The Walking Dead - Season 5, Episode 7: “Crossed" TV Episode Review
Written by Steve Pattee and Daniel Benson
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Written by Seth Hoffman
2013, Rated TV-14
Episode premiered on November 23rd, 2014
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha Williams
Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler
Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes
Christine Woods as Officer Dawn Lerner
This episode of The Walking Dead, “Crossed”, finds Rick and company making a plan to save Beth and Carol while Glenn teaches his group how to fish. Oh the fun we will have.
Warning! There are spoilers in this discussion.
Steve: As I was watching this episode, easily the blandest of the season thus far, I couldn’t help but ponder why I enjoyed season two – the often hated farm season – so much and yet I am bored by this one, then it hit me: characters. When the group was spending all their time on the farm, the show had a variety of diverse characters that, love them or hate them, you still had feelings for them one way or another. Hershel, Dale, Shane, Rick, Carol, Andrea, and even Carl (who was good for a laugh). But in this season, while there’s a variety of characters, I care for very little of them. Outside of our main players, can you tell me one reason to care for any of the secondaries? I don’t even know Tyrese’s sister’s name.
Dan: Sasha. And if they keep writing utterly stupid scenes for her like the closing one, then she’s never going to be more than an insignificant background character. I was torn on this episode; it was slow and lacklustre, sure, but at the same time it did what I’ve been complaining about for a while: it advanced each group’s story within the same time frame instead of shackling us to a single story each week. Actually, I’ll correct myself on the advancing of Glenn & Co’s story, what the hell was that about? Nothing. They just stayed there and went fishing while Abraham sulked.
Steve: I’ll concede that it finally got the group together, but what a dull way to go about it. It would have been much better if they had happened upon Glenn and crew on their way to Atlanta, but that may have been too much to ask. Plus they were busy fishing, so they probably wouldn’t have wanted to be bothered doing anything important. I will say when Sasha ripped her shirt and got all frustrated, I had to laugh. Oh no! There is no way you can find any more clothes in an apocalyptic world! Unless of course your name is Rosita. Then you not only find changes of clothes, but places to wash up too. Rosita has it going on.
Dan: While we’re on the subject, there’s a really uneven treatment of how different characters’ appearances are changing over the course of the show. As you mention, Rosita is always clean. Father Gabriel not only has the most immaculate black suit, he also manages to keep his head perfectly shaved and goatee trimmed. I was actually surprised when he escaped from the church that he got his jacket dirty while crawling in the dirt. Contrast this with Rick, Daryl and Carol, who look pretty much filthy most of the time and it’s a distracting lack of consistency.
Steve: Good point! And since you brought it up, can you explain to me why he left so sneakily? What the hell was the point of that?
Dan: The setup suggested that it was all getting too much for him and he had to get out. I guess the bigger question is what will they do with him now? Is he just going to fade away into the distance or will he actually serve some purpose?
Dan: Although we didn’t get to see much of it, I really like the way that New Rick is continuing to be a much darker character. You could see when he was setting out the plan that even Daryl thought he was going too far. And then when Rick brought down the third cop and had him at gunpoint he was ready to shoot him in cold blood before Daryl stepped in. This can only bode well for future encounters, but the writers really need to pick up the slack on the secondaries.
Steve: Wait for it, Dan. Wait. For. It. I agree! That was pretty much the only scene I dug because, if nothing else, they are being consistent with Rick’s developing into a darker character. I may be disappointed in the laziness and mediocrity of the writing right now, but I’m still continually impressed with Rick’s transformation. There’s hope for him yet.
Dan: We haven’t touched on the special effects in the show for a few weeks so I wanted to bring up those melted walkers that we saw in this episode. It seems that the writing may vary in quality from week to week, but KNB always seems to be stretching to show new levels of either decay or environmental damage to the undead. I think they sometimes rely a little too heavily on the CGI headshot (or, more often, head knife), but there seems to be a real focus on getting new walkers on screen.
Steve: You know, I’m glad you said something because you are absolutely right. I spend so much time bitching about the lackluster writing, I really should give mad credit to Nicotero and crew as outside of the questionable CGI here and there, they really do an amazing job of keeping zombies interesting. I make no bones that I’m thoroughly tired of the zombie genre because it really is played out, but this show is the exception. Which is ironic because I find The Walking Dead as a whole rather bland anymore, but when it comes to the walkers and their re-deaths, there seems to be something new every week. The job they are doing cannot be understated.
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