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on: November 02, 2010, 03:53:26 PM
I got a chance to watch the premiere last night and roped some of my friends who weren't familiar with the comic book into watching. In short: Everyone loved it.

It's an adaptation of Kirkman's comic and does pretty much everything right (at least in the first episode). It might've changed a few things, but it absolutely nails the looming sense of dread and loneliness, the humanity of the characters, and all the pain and loss that ensues. Oh, and it's scary. And I dig that there was a scene in a darkened stairwell with a character lighting match after match punctuated by intervals of darkness. I kept waiting for something to be there when he lit the next match. There never was, but that doesn't mean Frank Darabont didn't do a great job terrifying me with the possibility of something being there, and then terrifying me with something slower and more horrifying.

The zombies are monstrous and pathetic all at the same time, and like in the comic, the way that the characters deal with them and each other really makes this story feel human and incredible.

So, yeah. Absolutely great in my book. Gotta go read TPB #4 of the comic now and start catching up :)


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Reply #1 on: November 02, 2010, 04:51:27 PM
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The zombies are monstrous and pathetic all at the same time, and like in the comic, the way that the characters deal with them and each other really makes this story feel human and incredible.

Thank goodness SOMEBODY in the zombie revival realized this essential part of Romero's approach - the zombies are both frightening and sad.  Seems to be an essential element missed by most.



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Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010, 10:17:47 AM
I am honestly GIDDY about this.  I adored the first year of the comic, missed the rest of it when I got laid off and it's never quite made it back to the list of my 'Chase these down and read them pile'.  Planning on changing that:)



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Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010, 11:43:01 PM
I never read the comics, so I have no point of reference for contiunity.  I really like the show so far.  Did anyone enter the contest for a shamble on role?

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Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 11:09:06 PM
I got a chance to watch the premiere last night and roped some of my friends who weren't familiar with the comic book into watching. In short: Everyone loved it.

It's an adaptation of Kirkman's comic and does pretty much everything right (at least in the first episode). It might've changed a few things, but it absolutely nails the looming sense of dread and loneliness, the humanity of the characters, and all the pain and loss that ensues. Oh, and it's scary. And I dig that there was a scene in a darkened stairwell with a character lighting match after match punctuated by intervals of darkness. I kept waiting for something to be there when he lit the next match. There never was, but that doesn't mean Frank Darabont didn't do a great job terrifying me with the possibility of something being there, and then terrifying me with something slower and more horrifying.

The zombies are monstrous and pathetic all at the same time, and like in the comic, the way that the characters deal with them and each other really makes this story feel human and incredible.

So, yeah. Absolutely great in my book. Gotta go read TPB #4 of the comic now and start catching up :)

The scene with Rick talking to the horse honestly broke my heart.  That was so genuine and human and sweet and you know what's coming but...GOD.  If the rest of the show is a TENTH as good, this is going to be phenomenal.



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Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 06:25:55 AM
Nice to see Southerners portrayed in a fashion other than racist stereotypes or inbred hillbillies. Also nice presentation of them as Everymen and not fixating on the location.

For several years I worked a couple blocks from where they shot the scene with the tank. I just want to say that although our mass transit system is pretty terrible, our buses are a bit more modern than depicted.

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Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 07:31:31 AM
atlanta was a refugee center, everything on wheels would have been moving people into the city at one point.



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Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 03:24:34 PM
atlanta was a refugee center, everything on wheels would have been moving people into the city at one point.

Fair enough, although the shot was a couple blocks from the central transit hub. And maybe a half-dozen more from the Greyhound station. It didn't lose significant verisimilitude for me with the old bus, and what that lost it gained with my familiarity with the area.

If we really want to get a good justification, it probably has to do more with the price of a trashed old bus for a scene on TV versus the price of a trashed new bus.

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Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 05:28:15 PM
Jesus, did anyone see last night?!  The zombie smearing scene?  I'm loving this show!



