Monday, November 01, 2010

The Walking Dead comes to life

I just watched the pilot episode of The Walking Dead tonight. You may already know that I am a huge fan of zombies and have read books, comic books, watched movies (good and some extremely bad) and played zombie based video games. Of course if you did not know then you do now.

This show premiered last night on AMC and for a select few of you this may be old news. For the 99% of the rest of you, this show is awesome. It is based on a comic book of the same name. that I have been reading for a few years now....

The story is set up a while after the zombie outbreak occurs. We find ourselves waking up along side a man in a coma of a sheriff injured in the line of duty. This injury happened before the zombie crisis occurs so he is set adrift in a world unlike the one he remembers. He has been abandoned by his friends and his wife and son. Left for dead in an unstaffed body strewn hospital. This story is not concerned with the outbreak.... the outbreak is old news. The great thing about this is that by starting with a man who wakes up to this horror you can be let in on how this world works. This is a story about how humans are coping with this new threat and from the looks of things they are not coping very well. If the show stays true to the comic books this will be riveting. The story put down in the graphic novels is edge of your seat engaging.

So far the show is keeping true to the story already laid out. It was a great beginning, story wise and the cinematography (I am a sucker for a wide view world is a wasteland shot)and educates those not familiar with zombie survival on the rules of surviving a zombie filled world. If you have AMC and are not too squeamish.... give the show a shot. It is developing some great characters and will be a largely human based drama with the added benefit of attacking zombies. The comic book is character driven and the story lines are very interesting, engaging and thought provoking. The first episode set it up very well and left us waiting for next Sunday.