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    The Walking Dead - AMC

    As much as I love Mad Men, I am more excited for this show starting tonight (10/31) than any of the new shows that premiered a month or so ago on the networks. Come on now, admit it, there must be lots of you feeling the same out there.


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    Hell yeah. I've read the comics and can't wait to see how it looks on screen. The trailer looked promising. ^_^
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    My only problem with the comic was it's almost Lost-ian level of killing people off, and the black and white artwork made it REALLY hard to tell one character apart from another.

    Other than that, it was great.
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    I'm just happy to see zombies on TV, period.

    The Walking Dead is a very traditionalist zombie yarn. There are gaping plot holes--the virus doesn't obey the laws of physics and thus has to be supernatural; how did the military get overrun by slow, shambling zombies; etc.--but overall I enjoyed the pilot and I'm looking forward to more.
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    I liked it.

    I don't get why anyone would think heading toward the city would be a good idea, though.
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    Looks like a lot of folks watched the pilot--I can't load the amcdead.com site to enter the contest to be a walk-on zombie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    I don't get why anyone would think heading toward the city would be a good idea, though.
    I haven't seen the series yet, but in the comic he just wanted to find his family and then haul ass out of there. The rescue parties were supposed to look for survivors around the city.

    It's actually a big point of contention among the group at first, to stay near the city or run for the hills.
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    Meh. Looked like every other zombie apocalypse story out there. I give 14 out of 35, Dick.
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    I don't know anything about the graphic novel, but the series was a bit derivative (if not downright plagiaristic) in that the hero was shot and then 28 DAYS LATER he awoke in a hospital to find the world overrun by zombies. Also are American actors so expensive now they have to import Aussies and Brits for everything? And there was a lot of acting in this ep--the window sniper scene was particularly annoying, but I do admit to a certain curmudgieness. I also agree that the whole military fail standard that all these stories rely on is a bit farfetched, but that could take me into another level of meta-criticisms about the series (misogyny and gender roles spring immediately to mind) but I have vowed to keep the inner-curmudgeon at bay (at least til week three).


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    I only saw part of the first 40 mins (Mr. Lily objected to the hijacking of both football and the World Series ). I'll catch it on-demand this week.

    Johnny, I got the same 28 Days Later vibe. Like, immediately. The outstanding FX were worth watching, though, IMO.

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    This is on FX in the UK. Premiere this week.

    I'd love to give an opinion on it, but my freeview doesn't show me FX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenPanced View Post
    Meh. Looked like every other zombie apocalypse story out there. I give 14 out of 35, Dick.
    The first two issues of the comic are stereotypical movie-scare zombies. :P Then it's more about evading the zombies while concentrating on more important issues, like finding food, shelter, and build a society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    I don't get why anyone would think heading toward the city would be a good idea, though.
    I had that question when reading the original comics, too.

    But I'm going to cut Rick slack... he /did/ just wake up from a coma, and probably had at least a mild concussion from the shovel to the face too. Aside from the whole 'hrm, while I was comatose, the world was overrun by zombies' aspect.

    So I suppose when someone goes 'hey, your family probably went to Atlanta,' I shouldn't be too surprised that he nods politely and heads towards Atlanta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmwhtly View Post
    This is on FX in the UK. Premiere this week.

    I'd love to give an opinion on it, but my freeview doesn't show me FX.

    *Sits grumpily in the corner*
    I'll let you know how it is although my hopes aren't that high for anything too original. The FX trailer just looks like an American 28 Days Later. With a tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexPiper View Post
    I had that question when reading the original comics, too.

    But I'm going to cut Rick slack... he /did/ just wake up from a coma, and probably had at least a mild concussion from the shovel to the face too. Aside from the whole 'hrm, while I was comatose, the world was overrun by zombies' aspect.

    So I suppose when someone goes 'hey, your family probably went to Atlanta,' I shouldn't be too surprised that he nods politely and heads towards Atlanta.
    Once he arrives there and [SPOILEROMG]finds his family[/ENDOFSPOILEROMG], he wants to move the camp away from the city right away. This creates friction between him and the leader.
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    I haven't seen it but the preview does look derivative. It follows the same stuff that George Romero made famous. I'm hoping they will come up with something new and fresh. If you're into yet another Zombie show, you'll enjoy it.

