Today’s episode reminded me of ‘Smallville.’ The CW show had a knack for producing very bland episodes but hooking you with the last five minutes with a cliff-hanger.
For the first 30-minutes of ‘Time for After’ storylines were just repeated, but once Eugene made the turn towards the Darkside the episode picked up the pace and got you excited for the midseason finale.
Notes on tonight’s episode:
• I am not sure Rick looks that tough in boxers.
• Eugene really is a Savior, and he knows how to make a scene very awkward. Kissing the ring on Negan?!
• Jadis is not as bad-ass as she lots.
• There was a cliffhanger, but it wasn’t Walking Dead worthy.
The bulk of ‘Time for After’ was a Eugene centric episode and that caused the episode to drag. Once the writers established, they were moving the plot forward with the story, did the episodes pacing and intensity increase. Spending the first five minutes and the last on Jadis and Rick proved to be annoying. Rick’s story arc could have been cut up into at least three parts, and that would have worked better in an hour-long show.
The mid-season finale is 90-minutes, and that means a ton of build up until the death of a leading character. Death is what moves the needle for ‘The Walking Dead,’ and it’s been a bit since the last significant death. Also, Ricks has been handing it to Negan since the begin of the season. It will be interesting to see how Negan responds and who gets killed off.
Overall, the episode is a tale of two halves. One half was slow and repetitive; the second half was energetic and rewarding.
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