The penultimate episode of the first season proves perhaps the most intense since the first.

Title: “Wildfire”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
IronE Singleton as T-Dog
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
Steven Yuen as Glenn
Jon Bernthal as Shane
Andrew Rothenberg as Jim
Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale
Jeryl Prescott as Jacqui
Norman Reedus as Darryl Dixon
Emma Bell as Amy
Laurie Holden as Andrea
Melissa Suzanne Mcbride as Carol
Adam Minarovich as Ed
Juan Gabriel Pareja as Morales
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Noah Emmerich as Dr. Jennar

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

The group addresses the consequences of last week’s invasion. They move on to the CDC, where a disturbed scientist continues a lonely vigil.

High Point

They handled the combination of shell-shock and grief very effectively.

Low Points

Walkers. Geeks. Infected. We’re almost at the end of the first season. Could somebody please use the z-word?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 5/6

Story: 5/6 After last week, we’re back to having a clear plot within the season’s arc.

Acting: 6/6. This episode’s script demanded much of the actors, and they met the challenge. We also receive the promise of learning more about the world situation next week.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 6/6 They get extra points this week for the degree to which theyve been willing to follow their premises to unpleasant conclusions.

In total, “Wildfire” receives 35/42