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    I don't really like zombie movies or shows, but I thought this was awesome. Really well done.
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    I'm a huge zombie fan, and I was a wee bit underwhelmed. Derivative of 28 d later, certainly. I also thought the bit with the matches in the stairwell was Stu Redman's escape from the CDC with the serial numbers filed off. I kept waiting for someone to ask if he wanted some chicken.

    I'll definitely keep watching, but I was hoping for more.

    Oh, and when he was riding his horse into the city I lost my suspension of disbelief. The traffic on I-85 south (the side leading out of the city) is never that light. <rim shot>

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    Would you guys recommend it? I'm pondering whether or not to watch it :P
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    I'd recommend it if you want to see what happens after the guys get around the zombies. Struggling to live in a tough post-apocalyptic world is much more interesting than rotting corpses. :P
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    Yeah, I'd say give it a shot. I didn't dislike it. Actually, I liked it quite a bit. I just had it so hyped up in my head that anything other than pure genius was bound to be a let down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGottaKeyboard View Post
    I don't know anything about the graphic novel, but the series was a bit derivative (if not downright plagiaristic) in that the hero was shot and then 28 DAYS LATER he awoke in a hospital to find the world overrun by zombies.


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    Derivative of 28 d later, certainly.

    The original comics/graphic novels on which the series was based came out at right around the same time as that movie; it's more likely a case of "Great ideas hit more than one person," which is something I think we're all familiar with, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacia Kane View Post
    The original comics/graphic novels on which the series was based came out at right around the same time as that movie; it's more likely a case of "Great ideas hit more than one person," which is something I think we're all familiar with, right?
    It's entirely possible. And, again, I did quite like the show and I'll definitely go back for more. I think my reaction had more to do with the fact that 2010's been (IMO) a generally lousy year for movies, so I had this built up as some sort of redemption for the summer's disappointments.

    Seriously, though: aren't you somewhere near Atlanta? That wasn't a traffic jam. That was a light Tuesday afternoon.

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    Okay, I'm a HUGE fan of the comic books so I just want to address a few things here before I talk about the show separately:

    1. Going to Atlanta: somebody mentioned Rick as going there to find his wife and kid. What they did mention, albeit briefly and kind of glossed over in the TV show, is that there was supposed to be a refugee camp set up there. That's why Rick's family went that direction, and why he went.

    2. Re: 28 Days Later. 28 Days Later came out in the UK in Nov/2002. It came out in the US in June 2003. The first Walking Dead issue (because it is a monthly comic) was published in Oct. 2003. It stands to reason, I'm SURE, that Kirkman (the writer of the comic book) had already written the original issue (if not the first few) and the art had already been done. So, he didn't just watch 28 Days Later and then yank it.

    So, having said that, and reiterating what a HUGE fan of the comics I am, I think they did a good job with it. They kind of glossed over some stuff, added some stuff I didn't really like (like Rick bitching about his relationship with his wife and showing that her and Shane had a thing going so blatantly, it doesn't happen SO FAST in the comics).

    It looked good, the zombies weren't fast which is what I was really worried about.

    The Walking Dead deals a lot more with relationships than what you might suspect given the pilot. I think the comic books are better, but I'm really interested to see how they go forward with it on TV.

    I was also really worried about the guy they got to play Rick, but I ended up quite liking his performance. I'll hold my judgement on who's playing Lori because we didn't really see enough of her yet. And I REALLY want to see how the actor tackles Glenn because he's one of my favourite characters.

    I'll of course keep watching like a dedicated fiend though, because I love The Walking Dead, and just zombies in general.

    Also, another note regarding 28 Days Later and The Walking Dead:

    28 Days Later isn't about zombies. Just sayin' .

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    Huh. I saw it listed and recorded it simply because I thought it was some zombie movie I'd never heard of. Thanks to this thread I now know that it's a new series and its based on some comic books. Huh. Learn something new every day.
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