers a military uniform that – voila! – fits perfectly, despite the fact that Abraham is a man of no average build. His previous identity is affirmed and restored.

I firmly believe that plot devices like this are not instances of authorial indulgence or laziness, where the authors hope we stretch our suspension of disbelief to the point of breaking. Instead, I think they’re metaphors for when the authors want to point to either the metaphysical or the spiritual, without resorting to gimmicks. The suit fit, the body dropped because it shows us that God, or the Universe, or some divine force is working for Abraham.

Abraham returns to Sasha, fully embracing life and convinced that “the table is set,” which is exactly what has happened for him. And he makes it very clear that Sasha is part of that life he wants to embrace.

Daryl and … wha??

I got a problem. While I do think the triad of Gimple, Nicoterro and Kirkman are storytelling Gods, perhaps a combination that yields a composite Ovid of TV storytelling, what is up with bringing in new villians before we’re even into the exposition of the other ones?

As a viewer, I’m just speculating that the Wolverines were the exiled Alexandrians, and now we have Wade?

Okay, I know layering is a way that you keep viewers through long season breaks: you need to start one storyline so it’s a “cliffhanger” leading into the next season while you’re resolving the last one.

I know life absolutely does not neatly arrange adversities and adversaries in order, let you finish with one before introducing you to the other. I spent three years dealing with corrupt state officials, trust me I know. Verisimilitude, better known as “when it rains it pours.”

That said, c’mon, I’m a TV viewer. I realize that TWD is a commentary of life, but it is a bit of escape from the unresolvability of it, too. I need a little … traditional structure here. You already keep me hanging on with the Glenn thing … gimme something, gimme some gratification here. This is all foreplay and no …. Well, you get the point.

I couldn’t really glean anything from the Daryl and trio of ineptitude that was Tina and Whoever #1 and Whoever #2. Nothing they did made sense, the whole bit about burning the forest was unclear, especially in the context of this new Wade Gang. Was this whole storyline simply a way to get Daryl to trade up, which he did?

Was this Daryl’s Deus Ex Machine, providing him with a fuel truck after losing the bike.

Observation: the bike was a present from Aaron, a social relationship that was set up and not explored and the bike seemed to be on its last legs.


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