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I was recommended this tv show by a friend and I watched the first episode and well I thought it was a bit slow & boring, but don't be put off as the action kicks off from episode 2 & it is a roller coaster from there, full of flesh eating walkers, shock deaths and survivor struggles. If you are already into zombies then you will love this! It is based on a ongoing comic book series but even if you happen to have already read the comics you will realise that the TV show is very different and you will see some new characters popping up, as well as the old favourites. The first couple of episodes are set on Rick, who wakes up in hospital and suddenly realises that the world he once knew has changed forever and that he must find his son & wife. The Series is full of mini adventures for the survivors that you will meet, from heading to the zombie ridden city of Atlanta to look for supplies and even hitting the road to find a cure. The cliff hangers at the end of each episode will leave you on the edge of your seat and you will HAVE to watch the next episode to find out how they get out of the dilemma.
I'm a massive fan of zombie films so when I saw the adverts for The walking dead I knew it would be one to watch. I remember putting it on and being gutted that it was series one, episode two meaning I'd missed the very first episode. It didn't stop me catching up and watching the next episodes and two seasons but I was still annoyed about missing that first one so when my daughter got me the boxset of season one and two last christmas I was really pleased and ended up having a walking dead marathon where all I watched was zombies for three days.
The Walking Dead is an American series which airs on AMC over there. I watched season one on a horror channel, I can't remember what it was but it's on Fox now if you're interested in season 3.
The walking dead starts off with Rick Grimes played by the British born Andrew Lincoln, waking up in hospital after getting shot on duty. It's a similar start to 28 days later, waking up in hospital, nobody around and a few re-animated corpses. Rick goes on a mission to re-unite with his son Carl and wife Lori but he doesn't know if they're still alive or where'd they'd be if they were. The world as he knew it has gone and is now populated by flesh eating corpses and handfuls of survivors.
I think season one is my favourite as it is when the characters are really developed. It has a lot of explaining to do about the characters backgrounds and where they've come from and it does it so well. I felt really connected to all of the characters by midway through the first season. My favourite character has got to be Glen, a young asian man played by Steven Yeun. His tickled stomach and sense of fear in season one made me giggle at times and he's really loveable. I was Andrew Lincoln in another programme a while back, I think it was Teachers where he played a bit of a hopeless teacher in a high school and I really enjoyed that. I didn't realise it was the same man at first as Rick is American and Teachers was an English programme but once I realised it was the guy out of Love actually, I clicked. I warmed to Rick in the first episodes of Walking dead but in the later episodes of series One, I went off him a little bit, I found him to be too bossy and overbearing. Although I'm not the biggest fan of Rick, Andrew Lincoln is really lovely and acts incredibly well in the programme.
I'm not going to talk too much about the other actors in the programme as I don't want to spoil the suprise of any other survivors to people that haven't watched it already. Obviously there's more survivors than just Rick and Glenn but they come later on in the story.
What really wowed me about this programme is the graphics. For a TV series, the special effects and money they've spent on make-up is crazy. The walkers are really graphic and horrible to look at with parts of their faces missing and limbs missing, they've really gone to town on it making it a lot more realistic than you'd expect for a tv show. The gore isn't excessive but I think there's quite a lot of it, like if a zombie bites someone you get to see the ripped up flesh and blood which is gruesome but adds to the horror of the zombie apocalypse. I've seen films with poorer graphics and gore content. This is one of my favourite aspects of the
There are some things that irritate me a little bit about the programme that has gone on through all three seasons. Like the grass lawns and fields of grass aren't badly overgrown, they've been cut, the guys in the programme tend to have a bit of stubble but it never gets really long and you never see them shave. They also use some vehicles for ages without them running out of fuel. I think if you're going to spend so much money on special effects, extra's and make-up then you might as well cover up small plot holes that make the story lose its realistic look.
I think the storyline is brilliant and develops quite quickly so there hasn't been an episode I haven't loved yet, each one has either been action packed or tense between characters. They've got the main problem with the walkers and then the normal everyday issues between characters which means there's never a dull moment.
I don't find the characters to be irritating in this programme unlike in some horror genre's. They seem quite wise and don't make ridiculous mistakes like falling over when being chased and waiting around to get bitten although they do some things I wouldn't like walking into dark rooms etc but I'm just a chicken.
Overall, this has got to be my favourite programme on television. I can moan about it, but I'm a woman and there's very little I can't moan about but I really do love it. Season 3 has just started and I've been enjoying every episode of that too and can't wait to get the box set for that as well. There's not many programmes you can watch on television then want to buy and watch again on DVD but I could watch this again and again. I'd highly recommend it as it is interesting, scary, action packed and funny at times. Now roll on tomorrow night so I can watch the next episode :)
Another box set to binge watch? Yeah!!
