‘Tales of the Strolling Useless’ Kicks Off with Some Acquainted Franchise Beats (RECAP)

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[WARNING: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for Tales of the Walking Dead Season 1 episode 1, “Evie/ Joe.”]

Why did the canine must die?!

It’s maybe not an awesome signal that what caught with me most about Tales of the Strolling Useless’s sequence premiere isn’t any of the human characters or their struggles, however the truth that The Strolling Useless’s universe is a crappy place for cute animals. (I imply, have a look at all of the horses which have died.)

terry crews as joe, tales of the walking dead

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The canine’s identify was Gilligan, and she or he belonged to Joe, performed by Terry Crews. When the apocalypse occurs, they’re residing in Joe’s bunker. Just like the Otto household in Concern’s early days, Joe is a doomsday prepper. He appears content material to reside out the remainder of his days in his well-stocked bunker, watching outdated soccer video games together with his canine. However one evening, he takes Gilligan exterior to “do her enterprise,” and a small horde of walkers reveals up. You recognize the place that is going. I knew the place this was going.

After Joe buries his greatest good friend, the plot kicks off in earnest. Earlier than the tip of the world, Joe had been speaking on-line to a different doomsday prepper in Michigan who he had a “factor” for, however they by no means met in particular person. He makes it his mission to go to her. When this journey sends him dangling from a tree in a rope internet, he meets Evie, performed by Olivia Munn. Once more, you understand the place that is going. I knew the place this was going. Evie and Joe wind up having to reluctantly belief one another with the intention to make it to Michigan, the place, shock, they each wish to go to reunite with individuals they love. Evie desires to search out her ex-husband in hopes they will repair their relationship. For those who’ve ever seen an hour of The Strolling Useless or its spinoffs, you understand one thing’s going to go sideways. In truth, you would possibly’ve already guessed the twist on the finish of the episode.

olivia munn as evie, tales of the walking dead

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Unsurprisingly, Evie and Joe discover widespread floor on the journey and grow to be pals. However extra jokes miss than land, largely all associated to Evie’s hipster persona. And about that twist? Joe and Evie get into an argument they usually separate. Joe winds up at his gal-pal’s bunker, the place all is ok at first, but it surely seems she’s—shock!—gone loopy. She medicine him and practically kills him, however Evie reveals up simply within the nick of time to save lots of his life. Her husband wasn’t on the cabin and it’s not clear what occurred to him, so neither love story labored out.

Ultimately, Evie saves Joe, they kill his prepper pal, they usually resolve to start out over and discover the sweetness within the new world collectively as pals. Advantageous. That’s most likely the very best descriptor for Tales’ premiere: it’s nice. It’s an hour-long shrug. The principle twist is one thing we noticed performed with Terminus, unlikely survivor friendships higher tackled with memorable team-ups like Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Beth (Emily Kinney) or Madison (Kim Dickens) and Strand (Colman Domingo). Doomsday preppers have been coated on Concern, and even the goat Evie finds mimics Season 6’s ill-fated Tabitha. Nothing right here breaks new floor for the franchise.

olivia munn as evie, tales of the walking dead

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The wonderful thing about this present’s format, although, is that every one episodes are all one-offs. If “Evie; Joe” left you chilly, subsequent week’s focus shall be completely different (having seen subsequent week’s episode, I can say I favored it a lot higher). And Episode 3 revolves round Samantha Morton’s Alpha, an idea that has loads of promise. There’s nonetheless hope for Tales… however “Evie/Joe” fumbled the primary move.

Ranking: 2.5/5

Tales of The Strolling Useless, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

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