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Thursday, October 02, 2014

TV Review:The Walking Dead

Premise:A group of survivors struggles their way through challenges posed by zombies and psychopaths.

Cast:Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, full cast here.

Genres:Horror, drama

Notes:Based on a comic book series (which I have not read). Banner is from Wikipedia and belongs to AMC.

Pros:Some character development. Avoids ignoring lost characters. No irritating recaps. The Governor.

Cons:Annoying characters who do nonsensical things. Bottomless bullets and gasoline. Constant cliffhangers. Rehashes the same plot every season.

Imagine if you woke up to find the world had changed for the worse. Imagine everywhere you go, you find just death and misery. What would you do? Would you lose hope? Wish you were dead? Become as cold and cruel as the world around you?

The single most annoying thing about the show is its dumb and irritating characters. Carl acts reckless and then turns cold, Andrea can't get a grip, Lori is whiny and obstructive, Rick is wishy-washy, Shane is downright callous with everyone he doesn't like, and so on. If obnoxious characters are a big pet peeve of yours, you should skip this for sure because this does not get better. But on the bright side, it doesn't ignore or forget its lost cast members. And a few people who started out annoying became better characters later on.

Be careful about cliffhangers. Every single episode ends in one, trying to prompt you into watching the next one. Though thankfully, they don't have any annoying recaps at the start of each episode. And they end up rehashing the same plot over and over:The place they're at seems safe, but they end up having to leave it when they're attacked. Also the impracticality of what they use. Why do they think gasoline-powered cars are a good idea? And how do they still have bullets left? It doesn't make much sense.

Naturally, one of the things I like most about this show is the big villain introduced in season 3, the Governor. He's seemingly a nice guy at first, kills dozens of people without a thought, has characters physically and psychologically tortured, and yet still has an ounce of sympathy to him. I love it when you can take a character that has done unforgivable things and still make me feel sorry for them.

I would call it fairly entertaining, but definitely not for everyone.

Sex:Characters strip down to have sex. People are shown half-nude or censored full nudity (for example, a naked woman is shown from behind in the dark). References are made to rape and at least two characters have been threatened with it. There's mild relationship/sexual drama.

Violence:It is a show about the zombie apocalypse. Violence and gore are a given. Both people and zombies are shot, stabbed, and impaled. Multiple people are eaten, sometimes while they're still alive. Limbs are severed. Guts and other stuff gets ripped apart and catches on things (which is about as gross as it sounds). Heads are bashed in and chopped off.
Some less-than-stable survivors kill and beat people. Others try to commit suicide (and a few succeed). Many of the zombies are children. And don't think that means they get shot and killed less. People wind up being chased and cornered by herds of zombies.

Language:The strongest it gets is "s**t". Also uses of "G*d", "h*ll", "b**ch", "douche", "n***er", "a**", "b*st*rd", "p*ssy", "t*t", and some other curses.

Drugs/Alcohol:Characters drink, smoke, and discuss using drugs. One is an alcoholic.

Spiritual:A few references are made to religion, atheism, and God. A man experiences a crisis of faith, but later comes to terms with it.

So what did you think?

© 2014 by M.R.R.


mockingBird said...

I used to watch this show with my brother... I only made it through the first two seasons because of the recurring storyline and I couldnt get past the stupidity of the characters, but on the plus side I did enjoy the seasons I did watch. I feel like it would have been more of a thriller if the zombies could move fast like in the film Dawn of the Dead, but the graphics are realistic and it is entertaining.

M.R. R. said...

@ mockingBird
I made it to mid-season 4. I haven't really had interest in watching further because they killed one of my favorite characters and my friend said the finale sucked.