There have been a lot of excellent new series in the past few years and generally they have lived up to the hype for me. The latest show I have tried out is US channel AMC's 'The Walking Dead.' It's first pilot season aired in 2010 and it's up to number 4 so I'm a little behind but I've had other things to binge watch (It's a thing now, it's in the dictionary!)
Zombies? ..But wait, haven't we heard this story before?
'The Walking Dead' is yet another take on the zombie apocalypse plot and I've seen enough of this kind of thing to wonder just how the makers could find a fresh take on the idea and more impressively keep enough story and intrigue for 5 seasons?! Apparently they had though because everyone is still talking about it and I've seen endless flawless reviews. One selling point for me was that the lead is taken by the fantastic London born Andrew Lincoln, who I've only ever seen be great in whatever he does. All sounds good so far...
Setting the scene and building the suspense....
The opening credits to 'The Walking Dead' are fantastic, really setting the scene and building suspense. I think with all these series that go on for a good few seasons, it's important to have iconic credits that stir up the excitement for the next instalment and ultimately don't get boring. They can also stir up real nostalgia when it's all over and later on you hear that opening bars again. Top marks for TWD's intro, the faces of the characters in broken pictures frames, shots of the deserted streets all to a fast orchestral score promises a lot of drama to come.
TWD starts with Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes played by Andrew Lincoln, getting shot in a shoot out after a pretty over the top and unrealistic car chase. I guess it wanted to start it off with a bang so we'll let some of that go. Anyways, Rick is taken into hospital and the next he knows he wakes up and everyone is gone. The hospital is filled with corpses and there is no one living around. Of course this doesn't last for long or it would be a pretty dull show and slowly but surely, Rick encounters more survivors and together they embark on the quest to find answer to how the world came to be over run with the dead or rather the undead and a safe place to settle whilst battling the flesh seeking "walkers" (TWD speak for zombies) along the way.
First things first, Andrew Lincoln with an American accent is weird. I can't decide whether the accent itself is terrible or whether it's ok and it's just the acting as a whole that's shocking (probably the latter but I'll get to that in a minute.) I thought, and hoped, this would wear off after the initial shock and a few episodes in he's be Rick Grimes and not Andrew Lincoln talking strangely - didn't happen. His character Rick Grimes, is the central character to the story, likeable and trying to do the best by everyone. Incredibly attractive which also helps with a hero type character, but unfortunately, ultimately a little dull.
...his stupid bunch of friends...
The rest of the zombie dodging ensemble is made up of fellow officer Shane Walsh played by John Bernthal, Grimes' family - wife Lori played by Sarah Wayne Callies and son Carl (or horribly pronounced Caarrrl) played by Chandler Riggs. In addition are a varied bunch - male, female, black, white, asian, old, young - seems like after the zombie apocalypse they had a conveniently evenly proportioned cross section of the community left.
The thing they all have in common though, is that they are really stupid. Maybe the idiotic choices they make are to make us yell at the TV and heighten the drama as they get themselves into more and more ridiculous pickles - it can be the only explanation. I have lost count of the amount of times I've shouted 'Noooo! Why would you do that?!' True I've never been in their shoes but similarly I've been chased by a man in a mask and a big knife, but when watching a slasher film, I'd like to think I'd run out the door and not up the stairs.
You see with a disaster film like this, the audience has to want these survivors to continue to do just that, survive, but when presented with people this dumb, I can only think they've kinda got it coming.
Or the 'Walkers' as our super sharp troops refer to them. Of course, they don't just walk - they jump, climb, crawl, run, swim... in fact they are a lot more agile than any undead I've seen depicted in any other apocalyptic tale. I'm not saying that's wrong, of course no one truly knows what capabilities a zombie would have. TWD has been highly praised for the 'realism' of the walkers. I have to say the gory effects and make up, prosthetics is excellent and I can't complain about that part - realism? Er, thankfully I've never come face to face with a zombie so can't really comment there.
... Do Zombies like ham? Maybe that's the problem here!...
I have been trying to work out whether Andrew Lincoln is bad in this, but actually I think it's just the way he and indeed TWD has been directed, because the whole cast are as bad. I know Andrew Lincoln to be a good actor so I can't imagine everyone else involved is also this bad. The problem is everything is overacted, hammed up to the point where it's just all a bit silly. There are lots of lingering camera shots of horrified expressions and some of the near misses as another survivor is saved from the clutches of the undead really wouldn't have been so near if they didn't spend so long exclaiming about and posing about it rather than run or smash the damn thing in the head.
Having said all this about the core cast the zombie actors are fantastic - seriously - full marks for being gormlessly horrifying.
