Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 1 “Mercy”

It’s well a known fact that the set-up sequences in heist/siege/war films are often the most compelling, especially if exposition can be matched by tension and compelling intention. However, unfortunately poor editing and directorial decisions hamper pace, subduing emotional weight. Character motivations also get lost within the generic action making it difficult to relate their quest, while the treatment of Negan as both a god and comedian further contributes to this . Any sense of gritty dystopia now seems superficial, as the show swaps out the unnerving for short-term gratification and cliff-hangers. 5.8/10

 

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