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I think I want my subconscious money back

Because if I'm going to wake up at 3:30 adrenalized from zombie-apocalypse stress dreams (not quite nightmares, as the overriding flavor is not so much fear as an extreme amplification of workaday trying-to-keep-up-with-things), I'd prefer they didn't follow from The Walking Dead characters suffering death by sloppy writing. By which I mean, try as I might, I simply cannot believe they don't have anyone on watch inside the prison at night.

I mean, yeah, I get that they're supposed to be a little complacent, what with farming and library story time and all. But they KNOW everyone is infected. Hell, we've been reminded of it in the "previously on" in case anyone in the audience forgot. I cannot suspend disbelief to the point that they've apparently somehow forgotten that people can die of things other than violence. They can die unexpectedly in their sleep. They ought not to be allowed to wander off alone when they specifically just said they don't feel well.

And even if I can somehow convince myself that the tragic chain reaction of Patrick and the unsuspecting residents of Cellblock D isn't a glaring case of characters being uncharacteristically careless? Once they do know what's going on, they set up Karen and the other symptomatic person in quasi-quarantine... with nobody keeping an eye on them? I mean, the Karen/Tyrese adorableness at the beginning of the ep was telegraphing doom in big flashy red letters, so it's not like I expected him to find anything good when he went down with his flowers. But come ON.

It's just... I still get the kick in the gut when people die on this show, because even the ones I don't know very well have been set up to matter to someone I do, and damned if they can't still hurt like nobody's business. And it sucks to get that kick while knowing that the writing didn't earn it.

So. Grump. And 3:30 a.m. adrenaline. (And dammit, couldn't we have had a little more Karen/Tyrese adorableness before they dropped the anvil? Seriously, guys, that was just a little too clockwork.)

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maiac
Oct. 22nd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Sympathy for the disturbed sleep.

I hate death by scriptwriter laziness: "We need drama! Kill somebody!" But you probably knew that already.
wiliqueen
Oct. 22nd, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
And I mean, the whole point of TWD is watching people deal with the odds being very, very much against them, no matter how smart and brave and resourceful they are. This is really the first time I can recall feeling like anyone died of sloppy writing, because they don't have to be sloppy for people to die. They've been uneven sometimes, but rarely seemed lazy, and the rarity makes it that much more annoying. I expect better of them for a reason.

Thanks for sympathy.
deire
Nov. 8th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
wiliqueen
Nov. 8th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!! <3
c_maxx
Aug. 12th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Penalty for sloppy writing
Death of 1000 bites for 'death by sloppy writing' by zombie authors!

I liked Affleck in S.I.L. as well. I think he reminded me of someone I used to know...
wiliqueen
Aug. 12th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Penalty for sloppy writing
:-)
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