I guess it's hard to make this sort of drama seriously - I mean zombies are funny, that's why spoofs such as Shaun of the Dead work so amazingly well. While they have tried here to give the characters some depth - there's a love triangle and some blossoming potentially complicated relationships and friendships between the characters, it all gets a bit lost among the ridiculousness of the situation. The attempt to give the characters some back story as they share tales about their childhood comes across very schmaltzy - there is a particular scene in which two sisters are fishing and realise that their father has taught them to fish differently as he knew one would want to take the fish home and another to throw them back - of course they both end up in tears, as do I nearly but more out of despair than heartfelt emotion.
If I came back to consciousness in a hospital where everyone else was either dead, a zombie or vanished, I'd really want to know how it all came about, how long it had been going on and, well a kind of run down of recent events to get me up to speed. What bothers me is Rick Grimes seems to just accept all this and not once does his quiz the other survivors about the possible causes of such an epidemic. There are many other similarly puzzling holes in this story, such as how come they all can go on for days, weeks and rarely does anyone eat or drink? How come they are always clean shaven?
Some of the bigger questions and unfinished business is clearly put there on purpose and there are various characters that are 'lost' throughout the journey - there whereabouts no doubt will be revisited at a later date. It seems even in this short first series TWD was expected to go on for a lot longer as there are a lot of ideas planted and not explored sub plots to be tied up. At least I hope that's why some of these things have happened and not that they will just get forgotten about.
...Onto Series two...
As you would expect the finale of season one leaves it wide open to be continued. While I think that it's generally a pretty poor show, I hate myself for wanting to know what happens and still clinging onto the hope that it will get better. I considered throwing in the towel at the painfully slow start to Breaking Bad and was rewarding for my patience in buckets so maybe I should listen to the people who say to stick with it. I will - but I feel cheap and angry at myself for doing so. I'll let you know how it goes.
The Walking dead is based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman. It was first aired in 2010]
Genres: Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
I've only just got around to watching this after being constantly nagged by my partner. It took two attempts to watch the first series of 6 episodes. That isn't because I didn't enjoy it, I love this television series. But the first episode is not a great pilot for the series, it's a longer episode and it just dragged on and on and to be honest with you I got bored but once you're past that the real action begins and it's well worth the watch.
Brief Plot - (I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to watch)
Rick, a deputy sheriff wakes up from a coma to realise that a vast percentage of the world has been taken over by zombies. Rick races to his house to look for his wife and son and discovers that they have left, hoping they are still alive he sets off to look for them. Meanwhile a few miles away completely out of city life Lori ( ricks wife) along with there son Carl have met up with a few other survivors and have set up camp. when Rick meets up with the others he automatically takes lead of the group and moves them forward in search for the CDC which is what they believe to be a safe place and to learn about the zombie apocalypse. On the way to the CDC they have several running ins with the zombies(known as the walkers ) from the walkers they learn the only way to kill one is to target the brain.
This series is brilliant if you haven't watched it I recommend you do at least once. The cast are amazing. the characters are loveable (well most) It's a nail biting series that once you start you can't stop with only 6 episodes you'll be on to the next series before you've even thought about it.
Rick- a deputy sheriff played by Andrew Lincoln
Lori- Ricks wife played by Sarah Wayne Callies
Shane- Ricks best friend and work colleague played by Jon Bernthal
Carl- rick and Lori's son played by Chandler Riggs
Glenn- the runner of the group. played by Steven yeun
I give The walking dead 5 stars, even though I was put off by the first episode the other 5 fast paced action filled episodes made up for it.
The Walking Dead series is my favourite on Television, although I think that the first season is not the best one I still love it. The creator Frank Darabont got this series spot on. It's not your traditional non-stop zombie killing series with no story or plot to it. However this is intricately put together and you are in the story right from the very first episode.
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) awakens from his hospital bed after being shot in a police chase. He finds the hospital has been overrun and bodies all over the place. He doesn't know what is happening he finds his way home to see if his wife and son are still alive only to be knocked out by a man named Morgan. he tells Rick of the events that have unfolded while he has been in his coma, that Civilisation is no more, everybody is dead and they come back as "walkers" and if you are bitten by a walker you become one. After taking all this in Rick evaluates where he stands and realises that his wife had packed all her belongings, meaning that their is a chance that she got away safely. With this being the only thing to live for, Rick goes to Atlanta City to try and find his wife. Morgan and Dwane stay were they are but Rick gives them weapons from the police station that he worked at to help them survive and a walkie talkie to communicate if he ever found a safe place.
I wont go on and explain the whole story of season 1, I will let you all find out for yourself what happens. this is a must watch series for everybody. If you do not fancy it after the first couple of episodes I recommend that you continue watching it as it quickly builds and if you continue watching into season 2 and 3 you will grow to love it and will not be able to wait for the next episode!
