Posts tagged ‘Walking Dead’

Fear The Walking Dead

Fear The Walking Meh, more like.

I’ve said several times before that I’m a sucker for a zombie apocalypse.  Part of me was really looking foward to this show.  I assumed from comments that Robert Kirkman made about the comics a long time ago that he would never bother to revisit the beginning of his zombie apocalypse.  For that aspect at least, I was intrigued.

And then they cast Kim Dickens.  Yay.  I adored her in Deadwood and Tremé.

The result?  Yawn.  Yawn The Walking Dead.

Problem #1: Boring zombies.

Problem #2: The main reason that they’re boring is that Kirkman & co. are using them in the pilot to threaten main cast members.  Anyone following the development of the show or being exposed to the myriad previews knows that those characters will survive the pilot.  Yawn.

Problem #3: Are any of these main characters likeable?  As much as I adored Kim Dickens in Deadwood and Tremé … um, no.  Except possibly Travis, depending on what more we see of him in the next five weeks.

Problem #4: Kirkman & co. have a built-in audience who knows exactly what this apocalypse evolves into years down the road.  Do we hit the ground running here in full-on outbreak mode?  Um, no.  Instead we spend the first hour trying to figure out if an unlikeable oh-someone-please-spare-me-by-feeding-him-to-the-zombies-now junkie is hallucinating or insane.  Yawn.

I understand the desire to go with a slow burn style of storytelling, possibly to differentiate it from the original series, but it just didn’t work for me.  From the moment we saw a flash of Cal’s gun, I knew exactly how the rest of the story was going to play out … until the damn show ended and I was left shaking my head and swearing at my television (“What the fuck, was that it?  Was that all?  They’re ending it there?!?”).

So … I’ll still tune in for the next couple of weeks to see how they end up trying to tell the story, but I am less than impressed.  I have seen the occasional bad-to-mediocre pilot end up becoming an awesome series in the past, but that’s usually an exception to the rule.  And how much faith can I possibly put in a showrunner who was a writer and creative consultant on something as insipid as Defying Gravity?  Ew.

 

Shit, Revisited

Caprica

So … the final five eps of Craprica have aired in Canada (and are available online as torrents). And the best thing about them were the final few minutes of the final episode. We got an all-too-brief glimpse of what would have happened through the rest of the series. I really want to know if that was intended from the very beginning or if that was added after the fact when the producers realized that SyFy was going to can the series. As I said before, “very mixed feelings here.” The STO storyline is pure hokum. The Tauron mafia storyline, as much as it originally intrigued me, ended up being far too clichéd. The Greystone Industries storyline, as much as I want Amanda Greystone to be brutally disemboweled (I still find it amazing how much I liked Paula Malcomson in Deadwood compared to how much I despise her here), could actually sustain an entire second season. But no. Denied.

No Ordinary Family

Oh dear God … this show could’ve been fantastic … but it ended up as complete and utter crap … why the hell do I continue to waste my time with this?!? Oh yeah … Julie Benz … that’s why …..

The Walking Dead

The greatest piece of news I’ve heard regarding this series was that Frank Darabont fired the entire writing staff for season two. Again, this show should’ve been fantastic, but the first season ended up mediocre at best. It’s still stretching my suspension of disbelief (can you *REALLY* outrun a thermobaric weapon on foot in four minutes and thirty-one seconds?!?) Yeah, as I mentioned before, the source material ain’t all that great to start with, but I can’t help drawing analogies between the first season of The Walking Dead and the first season of Babylon 5. Babylon 5‘s first season had just a few bare hints of what the show would eventually become. Hopefully The Walking Dead will do the same. Bring on Michonne and the prison.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dim. Or maybe I should call it The Walking Duh. I actually took the time to read all 78 issues of Robert Kirkman’s comic before The Walking Dipwits premiered on AMC. As far as zombie apocalypses go, Kirkman’s comic is okay. And I was relatively stoked that Kirkman himself was directly involved in the show (along with Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd). So how could it go wrong? Little things … little things …..

Okay, I have spoilers here for the first two episodes. If you haven’t already watched them, you’ve been warned.

Why is the radio in the tank operational? If things have gone to shit this long ago (the zombie apocalypse is in full swing long before Ricky baby wakes up), wouldn’t the tank’s batteries have been drained by them leaving the radio on? That’s an older M60, not an Abrams M1, since Ricky poo is able to get in via the escape hatch — modern M1s don’t have the escape hatch in the bottom — so why is the radio operational?

How can Glenn talk to Rick? They state in the second episode that the radio they have is a CB. How many M60 tanks have CBs mounted in them? Yeah, sure, maybe Glenn grabbed another radio off of a dead national guardsman, but how does he know what specific military frequency to use to talk to the dumbass in the tank? One short line of dialog would’ve helped my suspension of disbelief here.

None of these characters have obviously read Max Brooks’ Zombie Survival Guide. They should know better than to ever let Lori go off on her own. The so-called suspense of what ended up being Shane sneaking up on her was ludicrous. Buddy system. Always stick with the buddy system. Especially if you’re going to be focusing on something like picking mushrooms. You can’t look for mushrooms and look for zombies at the same time.

Rick successfully whoops a zombie upside the head with the tanker’s entrenching tool. Then what does he do? He drops it. Never drop a weapon that works.

Speaking of dropping things, the “I dropped the key” bit was totally unbelievable. Dog, if you’re so upset about that, throw Merle the damned hacksaw! It was still on the roof at the time cuz you flippin’ knocked over the tool bag!

Why are that many zombies banging on the department store doors? Again, a simple line of dialog talking about zombie herds would’ve helped.

And they totally screwed over Andrea, one of my favorite characters from the comic. She’s not supposed to be that old. The actress playing her just seems totally wrong for the part. Add to that, Shane & Lori seem even more unlikeable in the show than in the comic. I’m really looking forward to both of them dying.

In the brief snippet of the survivors from the first ep, I thought it was Andrea trying to respond to Rick on the radio. Nope, that’s Amy. Feh. Should’ve had that actress play Andrea instead.

The second ep’s deviation from the comic was nice in one way, but irritating in another. Considering how dangerous it is to scrounge in a big city, it made total sense in the comic that Glenn went in on his own. But here we have WAY too many people involved in the scrounging expedition. And I seriously doubt they just walked into Atlanta. So where’s their vehicle?

Hopefully this show will get better. AMC just announced it has been renewed for a second season, so now we have seventeen more eps to wade through instead of four. I have a soft spot for zombies, but thus far I have to say Dead Set is still the best zombie thing I’ve seen. Even if The Walking Dead redeems itself, Dead Set is still far superior to The Walking Dead‘s source material.