Welcome to my second entry in A Round of Random Reviews. We started with the worst, now we’ll go to the best, AMC’s original series The Walking Dead. I’ve been chomping at the bit to review this one. I tried waiting for the season to finish, but darn it, I just can’t. It’s all been good, and with one episode left, they pretty much can’t screw it up now.
I just can’t even begin to say how nice it is that someone finally did a TV show worth watching these days. If I had to sit through the release of yet another sappy vampire drama I was going to shoot myself. (Well, okay, maybe not literally. But I’d certainly want to.) Especially since HBO put the final nail in the coffin of True Blood by straying so very far from the source … and then leaping and bounding even further away. And don’t even get me started on yet another ghost hunter wannabe warrior for god and be damned with the science malarkey. So to see someone actually take something supernatural that hasn’t had a significant presence, but really deserved one, is a breath of fresh air.
So to speak.
Because, I mean zombies must actually stink … right?
Anyway, so yes, zombies. Or in this case, walkers. (Makes me wonder if they have crawlers, diggers, fliers, or something while they’re at it.) It’s based on a comic book. Sorry … graphic novel. I almost even said that with a straight face. Almost. I’m sorry comic book fans, but honestly, it’s the literary equivalent of a cartoon. It’s the journalistic equivalent of a blog. (And no, the irony of that statement is not lost on me here.) I don’t care how good the writing may be, how stunning the artwork, how noble, etc… It’s still a freaking comic book. Literary advancement through the centuries has created these things called words.
But I digress.
The Walking Dead. It’s about darned time! It was done well too. I won’t say perfectly though. I mean to start with, the protagonist, Rick Grimes, the slowest darned thinker to ever wake up in an empty hospital. (Which, itself, is kind of cliche for a zombie theme, but we won’t go there.) He’s not exactly the quickest on the draw, is he? Aren’t protagonists supposed to be … better? Though at least he does seem to get there in the end. The thing is though, all of these survivors have been pretty darned obtuse. Their little campsite is safe because they haven’t seen any walkers around it before? How is that safe? If walkers can’t even climb a ladder, all anyone has to do is not live on the ground or on the ground floor of a building. A few ladders, a few barricades, a bit of welding, and they’re completely walker safe. They’re walkers, not climbers. But does anyone think of anything that simple? Let alone build a wall from all them there trees and rocks and natural building materials laid out right under their noses? And let’s not even get started on how many of them (All!) would have contracted such an infectious disease with the way they operate had this been anything even remotely approximating reality. But maybe that’s the fault of the source, the graphic novel, and not the TV production itself. I don’t know, not having “read” the source.
AMC presents their original series, The Walking Dead.
But regardless of all of its logic flaws and lack of survival skills, AMC’s The Walking Dead still kicks zombie behind. I could do with a little less of the gross-out graphic head-staving, but visually, they did a great job on the zombification. They’re certainly doing a service to the graphicness of the graphic novel.
Also as you can tell by the image above, there’s a bit of subtle humor worked into scenes. “Do not enter” indeed!
And for the most part, it’s exactly what a zombie TV show should be. Though certainly one in which there are less survivors than should be. I hate to say it, but these people make the folks from the second season of Discovery’s The Colony look positively smart!
Uhhh … Gee, George… Maybe we should think about defense. Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh… what? I forgotted where I was going with this. Never mind.
Still, except for the rampant stupidity driving the human race to a needless extinction, it’s all good. Especially that they’re avoiding ruining a perfectly good story with too much drama. I mean goodness, that’s what completely ruined BBC’s Survivors for me. Too! Much! Drama! So I have to give The Walking Dead great credit for not falling down that rabbit hole. Heck, if anything, they’re maybe a little guilty of not enough drama. I mean I thought for sure they were going to labor on and on and on about the wife’s infidelity with the best friend and all that, even if it would have been kind of ridiculous since hubby was presumed dead and all. A simple “mea culpa” would have been all it needed. But they didn’t even go that far. Don’t ask. Don’t tell. Alrighty then! I guess? A little unexpectedly cold, but better that than beating an undead horse.
Speaking of undead horses, did you feel bad for the horse? I sure did. Poor thing was happily living in his own little safe world until he was deputized. At least whatever disease brings the dead back to life seems to work only on humans. (So far.) So thank goodness it was spared being turned into a zombie. (But if it had, would that make it a trotter instead of a walker?)
But hey, it’s all good. I’ve been greatly impressed and have thoroughly enjoyed The Walking Dead since its first episode. My only real complaint is that there are only six episodes in this season. Say what? Six? That’s a season now, eh? TV these days. Sheesh! Well, whatever. I will certainly look forward to season two. They have a real winner here. For all of its little flaws, I still give AMC’s The Walking Dead four and a half head-shots out of five. And if you haven’t seen it yet, and even remotely consider the possibility of the zompocalypse ever happening, you should really give The Walking Dead a try.