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Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 09:13:38 PM
Jesus, did anyone see last night?!  The zombie smearing scene?  I'm loving this show!
That was incredibly gruesome! The foley artists had WAY too much fun with that scene :D. Thoroughly enjoying the show. I haven't read the comic books, but i knew of their existence before this series was made. I may have to pick up the TPBs now. Anyone know if the other seasons will be more than 6 episodes? I really hope they can get at least one more season out of this series.



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Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 09:22:31 PM
Jesus, did anyone see last night?!  The zombie smearing scene?  I'm loving this show!

I haven't watched yet, but I remember that scene from the comics. It was awesome there, too :)

Anyone know if the other seasons will be more than 6 episodes? I really hope they can get at least one more season out of this series.

There's at least one more season greenlit, I think. And I'm pretty sure I read somewhere there'd be more episodes in season 2 (can't remember if that's 8 or 10 or 12...but there would be more than 6).

And I don't think it's going anywhere anytime soon. It was AMC's biggest premiere ever (might have been their biggest watched episode of anything ever), so it's here for at least another season. Yay!


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Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 05:08:57 AM
I'm a sad panda.
Hulu has the first episode up, which I saw and enjoyed, but they won't be having the other ones on.  I don't get cable in my apartment, so I'll have to hunt for it in sub-quality. (or torrent it! :O)

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Reply #12 on: November 09, 2010, 05:53:59 AM
I watched it. Was awesome.

Thus far, the deviations from the comic have been interesting but played very well. I'm curious to see how close they stay to the comic...

Also, I gotta say so far Lori (Rick's wife) has a very thankless role. The scripts have not been kind to her. Hopefully that'll change in future episodes.


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Reply #13 on: November 09, 2010, 05:18:42 PM
i'm trying to figure out which character Merle Dixon (dude handcuffed on the roof) is going to parallel from the comic.  there are a couple options, might even be an entirely new character.

it doesn't seem likely that the series will be as hard and unflinching as the comic, no tv series ever has been.



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Reply #14 on: November 09, 2010, 05:23:50 PM
I'm guessing he'll be a new character.

It's been a while since I read the TPBs, but I think the whole smearing guts on yourselves was different in the comics. (IIRC, Rick and Glenn smeared it on themselves to go back into Atlanta?) But I think it might've been more awesome the way they did it in this episode.


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Reply #15 on: November 10, 2010, 02:06:04 AM
i don't remember how they used it in the comic, but i do know we've had a large departure from the comic's story.

one way that this series interests me is how it parallels the japanese manga/anime relationship.  this may actually be the first time that north american media had this kind of simultaneous episodic release of the same story in comic & screen.  anime usually stays extremely faithful to the manga, obviously we wont have that here.

and, as always, nobody's quite the same as they were in my head.  the actor they got to play Carl has his work cut out for him.  kids are challenging to work with in scripts far more forgiving than this.



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Reply #16 on: November 11, 2010, 03:20:23 PM
Also, I gotta say so far Lori (Rick's wife) has a very thankless role. The scripts have not been kind to her. Hopefully that'll change in future episodes.

I haven't read the comics, so, yeah, my wife and i are wondering if she and the partner had something going on BEFORE the outbreak (i don't know if that would be considered spoilery or not, so i just went the safe route). By the way, will we find out how long a span of time passed between the time Rick got shot and the time he woke up? That'd be one of the burning questions in my mind: "How the hell long was i out for, anyway??"



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Reply #17 on: November 20, 2010, 11:26:26 AM
I am caught up.  Yay for DVR, so much better than VCR.  I have a few issues that take me out of the story.  There is no way the highways would look like that.  It was too orderly and both halves of the road would have been packed.  Also, he used a hack saw on his hand.  The hand looked like it was chopped off.  I grok that using a saw on yourself is harder than chopping, but the image ruined it for me.  The scene with the wife beater?  OMFG.  Fantastic scene.  At first there is the, "Yeah, give it to him" feeling.  Then it keeps going and crosses the line.  Interesting group dynamics..

