John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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Though the pace is slower than desired, "Service" systematically sets a foundation for a frightening future while furthering the story of life under Negan's rule.
I'm afraid The Walking Dead may have bitten off more than it can chew by expanding its world so quickly. It should at least make more interesting use of its time.
The terrible thing [Rick's] holding becomes a constant reminder of his impotence and the uselessness of his anger. It's brilliant and subtle and devastating to watch.
If the episode had a message it was that sometimes the calm is more terrifying than the storm.
Andrew Lincoln really does put in some fine work at least, with notably limited expression at that, and "Service" reveals a very different side of Rick than we're used to seeing.
Did tonight's episode of "The Walking Dead" really need to be so long?
I'm a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's performance as Negan on The Walking Dead, but we're quickly seeing that a little Negan goes a very long way.
"Service" does a great job of progressing the story, even if it's at a turtle's pace.
One thing this episode does have over the premiere is that it at least occasionally cuts away to other things, even if it is mostly in service of the main story.
Did the episode need to be extended? Probably not. (I didn't fully register the fact we had a chunk of additional time this week.) But it demonstrated where each member of the once-thriving Ricktatorship now stands in the age of Negan.
This is an extra long episode, which means there's too much air in it; too many opportunities for Negan's sub-Joker act to deflate the tension, too much time spent on Rick's tortured, sweaty features.