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The best "Zombie Survival"

Review of The Walking Dead
by Scott D. Lalonde
Posted on June 5th, 2016
Positive 8
Overall Rating
13 of 16 people found the following review useful

What an opening 10 minutes for a TV show. Superb make up effects, top drawer acting. and interesting characters.

We finally have a TV Show that's associated with the beloved Zombie franchise and what it does it does right.

Story: 9

Enriched story that will take all your attention, amazing make up work

The story takes place in the present day, a Sheriff's deputy, Rick Grimes gets caught in an accident and ends up in hospital, after blanking out and waking up from a coma he finds himself in an abandoned ward with flickering lights, broken down hallways and barricaded doors. As he makes his way through the dark hospital he finds out that he is the only one that's not in a body bag.

Visuals: 9

Cinematography is worthy of a movie

The make-up on the zombies are fantastic.

The score is outstanding. Very understated but poignant. The cinematography is worthy of a movie and the camera moves a lot. I cant recall any shaky cam which some people here seem to despise.

You will find some good movies made in the past (based on similar theme as WD) which may seem hilarious simply because of the lack of CGI and make up and tech work or a good story. Walking Dead won't be a part of that even 50 years from now. And this will be considered as the best classic of it's genre in the future.

Character: 9

Dramatic characters

When I first watched the pilot episode, I was a bit skeptical. It seemed to run a bit slow for my tastes....but I'm glad I persisted because it certainly picked up the action and I started to 'care' for these characters.

The characters feel realistic and they are very well written, I rarely notice when they do stuff, that is not explained enough or illogical for the person because the lack of motivation. Just think of real life, when people who think you know, do things that were unexpected, out of the blue. Of course as in every show, they use forced dramatic elements, even when they aren't needed or explained, but I'm willing to overlook these, because the overall good quality. The only time I felt the show is going seriously off rails, was the ending of the first season. Luckily they went back to follow more closely the story line of the comics.

Enjoyment: 9

Great series

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys zombies, loves horror, or can take a bit of gore to watch something very well made and emotional. 


Review of Season One

Nothing could demonstrate the acceptance of zombies into the mainstream better than THE WALKING DEAD, a comic-book adaptation that marks the first TV series ever to have a zombie apocalypse at its core. Having watched the first series of THE WALKING DEAD, I can report that it's a hugely entertaining show – even if it doesn't end up breaking any new ground whatsoever.

The series is also content to imitate, following in the wake of Romero's films and the dozens of movies featuring the flesh-eating dead that have been made ever since. Not one situation occurs which hasn't done before. Saying that, each episode is highly entertaining, a fine blend of human and zombie drama, and the zombies themselves are handled very well. Don't go in expecting the gore to be toned down just because it's a TV show, either; with Greg Nicotero at the SFX helm, it's just the opposite. The big difference between TV shows and films is that a series has the chance to flesh out and develop characters week after week, whereas films are constrained by their relatively short running times.

Review of Season Two

The emphasis of this season, for the most part, is on the human drama and the zombies themselves take a definite back seat to the acting. For most of the season the characters are holed up in a remote farmhouse without much in the way of anything going on. Much is made of the deteriorating relationship between Rick and Shane; although you might have thought that things were tied up in season one, there's plenty of mileage to be wrung out of that premise yet. It helps that Jon Bernthal gives an outstanding performance as a conflicted outsider, quickly becoming my favourite actor in the show.

Zombies are still present, of course, and despite the slow pacing of especially the first half of this season, they're an ever present menace. This leads to lots of gruesome run-ins which take pains to depict as many different types of zombie death as possible. The direction remains strong and there are some great set-pieces and plot twists as the story goes on, building up to a truly great climax that ably sets the scene for season three - and I can't wait! Andrew Lincoln goes from strength to strength on this show and despite the departure of some series notables I think we're in for a real treat with the third season. It's just a shame I'll have to wait until next year to see it...

Review of Season Three

Season 3 of THE WALKING DEAD is a different beast again. Massively expanded to 16 episodes, it does seem a little slow and glacial at places, with sub-plots that go nowhere and just pad out the running time (enough with the Glenn and Maggie nonsense already, please). However, the shift of setting to a creepy prison is a decent one, and the introduction of a whole new and populated town (Woodbury) allows for plenty of mileage.

Sadly, though, the zombies come off worse again and barely register this time around, especially in the second half, except when they are shoehorned into the plot. The good news is that the machinations of the excellent David Morrissey as the Governor make up for the lack of undead menace. Rick's character develops in a dramatic and intriguing way, and there are enough unexpected deaths and suspense-fuelled situations to keep things ticking merrily along.

Review of Season Four:

The first half of Season 4 is the best yet: a fast-paced, non-stop barrage of chaos and crisis, zombie mayhem and human drama. Nothing about it feels extraneous, whether it's the return of the Governor or the zombie fever which grips the inhabitants of the prison. Every episode has at least half a dozen outstanding scenes which really have you on the rest of your seat with suspense, all of it building to a wonderful set-piece with episode 8 itself - the best episode yet. The latter half of the season is disappointing, although not without merit. There are some good episodes here, but others mark a true nadir of the show (like the utterly boring one with Darryl and Beth). At least it all builds to a decent climax, setting up the next series nicely.

Review of Season Five:

To start off with, I wasn't sure about this new season of the show. The first episode is action-packed with some great spectacle, but the lack of any music makes it feel somehow unexciting. The subsequent episodes feel dark and difficult to enjoy; it's the execution, which feels long-winded. I dislike the way the characters have to have their little conversations so that every single thing feels over-explained, over written. What a surprise, then, in the second half of the season. Everything changes and suddenly it becomes unmissable viewing. It brings to mind the best of season two and the character drama of the first half of season four. Suddenly, the episodes become moving, horrific, and thoroughly dramatic, packed with excellent twists and turns.

Review of Season Six:

The latest season of the show is, for the most part, a return to the tense, glory days of old. In particular, the first nine episodes are an extraordinary story arc in which the Alexandria compound is forced to take on a massive zombie horde like never before. It's thrilling stuff, chock full of great and gory effects and many scenes of genuine tension. The second half of the season is slower, building to one of those annoying cliffhanger endings. However, I can't imagine where the show's going to go from this point in, so as ever I eagerly await the next series.

Scott D. Lalonde
I love stupid shit. But at least I'm honest about it. Born in 1983.

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