Times, they are a-changing in Alexandria, and we finally get to see what the citizens of this tribe are capable of. There are walkers all around the city walls but Rick back, and he is ready to lead the town to victory–which only means they live, not that they necessarily get to keep the town. To do that, he needs the help of his Tribe, Deanna and the rest of Alexandria. This week, I’m recapping two episodes in one post, people, so keep up.
While we are gaining insight into the intimate moments of our characters’ lives, time is moving very slowly in the Walking Dead universe and it seems as if we are looking at the quarry herd parade from numerous angles, our only reprieve from that story, an insightful peek into Morgan’s history. This week, I’m recapping two episodes in one post, people, so keep up.
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The Tribe has survived multiple attacks from the living and dead, rotating out the weak, with the core members remaining vigilant to the integrity of the group. When they found Alexandria, the fortified walls and welcoming nature of the group solidified the Tribe’s desire to remain. Recent events, including the repeated violent actions of Rick, have caused Alexandrians to not only question the tactics but the loyalty of the Tribe to the rest of Alexandria. Still, the question that continues to rise in this post-apocalyptic setting is, what does one have to do to survive? In the case of Alexandria, survival depends on Rick and his group, because regardless of the morality behind their tactics, the Tribe has survived outside of Alexandrian walls long enough to know that it isn’t always the dead who are the threat. More often than not, it is imperative to fear the living, as well.
The season 6 opener of The Walking Dead is both a flashback and flashforward. The time jump is framed in color for present and black and white for past, with the black and white story taking us to the Alexandria after the death of Reg Monroe and the execution of Pete Anderson, at the hands of Rick Grimes. This complex situation brings us to the story in color; Alexandria a few months (weeks?) down the line. The juxtaposition allows for a quick and dirty transition for audiences to the new Tribe, who are ultimately trying to build a community during the apocalypse while fighting for their lives from both the living and the dead.
The relationship between the Tribe and the Alexandrians already balances precariously, and, with the lies and half-truths beginning to be exposed, what the two tribes have may all come tumbling down around their feet. The differences in values is evident, and, while Deanna and the people of Alexandria initially desired the strengths Rick and the group bring to the city, it seems they doubt the morality of our Tribe, which will lead to an eventual break unless resolved.
When and if society attempts to rebuild in a post-apocalyptic world, the living will most likely become our own worst adversaries. While the necessity of loyalty and the importance of protecting your own may seem obvious to Rick’s Tribe, the Alexandrians have allowed petty differences and fears to dictate their choices. Behind the wall, the group has become idle and weak, falling back on bad habits and cowardice. After weeks of doubting the Tribe’s intentions, it seems that they actually may be exactly what the city of Alexandria needs.
This past weekend, the Collected Mutineer and I had a chance to visit London Super Comic Con at the ExCel Center in south London. Yesterday, the Mutineer delighted you with pictures of the f**king awesome cosplay that we saw, but today I’m going to tell you a bit about some of the convention highlights for us.
Musical Comics: The Future of the Industry?
My typical approach to conventions is to spend the first day exploring the expo area. I usually do this in cosplay, because hey, I like people to recognise the work I put into my outfits, but that is neither here nor there. As I wandered through the exhibitors’ area, a man–obviously impressed by my Scarlet Witch outfit–approached me to tell me about the Cape Fear Comics’ latest creation: Sioux Warrior, a musical comic book.
A musical comic book? Such a thing exists?
Yes, it does. And I’ve got to say, it’s pretty cool. I downloaded the app to my iPad (it’s $4.99 USD in the Apple Store) and began exploring. The most unique feature of this app, is that when Sioux Warrior is opened, the panels appear in monochromatic shades until the music begins. Then, each character is brought into colour as the music plays for each panel. It’s really friggin cool.
The music is part rock opera, part Western, and it fits the plot well.