Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thoughts / The Walking Dead

I've never been much of a fan of zombie themed movies. It's just something we've all seen done to death (pardon the pun) and it's all the same. The Walking Dead isn't any different than any of those movies though. Same old story really. Zombie people infest the earth, you get bitten or scratched and you eventually turn into one yourself, and you gotta shoot 'em in the head. Despite all the familiar zombie stuff, I really enjoyed the pilot episode. Namely because of the extremely awesome character development.

"The Walking Dead tells the story of the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse; it follows a small group of survivors traveling across the desolate United States in search of a new home away from the shuffling hordes of the undead. The group is led by Rick Grimes, who was a King County, Georgia sheriff's deputy in the old world. As their situation grows more and more grim, the group's desperation to survive pushes them to the brink of humanity. At every turn they are faced with unspeakable horrors, both from those who are dead, and from the scattered remains of a struggling human populace." - Wikipedia

The Walking Dead makes sure to take it's time with the story. After the first episode we still have a lot of questions, which makes sure that people come back next week to watch. Rick Grimes seems to be the main character of the show, although we do see some other survivors which include his family later on. He meets up with a man and his son living in a neighbors home and through them Rick is informed as to what's going on in the world. Zombies have taken over of course.

I'm not sure where the show will go but I have high hopes it'll take some serious twists and turns. Maybe all of this zombie apocalypse stuff is government caused, perhaps the virus was dug out of a trench in the arctic! or ...or maybe just simply a terrorist attack. Who knows? Anything could happen at this point I think. I just think back to Lost. We had survivors of a plane crash and a monster in the jungle. A little similar to the situation on The Walking Dead. Eventually we ended up getting time travel and the Dharma Initiative. All I'm saying is this show could go in any direction. I'm hoping for something unique and thought provoking.

The pilot episode did feel like a movie to me. Although I find that movies usually just jump into the action and skip all the important character development, which is why I prefer a great television show to a movie any day. It just felt so real to me and nothing felt fake or forced, like almost all zombie movies do in my opinion. I'm about to watch the second episode and I believe the first season is scheduled for just 6 episodes, which is okay by me. The next season has already been set for 13 more episodes. Hopefully this show keeps getting better. Not many new shows this fall are keeping my interest so far. The Walking Dead might be the one though.