The Walking Dead Season One
I have had The Walking Dead season one for over a year now and have only just gotten around to watching it due to the huge backlog of other shows I have been watching.
The show originally aired in 2010 on the American channel AMC. It has gained a huge cult following and is now currently airing the third season.
Season one was like a pilot that was stretched into a whole mini-series of six episodes. Seasons two and three have since moved to the usual thirteen episode format so prominent since the writer's strikes.
I have always been a fan of zombie movies but in particular the George A Romero offerings as they at least contained a storyline and plot instead of just zombie bashing gore like some of the older titles; 'Zombie Flesh eaters' springs to mind.
The Walking Dead does contain a lot of gore and zombie bashing but it is built on necessity to aiding the plot rather than gratuitous, violent purpose.The idea is taken from the original graphic novels and comics of the same name and is directed by Frank Darabont. I'm a Darabont fan as he has bought to film a number of Stephen King books and King is one of my favourite authors. Darabont directed the huge cult hit 'Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile'; both King books. He also directed 'The Mist', which was atrocious or at least it was in my eyes. So when I heard he was directing the Walking Dead I was pleased but also a little wary and really hoped it would be more Shawshank than Mist.I wasn't to be disappointed. The series is as classy and atmospheric as the brilliant comic series. I'll talk about the direction and look of the series in a little while, but first let's take a look at the premise.
Rick Grimes, played by the impressive Andrew Lincoln, is a small town sheriff's deputy who was shot on the job. He wakes up in the local hospital to find the place is empty and full of dead bodies. He staggers around until he comes to a door with a crudely made sign attached to it. The sign reads 'Do Not Open, Dead Inside'. The door is padlocked and a wooden beam has been placed across it. The door begins to move and zombie like hands try to force it open. Rick manages to find his way home and discovers that his wife and son are gone. He is encouraged by the fact that the family photo albums and all their clothes are gone and he feels sure they have made it out safely. He encounters a man called Morgan and his son Duane. They tell him about 'The Walkers', which are basically the walking dead. They also tell him about a place called the 'CDC', which Morgan says is a safe haven, run by the army and the government. He says the CDC is working on a cure. Rick tells Morgan that he has to find his wife and child. Meanwhile, Ricks wife and child are holed up in camp with a group of survivors, including Rick's best friend Shane, played by Jon Bernthal, who is now romantically involved with Rick's wife Lori, played by Sarah Wayne Callies from Prison Break fame. One of the group, a young Korean named Glenn, helps Rick in the city and he meets up with a scout group from the camp. What will happen when Rick gets back to camp and sees his wife and child? Will they find their way to the CDC? How did the outbreak start? Can it be reversed? You will have to watch to find out.
My additional Thoughts
The Walking Dead is a brilliant TV series and I am glad to say that it takes the subject seriously. This could so easily have ended up a 'Zombieland' or tried to become a cult hit by being funny and too over-the -top. As I said it does take it seriously and the result is a great story that is involving and interesting to follow. If you think you've seen every angle on the zombie story then think again. OK, admittedly it does have the outbreak story and the end of the world as we know it plot, but it is a lot more than that in that it strips down the layers of each character and delves into their psyche. This gives us a much more personal involvement in the storyline and makes it easier to follow it or be sucked in.I think Andrew Lincoln is superb as Rick. He's an English actor but you wouldn't know it from his American accent as it doesn't seem put on in the slightest. He has that Viggo Mortensen look about him and you want him to succeed. Sarah Wayne Callies is instantly recognisable as Sara Tancredi from Prison Break and plays another brilliant role as Rick's wife Lori. She has that ability to appear vulnerable and steely-strong at the same time. Jon Bernthal plays the over-zealous Shane Walsh who is laden with guilt but still wants to lead and protect the group.There are a lot of unknown actors in this series but they all perform extremely well and when you watch it you will find that it is some of the lower profile characters that you will like best. I particularly like Glenn, who is played by Steven Yeun and brings that normality to the group in the fact that he doesn't hide his fear or his misgivings.
One of the surprises of season one for me was the Daryl Dixon character played by Norman Reedus. He is one of those characters that you love to hate and even if you hate him you know he is needed by the group. He plays the brother of Merl, who is played terrifically in episode one and two by Michael Rooker. They are a couple of redneck, racist white trash hicks that get up everyone's nose but I really began to like Daryl by the end of season one.Darabont's direction is really cool throughout and he manages to bring the comic's and graphic novels art to life. The make-up on the zombies is superb and there is not an abundance of CGI. Most of the blood and gore is done by special effects artists and they are superb. From the opening credits you know that is going to be stylish. It has that sepia type look that works really well with the empty streets and deserted towns. When the story moves to the city of Atlanta, the greys and graininess of the photography really helps give it that empty and scary edge.