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Reply #18 on: November 25, 2010, 01:09:23 AM
I am caught up.  Yay for DVR, so much better than VCR.  I have a few issues that take me out of the story.  

That was some groan-worthy fake-ass fly fishing at the start of this week's show too.  You'd think they'd have someone on staff to research stuff like this a little.  That was about as bad as making the characters 'play tennis' with golf clubs.

"Didn't dad ever show you how to use a pitching wedge?"
"No, he didn't-- now shutup and serve.  Matchpoint."


On a different note, I was wondering when a latino character would finally show up and round things off racially.
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Reply #19 on: November 26, 2010, 12:51:43 AM
I haven't read all of this thread because I just finished episode 2 via iTunes and am avoiding spoilers, so sorry if this repeats what others have said.

-This is what we have been waiting for, isn't it?  I mean let's face it, do we really want Romero to make more zombie movies?  The zombie horror movies always have characters doing stupid things either because they don't know the deal with the zeds (Ricky was bitten and seems to have come down with some sort of infection. I'll stay with him until he gets better) or the story depending on them being idiots (you search the butcher shop, I'll check out the chainsaw and katana emporium.  No you better not turn on any lights.  Here use this flickery flashlight).  Watching WD is like watching people play a role playing game.  They're doing the kinds if things we would like to think we would do to survive the zompocalypse.

There was a scene where they try to escape the building by going into the sewer.  They talk about it, they set it up, they talk about who's going down, they go down, the sewer is blocked, they come back up, and it has nothing to do with the rest of the plot.   Technically, this may be Bad Storytelling, but it seemed realistic and I liked it.

-It doesn't feel like horror.  It's hard not to call it horror what with the decaying corpses getting their heads bashed in, but it's more like a survival story like the Poseidon Adventure.  The characters are desperate and using interesting solutions to solve their problems.  They are also not a team, just random individuals forced to work together.

-I've said that we like zombies because they are the only group of people that you can't really empathize with.  You can't portray ethnic groups as bad guys anymore, and if you do, you have to have a token member of said group on the good guy team.   Terrorist plots on 24 are usually carried out by multi-ethnic organizations; compare Aliens with Avatar.  (Nazis are the exception.  No movie asks me to understand the Nazi's point of view).  WD comes as close as you can come to doing this with zombies.  There were scenes on both the first and second episode where they point out that the zeds were once people like us, and they remind us that this is a tragic disease.  But that's as far as they go; it's probably as far as you can go.  Both scenes are followed by the tragic zombie getting shot in the head or chopped up with an axe. 

-Not sure why this is, but no one ever says the word "zombie" in a zombie movie (except Zombieland).   I know that it would get tiresome if they ONLY said zombie, but have they said it once?  Did anyone use the z-word in Night of the Living Dead?  It just seems that if you have cities overrun with millions of dead people walking around and craving the flesh of the living, the word "zombie" might come up in casual conversation. 

Overall, I'm very happy to live in a world where this show exists. 

And yes, speaking as a former resident of New Orleans, both sides of the highway would have been opened and packed with cars leaving the city.  Visually-speaking, however, that may not have made as much of an immediate, visceral impact. 



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Reply #20 on: November 26, 2010, 02:29:50 AM
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Not sure why this is, but no one ever says the word "zombie" in a zombie movie (except Zombieland).   I know that it would get tiresome if they ONLY said zombie, but have they said it once?  Did anyone use the z-word in Night of the Living Dead?  It just seems that if you have cities overrun with millions of dead people walking around and craving the flesh of the living, the word "zombie" might come up in casual conversation.  

In NOTL they were "ghouls", which is a flipped inversion.  As for why no one ever says it, well, up until the Romero model became the standard model (and that probably couldn't be said to be in "general" popular culture until quite a while after DAWN OF THE DEAD (original), despite the popularity of NOTL and all the resultant knock-offs), "zombie" probably wouldn't occur to the common man as these weren't mindless slaves toiling in the Carribean.  Post-Romero until the Triumph of Geek Culture (tm), you have the problem of acknowledging popular culture in a way that doesn't immediately undermine the validity of the threat (see also "vampires"). THE NIGHT STALKER TV movie and the related series were probably the best example of the popular-culture struggle in a narrative of presenting the ideas of monsters that the general public were familiar with but considered generally "kids stuff".

