The Walking Dead: Premiere Episode 1 Recap
Happy Halloween everyone! The Great Pumpkin has arrived at our sincere pumpkin patch and brought us a prime time, AMC, ultra-violent zombie series. What?
It’s an interesting show. I liked it, but as with many pilots, it’s hard to say for sure. It didn’t give me anything I haven’t gotten from zombie movies, which was disappointing. The performances were a little meh, but the way it was shot and the effects were fantastic.
Specifically, the gun shots and the zombies themselves. The decay was well done, and their movement was very creepy. The fact they managed to keep enough character in some of their faces was impressive, some of the zombies in the end around the tank actually seemed to emote, if that’s possible. I’m not a fan of violence but the gun shots here were satisfyingly loud and explosive. Every time a zombie took one in the head it felt resonate and real. The blood, the sound, the reaction, the lack of cutting away or panning. It was graphic, but in a very satisfying way. Also, that poor horse.
The characters I’m not sold on yet. Maybe it was my hang-ups with having seen a few of the main actors in other things but I didn’t really identify with the two cops at all. The main guy I saw last pining silently for Keira Knightley in Love Actually and his light-switch-loving partner was on both The Class and an episode of How I Met Your Mother as a total surfer dude, bro. It might take a little time for me to warm up to them. The father and son I liked more, but found their struggle with a zombie mom a bit contrived. I also thought it was coincidental that the boy’s mother was the only zombie who kept a pretty face. Maybe if she was missing lips and cheeks it’d be easier for him to shoot her.
I also had a little bit of issue with the pace. At an hour and seven minutes long it was already pushing my limits of attention span for a show and the very deliberate, slow pace worked for atmosphere but also wore thin on my patience. I felt like the opening moment with him shooting the girl established the tone so many other scenes repeated.
I am curious to dive more into the world, which is what I was hoping for from a series about zombies versus a movie. In a series we’ll have time to explore the global reaction to the event, what caused it, any metaphorical issues it brings up for the survivors. I hope that’s a direction the show takes. It seems like it might, since someone was talking to him from inside the tank.
What’d you think? Will you keep watching?