The music throughout the series is also pretty cool and not just thrown in for the sake of it.I was a fan of Charles Adlard due to him working on the X-Files comic as an artist and even more so on the Walking Dead series so it was great to see the comic made into a TV series.I have just watched the first episode of season two and can't wait to see what happens. I will inevitably review that when I am done, so I hope it will be a favourable review like this one.The DVD box set contains a 'Making of Documentary', behind the scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew. It can be purchased quite cheaply now as paying a full box set price for six episodes is a bit much. At least season two and three can be justified in charging the standard price as they contain thirteen episodes.
All in all I would recommend The Walking Dead as a show with a difference. If you have previously thought of not watching it because the zombie theme put you off, then I would seriously consider because it is a well-made show that gets you involved and keeps you interested.Five stars out of five for me.
Stumbled upon by mistake on the night of its UK premiere, The Walking Dead has had me hooked since the first blow. Set in a post-apocalyptic America, the show sees protagonist Rick Grimes, the once Sherriff's Deputy (Andrew Lincoln), waking up from a coma to find the world zombie-ridden - or, rather, "walker"-ridden, as the comic book from which the series is based prefers to call them. If you haven't read the comics, no matter - neither have I. The show, which despite being based quite closely on the graphic novels, ventures from that world and makes itself highly accessible for a wide-ranging audience. It is a fantastic show.
-== Plot ==-
NOTE: there are pilot spoilers present here, but nothing beyond the first episode.
In the opening scene of the show, we see Rick in a squad car with his partner Shane (Jon Bernthal), before they are alerted to a chase occurring nearby. As the police neutralise the vehicle in question, the men in the car get out and bullets are exchanged, two of which hit Rick, which leads to his coma. From his hazy, drifting perspective, we catch glimpses of Shane by his bedside and sounds of commotion; and then nothing. Rick wakes to silence and a bunch of wilted flowers by his bed. Calling for a nurse to no avail, he stumbles out and into the corridors. Flickering lights, hospital furniture astray and blood smeared on the walls; a skeletal, rotting body lying in the middle of the hall; locked double doors rattling, something trying to get out. The scenes terrifically convey a sense of barrenness, confusion and desperation, as Rick is gradually exposed to horrors that await him in this new world.
He returns to his home to find the door unlocked and belongings gone. Lincoln is fantastic here as he pounds the floor crying out for his wife and son. But he notices that the family photos have been taken too, which he surmises would not have been taken by anybody other than his family. There is hope. Upon leaving the house, he comes across a father and son who have survived, from which he learns the true extent of the situation. By helping each other, they eventually part to make their own ways. Meanwhile, some miles away, Shane is amongst a group of survivors.
-== The Zombie Production Redefined ==-
Although there have been a few Zombie TV series (UK's Dead Set, for example), The Walking Dead is by far the most memorable, the highest achieving and...well, the best. There are a few elements that gave it a great credibility long before it graced our screens. Firstly, the fact that it is based on a popular comic book series automatically gives it a willing and ready audience, furthered by the inclusion of its writer Robert Kirkman as an overseer in the series' crew. Secondly, the TV series developer comes in the form of three-time Academy Award nominee Frank Darabont (the 'three' being The Mist, The Green Mile and most predominantly, The Shawshank Redemption!), and thirdly, there are zombies, which in itself would have attracted a fair few people. Despite all of these elements, the first series only featured 6 episodes - but what fantastic episodes they are!
One thing to note is that this is not a 'mindless' zombie production like others before it. There is depth in the plot, but more importantly, the characters. Naturally, some are killed off, some new ones arrive, but it is all done tastefully. You care about the characters, which I can't say for a lot of the zombie films I've seen before this. This is helped by some great performances from the main characters; namely Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal. There is scope in the fact that it is a TV series; they are currently filming for a third season, and despite some naysayers, it is still going strong.
-== Everything Else ==-
There are a limited number of episodes in this first season, but a lot happens - and not in a hasty manner, either. The show is as much about the character's psyches as it is about zombies. Put yourself in their shoes, which you inevitably will whilst watching the show, and it is an overwhelming thought. What would you do? Would you survive? Would you even want to carry on? These ideas are handled well. The second season has been criticised for focusing more on this than the 'zombie' element, but while I disagree that this is a particularly bad thing, the first season finds a very effective balance.
The viewer involves themselves with the show by trying to relate to the characters (not that that is 100% possible!) and it causes you to care about the characters and ultimately feel what they feel. This is highlighted by various aspects. The sets and locations are great, especially the camp at which Shane is situated. Up in the mountains and surrounded by trees, a community has been created, but how can anybody possibly feel safe? One expects a zombie to appear at any moment, and that's a element of the show that requires little effort from the producers. The music consists of Bear McCreary's original score and some pre-existing music. On the whole, it is strong, with some very nice moments in particular. The theme music is far from melodic (you can sing along, but you sound like an idiot) but catchy nonetheless. The composer was aiming for an 'effect' rather than a 'tune', and it is more than appropriate. The scenes of the theme sequence itself are well arranged, and haunting.
Like with any show, there are inevitably flaws. I wouldn't say that all dramatic exchanges are executed perfectly, and with this comes a few characters that are likely to irritate. Moreover, there are some decisions within the storyline that irritate, or even bemuse. But these do not prevent The Walking Dead from being anything but a brilliant show. I have watched the six episodes quite a few times, and each has such a distinctive and unique style from the next that it rewards it great replay value. The DVD also features an array of extras, including behind the scenes featurettes, a 'Making Of' and much more. Unfortunately, the show itself has been cut slightly from what was originally shown on TV, which is a shame, especially for those of you who like your gore (as that is what has mainly been cut).
-== Accolades ==-
Although mainly referring to the Season 2, the first season was so impressive that the show has broken various cable records - the season 2 finale had 9 million viewers, which is a lot for cable! The series has also won and been nominated for numerous awards, most predominantly a (nomination for) Golden Globe for Best Television Series Drama.
-== Final Word ==-
It is very likely that you'll have heard at least a few words spoken about The Walking Dead before now. If not, I hope this review tempts you to try it. It is an excellent TV show. It's blood-pumping, edge-of-your-seat stuff and provides many shocks and thrills along the way. I would highly recommend it whether you're into your zombies - sorry, "walkers" - or not.
A big zombie fan, having watched many movies and books based around them, I was really excited about the Walking Dead becoming a television show. Having kept up with the comics when they were released, I wondered if they would stick to the storyline or go completely off it. I bought this a few months after it had decreased in price to around £10, as paying the full £30 for a boxset, although a great tv show, was way too expensive for a 6 episode show. It's rated 18 due to the fact it is basically television horror as it involves a lot of gore and hacking and shooting at zombies.
The Walking Dead was produced by Frank Darabount (who clearly has an eye for good horrors - as he has adapted many of Stephen King's books into movies!) and he has definitely done a great job. I also think that writer Robert Kirkman has some input into the script of the television show, and as he created the comic books, he's probably the best to do this!
The show basically revolves around the same typical zombie movie/book/comic plotline, there has been a viral outbreak (although we never really find out what caused it) that has turned humans into flesh eating zombies. However, this virus has left the survivors to fend for themselves in a world where nothing will be the same again.
One of these survivors is Rick Grimes played by Andrew Lincoln who although English, manages to do an impressive American accent. He wakes up after being shot in the ribs in a hospital, unfortunately for him the outbreak occured when he was in a coma, meaning he has no idea what is going on in the outside world. We watch him wander around the hospital looking at the tattered remains of it and blood spattered around. The main scene that stays in my mind is when he is at the door in the hospital which states "Dont Open Dead Inside" and all you see is a zombified hand creep around the lock.
Eventually, scared and confused, Rick wanders out and sees complete desertion. Luckily, he meets Duane and Morgan, a dad and son, who are waiting to escape the city as soon as Morgan feels he is able to kill his zombie infected wife. They tell Rick about the infection and the CDC where there might be hope. Rick just has a feeling his wife and son are okay though, and he does manage to find them, but this is just one problem less that he has to face.
Throughout the series we are faced with so many questions. Will Rick survive the zombies that seem to just appear everywhere? What will his family say when they see him? Do they ever find the CDC?
The cast is quite unknown aside from Andrew Lincoln, but even though this is the case, they still manage to make for an excellent cast that all portray the different aspects and emotions of their characters so well. You find yourself being suprised by some of the characters and what they do, empathising with them, and sometimes wishing they were just eaten by zombies due to the awful things they do.
The fact that each member of this survival gang has their own little backstory really adds to the charm of the Walking Dead. I think the survivors gang has the perfect amount of people, as you learn enough about them to become attached to them. As the series progresses, you find out more and more about each character and some of the things you really wouldn't expect. However, these backstories really add to the plot of the story as it is what has moulded these characters and makes their personalities so unique within the gang. As we are introduced to so much of the characters lives, you really connect with them, as they have much more depth to them and little details really do make a different.
All of the actors manage to make their characters believable and make you feel the same emotions that they feel to. The looks of terror that the actors manage to portray are so convincing, I am constantly at the edge of my seat when I watch it! Everyone blends really well together and they make everything seem really convincing.
The Walking Dead has a bit of everything for someone to enjoy without ever being tacky, like any good television show. Along with the obvious thrill and horror the zombies provide, there seems to be constant drama within the gang. It seems like people are always arguing about something, usually who is taking the right path for the survival of the group. I like this though, as it does make the plot more interesting and you do end up wondering, what would have happened if they'd done this?