As for whether or not this is what we've been waiting for, well, the jury's still out for me.  I wanted a Romero zombie style TV series back in the early 90s and now it all feels - well, the jury's still out, but I've changed a lot since then.  Too much focus on survival and the central nihilism of the Romero concept get undermined and it becomes just another variation on 1980's ROAD WARRIOR bullshit-culture ("the nuclear war we may have to start to kill Communism, when it comes, will be survivable but only by hardened survivor types that know you have to enforce Democracy with wanton violence"), another "possible threat" of the movies/pop-culture neutered by serial narrative (see also the pallative purpose of THE X-FILES in the 90s - "it's okay of the Government does something behind our backs because everybody believes in conspiracies and all conspiracies are equally crazy and thus equally valid/equally dismissable".  I expect the defusing "environmental threat" pop-culture narrative to be popping up any year now.  The "constant surveillance is okay because it helps reduce crime and terrorism" pop-cult narrative seems already in place in the UK with things like TORCHWOOD).  On the other hand, embracing the inherent nihilism of the Romero model quickly leads to a darkly unwatchable show (I wryly joked with my friend, after watching the first episode of THE WALKING DEAD, that each show should follow a new character until the episode's end when they make some fatal mistake and get eaten.  Every week, new variation of the theme!).  Too much soap opera (which seems to be the hidden secret weapon of the "new television", lifted from comic books in general) and I'd turn it off either way.  Maybe it's just that I don't really trust the serial format anymore, regardless.  But then I'm bitter.

As for empathizing, I have a somewhat different view than your "political correctness" idea.  I loved Romero's films (and dislike most modern zombie films) because Romero went out of his way to give the audience moments of empathy with the zombies (Barbara's brother and the little girl in NOTL, The Nurse stuck in the door in DAWN, Bub in DAY), humanizing them (sometimes by making them laughable).   "They're us" not just because of the propensity for violence, but because we'll all end up like that someday.  Specifically, the scenes of non-aggresive zombies in DAWN OF THE DEAD (original, of course) underline this point - the dead are to be pitied, not hated (so obviously, I disagree that "that's as far as you can go").  The Modern take makes them the "killable enemy" (amongst other things by, yes, making them fast-moving, roaring monsters - something the WALKING DEAD hasn't really done much of yet, thank goodness), extending another subtle point of Romero's films (that in the end, the audience is getting off on watching people die, really - just "people" redefined so that you don't have to care about them) into uncomfortable (for the thinking) but more pallatible ("it's fun!") territory and missing the point.  Or perhaps not - and here I can link to a wonderful article Scattercat found, at http://people.williams.edu/cthorne/articles/the-running-of-the-dead-part-1/.

The Hobbesian Conservatism of the new zombie film, as posited by the article, is wonderfully served by making the zombies "the masses" and leaving out the empathizing.  It gives us all the illicit thrill Romero was playing with, with none of the troubling social commentary (like most modern pop-culture)! As to what that may be training us for, well, my current take on the New Zombie is that they represent the pop-cult audiences' subconscious hatred of the actual reality of Democracy in the modern age (and how it conflicts with the goals of Capitalism), in which everyone, including the stupid and violent and slow and angry and hungry and poor, have to come along and get annoying things like "human rights" as well - wouldn't it be good if we could just feel better about shooting them until "the problems" are solved and "feel bad" about it later - a kinder, gentler, ROAD-WARRIOR-esque "final solution" for rough-tough survivalists?  But then, I'm the kind of cynic (on my bad days) that hopes I'm not alive for the private security forces gunning people down in the streets during food riots while FOX NEWS shills tell us how it's okay because they're breaking the law and thus "deserve it" (and the pussy Neo-Libs do nothing, as always, for fear of their treasured "honored opposition" status).  Yeah, I'm "that" kind of crazy...

