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The Walking Dead 205 "Chupacabra"

Glenn sneaks into the barn for a hook-up, and finds a family secret.

Season 2, Episode 5: "Chupacabra"

Original Air Date—13 November 2011

Written By:
David Leslie Johnson
Directed By:
Guy Ferland

We're back on the farm and tensions are growing between both groups.

It was great to see Michael Rooker back as Merle, even if it was only as an antagonistic hallucination. It's a bit telling as to the staleness of the other characters as one of the most rough, racist characters is a fan-favorite. Perhaps the favorite character this show has going now is Daryl and this episode was Daryl-centric, which was a good thing after last week's snoozefest.

The high points:

-Love the flashback prelude. We need more of this background stuff. Government napalming Atlanta. Awesome. Great reactions by the crew.

-Shane and Rick's amusing "girls you did in High School" convo.

- Daryl. Just Daryl. And Merle. Daryl and Merle. The awesome hallucination Merle motivating his little brother through his usual antagonism. Daryl getting his mojo back and going badass with a necklace of zombie ears.
Daryl walking out of the woods, walker-like. All great. And the touching sceen between Daryl and Carol (I hope they keep this maternal). Reedus rules.

Zombies in the barn. Many called it, but still a cool twist with the Herschel cult.

3 Zs - Zombtac.com

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Tensions are rising at the Greene farm. Shane thinks they've spent way too much time looking for Sophia and thinks they should abandon the search. Herschel Greene thinks the visitors are becoming too familiar and taking his hospitality for granted. He particularly warns his daughter Maggie not to get involved with Glen. Daryl sets off on his own to search for Sophia but an unexpected encounter leaves him seriously injured. Lori has confirmed that she is pregnant but hasn't told anyone. Glen can't quite figure out what Maggie's feelings are and tries to get advice about women from Dale. Glen manages to get Maggie to meet him in the barn late that night but isn't prepared for what he finds.
Here is a detailed synopsis from AMC's website


It has been pointed out that the barn looks fairly rag-tag (with the exterior close-up shot exposing broken boards, etc.) and that a few chains around a flimsy wooden door would not seem enough to keep a crowd of zombie contained.

Still no Sophia? Really? Maybe Shane's right (Time to move on?).



Glenn: "You know, we still have eleven condoms."

Maggie: "You see eleven condoms, I see eleven minutes of my life I'm never gettin' back."


Merle (hallucination version) to Daryl as he lies wounded: "What's goin' on here? You takin' a siesta or somethin'?"

Daryl: "Shitty day, bro'."

Merle: "Would you like me to get you a pillow? Maybe rub your feet?"

Daryl: "Screw you."

Merle: "You're the one screwed from the looks of it. All them years I spent tryin' to make a man of you, and this is what I get. Look at you. Lyin' in the dirt like a used rubber. You're gonna die out here, little brother."



Napalm - Napalm is a thickening/gelling agent generally mixed with gasoline or a similar fuel for use in an incendiary device, primarily as an anti-personnel weapon. The portmanteau Napalm was derived from the names of two of the constituents of the gel: naphthenic acid and palmitic acid."Napalm B" is the more modern version of napalm and, although distinctly different in its chemical composition, it is often referred to simply as "napalm"   

Use of fire in warfare has a long history; similar to napalm is the earlier Greek fire, which was also described as "sticky fire" and is believed to have had a petroleum base .From 1965 to 1969, the Dow Chemical Company manufactured napalm B for the American armed forces and napalm B became a symbol for the Vietnam War

Chupacabra - The chupacabra ("goat sucker") is an animal said to be unknown to science and systemically killing animals in places like Puerto Rico, Miami, Nicaragua, Chile, and Mexico. The creature's name originated with the discovery of some dead goats in Puerto Rico with puncture wounds in their necks and their blood allegedly drained. According to UFO Magazine (March/April 1996) there have been more than 2,000 reported cases of animal mutilations in Puerto Rico attributed to the chupacabra.

Squirrel meat - A 1 lb serving of squirrel (raw) contains 541 calories, 14.7 grams of fat, 96.3 grams of protein, and zero carbohydrates.

Barns - The first great barns built in the US were those of the Dutch settlers of the Hudson, Mohawk, and Schoharie valleys in New York State and scattered sections of New Jersey. On the exterior, the most notable feature of the Dutch barn is the broad gable roof, which in early examples (now extremely rare), extended very low to the ground.


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