Season two of The Walking Dead continues, with the survivors of the zombie plague regrouping after the major turning points of the last episode, and Lori makes a shocking discovery.  Major spoilers ahead!

Check out our review below…

The Players:

  • Director:  Billy Gierhart
  • Writers:  Evan Reilly
  • Cast:  Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Laurie Holden

“Cherokee Rose”

[Spoilers ahead!]

Well, the hits just keep on coming for the survivors of the zombie plague in The Walking DeadAndrea, Dale, Daryl and Carol finally regroup at the Greene home and farm with the rest of the group, while Rick is still weak from blood loss, Shane is still injured from last week, and Carl is healing from his gunshot wound.  Daryl goes searching the woods for Sophia and finds a Cherokee Rose, which Daryl superstitiously takes as a sign that the little girl is still alive.  T-Dog and Dale attempt to get water from one of Herschel’s wells, only to find a zombie inside.  They spend a good chunk trying to remove the walker without killing it (they don’t want to spill its blood, thereby contaminating the well).  They finally manage to pull the zombie out, but it’s so waterlogged that it bursts, flooding the well with its innards.  Hershel’s daughter Maggie joins Glenn on a trip to a local pharmacy, wherein she has sex with Glenn (best lines of the episode—Maggie:  “I’ll have sex with you.”  Glenn:  “Really?!?  Why?”).  And Herschel tells Rick that he and his group can no longer stay at his farm despite Rick’s pleading to the contrary, which doesn’t bode well for Lori, who, at the end of the episode, discovers that she is now pregnant with either Shane or Rick’s child.

The Good:

  • Glenn:  Finally, Glenn gets some more time to shine on The Walking Dead.  Maybe the most refreshing character on the show if only because he isn’t swimming in angst, he may not be the most realistic character in a world in which the dead walk, but he’s a charming blast of fresh air whenever he’s onscreen.
  • Lori:  While the “is-it-Rick’s/is-it-Shane’s?” element of her pregnancy feels a little soap opera-esque, the prospect of someone getting pregnant in a world in which hospitals no longer exist and rotting, murderous corpses outnumber the living is pretty damn terrifying.  And the fact that it’s a character like Lori, who has consistently throughout season 2 become a darker and darker character, closer maybe to Shane than Rick in her increasingly fatalistic nihilism, is more than a little chilling.  Add to that the fact that the one medical professional the group knows is now trying to kick them off of his property, and you’ve got the makings of an explosive episode next week.

The Bad:

  • Sophia:  The idea of a little girl lost in the woods during a zombie apocalypse is a sad one indeed, but I think The Walking Dead has gotten all of the mileage out of her disappearance that it can, and the continuing search for someone who, by all rules of logic (but not TV rules), died several episodes ago, is running the risk of becoming unintentionally funny.  Slow point in an episode?  Someone’s going to volunteer to walk into the woods by himself to search for her for awhile.  We get it, Walking Dead– now either bring her back as a zombie or let us find her alive.  Stop spinning the plot device wheels.
  • Zombie in the well:  Even as the writing grows sharper in season two, the writers still cannot stop themselves from creating silly plot devices to keep characters busy, even if those devices are increasingly and obviously idiotic.  Look, Herschel has more than one well.  Take water from them.  Also, even if they pulled the zombie out without it bursting, would you really want to drink water from a well in which a rotting, juice-leaking corpse had been floating for a few days or weeks?  Zombie virus or not, that just ain’t healthy, folks, nor is it clever screenwriting.

Overall:

While it’s not as shocking or solid as last week’s episode, and it features more than a few silly TV screenwriting moments, “Cherokee Rose” is still far more solid an episode than the first couple of weak season two eps.  It seems more and more like something’s going on at Hershel’s farm that he doesn’t want the group to see, and Lori’s pregnancy is really going to throw things in disarray—“Cherokee Rose” smartly followed up the shocking twists of “Save The Last One” with a more quiet episode that works to set up the plot for the remainder of the season, and wasn’t as concerned with matching the shocks of what came before.  The Walking Dead still has moments of cheesy TV silliness, but with each new episode, the Dead seems to be coming more and more alive.

Rating:  7/10

The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.