Daryl and Beth are both becoming even more interesting, they may become an item they may not but they are definitely becoming closer and that is making their character more interesting and more important to the show.
BRILLIANT EPISODE AND A BRILLIANT SHOW!
This episode is the reason why The Walking Dead is one of the best shows on television - how this episode only has a rating of 7 on IMDb surprises me, but let's face it, a majority of zombie genre fans who watch the show are obsessed with the mindlessness and killing scenes these genres are popular for: gore, non-stop action sequences and blood letting and pretty much NOTHING else.
Thankfully, this is where The Walking Dead departs beautifully, it takes the genre to another level and gives it meaning, depth, a reason to keep watching, wondering, hoping.
If this were anything like the typical zombie genres out there, I would have stopped watching a long time ago, you can only watch so much gore before it just gets boring and predictable, I might as well be watching some B Grade horror film (just a tip there for those who like that stuff, if that's the case, then The Walking Dead is clearly not for you).
"Still" is a cathartic episode for the characters, an attempt to let go of their pasts, their former selves - and both characters are integral to this transformation in each other. The normally optimistic Beth and the emotionally removed Daryl, what an awesome combination and opportunity to explore this tension between the two characters, that proverbial "elephant" in the room. Beth wanting to be stronger and initially seeing herself as weak in comparison to the other female characters in the show and Daryl tormented by a dark past that seems to be nipping at his heels after the loss of the prison, the place where he was just beginning to find the family and sense of self he never really had.
You begin to realize that despite their superficial differences, the commonality lies in their intense and mutual sense of loss, hidden initially by either Beth's optimism or Daryl's detachment. In a way, Beth "saves" Daryl from slipping irrevocably into his grief and potentially losing sight of his humanity again, and in doing so we're now aware of how powerful her strength really is in this apocalypse, how it's just as valid as physical strength. It feels as though Daryl's walls have been burned to the ground and how poetic to have this happen at the closing scene, Beth and Daryl both flipping the bird at despair and giving us hope for the rest of their journey. I think the closing song summed up this episode a treat:
"There's bound to be a ghost at the back of your closet, No matter where you live, There'll always be a few things maybe several things, That you're gonna find really difficult to forgive, There's gonna come a day when you feel better"
Thanks The Walking Dead, this episode really hit home for me, in more ways than one.
In this episode, "Still," tensions arise between Daryl and Beth as they try to figure out what to do next. Beth decides she wants her first alcoholic drink, as Herschel never allowed her to have one.
Overall, this is a vastly underrated episode. Sure it lacks on the zombie violence, but this is more focused on character development. We see a new side to Daryl, but it's nice to see more of Beth whom we haven't seen in many episodes as the leading figure. I rate this episode 9/10.
As I previously said, 'Still' not only is it one of the greatest episodes of the series, but through this episode we learned more about Beth and Daryl, something that we didn't have the chance to do some days ago.
An excellent episode from an excellent TV-series!!
First off, I hated Beth before this episode, but now she's my favorite character. Furthermore, this episode wasn't boring at all. Sure it didn't have very much action, but action isn't what makes something good. If action made for good film, Michael Bay would rule the world, and everyone would hate Stanley Kubrick.
This episode was a masterpiece. There was so much character development, so much rich dialogue, and just overall a lot to like about it. Definitely my favorite episode.
P.S. One review complained that they directly ripped off Lost, which I was also a big fan of. The thing is, that drinking game was an excellent plot device; Lost proved that. Not to mention it's a real drinking game, and it's not exactly a major plot point. Based on these things, why should't The Walking Dead use the scene? Not to mention I lost all respect for Lost after the Finale and am offended that anyone would ever defend it.
The description for this episode is: "An enlightening mission springs from a request from one of the group members." If an enlightening mission includes a frustrating teenage girl demanding the search for alcohol, then gosh knows what we've got in stall for us in the next episode. I really hope that the episodes to come are of higher quality than this dull, uninteresting - should I say garbage?
I love the walking dead so I hope next weeks episode will make up for this weeks blunder.
These last episodes (8-13) of season 4, have been the best episodes since season 1 and some occasional good episodes in 2 and 3. But then I see people hating on the 12th episode "Still". We finally have some good character development, since Andrea, and I see people hating on it. Makes me wonder who are the people who watch this show? Little kids who only want to see zombies beaten up?
It's a zombie series and that is the point for sure, to kill zombies. And I like good action, but it's gets overwhelming at times and the action scenes HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN GOOD recently.
Episode 12 "Still" where is not much action if not at all, gets a rating below 7. But every other episode 9, 10, 11, 13 gets a rating over 8. All those episodes have same good character development, but episode 12 doesn't have "action" in it, is immediately hated. I can't understand, because the action in those other episodes is horrible. There is always the same pattern, zombies' brains are plastered and the the character in question kills the last zombie in anger, first knocking it down and kicking it. Maggie does that and new blonde soldier fella' (who was in Band Of Brothers). Same boring, meaningless, and and tension lacking action scenes repeated over and over again. And one episode without those bad scenes gets a bad rating?
