Has anyone used the headline: The Walking Dead- The TV show with BRAAAAIIIINNSSSSS! ?November 22, 2010
Let's face it, there are only three cool ways to end the world; Aliens, Robots or Zombies.
I'll take Zombies, please.
Think about- Aliens- have better tech then we do, like iPods that aren't actual pods and an understanding of anal probe science that far exceeds our own. Plus they probably have plans for coming here, and if you traveled all that way your going to get out and see the Grand Canyon or dominate the entire Earth trying. Even if they are benevolent we got the Tea Party, so I'm sure they'd figure out someway to piss them off and give the Aliens reason to go agro on the Earth.
Robots- You ever get pissed at your TV or microwave and punch it? Hurts don't it? Now imagine smacking your microwave except now it's got arms and legs and is holding a baseball bat with nails in it. YOUR DONE! DONE! You know how you kill a robot? F***ING DYNAMITE! You got any dynamite lying around? Know where to get some? My point exactly. (NOTE: If you know how to secure dynamite, please contact me through the contact page of this site. I like to fish, and I don't like to fish fair.).Now you could reprogram them or something, but unless you work for Geeksquad there's little chance you would know how to do that. You probably won't be able to recruit one them to the resistance either because the uprising will start at Best Buy and they'll be the first to go.
Now Zombies are manageable. Zombies are basically your uncle who gets drunk at the party and tries to suck face with your lady. They move slow, easy to kill and eventually because they'll rot and they'll go away. So as long as you can wait it out, you can survive.
So there's the hard part, the surviving. How can you adjust ignoring your neighbor because you still have his rake to bashing his and his families brains out with said rake when they trying to get at your brains then they smash through the window? That's why the Walking Dead is so great! While it does have some of the the gory b-movie side of a zombie apocalypse, it mostly focuses on the emotional toll that having your life turned so unbelievably upside down and horrific.
We are only at Episode 4 of the first season, most shows don't hit their stride until after the 6th or 7th show, but I feel like this show ramped up quick and hasn't let go since. It's got a great cast too, the main character, Rick Grimes is the guy from Love Actually that woo's Keira Knightly's character with the love notes written on the pack of what I can assume are the insides of a dount box at the end of the movie (kind of a dick move since his best buddy was upstairs , but whatever.) , and the leader of the hapless trio of thieves from Snatch is in here too. He plays the father of a young boy who holes up at the house of Ricks' neighbor and contributes to the second zombie death of the show. One of the other mainstays is that guy with the white beard that plays the neighbor or teacher or prick scientist-he's one of those character actors that you see in bit parts of most movies but never know who he is. Because of that, he's in the show too and that's a good sign that it's on the right track.
One of the first things that happens in the show, when Rick is at a gas station searching for gas he is forced to kill a zombiefied little girl. There is a sense of "Oh know they won't' when he pulls his gun on her. Then from the moment the bullet enters her brain and she hits the pavement you're thinking "Oh know they didn't!" Hopefully they whole series will be like that- not the killing zombie children thing-a feeling that anything can happen, because let's face it -- if zombies are running around that's really the only truth left in life.
This show is based on a comic book called, THE WALKING DEAD, surprisingly. This is one of those comics that shows the true potential of the medium. When you think of "based on the comic book" you think of superheroes, tights, and battles that level entire cities. THIS series will go entire issues with nothing but dialogue and character development. One of my main critiques of comics these days is that they cost $3.99 on average and you can read through them in about 5 minutes or less time, all two page spreads and uncalled for action (TYPICAL SITUATION: Scene- two heroes meet by accident. Hero 1: Who are you, stranger? Hero 2: My name is Archnid Man, and I'm here too Hero 1: Shut the f*** up! Hero 1 kicks hero 2 in the teeth and 10 pages later half of Los Angeles is destroyed.) What makes The Walking Dead such a great comic series is that it takes time developing the characters, so when one character meets their end you actually care about it. And, there are some truly shocking scenes in the comic that I'm not sure can be shown on TV, check out the story from Topless Robot here.
With only six episodes in this season, this show will definitely make me feel the loss of a loved one turned zombie when it goes on break. Good news is that it's already been renewed for season 2. I hope to hell that it goes on after Mad Men, with that and Boardwalk Empire, Entourage, the Simpsons and Bored to Death , it's possibly I could die of an entertainment-gasm at 11pm on some Sunday in the future.