Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Walking Dead

I don't have much today after a night filled with band practice and heavy rocking.  So let's talk about "The Walking Dead" on AMC.  I had heard of the comic (though I've never read it) and was interested to check out how well zombie apocalypse would translate to cable.  The answer?  It translates fantastically.

A quick summary of the story: Sheriff Rick Grimes is shot on duty and put in the hospital.  After essentially going into a coma, he awakes and finds the hospital abandoned- at least abandoned of all living humans.  He quickly realizes that a zombie infection has swept through his hometown (and probably the rest of the world.)  The show introduces us to groups of survivors doing what they can to not get eaten by the undead zombies roaming the streets and country-side.

In my view, the show is successful because they focus on the the human survival story first and make the zombie outbreak the backdrop for the entire show.  There is blood and guts, but there is also creative use of tension, sounds, and a solid soundtrack of background music to ramp up the creepy vibe.

It's this human aspect of a show that has hundreds of undead walkers that creates great drama.  I'm quite interested to see the reunion of Rick with his wife Lori after she a) thought Rick was dead and b) has been romantically involved with Rick's best friend Shane.  Looks like there will be trouble in paradise.

We really have only see some phenomenal groundwork laid in the first two episodes, with some great zombie drama and even human conflict (the dude handcuffed on the roof of the building in Atlanta is one overly racist dude!)  I'm debating reading some of the comics, but I almost don't want to because I don't want to ruin the show.  However, this first season is only 6 episodes long and while AMC has already renewed the show for season 2, that might be too long to wait.  I may have to get my zombie fix on.

So what do you think?  Is the show awesome?  Are you interested to see where they go from here?  Does anyone even care where the zombie infection came from?  Are Rick and Shane going to have to have a bat fight when they meet back up?  Should I do a live blog of the show?  These are all very good questions.


GMoney said...

I love this show. And I generally hate horror movies. It kills me that critics are down on the acting skills shown thus far. Are you kidding me? It's a fucking show about zombies! They aren't trying to win Emmy's with character development.

I was on the edge of my seat on Sunday when Rick and Glenn were smeared with guts and walking through the mob to get to the van lot. Badass.

Oh yeah, and AX TO THE HEAD!!!

Tony B. said...

I also was on the edge of my seat during that seen. It was VERY well done. If they want to complain about acting, they should just watch The Event. All acting is bad if there is no suspension of disbelief by the viewer- and you need a lot of that to watch a zombie show.