But I really do hope THE WALKING DEAD turns out to have a lot up its sleeve.  We'll know eventually.
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Reply #21 on: November 29, 2010, 10:31:51 PM

The Hobbesian Conservatism of the new zombie film

wow.  he really went there.
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Reply #22 on: December 01, 2010, 03:25:58 AM
the writing staff has been let go.  they plan to rely on freelancers for the second season.

i'm ok with this, after the pilot episode my opinion of the show has been steadily dropping.



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Reply #23 on: December 01, 2010, 06:01:33 AM
Yeah, but...I'm not sure you can blame the staff writers for what you see as a decline in quality when the showrunner (Darabont) is the one who let go the staff.

Really, this is very odd. Not sure how I feel about it. One of the things I think that is really unique about writing for television is that you're on a team. I wonder why Darabont decided he didn't need a supporting staff and wants to go just with freelancers. I mean, as the showrunner, Darabont is in creative control. But this article makes it seem like he wants more creative control. Weird...


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Reply #24 on: December 01, 2010, 01:13:39 PM
I have no problem with characters makimg mistakes.  I just want the zombies to have a set of rules and follow them.  The assault on the camp was too well timed.  My wife and I are enjoying this show.  I do not want to give the appearance that I only have complaints.  I feel that most people reading this thread have an appreciation for the quality of the show.

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Reply #25 on: December 03, 2010, 08:34:55 PM
The "constant surveillance is okay because it helps reduce crime and terrorism" pop-cult narrative seems already in place in the UK with things like TORCHWOOD).  

Yo, don't forget Batman: The Dark Knight! Bruce Wayne monitored every cell phone in Gotham City to find the Joker. And Morgan Freeman's character offered only the most token of token objections.

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Reply #27 on: December 06, 2010, 03:39:59 PM
Hey, how far behind am I on this, and is there any way to get caught up without bittorrenting individual episodes?

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Reply #28 on: December 07, 2010, 01:13:50 AM
well, the season finale left me hugely unimpressed.  about the only thing i enjoyed were a few moments of Dale's (rv guy) acting.

all of the comic's flavour, the thing that gave the pilot an original feel, is gone.  this episode was typical b-rate tv scifi.  there was, what?  ten seconds worth of zombies in a zombie season finale?  instead they blew their budget on a cheesy cgi explosion.

at least misfits has been consistently interesting this season.



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Reply #29 on: December 07, 2010, 03:29:14 AM
I think the season finale may damage the show's future.  There was nothing about this episode that left me hungry for more.  I felt no sympathy for the characters this week.  I also felt like the promos were misleading and distracted from the show.  I really hope they come back with a mind blowing season opener.

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Reply #30 on: December 08, 2010, 06:56:11 AM
for the record, it was a pretty damn good explosion though :P



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Reply #31 on: December 09, 2010, 06:05:23 PM
I just set a "Season Pass" on my TiVo; hopefully they'll rerun the episodes before the next series so I can catch up.

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Reply #32 on: December 09, 2010, 06:20:01 PM
why do people feel ok to tivo a show but not download it?  there's no substantial difference.



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Reply #33 on: December 09, 2010, 07:49:00 PM
why do people feel ok to tivo a show but not download it?  there's no substantial difference.

Because I don't want to watch shit sitting in a chair at my desk; I prefer to watch from my couch as God intended.

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Reply #34 on: December 09, 2010, 10:03:34 PM
Watched the original Dawn of the Dead today.  They used the word zombie in it.

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Reply #35 on: December 09, 2010, 10:13:59 PM
why do people feel ok to tivo a show but not download it?  there's no substantial difference.

Because I don't want to watch shit sitting in a chair at my desk; I prefer to watch from my couch as God intended.
lulz.  desk.  couch.  I can watch from my bed as evolution intended.

