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What I love (and hate) about "The Walking Dead"
With the unveiling of the new 4 minute+ trailer for AMC's "The Walking Dead" at Comic Con, I'm reminded of everything I love and hate about the show. I absolutely can't wait for the show to return, but, like last year, I expect to walk away from each episode with a vaguefeeling of disappointment. Here's the good and bad, as I see it:
1. A zombie apocalypse--how can you go wrong?
2. The show stays true to the original Romero mythology, for the most part. No running, no talking, just staggering around eating people until they get beheaded.
3. There is a good mix of character types. There are problems with these too, as I'll detail later, but it's nice to see a wide cross-section of survivors.
4. The open-ended format of a television show lends itself well to this type of zombie apocalypse story. They've got time to go anywhere, try anything and basically test the limits of this reality, rather than stay holed up in a shopping mall or house.
5. They appear to have given the show enough of a budget to do real special effects.
6. There are some nice original scenes and stories (the horse, the heroes covering themselves in zombie guts, and pretty much the whole "Vatos" episode).
7. A zombie apocalypse--how can you go wrong?
1. Enough with the soap opera already. Yes, it's nice to care about the characters and backstories are nice, but in the end, I want to see zombies get shot in the head, not watch a cop struggle with his aggression toward women and suppressed homosexual tendencies toward his buddy that drive him to sleep with his buddy's wife and develop a hatred for his friend, because he is the embodiment of the feelings he hates in himself...You get the idea. Shoot a freaking zombie in the head.
2. Not enough zombies get shot in the head. I watched one episode where no zombies were popped until the final 3 minutes. Come on. I mean, come on!
3. The opening was a direct rip-off from "28 Days Later." I know, it was just the first episode and I should be over it by now, but they're lucky I even kept watching after that. It was so blatant.
4. A million vehicles abandoned in the greater Atlanta area and they hang onto the one with the leaky radiator?
5. Inconsistent acting. The lead is zombie-walking through the whole thing, while some members of the supporting cast are truly shining.
6. Story choices. I feel like there were a few episodes completely wasted where nothing of importance happened, then we finally get an interesting storyline with the CDC, and the freaking building blows up. Very disappointing.
7. Rednecks and cops low on guns and ammo? Come on. Really?
The real zombie apocalypse is coming.
- Greetings From 2014
Messages are leaking through from the future, warning us of the coming zombie apocalypse.