“The whole world is haunted now.”
–Tyreese

Of mice, men, zombies, and psychopathic little girls.

Title: “The Grove”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Michael Satrazemis
Written by Scott M. Gimple

Melissa Suzanne McBride as Carol Peletier
Chad Coleman as Chase Tyreese
Brighton Sharbino as Lizzie Samuels
Kyla Kennedy White as Mika Samuels

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

Tyreese and Carol consider settling down and raising the girls. Their gothic world and some twisted world-views won’t permit things to happen as they otherwise might have.

High Points

Some beautiful shots contrast with the disturbed and disturbing world views, and the uneasy parallels between Carola and Lizzie. I liked the uncompromising way the story addressed the issues inherent in its premise, and in the character’s personalities.

Lizzie plays with the dead.

Low Point

I’m nitpicking, but I’m not nitpicking. They just had an episode where the characters identified a neat, tidy, dusted house as a sign someone is about. I can suspend disbelief but, so soon after the previous episode, could they have at least tried to make the house look untenanted and abandoned?

The Scores

Originality: 3/6 I liked the tribute to Steinbeck, excessive thought it was—and I did not see that first twist coming. I knew something would come to conflict over a certain character; I just didn’t anticipate the form it would take.

Effects: 5/6 The zombie effects remain strong as ever, even in the close-ups, and I liked the originality of the “fire walkers.”

Story: 5/6 This week gave us a solid story dealing with some very disturbing issues. The pacing at the start was a little slow.

Acting: 6/6 Melissa Suzanne McBride and Chad Coleman invested those final scenes with real power.

Emotional Response: 6/6

Production: 5/6

Overall: 5/6 Overall, we saw one of the season’s strongest episodes. Two more to go before the season ends.

In total, “The Grove” receives 35/42

Final Comments

Does the NRA sponsor this show? Should they?

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