Review: The Walking Dead – Season 2 Episode 4 “Cherokee Rose”

Written by Chris Beaulieu November 09, 2011

“Cherokee Rose” feels very much like the end of a story arc that is waiting for something new to happen. It now seems that the search for Sophia will be the connecting thread of the season and that, similar to season one, season two will take place over only a few days. This episode in particular, seems to take place over a much shorter timespan, as the characters did not seem to accomplish much of anything. Perhaps this is just a reflection of Rick and the others trying to make themselves comfortable on the Greene farm so that they don’t have to leave.

In terms of characters, we see a little more from Glenn, although he mainly serves as live bait in one of the most ill-conceived ideas ever devised: enticing a walker at the bottom of a well by dangling Glenn from a rope (after a ham-loaf proved to be an unappetizing bait). It was a nice moment of comic relief for the series, but uncharacteristically dumb of the characters. On the other hand, it did give T-Dog the opportunity to display his own heroism and common sense by saving Glenn and condemning the idiocy of the idea.

Once again, Dale is left relatively in the dark in comparison to the other characters. Rick increasingly shows himself tobe a leader and mediator instead of a fighter, putting away his badge and negotiating future shelter for the others.

Shane once again proves to be interesting in his post-Otis-killing guilt. In last week’s review I toyed with the idea that Shane had become an animal of survival and that killing Otis was a primal, animalistic act. This week Shane shows exactly what it is that makes him human. In discussing necessary actions, he says that one must act, and then forget—the forgetting part is what Shane has trouble with. Shane proves to still have human remorse and guilt for killing Otis, despite the fact that he saw it as necessary.

Daryl is on his own, but still dedicated to finding Sophia. After a day of searching, Daryl returns to Carol with a Cherokee Rose and a story of how the natives left them as protection for the children they lost. The story makes me wonder if the series is taking on an allegory of the walkers representing Europeans driving natives off of the land during colonization. The infectious spread of the walker virus bears resemblance to the mortal diseases carried by Europeans that reduced the native population to near extinction. However, the walkers don’t seem to be guided a Manifest Destiny or conscious idea of expansion, so it may just be that Daryl was telling a nice story to soothe Carol—either interpretation is fine.

This episode really did feel like a bit of a stretch as nothing really significant happened. The only real hook for the next episode was Lori’s pregnancy at the end, and perhaps Glenn’s relationship with Maggie. The lack of action is not the reason for this disinterest however; “Bloodletting” was not action oriented at all, but there was still a lot that happened in terms of character relations. “Cherokkee Rose” simply feels like it could have had its most important parts taken and placed within other episodes while moving the story along further.

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When Chris isn't studying film, reading English literature, fencing, or watching re-runs of Frasier on TV, it's because he's writing awesome reviews for We Eat Films.

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  1. Dumbest thing about using Glenn as bait: they’ve already establishes that the Walkers will eat anything living. (S1E1 when they start eating the horse.) Would it really have been so hard to lower a rabbit down as bait?

    • Also, it’s a dead body! It’s rotting in the water. Ergo the water is already contaminated, why get it out? Plus, how did it get there in the first place?

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