The Walking Dead – For Real This Time

Special note:  As much as we work on a quality in/quality out basis here at MIDWEST TV GUYS, every now and then something slips past our editorial board.  Like the entire first paragraph of my inaugural posting.  Never to disappoint our rabid fanbase, here is a reposting of my THE WALKING DEAD post in all of it’s glory.  Enjoy, as we send our editors out for SIX SIGMA training!

Sunday night was marked by the triumphant return of THE WALKING DEAD to AMC airwaves (But not on DISH Network… those fascists). Now in its third season, it follows a ragtag group of people attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse. To say that THE WALKING DEAD is a good show would be an understatement, and it’s wonderful to see respect given where respect is due in regards to horror television. The Sunday premiere was the top performing premiere so far in all of the fall season and we can only hope that this is a signal to the TV gods to rain down similar shows upon us. As long as their definition of “similar show” does not include “666 PARK AVENUE”.

THE WALKING DEAD isn’t without its flaws, as fans saw in the transition away from Frank Darabont’s near-brilliant first season into a disheveled first half of the second season. On a side note, whoever pioneered the whole idea of half-seasons needs to be punched. Twice. But I digress…

I can only imagine the AMC executive board meeting where they came up with the genius notion of more farm and less zombies in a zombie show. I ran the math myself and “awesome zombie show” minus zombies DOES NOT equal “awesome show”, contrary to the showrunner’s opinion. Rather, it devolves into “mediocre show” that looks more like Farmville: Zombie Edition. I was half-expecting to see Dr Quinn Zombie Woman stumbling around with an undead Michael Landon. Thankfully the mid-season finale made up for the five episode lull with the back half of the season being its saving grace.

Now to the third season premiere, I would say it was fantastic in every way and sets up multiple solid storylines to branch from. Michonne is a great addition to the character base not to mention that pretty much anything is cooler when you add a samurai sword. My only complaint is that there seems to be some unanswered questions from a 5-6 month lapse in storyline and some of the timing doesn’t quite add up. But I don’t expect an awesome zombie show to get everything right…

4 Comments on The Walking Dead – For Real This Time

  1. I listen to a podcast on CNET.com called The 404. One of the hosts has read the comics and watched the show. