Posted on March 2, 2011
The Walking Dead
Reviewed by Mister Hand
Just when I was hoping to cut back on my TV intake and start doing more productive things with my life like read or develop a new hobby, AMC (aka Awesome Movie Channel) decides to bring the Undead genre back to life. I already love Mad Men and now we have the Walking Dead to digest (the puns may get worse… keep reading).
I, like many of my cubicle/inner city working male colleagues, oddly long for a day when I can put my keyboard and mouse away and pick up a pick axe and 12-gauge shotgun to defend my family and the human race from Zombies. There is something strangely appealing to the idea of doing away with all our technology, modern amenities, and daily struggle of paying bills and trading it all out for survival of the fittest from flesh eating undead hordes. You can spend all day defining why men of today want this… be it our biological need to feel like we need to protect our family or break away from our menial lives at the office to war with an enemy… but really I’m not looking for a sociology lesson… I’m looking for a good reason to properly prepare for the Undead.
The Walking Dead is based on a graphic novel by Robert Kirkman and deals with the idea that Zombies have, for one reason or another, begun to roam the earth in search of fresh flesh to devour. That alone should be enough for most respectable TV watchers to want to watch the show. The story revolves primarily around a Georgia Sheriff who, much like in 28 Days later or to some extent Dawn of the Dead (2004), is unconscious when the Zombies first appear/eat their way through society. He wakes up in an abandoned/ramshackled hospital and wanders back tot he city finding chaos everywhere, but people – at least living – no where to be found. I’d say more… but I don’t want to ruin the story.
The Walking Dead, much like every other program on AMC, is shot like I’d expect a great movie to be filmed. It doesn’t have that rushed & glossed over look that many shows on cable or network channels produce. AMC takes it’s time to produce quality that lasts rather than a quick laugh or cheesy dramatic moment. I think what impresses me the most is the writing of the show. There isn’t any fluff, it all serves to propel the storyline and draw the viewer in. I also appreciate that they don’t rely on big-name established actors to sell the show. The show IS the selling point.