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"Now" provides deeper portrayals of some of the Alexandria crew -- but at the expense of furthering the stories of the Walking Dead characters we actually care about.
This episode covers some necessary character turns, but it mostly feels like checking off boxes before getting back to the exciting stuff.
It seems every season of The Walking Dead has to include a dud like this one-an episode that keeps time and lets its characters catch their breath after suffering through their latest traumas.
The relatively uneventful episode allowed us to catch our collective breaths as we returned to Alexandria, which has finally gotten a dose of what the world is like "Now."
So much of what we've seen thus far hammers home the idea of Alexandrians as weaklings and redshirts anyway, and "Now" gave us some decent opportunity to actually care about a few.
What a dud. I can't emphasize how much I disliked this episode, and it wasn't just because we never learned Glenn's fate. This was just a classic spinning wheels episode all around.
"Now" is not a bad episode of The Walking Dead, but it does seem like a clear comedown, following the excellent "Here's Not Here" from last week and the three episodes that started this season off with a real jolt.
The Oscar for the episode's best speech goes to ... Jessie. All she did this episode was give Tweet-worthy quotes.
Last week, the show's detour resulted in one of the series' best outings, but tonight put a bit too much attention on everyone's least favorite walker bait - the fractured citizens of Alexandria.
"Now" is, like many of the post-prison episodes of season 4, designed to let us get to know some of the locals better... It's an admirable, necessary goal, but the execution is spotty.
There's an interesting formula: 1 x the greater good = 1 x the lesser bad. If that isn't the most succinct and devastating critique of the self-justifying corruption of political elites you'll ever find in a TV show about zombies ... I don't know what is.
"Now" is about accepting the reality of the moment, reality of course being quite subjective, it seems.
The rest of this week's installment - which wasn't my favorite, just to put that out there - tracked the Alexandrians' sputtering efforts to finally accept how the world is "now," which was the episode's title.