The Strolling Useless: Daryl Dixon “Alouette” was written by the crew of David Zabel and Jason Richman (who additionally labored on Stumptown and Detroit 1-8-7 with Zabel) and was directed by Daniel Percival. I’m nonetheless having fun with this greater than any of the opposite spinoffs, and that is likely to be as a result of I appreciated Zabel’s earlier exhibits (Stumptown and Detroit 1-8-7 too). This episode, like the primary did really feel a bit spinoff – Lord of the Flies anybody? Or probably that authentic Star Trek episode with the creepy children? In fact, the children on this story aren’t of the creepy selection…

A big a part of the story is taken up with Isabelle’s (Clémence Poésy) backstory. Apparently, she was fairly the social gathering lady and thief earlier than discovering God. We get some pretty photographs of Paris and the Eiffel Tower at night time. After which it begins. I believe this was maybe the most effective depiction of the walkers beginning in enormous metropolis. Isabelle is saved by Quinn (Adam Nagaitis) who exhibits up within the nick of time together with his automobile. She insists on going residence earlier than they depart Paris. She’s there to get her sister Lily (Faustine Koziel), who tells her that she doesn’t really feel nicely. Isabelle has money and worthwhile stashed in her chimney, which she takes. She abandons a neighborhood youngster, Aimée (Naïa Pichler) to her destiny, telling her to go to her mom.1n Within the current. Isabelle refuses to observe the Priest’s plan to go to Paris – too many reminiscences? Laurent (Louis Puech Scigliuzzi) continues to be a bit odd and creepy. He asks Daryl (Norman Reedus) what sort of dying he would like – however, after all, Daryl is nonplussed, telling him “how about a quiet one?” When their mule, Asterix, refuses to maintain going and begins braying, Daryl desires to know easy methods to make him shut up – however that’s not going to occur. Daryl unharnesses him and shoots his gun to make Asterix run via the walkers. Sylvie (Laïka Blanc-Francard) and Isabelle reassure Laurent that Asterix could have merely gone to the apple orchard. Daryl insists that they need to inform him the reality as he has to study someday. Isabelle factors out that Daryl doesn’t have children – it might wait. In fact, WE know that Daryl is incredible with children…1bb They hear whistling and are then underneath fireplace. Daryl is lured right into a entice – by a bunch of youngsters. Actually? He appears to have misplaced his edge… however plots should, I suppose. The youngsters have gotten their deserted wagon and introduced it to the place they stay – a pre-school! It’s tremendous Lord of the Flies as the children pound their spears and howl. Their chief – Lou (Kim Higelin) – has Isabelle and Sylvie recite a prayer to show they’re nuns. Seems they’re all catholic. Isabelle tells her that Daryl is Father Daryl – despatched on a mission from America way back. She’s skeptical that he nonetheless can’t converse French, and it’s hilarious that they lean on the outdated cliché of Individuals refusing to talk something apart from English – all Isabelle does is reiterate that Daryl is American. 

They survive by searching, rising meals, and mending outdated garments. In addition they sustain their classes. Their instructor has been sick for six months – however they nonetheless consider that their prayers can be answered and she is going to get higher. 

When Laurent sits down at dinner, one of many children tells him he can’t sit there as a result of its his brother’s place and his brother is off on a mission. Then they ask Daryl to say grace. His blessing is of course very unorthodox, however precisely what you’d think about Daryl would say to God. He says He seemingly has his causes for turning the entire world the other way up, and so they seemingly deserve it for being so imply to one another, however not tonight – as a result of tonight is nice and if tonight isn’t adequate for Him, he doesn’t know what’s. Sylvie may be very impressed by their manners. Madame Dubois says that their manners are a mirror that exhibits their portrait – after which Daryl picks up his bowl and drinks loudly, slurping. ALL the children stare at him – after which do the identical.

After dinner, they inform Daryl, Isabelle, and Sylvie a couple of “monster” dwelling within the citadel who has horses that he used to plunder the whole village. They tried a raid to get provides, nevertheless it’s too harmful to go once more. Daryl tells them that in the event that they need to save their instructor, he has all the medication. 

1g In the meantime, they’ve arrange bikes to energy a tv and they’re watching Mork and Mindy – which Daryl is thrilled about – and the children can recite phrase for phrase. There’s a terrific shot of Daryl because the digicam pulls in tight to his face – he’s clearly troubled. 

Daryl and Isabelle share a mattress. He’s clearly troubled that he lied to Lou in regards to the drugs and justifies it to Isabelle, by saying that they want the horse as a result of it’s too far to stroll to the radio. Isabelle tells him that she feels sorry for the children as a result of they don’t know what it was like “before.” Daryl factors out which you can’t miss what you by no means had. Daryl tells her that he and Merle used to observe Mork and Mindy collectively – it made issues just a bit higher. Isabelle tells him she understands that typically you simply want to flee – which is an ideal segue again to her escaping from Paris. 

Quinn, Lily, and Isabelle have stopped at a gasoline station. Lily once more says she feels sick and throws up. Apparently, Isabelle didn’t know she was pregnant. Quinn is adamant that they will’t take her with them, so Isabelle picks his pocket for the automobile keys and drives off with Lily whereas he’s making calls. 

Lou tells Daryl that it’s apparent that he’s not a Priest. She asks how he received there, and I’m starting to assume we’ll by no means get the total story as a result of he simply says it’s an extended story. He tells her all that issues is that he will get residence to his folks. She picks up that he doesn’t say household. 

