March 31, 2023

  Tales of The Strolling Lifeless “Dee” was written by Channing Powell (Worry the Strolling Lifeless, The Strolling Lifeless, White Collar) and was directed by Michael E. Satrazemis. The episode sees Samantha Morton reprise her function as Alpha – kind of. I had a variety of points with this episode, none of which must do with Morton’s excellent efficiency. I’m certain like a variety of viewers, I used to be enthusiastic about this episode to see extra of Alpha and Lydia’s (Scarlett Blum) story. FYI, Blum performed younger Lydia within the “Omega” episode on The Strolling Lifeless. Nonetheless, neither of the characters right here or the storyline match effectively into the precise Strolling Lifeless storyline/universe. As soon as once more, the episode merely looks as if an excuse to do one thing fully completely different.

Let’s begin with the most important elephant within the room – how would this match into Alpha’s precise timeline? We’ve already seen her in two flashbacks. In a single, she was dwelling in a basement with a gaggle of individuals, clearly for a while, with Lydia and her husband, Lydia’s father. We see in that flashback, Alpha assert her independence and switch away from society. Now, it’s doable that after this, she ended up on the riverboat, although I don’t discover it believable that she would turn out to be a doormat once more or put up with Brooke (Lauren Glazier). However I’ll put that apart as they did at the least reference Lydia’s father and the basement. However what about Beta??? It is not sensible for her to fulfill the Whisperers – and clearly get her masks from that chief (Hera? (Anne Beyer)) – earlier than she met Beta. So when did that occur? Most likely probably the most important occasion in her previous…

I get that this sequence is meant to let the writers discover completely different ways in which individuals may cope within the face of a zombie apocalypse, however a riverboat? Had been they impressed by Ozark? Regardless, Brooke’s willpower to maintain her way of life going along with her chosen few is fairly lame. Aerobics? Actually? And fancy dinner events? However probably the most ridiculous is her try to steal Lydia from Dee. And might we pause right here to touch upon “Dee”? As in she is barely Delta on this episode? Does anybody consider for a second that Alpha would permit anybody to come back between her and Lydia at this level? Whereas a riverboat may be an excellent place to take refuge, it might solely work if the chief was savvy about selecting members of the group, which Brooke undoubtedly will not be. 

The very best a part of the complete episode is when Alpha takes management, slicing the neck of 1 hostile and capturing one other after which diving off the boat, taking Lydia hidden within the lifeboat along with her. We lastly get to see the Alpha we all know from that time on within the episode. She gruesomely slices a walker to cover underneath and pulls Lydia underneath along with her. She then tries to start out educating Lydia defend herself, leading to Lydia pulling a complete Carl second and operating off on her personal into the walker-infested forest. I cherished how she bought the walkers caught underneath an awning, risked getting bitten to get the knife she’d dropped, after which lured them to 1 facet underneath the canvas, neatly stabbing every within the head.

After stumbling upon Brooke, now alone, Alpha lastly emerges. Relatively than kill her outright, Alpha decides to place her mark on Brooke, slicing a deep wound throughout her reality. If she exhibits up in a later episode – or on one of many different spinoffs – we must always have the ability to acknowledge her. Actually, that’s the one cause I can consider for leaving her alive. At all times assuming, after all, that the recent blood doesn’t appeal to walkers for dinner…

Lydia in the meantime appears to have an entire break with actuality, listening to fairies within the forest – one thing she stated she likes earlier within the episode. We all know she was psychologically fairly fragile once we meet her in The Strolling Lifeless, however this sort of full divorce from actuality appears a bit excessive at this level. I did suppose that Blum did a reputable job. She didn’t remind me of Cassady McClincy, however then Morton didn’t actually really feel like some other model we’ve seen of Alpha till the very finish of the episode both. It was enjoyable attending to see the origin story of her masks although. 

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What did you consider the episode? Am I being too onerous on them? Does this really feel like a part of The Strolling Lifeless storyline to you? It might sound extra like the identical ‘universe’ because it additionally entails zombies… I’ve to confess, given how hopeless I felt World Past was and the way the final two episodes haven’t actually come up to speed for me right here, I’m a bit nervous concerning the new spinoffs. Actors can solely put it aside a lot if the tone and storylines are off. However let me know what you suppose within the feedback beneath!