The Walking Dead
Season 4, Episode 1 â€“ “30 Days Without an Accident”
Director: Greg Nicotero
Writer: Scott Gimple
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson
Air date: October 13, 2013
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
New showrunner Scott Gimple, who also wrote “The Walking Dead’s” Season 4 opening episode, “30 Days Without an Accident,” had said that they wanted to come into the season with a bang, and him and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the episode, did in fact do just that. Quite honestly, the new crew needed to excite the audience and they did just that. They hinted at an increase of zombie action and presence and started the season that way. They also started the season with way too much kissing, but I will not comment too much on that. The show opened its fourth season with a record-shattering 16.1 million viewers, its biggest numbers yet. There are no signs of letdown to this raging beast that is “The Walking Dead.”
First and foremost, it was great to see Michonne back early. She is my favorite character from the comic book series and I like how Danai Gurira portrays here. The subplots involving here always seem to draw me in more than other subplots presented in the episodes. I have always been of the opinion that “The Walking Dead” is one of the best shows on television because of the manner in which they handle all of the subplots within each episode. There is always so much going on, but never in a chaotic manner. Somehow they always find a way to manage each episode pretty well. Another great subplot is always the relationship between Daryl and Carol and how they interact.
The significance of the title of the episode, “30 Days Without an Accident,” is clearly shown in the beginning of the episode as we see how the team has grown and matured almost to the point of which they are a society in control of its surroundings. While I enjoyed the relationships in the graphic novels more than the action, I do not feel the same with the television version of this zombie tale. These quiet times are when the show is at its weakest as was evident during the time at Hershel’s farm. This was the first time that the series became stagnant, but that was such a brief moment in the series.
Once the opening is out of the way, we are treated to some good old fashioned zombie killing early. Also, the action scenes at the supermarket bring the action and suspense to the forefront of the episode. There are some seriously tense moments during those scenes as the zombies collapse through the ceiling and the team begin loses members. Greg Nicotero earned his keep with those scenes alone. There were some amazing shots during that sequence including a great shot of a zombie hanging from a skylight.
I am not quite sure on how to react to Rick’s subplot as he meets a random stranger, which is disposed of quickly. It almost seemed as if they needed to have Rick do something, but these scenes ended up being very powerful as the twist came to light and we were treated to the “three questions.”