REVIEW: The Walking Dead Season Two Episode Five: No Going Back

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As long as I’ve played Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead I’ve been on one wild ride.  Back in Season One, I was introduced to Lee Everett, a history professor from the University of Georgia on his way to prison for killing a senator who slept with his wife.  After the cop car he was traveling in strikes a walker and careens into a ditch, he was suddenly thrown into the Zombie Armageddon (NOTE: I’ve found that the word “apocalypse” is frequently misused, as the word has Greek roots meaning “revelation”), where he found then-eight-year-old Clementine, a frightened little girl whose parents went missing in the city.  I’ve gone on one well-told episode after another, with friendships forged and broken over the course of the season.  Tensions ran high, people died, and I was anxious to know how my story unfolded with Lee.  Alongside my Lee Everett, I had him take care of Clementine as best he could (or at least, how I could in that given situation) so that she would eventually grow into a stronger person by experiencing one hard reality after another.  This set the stage for Season Two.

Season Two switches the protagonist to young Clementine shortly after the conclusion of Season One (yes, the two silhouetted figures in the distance on the horizon were Omid and Christa).  After a reckless teen scavenger accidentally kills Omid in the bathroom, the story fast-forwards to over a year, where Clementine, now eleven, stumbles upon another group after getting bitten by a hungry dog.  Everything that has ever happened over the entire series converges on one single point in No Going Back, when Clem learns a lot more about survival and human interaction as she sees another group fall apart around her.  Since I tend to play games for the story, I usually get immersed in the tale as the story continues.  The writing was once again done exceptionally well by the Telltale team and the use of their story engine, the Telltale Tool, delivers another emotional blow as characters you’ve come to know (and either love or hate) die off.  After everything ended, my only question going into Season Three now is this: what will become of Clementine?

Telltale has delivered on yet another powerful finish to an excellent season of wonderful storytelling, and although some parts felt a tad forced and made the player’s decision felt cheap one way or another, overall The Walking Dead is an emotional rollercoaster that brings fans coming back for more.  Just like their other adventure series, The Wolf Among Us (set in Bill Willingham‘s fantasy graphic novel series Fables), Telltale Games may leave you wanting to have another season.  Keep ’em coming, guys!

VERDICT: 8/10 (Sink Your Fangs)

+ Emotionally powerful writing || + Engaging story leaves you wanting more

– Decisions felt cheap at some points || – Some deaths were somewhat predictable

Travel Plans…More Like Dreams

So, as the League of Legends World Championship draws closer, I’ve suddenly had the idea to see if I can travel to South Korea in two months to see the final matches of the tournament.  I’ve had previous travel plans in tentative measure (which were to return to Brazil to see the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016), but at the moment I’ve had the longing to go elsewhere just to get away from the repeated hum-drum of living at home day after day until I return to college.  Seeing as how someone very high up the political ladder decided our economy wasn’t bad enough, the cost of travel has since become somewhat of an annoyance due to how inflated the US dollar has become.  Riot Games has already posted ticket schedules and pricing but there’s already a problem: the ticket prices are for local currency only, so you’ll need a converter to see exactly how much ticket prices for the Summoner’s Cup are.  Factor that in with travel and lodgings and you’ll likely be shelling out several hundred dollars.

I wish I had that kind of money so I could attend the event.  The funny thing is my birthday’s smack dab in the middle of October so that would also be a good birthday gift to have.  I think I need to get out more, so why not a trip to South Korea to see the pros in action?  The initial plans are great, but the overall cost of being there makes my plans into just dreams.  Dreams that I wish could be fulfilled over the next couple of months.