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Reply #36 on: December 12, 2010, 05:09:33 PM
why do people feel ok to tivo a show but not download it?  there's no substantial difference.

Because I don't want to watch shit sitting in a chair at my desk; I prefer to watch from my couch as God intended.

I'm completely with you on the couch thing, but that doesn't stop me from torrenting. My "TV Watching" computer is strategically placed near the TV and uses the TV as a second monitor. I watch everything from the comfort of my couch. The only complaint is that I need to get up to pause (really old computer, not set up for handling remote control devices), but seeing as I only need to do that if I am getting up anyway (like bathroom or snack break), it's not really an issue. Definitely think about setting your computer/TV up like that!



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Reply #37 on: December 12, 2010, 06:26:49 PM
My "TV Watching" computer is strategically placed near the TV and uses the TV as a second monitor. I watch everything from the comfort of my couch. The only complaint is that I need to get up to pause (really old computer, not set up for handling remote control devices), but seeing as I only need to do that if I am getting up anyway (like bathroom or snack break), it's not really an issue. Definitely think about setting your computer/TV up like that!

Not an option. Not everybody has the capability to use TV as a second monitor; my TV's still a 4:3 CRT, no bloody 1040p HD. And there's just the one computer, not a "TV-watching computer".

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Reply #38 on: December 13, 2010, 03:03:16 AM
So, question, and this has spoilers (presumably those who haven't seen the show yet aren't intently reading a thread like this):

Do you guys find the character's behavior believable in the scenario of a zombie apocalypse?  Let's keep it to what we know of the show so far, not the comic.

Would she be bangin' his bf just weeks after?  Would the bf 'fall in love' with her that quick?  Would he really try to rape her?
Would old guys stay behind for suicidal people they just recently met?
Would a father/mother/young daughter ever decide to leave a group and fend for their own?
Would a loving wife leave her husband on the spot to await suicide?  Would a husband let her go?
And others.  To what extent does the trauma of the world falling apart make this normally aberrant behavior more plausible for you?



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Reply #39 on: December 13, 2010, 06:23:53 AM
Watched the CDC episode last night.  I still like the show a lot.  I'll definitely buy next season (I'm overseas, so I can't tivo it).  I have not read the comic, but it's not my Christmas list, and some particularly twisted relative might give it to me. 

I didn't realize I was watching a finale, and it's quite possible I would have been more disappointed if I had known this.  It felt more like a episode than a Finale.  It seems to be more of a Disease Apocalypse story than a Zombie Apocalypse one.  You could have basically the same story with a deadly flu.  The last episode, anyway.  I also saw Survival of the Dead which was a complete train wreck of a movie.  It seemed to not take the genre seriously at all, and I will reiterate that I'm glad that Romero -- with all due sincere respect -- is not involved with WD.

Good questions, Keeper of Goats.  I need to give them more thought.  I will forgive almost any emotional craziness at the end of the world, but I can't abide by logical craziness, if that makes any sense.  I don't mind the unusual relationship stuff, but if the gang decides to hole up in a Best Buy because the large plate glass windows will make it easy to see approaching walkers  I will voice frustration. 



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Reply #40 on: December 13, 2010, 11:25:53 PM
it doesn't seem likely that the series will be as hard and unflinching as the comic, no tv series ever has been.

They seem to be rather unflinching on the gore. I was surprised by the level of violent gore on television.

So, question, and this has spoilers (presumably those who haven't seen the show yet aren't intently reading a thread like this):

Would she be bangin' his bf just weeks after?  Would the bf 'fall in love' with her that quick?  Would he really try to rape her?

I recall hints about the partner being sweet on his best friend's wife before the apocalypse. Small town, so he could have had a thing for her since high school, and a resentment towards his friend for getting her. So I totally buy his motivations.

My primary criticism would be that they frontloaded a lot of the zombieness. The first episode (and the second as I understand it) were chock full of zombies, whereas the last four episodes had an uncomfortable soap to zombie ratio. A better balance could be struck.