Again on the college, Laurent isn’t having a lot luck becoming in. He sucks at cover and search – the intimation is that the nuns all the time let him win. When the others run off to go searching, Laurent wanders off by himself. Isabelle is happy he’s making mates. The 2 are taking care of Madame DuBois. We study that Sylvie and Laurent have mysterious histories. Isabelle guarantees once they get North, they may all study their goal. 

1p Lily and the newborn are in misery. Isabelle pulls over when she she’s paramedics by the facet of the highway. In fact, there are a bunch of walkers. Lily forgets how automobile doorways work – and naturally she is bitten – although we don’t discover out till later. 

Laurent finds Asterix half eaten. Isabelle and Sylvie go after him. He’s offended that she lied to him – and he’s taken off Asterix’s bridle.

Daryl and Lou arrive on the citadel. The moat is stuffed with walkers – fairly sensible actually.

Previously, Isabelle and Lily arrive on the Convent. The Mom Superior, a younger Sylvie and the Priest take them in. The Priest tends to Lily’s arm the place she was bitten. Lily is fairly clearly in labour, although she’s solely about 7 months pregnant. The 2 sing Alouette as that’s what their mom sang to calm them down. Lily insists Isabelle guarantees to care for her child – and naturally Isabelle does. 

Daryl and Lou search a device shed, and discover a device that Daryl can use with the intention to repel in over the moat. He locks Lou within the device shed to guard her. Daryl finds enormous stockpiles of provides, together with a number of drugs. Daryl right here’s shouting and finds Herrison (Milo Mazé) – one of many lacking children. They hear photographs, and Daryl goes to research.

Daryl finds Gaines (Ned Dennehy) taking pictures out the window. he disarms him Gaines is thrilled to have been discovered by a fellow American – he’s from Texas – after all. Gaines virtually echoes Daryl – we’re all simply sticking it out till we are able to get again to those we love. Daryl tells Herrison to take Gaines to Lou to determine what to do with him. Daryl tells Gaines that everybody again residence has been gone for a very long time – there’s nothing left to return to. 

1j As they cross the moat, one of many wheels on the cart busts. Gaines retains taunting Daryl and sneaks as much as seize his gun – the 2 battle and fall into the moat – or somewhat Daryl falls in and Gaines is left hanging – like a luncheon pinata. We get some good knife motion from Daryl, after which he shoots and blows up a number of the gasoline canisters that had fallen off the bridge. Miraculously, walkers in entrance of him and behind him are blown to bits, however he’s okay. He’s not out of the woods, nevertheless, and it’s solely as a result of Lou, Moof, and Herrison are there with arrows and a horse to tug him up that he will get out. Lou asks him if he’s nonetheless higher by himself. Then they see Moof’s (Durel Nkounkou Loumouamou) lacking brother – he’s one of many walkers within the moat.1l As they arrive again in triumph, Sylvie comes out to say that Madame DuBois has died. Daryl confesses to Lou that the meds have been by no means going to assist her and that he lied to get a horse. Lou worries about what they may do now, and Daryl tells her that they may simply hold doing what they’ve been doing. The youngsters look as much as her. Daryl tries to spare Lou and affords to care for Madame DuBois, however Lou insists that she owes it to her to do it. Laurent comforts Hibou (Victoria Comte), telling her that his instructor can also be with the angels. The youngsters all chant Nanoo-Nanoo – hilarious. Laurent doesn’t need to depart his mates, however obeys Sylvie, although he insists on strolling.

Again on the Convent, Codron (Romain Levi) walks via the corpses of his troopers. Solely bloodstains are left of the nuns. Naturally, he additionally finds Daryl’s tape recording. He additionally finds child photos of Laurent and the map of the place they’re going.

1o Lily dies in childbirth and reanimates earlier than they will get the newborn out – in order that they tie her down whereas the Priest does a c-section. In the meantime within the current, Isabelle tells Laurent to not act like a child. She additionally tells him that he’s not like different children – he’s particular. 

     Daryl will get right down to stroll with him, telling him that no one ever referred to as him particular as a child. Laurent insists that he doesn’t need to be particular. In the meantime, Lily’s child is born alive. So is that this a complete ripoff of The Final Of Us?? Will Laurent be the newborn who’s immune? Isabelle walks away from her useless sister with the newborn and finds a statue of St Laurent – in case we nonetheless weren’t certain who the newborn was…

1r There have been positively shades of Lord of the Flies right here – however then the present actually somewhat cleverly turned them on their head. Higelin is incredible within the episode as Lou, and I’m sorry she was only a one off “on the road” character.  I additionally actually appreciated the humor on this episode, particularly taking part in on the ‘ugly American tourist’ stereotype with Gaines. The Mork and Mindy infusion was sensible, and I beloved the way it actually touched Daryl and we get the point out of Merle. Any episode through which Dixon will get to work together with children is all the time going to be a winner too – and he doesn’t disappoint right here. His grace is surprising, but in addition underscores the respect he has for kids as sentient human beings. It additionally begs us to ask, is there childhood actually any worse than Daryl’s was – once more underscored by his remarks to Laurent on the finish of the episode. Nice work right here from Poésy filling in a minimum of a few of Isabelle’s very sophisticated historical past. What did you consider the episode? Let me know within the feedback under!