why would they carry assualt rifles after a girl with a sword? They don't know how bad ass she is, Merle can't really handle a rifle anymore, and any kind of heavy fire is going to draw more walkers.
I have to disagree with this... WHy not? A gunshot is a gunshot is a gunshot... Short of a silencer of course, which I'd have liked to have seen an explanation on how they made them. That's not easily done, nor do I think they'd work so well, but maybe Darryl did them up? He seems like he might know how to do something like that.
Anyway, you have assault rifles... they have range, better knockdown power, and likely larger magazines. So why not take them since Michonne's not your only problem out there, and that's assuming you don't know Michonne's abilities.
I'd argue they are aware of what she can do. The Governor has her attack him right before she leaves, and so he's well aware she's fast and tricky. I imagine he relayed that to Merle.
Granted, Merle can't use a rifle, and Merle's a dope and prone to overestimation, but the simple logic lacked in that whole scenario bothers me.
I think complaints about things that are simply "real" are valid... There's obvious things in the show that would be hard to dispute because how are you going to argue the zombies themselves or whatnot? But I think arguing things like a home made silencer being a feasible thing, or why a group didn't take an assault rifle with them when they SHOULD have them in heavy supply, makes some sense.
On the issue of the soldiers not being prepared, I think they're dealing with the world as it is almost from a newbies perspective. They mentioned being holed up in a base and were doing well till someone inside turned. I've always bet that it was someone who died of a cause other than a zombie, and turned because they're all infected and they didn't know that.
Anyway, I figure these soldiers and their base have been fairly isolated since the outbreak. They held out, but **** happened without the knowledge that everyone who dies, regardless of how, turns. And so they escaped, but they went out into the world a little naieve and expected all survivors to band together... Obviously that's not how it is, and human nature being what it is, people are at each other's throats for their stuff and to put down perceived threats.
So I can see the soldiers being a little lax in their defensive posturing against the living. The Dead are slow to them also, so they're maybe lack much caution with them either aside from a tight perimeter. I can buy all that.
Andrea's probably my least favorite character right now... Just smacks of "dumb blonde" at the moment. She's sort of jumped around a lot too, in personality. So yeah I'm not into her at the moment, though she's fun to look at.
Michonne I like... I'd like to know HOW she gets this good at killing, and I think some of her closed off nature is due to how she got where she is (since her pets were those closest to her). She's bound to be messed up a little bit. It'd just be nice to know how she became a master with a Katana. Not a skill most people have on their resume.
I can buy Merle and Michonne winding up at the same spot for any number of reasons. Michonne because she wants supplies. Merle because he's looking for a ride, or left his ride there, or because maybe that's the road to Woodbury? Who knows.
I'm curious about the main group's run for ammo... I'm surprised they're that sure they'llj ust run into WM and find it. In a situation like that, ammo's going to be in short supply, I'd imagine.