It's clearly a metaphor. For what, I do not know. I'm thinking it's either to symbolize Rick's take on Alexandria or the reality of the community and the danger it's in due to it's lack of awareness of how the world is.
The first, Rick is "all-in" on Alexandria tentatively. He's hanging by a thread, and knows what's at stake, given his experience with the prison and how it was after it fell. The balloon flying away is him realizing it's not far from being lost just like the prison (all taken from his focus on three separate occasions being on that balloon).
The second, the balloon is much like Carl and that girl, or Sasha, Michonne, and Rosita. Or Daryl. They all know that outside the walls is "reality". Inside is this nice, cozy environment where the outside can be blocked out. But they HAVE to be in reality. They have to be outside the walls, at least in mindset. The balloon in the beginning was tied to the boat in the water. It's inside the walls. Like all the aforementioned characters, it's just living inside of the reality. You can pretend you're safe and sound, but at the end of the day, you can't separate yourself from the outside world. The balloon, like all the characters, is thrown out into the wind, outside the walls, and away from that safety. No matter how safe you think you are, you're always going to be in danger of the outside threats, whether it be walkers or humans. Perhaps a bit of foreshadowing for next week there.
I think it's less Rick turning evil and more Rick always being cautious. Law enforcement officers are taught to operate in a coded system of alertness. White being total relaxation, which you should basically never be in, save for being in your house. Yellow is where you want to be most of the time, which is relaxed but cautious. Orange is full alert, looking for threats. Red is fight or flight, reflexes and instinct take over. Black is dead. Don't ever be white or black, try to stay in yellow. That's what Rick is doing. I think the gun grab is him reminding himself. She has the ability to make him drop his guard, and he hates that. That gun grab is a reminder to stay cautious and not let himself be suckered in by a beautiful, kind woman (something he obviously needs, since that kiss was the first sign of romantic intimacy he has been able to show since before season 3).
Well done episode. Lots of symbolism, which I loved. The "w" was forced. Feel like the writers are spoon-feeding the "a threat is coming" idea in a totally unnecessary way.
Sasha's development is absolutely killing me. This PTSD-like state she is in, sure, I get it. And sure, it's semi-interesting, but it's also just a bit much. We get that she is having a tough time adjusting with all the loss she has gone through in a short period of time, but having her just be totally blocked off mentally and emotionally from everybody just makes it all seem contrived to me.
Preview for next week gives absolutely nothing away outside of "poo goes down a little". The previews this season have done a good job of not giving away big clips to spoil, so there's that.
Posted by lightsout
on 24 February 2015 - 09:02 PM
Okay so can someone tell what this
thing is about? I've tried looking it up and can't find anything about it.
Basically, Rick is appointed the town's Sheriff upon arrival to Alexandria. He takes on the role happily and takes it seriously, knowing that in a big community like the one they have, it has to have order in order to survive. He ends up falling for a woman who is married to a guy named Pete (IIRC). He abuses her and her son, and Rick learns of it. He goes to confront him, and ends up in a fight in which Rick kills him. Then, the leader of the town, decides to step down and make Rick leader. But, the shot that killed Pete draws a group called the Scavengers to the Safe Zone, and all hell breaks loose
Posted by lightsout
on 08 February 2015 - 10:51 PM
Well, solid episode. Don't know how many of you caught the warning on one of the walls in the community about the wolves, but that should be interesting. Nature itself trying to kill them, not just walkers and bad guys. I like it.
Tyrese needed to die because they COMPLETELY screwed his character up. Badly. I was expecting epic, comic version of Tyrese, and I got a crybaby who couldn't bring himself to hurt a fly unless he was seconds from death. Good riddance. Besides, the Highlander trend of this show dictated he had to go. New black guy comes in, old one must die.
Really hope next week gets bananas. And is it just me, or did Andrew Lincoln's voice improve? I think for most of the first half of the season, he sounded like his throat was sore (possible from all the yelling he has to do on the several different takes of scenes).
I'm hoping the pacing isn't too terrible. 2 episodes of travel, run into a familiar face, run into a new face, have 2 episodes at least at "the place" where I'm hoping this season leads us. Don't want to see too many BS episodes. Keep a frantic pace since we're on the road. No sense in dragging out a 60 mile journey for 6 episodes.
I loved it, as usual. Lilsmitty stays the champ of Panthers videos.
I never noticed how little chill KB has when he scores. I love it. Especially the one where he catches it while going to the ground, then just sits on the ground with his arms over his legs nodding at the DB as he is saying what I assume to be something along the lines of "did you really catch that? you didn't! you had to have dropped that".