This really makes me wonder for what reasons people watch this show. Are people really so dependent on their weekly dose of zombies' brains blown away, that they freak out when they don't get that dose (the case of episode 12)?
I watch this show because I care about the characters and want to learn more about them. Action of course is expected, and I mean GOOD action, not these lazy action scenes that are in there just cause they have to be in there.
AverxgeJoe - A Fellow Viewer
Beth.. - took care of Judith. - helped lighten everyones spirits. - kept her father and sister going. - gave Daryl a friend (and hopefully more than that soon) - comforted Daryl what...twice now?
I think she is a character that will become stronger. Especially beside Daryl.
I always do a plot in a paragraph, but this episode could be summed up in a sentence. So here is my plot in a sentence.
Plot In A Sentence. Daryl and Beth bond, as they continue their journey.
Both Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney totally knock it out of the park in this episode, putting in superb performances as they both fight and bond with each other.
The episode only features the two actors, the first time the show has had such a small cast.
I'm amazed that this episode is rated as the worst episode ever of The Walking Dead as this reviewer loved it.
The opening scene was very intense & nicely done. Beth & Daryl finding themselves having to be caught in the trunk of a car for the night. Beth's insistence on getting alcohol seems a little stretched & ridiculous. But it's worthy enough with her being a teen who's gradually been losing members of her family. Her story has been developed bio-analytically that she's grown with a pretty functional family that's in contrast to Daryl's. The scene with the Zombie taunting & tongue lashing between both characters might have seemed forced but is played fairly strongly by both actors especially Norman Reedus. Their chemistry is likable. Daryl's obviously not old enough to be her Dad & not quite young enough to be her boyfriend but he could function as her older brother. Seeing as he's only ever been a follower in his life, first to his brother Meryl & then to Rick, he seems to do well with a female company and no strings attached.
All in all, even though there's very little to non- action present, it was still a touching episode. Only downside is the absence of any other character whatsoever.
My vote's 6.
"Still" should have been titled "Stall" instead since nothing happens in this pointless and boring episode. In the end, "Still" is a complete waste of time.
Now there are only four episodes to the next break of the series.
Curiosity: the cliché "character development" appears fifteen times in the other reviews (in the end of the Fourth Season).
My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Still"
Note: On 16 April 2016, I saw this show again.
FULL IN-DEPTH REVIEW AT http://www.ign.com/blogs/ao66 Overall Score: 6 out of 10 (might even be a little generous)
And as far as Beth goes... She is turning another Lori. In my books that means a female character that is so whining and annoying that the viewer keeps wishing that the character gets bitten by the zombies.
What was so annoying about the setting was that it was unrealistic. If we can accept the fact that zombie apocalypse (unrealistic, yes I know) has happened, one would still expect the characters to act accordingly. In an adult manner that aims for survival. Risking life to look for a drink of alcohol. Sure, if you're an alcoholic.
Beth finding a new shirt was one of the few realistic developments, I've been wondering all the time why the characters do not pick up new clothes from one of the houses they raid. Seriously mates, you would not want to walk around in clothes that stink of death and decay. I can still understand from logical (viewers have to identify the characters) point of view that they wear the same gear all the time.
However, drinking moonshine as your first drink would most likely end in alcohol poisoning. Possibly death. I know a 15 year old guy who drank a bottle of Scotch and rests at the cemetery. It certainly would not involve stupid drinking games copied from an episode of Lost.
And well... at the start of the episode, the characters have to crawl inside a car trunk to survive the night. They take the car's hub cab and broken mirror for equipment. No need to pick better stuff from the golf club, no. At the end of the episode they happily burn the cottage and walk into the night (full of walkers). Sure thing, drunk people could do that kind of thing, but in that case the scene should have ended with the walkers eating the stupid drunks who would not be able to walk straight after drinking moonshine.
What I loved about this episode is that Beth finally got something to do other than sing and take care of Judith. They delved deep into her character and got us to both know her and care for her. Before this episode, if Beth died I probably would have shrugged and said something along the lines of "Wait, who's she again?" But after this episode, I'd probably say something like "Aw shucks," which means a lot coming from an emotionally distant psychopath like me.
Daryl just continued to be cool, as usual, but we learned quite a lot about him in this episode:
1)While this apocalyptic world is sort of COMPLETELY TERRIBLE for all the other characters, Daryl's actually better off in it than he was before.
2)Daryl is suffering from Survivor's Guilt after the whole prison fiasco.
3)He used to be a borderline-junkie living an all around horrible life, and feels a bit of resentment towards Beth, who grew up in pretty much the exact opposite situation as him.
4)He's a bit of a light-weight. Seriously, only two drinks makes him go off the wall, while Beth drinks who-knows-how-much moonshine and is still fully functioning by the end of the episode.
I'd argue with another IMDb reviewer that this episode wasn't badly paced. It was slow-paced, sure, but the whole episode was building up to the argument outside where Daryl starts tearing up, which I thought was a very well-written and emotional scene. And another idiot complained about them burning down the house, clearly not getting the symbolic meaning behind it.
Also, one of the spoons had "Washington D.C." on it. Could that be a clue concerning Abraham and Eugine's plan to save the world? Nah, probably not.