While most zombie based things tend to just revolve around smashing zombies in the head or shooting them, The Walking Dead doesn't. It presents a wide range of issues from relationships, families, jealousy and loss. However, horror fans shouldn't worry you are always faced with a ridiculous amount of gore as a zombie is never too far away...
Simply looking at even the locations used in the Walking Dead will make you a fan of it, the way that everything is so deserted really adds to the overall look and when they are in the countryside, it's so peaceful you know that it is just too good to be true. The effects that the make up artists use, truly are amazing and the best I've seen on zombies so far. I don't think much of it is CGI as having looked at the Youtube videos they all seem to do the make up by hand e.g. their most famous zombie Bicycle Girl is one of the best makeup designs I have ever seen. How they design the zombies make them look the perfect balance of realistic and gory.
I'm not the best at watching through horror movies, particularly as I jump at about anything and The Walking Dead sure does like to make you jump at things. It's so tense and the fact that zombies can just pop out at any unsuspecting time makes it even worse. You'd think I'd get used to it after watching so many zombie movies, but apparently not.
There are some really avid Walking Dead fans, and many say that there are loads of plotholes within the Walking Dead, but as I watched it, I couldn't see any. So, if you don't pay extreme amounts of attention to every detail, I'm sure this show will be great for you! Also, for those hardcore Walking Dead fans you'll be pleased to know that the season 1 DVD has extras for you to enjoy, including additional footage and behind the scenes features.
I would recommend The Walking Dead to pretty much anyone looking for a high quality tv show with a great amount of horror meets drama meets romance. Combined with excellent actors, characters and plotlines that will leave you hanging at almost every episode, The Walking Dead - however short series 1 is - makes for great viewing.
I like zombie films but I can be quite picky about them. When my boyfriend recommended we watching the Walking Dead TV series together I wasn't convinced. I'm glad I put my concerns about it being either boring or cliché to one side because it proved to be far better than I had expected.
The Walking Dead series were produced by Frank Darabont (who has worked on a few things in terms of writing and directing, such as L.A Noir and the screenplay for the Shawshank Redemption). This was a huge 2010 US TV smasher, gaining momentum within the viewing ranks quickly and becoming a popular hit in the UK shortly after. It falls within the horror genre being based upon zombies, so fans of the living dead should be appeased by this show. It's actually based on The Walking Dead, a graphic novel by Robert Kirkman.
The premise is fairly straightforward as far as zombies go. There's been a viral outbreak that has turned the living in to the living dead, whilst the sacred few survivors in Atlanta join ranks to fight for survival. The protagonist appears to be Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who awakes in a hospital following an accident only to find the world literally turned upside down. The hospital is deserted, the roads are barren, but there are zombies around every corner. Quite a shock to the system for any guy I would imagine!
Grimes is a deputy sherriff, complete with hat and uniform, with a wife and son. Only, they're not there when he wakes up. He travels around and learns bits and pieces of what's happened, of how long he's been unconscious and hospitalised for, of just how bad the situation really is. He sets out on a mission to find life, and to find his family. He finds them, but he also finds more than he ever bargained for.
The cast was strong, even though the only familiar face may perhaps be that of UK actor Andrew Lincoln. Other members include Sarah Callies (Lori Grimes, Rick's wife), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes, Rick & Lori's son), Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Laurie Holden (Andrea), all of whom have been in all 19 episodes. Others include IronE Singleton (T-Dog), Melissa McBride (Carol), Lauren Cohan (Maggie, the girl Yeun takes a liking to on the farm) and Norman Reedus (Daryl, the guy you hate to love). Each character has their own backstory and their own place within the current situation and within unfolding events. Each is also tied to the other, creating a small-ish web of characters that we grow to learn more about as time goes by. I really liked this aspect of the Walking Dead because it provided far greater depth both to the premise and characters than I had expected; the series felt more vivid, more emotive and more detailed because of this, so it had a far more human feel to it. This is pushed the series more into the realm of drama than zombie horror, which, in my opinion, was a good thing.
I was equally dubious at first about Lincoln. I'm not necessarily averse to British actors, but I've not come across many that I've found convincing or many British flicks or series that I've enjoyed. Fortunately, his role within the American clan and setting was well received; he fitted it well, acted his part with believability and emotion and set the drama off on the right foot. I warmed to many of the characters and this really made the Walking Dead a gripping watch for me; I wanted to learn more, I wanted to reconnect to these people and I felt like I couldn't get enough, always wanting to know what else could happen around the next corner.
