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With excellent acting and compelling dialogue, "Self Help" is a rewarding adaptation of the comic book as well as an expertly crafted hour of television.
The best thing about this generally well-done episode, I thought, was its whole thesis that as awful and ridiculous as Eugene's behavior was, it actually did save lives, or at least one life -- Abraham's.
"Self Help" at least afforded a much more welcome diversion than last week's installment.
There's a lightness to this season that can't be denied; just as we can't deny that we're very pleased to see it, since it was exactly what we've always felt the show needed.
I dug this episode -- it told a nuanced story without beating you over the face, and it got pretty deep on characters that frankly never seemed very interesting to me before.
There's now a lot of "what's nexts" left on the table... Certainly, by the end of the hour I was back on board, so I'm just ready to see where all those jumping off points go and where the season is really headed.
Much like last week's Beth-centric episode, "Self Help" maintained the season's momentum while still allowing time for much-needed character beats to contextualize the mayhem.
There were a few hiccups in this one, and the loss of the D.C. mission wasn't a gut-punch for the show since it seemed far-fetched to begin with, but the way it represented the collapse of Abraham's whole world brought out the heartache.
Props to Josh McDermitt (Eugene) and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) for some great acting in this episode. Looks like no one's going to Washington, D.C. after all.
"Self Help" is a bold episode in more ways than one. For most of its running time, it's a smart, unsettling, and highly entertaining look at the new dynamics of Abraham's little group of pseudo-soldiers.
"Self Help" reads like the kind of episode this show has wanted to tell for a long time, and its achievement is all the more significant because of it.