Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 5:28PM
Officer Rick Grimes and a dwindling handful of survivors try to survive in a world overrun by zombies.
I wasn’t convinced about this show, at least for the first season. The iconic scenes belonging to the Zombie genre – the little zombie girl with stuffed animal freakout, the sawing off of limbs to escape zombies, the waking up alone in the hospital after being shot deal, that sort of thing – is all but copied shot for shot in the first few episodes. And I suppose, as a tribute if nothing else, it works for a show all about zombies, and survivors. Thankfully the second season has finally gone into originality. Many things happen a show-goer would not expect, but can readily see happening in a world newly overrun with zombies!
Rick Grimes is of course the main character of the show thus far, taking it all on his shoulders for the difficult decisions and pain and guilt they cause. Against all odds, Grimes has already found his wife and son – but this is only after his wife has had survivor sex with his former partner Shane, who left him for dead when zombies overran the hospital. The older Dixon brother is a rampaging redneck psycho, I say serves him right to have to have cut off his hand to escape the zombies that were coming. Glen the Korean kid is awesome and adorable and brings his own merit to the show, rather than the network need for diversity. Dale and Andrea have this odd dynamic going, comfort when she loses her daughter and then contempt when Andrea is apparently not allowed to choose to take her own life. At least noone’s pregnant. But oh wait, there has been some sex on the show, which means you know that’s going to pop up sooner or later. Norman Reedus of Boondock Saints fame joined us in the second season, he’s all but becoming the leader of the group when Grimes isn’t around, interesting enough for a Dixon brother.
It’s worth it to sit through all the tribute episodes, to get to the good stuff. If nothing else, you need to know the dynamic stories between the characters in order to really truly enjoy the entire show. Watching the zombies is always fun, if a little mindless pun intended hah, but we have to have the human side of the show too. And The Walking Dead is coming into it’s own, as a show and an evolving storyline.