It may seem like there's only so far a zombie series can take such a premise, but you'd be surprised. Because of the human elements, there's a lot of drama that really brings to light more of the emotional, and practical, issues that could be faced in a zombie showdown. From raising your child, losing your child, dealing with loss, gang rivalry, jealousy and desperation, to flirting and the exhilaration of fighting to survive, the series covers much ground. There's also plenty in the way of action, gore and zombie make-up, so horror fans shouldn't be too disappointed! The series overall felt like good quality, with strong direction, script, soundtrack and effects. I thought that all of this was quite well done and had a good quality feel to it. It didn't feel tacky, but rather, each element was built up with some degree of atmosphere and tension. I know this because, although I've acclimatised to horrors and the like, my boyfriend still jumps at silly things when a good tense atmosphere has been built. At one point he spilt hot choc all over himself because he jumped and bumped his elbow in to me. So that's how I know the show managed to do something well with the atmosphere.
Overall, I would recommend this. It's engrossing, good quality with some excellent characters and actors that you come to identify with and a range of scenarios you couldn't have predicted from the outset. It's high octane but emotional at the same time, providing gripping, yet fairly easy, viewing for both horror and drama fans alike.
6 episodes in season 1, with DVD extras including sneak peeks, behind the scenes, a trailer and additional footage.
Season one is on sale for £11.99 (Amazon)
Released 2011, rated certificate 18
The Walking Dead is a series on FX which is currently into its second series. The story follows a group of survivors, led by deputy sheriff Rick, as they try and seek asylum after the work is wracked by a zombie apocalypse of unknown cause. Rick wakes up alone and attached to a drip in an abandoned hospital and sets out to find and save his wife and son. The plot follows the group as they try and evade the ever present undead while trying to avoid being eaten or turned themselves, meanwhile forming meaningful bonds with each other.
The first thing that jumped out to me about this series, is that for a fairly unknown TV series, it has really good special effects. The effects, such as rotting zombies and undead heads exploding everywhere, are very realistic and are more like something you'd see in a Hollywood blockbuster rather than something aired on TV. The plot is also excellent, incorporating fear, suspense, emotion, action, the odd bit of comedy and a hell of a lot of zombies into one show I imagine is very difficult, but the writers pull it off beautifully making for a very gripping and entertaining program.
There aren't very many in my opinion. I love this show! One thing I could say is that at times the plot is slightly predictable, but then again there are many twists I definitely wouldn't have thought of! One more thing is that at times the lead character Rick (who is actually British and also on daytime TV program Doctors- Andrew Lincoln) has a slightly less than convincing Southern accent.
Season 1 is pretty cheap, and is currently about £12 on amazon. The boxset is rated at 15 which I think is fair as there is rather a lot of violence and one sortve graphic sex scene. The only downside is that there are only 6 episodes in a series, each around 50 minutes long, meaning its over pretty quickly and you'll want to see more! There are plenty of cool extras though such as how it is made, zombie makeup tips and also some extra footage. Many complaints have been made about the UK release DVD as a lot of the best gory scenes have been cut! So if you like your gore and are not bothered by a bit of blood I recommend buying a region 1 release if your DVD player is compatible.
Fantastic series for any zombie or horror lover! Contains many scenes that you should be watching in the cinema rather than in front of the fire on a Friday night. Turns out post-apocolyptic earth is pretty entertaining after all!
A truly remarkable, original series.
We follow Rick Grimes (andrew Lincoln) as he wakes up from a coma, only to find the world he once new void of life and full, instead, with zombies. the first series sees him search for his wife and son and other survivors as they do just that, survive and move on looking for hope for humanity.
The walking Dead sets itself apart from other such films or serials in the Zombie genre for several reasons. One is that it is far more character-based so we actually feel a connection with the characters involved and don't want to see them all brutally murdered in a gory, fleshy zombie-esque manner, but when/if we do, it is all the more shocking. Watching a zombie film, it is expected and viewed as 'just another cool death'. not in this series, in The Walking Dead it has true impact, that's what makes the show successful. That and the fact that the show isn't afraid to bump off a few characters.
Point number two is that it actually features some decent actors with good credentials before the series, most notably the main character played by Andrew Lincoln who does a great job, though his southern american accent is a little rusty at times.
One of the best things about this series too, is the make-up and special effects. never have zombies looked so real and scary until now and never have they been cooler.
A series that is adored by fans of the comic books and general zombie-lovers alike, as well as the general public who will enjoy the engaging story. a must-watch and the DVD is a must-have.
The DVD extras are also fun and it is interesting to see how they make their zombies so ironically life-like. But other than that, it really doesn't need any. extras, to me, always seem to be overlooked anyway.
After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes finds the world he knew gone - ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Nearby, on the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another? AMCs The Walking Dead is an epic, survival adventure series from the director of The Shawshank Redemption and the producer of The Terminator and Aliens.