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Reply #41 on: December 16, 2010, 11:36:39 PM
I can buy into most of the crazy relationship stuff.  Long story short, I knew a band that split up from a similar situation.  One of the guys went on a bender and was gone for about a month.  When he got back, another band member was shacking up with his wife and playing daddy to his kids.  The wife changed her mind and wanted her husband back.  Not quite the same, but people are crazy.  I think the show worked better when we did not know the characters.  I would like to see different groups.  Could have switched the story to the Atlanta group when the shared scene was over.

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Reply #42 on: December 17, 2010, 06:46:30 AM
My "TV Watching" computer is strategically placed near the TV and uses the TV as a second monitor. I watch everything from the comfort of my couch. The only complaint is that I need to get up to pause (really old computer, not set up for handling remote control devices), but seeing as I only need to do that if I am getting up anyway (like bathroom or snack break), it's not really an issue. Definitely think about setting your computer/TV up like that!

Not an option. Not everybody has the capability to use TV as a second monitor; my TV's still a 4:3 CRT, no bloody 1040p HD. And there's just the one computer, not a "TV-watching computer".

LOL! My "TV-watching computer" is an ancient P4 that someone gave me (meaning they were throwing it out) 4+ years ago. I added an old-model video card that has S-Video output so I can hook it up to a dead VCR, whose only function is to convert to RCA, which is what my even older (1996 CRT) TV needs as video input (audio is handled through separate speakers connected to the computer).  The set up is not "pretty" (lots of wires), but it works and the picture is good enough for most TV shows. Though it's clearly not High Def, so great visual effects movies may be a different story.



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Reply #43 on: January 27, 2011, 08:11:47 PM
How cool is this fanmade intro to the show-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phLVlvMKVi8

And once again the line in the sand between amateur/fan and bigmedia professional is whimsically kicked over.

Kanemoto's animation has made its rounds on the net, I'm sure Frank Darabont's checked it out.  I hope next season he trades up from the current completely forgettable show intro for this bad boy.



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Reply #44 on: January 28, 2011, 12:30:30 AM
AMC ran a two-day marathon last week, so my TiVo got it and now I'm all caught up, bitches!  ;D

Okay now, when's the next season?

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Reply #45 on: July 27, 2011, 11:40:42 AM
Still feel the best feeling to see horror books!   :o :o

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Five pounds?  Six pounds? Seven pounds?


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Reply #47 on: October 14, 2011, 04:52:49 PM
(First post, Hello!)

Can't wait for the premier of this season. This has been one of the few shows that me and my other half enjoy watching together that I could call genre fiction. The Walking Dead comic is also one of the few that I can give to my friends and they almost universally enjoy. Lots of potential here and I am anxious to see if they can keep up the greatness.



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Reply #48 on: October 16, 2011, 05:26:03 PM
I'm currently rewatching the first season in prep for Tivo stacking up a few of the second season. I like them even better on the second round. I had frowned on eps 3-6 as being zombie-light (especially compared to the first two), but 3-5 have a lot more good stuff than I recalled.

It also hold up well (and probably what made it so wildly successful) is that it's a post-apocalypse drama that utilizes zombies. Much more likely to survive than a zombie show that utilizes drama. Love the actors and the casting and really looking forward to seeing Merle again.

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Reply #49 on: October 17, 2011, 08:06:34 PM
Ugh.  Long contrived 'talk-to-jesus-statue' monologues in abandoned churches FTW (for the weaksauce).
Pretty disappointing season premiere, especially after just watching the Breaking Bad wrapup...which was amazing BTW (bereft totally of weaksauce).
 



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Reply #50 on: October 19, 2011, 01:51:49 AM
total respect for breaking bad, they've turned Walter into a villain without anybody noticing.

i'm not watching this season of walking dead unless someone give me a reason to forget how badly the last one ended.
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Reply #51 on: October 19, 2011, 02:47:57 PM
i'm not watching this season of *walking dead* unless someone give me a reason to forget how badly the last one ended.

