It addresses a fundamentally deeper range of feeling than most Christmas specials are prescribed to explore.
It should come as no surprise that Rick’s evolution parallels The Walking Dead’s trajectory n its full scope.
Its reverence for the material that inspired it undermines its own attempts to explore and build on that world.
The series feels as if it’s half-heartedly leeching off of the style and themes of The Walking Dead.
On the surface, the film is a deft portrayal of the systemic corruption embedded in the legal system.
In its fifth season, the show juggles its numerous narrative threads and their attendant thematic resonances with a striking delicacy.
The film endears itself to audiences by the utter idiosyncrasy of its execution.
The episode offers insight into why Rick drifted into the background of the show’s main story.
Negotiation is a recurring theme in “Us,” the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead’s fourth season.
The Walking Dead’s characters are fleetingly enticed by the idea of a better future, one that doesn’t involve scavenging to survive.
The Walking Dead is often at its most compelling whenever it stresses the relative silence that’s taken over the world.
It understatedly teases the imagination with new possibilities for how The Walking Dead will explore the psyches of its characters.
In the absence of a de facto Best Picture frontrunner, the Oscar here usually goes to the slickest contender.
Tying the episode’s two main storylines together is a collective sense of yearning manifesting through the different wish-fulfillment fantasies.
It’s a good thing the Best Director category didn’t go the way of Best Picture to accommodate more nominees, because this year’s campaign has only ever been a three-man race even in its most competitive stages.
If this year’s Best Actor race is all about which nominee brandishes the most compelling story, then Christian Bale faces some mighty long odds.
It takes shape rather unexpectedly, with four short, open-ended vignettes following different groupings of characters that made it out of the prison.
This year’s crop of Original Score nominees hits all the markers that we’ve come to expect.
The show’s best moments have always been quiet scenes with characters coping with their own fears when no one else is around.