Cam throws for 2 TDs against a secondary that hasn't given up more than 1 (may be mistake on this) passing TD per game at home this season, but throws 2 picks, one a pick 6, and he "choked".
Wilson throws 4 interceptions and misses throws to receivers that can be completed with a better throw, and he is "elite" because he turned and chucked a blind prayer for a 2 point conversion where the safety didn't attempt to make the play on the ball and then proceeded to throw one of his two good throws into coverage all day for the game winner.
Wilson proved exactly what I said last week. Force him to throw into tight coverage, and the accuracy is not there. Period. Give him wide open guys and he'll complete that pass every time. He's no scrub, but he's far from elite.
Wilson can't make the throws Cam makes on a week to week basis. And, for Seattle's offensive system, that's fine. He doesn't have to. They have Lynch to use as both a weapon and distraction, allowing the wide open receivers.
I think Wilson threw, what, 2 passes INTO coverage that got completed? It's not like his picks went right off of receivers' hands that were easily catchable balls. One he lead too much for that slant, which is almost always gonna be a ball that ends up flying in the air (Cam has done this a few times as well), another pick was just a bad toss right at Clinton-Dix, another was a bad underthrow, and I can't remember the 4th pick, but it was equally bad.
Point being, Wilson is a great game manager. Ask him to drop back and throw at coverage like the majority of NFL QB's get asked to do, he simply cannot do it.
Just guessing, but maybe Bill sees too many rational thinkers dismissing people like Ken Ham as a religious crackpot. Someone whose views are not worthy of being challenged because they lack any merit.
Unfortunately, there is a large portion of our society that is less than well informed and tends to believe what these religious fanatics are peddling.
The state legislature of Kentucky voted to finance Ken Ham's religious delusions with taxpayer dollars so our nation's youth can now take field trips to a museum where dinosaurs and Noah roam the earth together.
If people like Bill Nye fail to challenge these ridiculous beliefs who will? Without scientists like him speaking out there will be a growing number of children lacking the ability to apply critical thinking skills to life's biggest questions. They will grow up to become simple sheeple, believing whatever nonsense their superstitious parents and charismatic religious leaders tell them to believe.
The age of un-enlightenment is upon us.
Are you prepared to go quietly into the night?
I'm with you all the way. Certainly pointing out Ken Ham's views as patently absurd is important. I'm speaking to Bill Nye's attempts to sway Ken Ham's personal views as pointless. You're not going to sway the guy. Criticize him publicly. Mock his ridiculous beliefs, but trying to change his views? Not happening and a waste of time.
Bill needs to just let it go. Ken Ham is willfully, gleefully ignorant. There is no changing that. I think Bill's problem is that he just can't stand ignorance of science and portrayal of non-science as science. It goes against his very being, so he HAS to poke and prod and attempt to persuade those types, especially if they carry any sway with any group of people. Basically, his intentions are good, but it will lead nowhere for him to continue to do it.
And yes, I call him Bill because he and I connected when I was in elementary school through a tube television on a cart in my classroom. We're tight like that.
On topic, yes, give me Ohio State linemen. Or Big Ten linemen in general. Those kids are great at what they do, from necessity. The Big Ten has great defensive linemen. They have to be top notch.
The playoff format has shown me one great thing: no more BS screw jobs. No more giving a team a month to prepare for one game. We also get true underdog story possibilities. I'm expecting an ACC school that isn't FSU to make the playoffs next year. Clemson, or hell, maybe even UNC if the defense gets fixed (that offense is for real).
Dude they got extremely lucky on 3rd down multiple times. Yes they practiced and got themselves in that position but bomb after lucky bomb when players are 3 inches from intercepting the ball is just lucky.
Another thing, Seattle aint got much time left, those rookie contracts gonna start coming up in force. Sorry but Legion of Boom is gonna be the Legion of Whom just like us last year sooner rather than later.
Made this same point on facebook. Once they start having to pay guys, certain people are going to have to be let go unless they're willing to take pay cuts. This is the NFL and these are NFL players. I can't think of anybody on that roster who would take a paycut outside of Wilson, and we all know his contract talks coming up will be HUGE money, especially if they repeat as champs.
They might win it all this year. If they do, you can bet your ass over the next 3 years, that team will be a shell of itself. Still effective and good, but not nearly as dominant. Unless Carrol pulls a Belichek and gets a ton of production out of new guys once they lose most of their defense and Lynch.