Um... zombies?

I'd like to hear my options, so I could weigh them, what do you say?
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Reply #52 on: October 20, 2011, 01:09:58 AM
that isn't even a good enough reason watch the view.
but seriously, watching an interesting premise get mauled by bad writing is more painful than typical tv dreck.
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Reply #53 on: October 20, 2011, 04:52:46 AM
that isn't even a good enough reason watch the view.
but seriously, watching an interesting premise get mauled by bad writing is more painful than typical tv dreck, and i don't watch that stuff.

Haha, I guess you and I differ, but I'd TOTALLY watch The View if there were zombies.  In fact that's probably the only way you'd get me to watch The View.

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Reply #54 on: October 20, 2011, 11:12:07 AM
that isn't even a good enough reason watch the view.
but seriously, watching an interesting premise get mauled by bad writing is more painful than typical tv dreck, and i don't watch that stuff.

Haha, I guess you and I differ, but I'd TOTALLY watch The View if there were zombies.  In fact that's probably the only way you'd get me to watch The View.

Agreed! That would make it awesome. Particularly if each episode ended with one of the hosts getting eaten.

I guess that would make it a pretty short show, but still.



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Reply #55 on: October 21, 2011, 02:20:00 AM
I'd TOTALLY watch The View if there were zombies.

what do you mean, if?  have you heard the moaning that goes on there?
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Reply #56 on: October 24, 2011, 10:41:15 AM
I watched the first episode and wasn't amazed. TV series about zombies is a lame idea.


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Reply #57 on: October 24, 2011, 11:34:00 AM
TV series about zombies is a lame idea.

I totally disagree. :P I LOVE the concept of a TV show about zombies. Why's it lame? Unless you just think zombies are lame in general, in which case to each their own I guess.



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Reply #58 on: October 25, 2011, 04:49:12 AM
I watched the first episode and wasn't amazed. TV series about zombies is a lame idea.

No, it's an awesome idea!!  It's just sad how they are farting all over it.



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Reply #59 on: October 25, 2011, 04:36:19 PM
Wow. You guys are not inspiring me to click on my DVR and check out season 2. (Still disappointed about the latter half of season 1.)


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Reply #60 on: October 25, 2011, 07:25:05 PM
Annnnnnnnd not that it matters, because apparently it's just been renewed for Season 3.


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Reply #61 on: October 26, 2011, 02:38:10 AM
Well, I personally am enjoying it so far. Hehe.

I missed it entirely when the first season airs, I ended up watching the entire marathon when season 2 premiered. It was a novel way to watch a show, sitting there for like 6 hours. I wouldn't do it again though, that's way too long to sit there watching TV. :P
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Reply #62 on: November 29, 2011, 05:02:53 AM
It started getting good again!



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Reply #63 on: January 03, 2012, 07:45:11 PM
I'm caught up to current, and I'm pretty pleased with the first half of this second season. The zombie apocalypse is a great backdrop for effective development of tension.

Daryl Dixon is my favorite character. I've met a lot of folks just like that character. The actor owns that role. Outside of Daryl, we're getting some nice intense character development from several others.

I think they did a better mix of zombie to drama ratio this season, although you can see some of the impacts from more episodes on a smaller budget than they got for six last year. In general, there were fewer locations and more static talking scenes. A specific example would be there being too much air time spent looking for Sophia. My wife was relieved that it was over rather than horrified at the outcome when we watched the final episode.

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Reply #64 on: January 03, 2012, 07:55:50 PM
Daryl is far and away the best character IMHO. Just so much more interesting and complex than the rest of em (though I guess Shane in his relative evilness is kind of interesting too).




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Reply #65 on: January 05, 2012, 03:36:05 PM
Daryl is far and away the best character IMHO. Just so much more interesting and complex than the rest of em (though I guess Shane in his relative evilness is kind of interesting too).

Yeah, Daryl's the one guy I'd like to have by my side if I were in that situation. Just so long as his brother stays missing.

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