So S6E6 followed our characters that have been kind of out on their own. Daryl spent some time alone while Sasha and Abraham got closer. The lesson for Daryl was that trying to be a nice and good person ALWAYS bites you in the behind during the zombie apolcalypse. I don't think this really moved his character forward and potentially closed him off to strangers even more than he already was. Can't he get a break? Can't he meet someone that doesn't tear his heart out by dying or betraying him?
Anyway, I like the PTSD talk between Sasha and Abraham, but the only think I buy less than Sasha being all of a sudden the master of mental health is the show's attempt to create some romantic chemistry between the two of them. Why? Is it because they spent so much time in the car driving zombies around? I think the show should probably have not meddled with their roles as extra muscle. They'd probably be better served as purely characters used to show us other parts of the world and introduce us to new survivors. Leave the character building to Daryl.
Now this episode I am equally neutral toward, but in terms of being useful as a teaching tool, this episode is great for teachers to reflect on themselves. Glenn is alive. Great! I love the character, but honestly, I never thought he was dead and I think the show may have been better off killing him. There was a lot of potential for Maggie to change that we saw in episode 5 and it would almost certainly cause more tension between Rick and the Alexandrians. We see even more clearly in this episode that Rick doesn't much care for them anyway.
Why is this a great episode for teachers? Glenn and his interactions with Enid are classic teacher trying to force a student to do what they want with little explanation. Enid doesn't take kindly to that. In addition to pulling a gun on him, she's generally a pain. It takes Glenn a while to recognize that she is acting out of trauma, not out of wanting to make his life difficult. He's thinking about himself first and taking it personal. They only begin to get along when he sets some of that selfishness, that he's completely entitled to, aside so that they can both accomplish something important together, staying alive and getting back home.
I'm getting a little tired of the Rick/Morgan/Carol morality debate. Now that it's boiled down to "I know you're right, but I don't want to" for Morgan and his ideals, it's much less fun to watch. He's more seeking salvation than trying to embrace humanity at this point and I'm not as persuaded as I once was.
Next week looks like the show is going to get back to action. Can't wait. If you haven't started this season yet, thanksgiving break is a great time to do it, and if you missed Fear The Walking Dead, checking out how those educators deal with the zombie apocalypse is absolutely worth 6 hours of your time.
S6E1 - A
S6E2 - B+
S6E3 - B
S6E4 - B+
S6E5 - B-
S6E6 - C+
S6E7 - B
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