So this is a pretty interesting take on the way the Glenn problem was told in TWD.
It’s critical of it from a story-telling perspective, and finds it a rather gimmicky. The article is a pretty interesting read of TV criticism, a cut above some of what’s out there.
The article reminds me I should have never listened to my parents, and taken more film theory classes instead.
I don’t 100% agree with all of it, but I like the way it takes social media and marketing into account as factors in the storytelling process.
For myself, I had two problems with the Glenn escape.
- THERE WAS A FIRE ESCAPE!! Why the hell did they not climb the friggin’ fire escape?
It was kind of like watching someone nearly drown when there was a boat nearby.
- Even I have to admit that the escape under the dumpster, which I speculated, was pretty implausible.
The only way that works for me is if there a theme (what the author calls “pretentious musings”) of Glenn as “resurrected” from the dead, which happens in this genre alot.
That Nagan is reputed to be a “savior” character makes that for an interesting option … will that character see some symbolism in Glenn’s “impossible” escape?
Given that the narrative generally eschews supernatural, magical plot devices, and implausible escape is pretty much their only option.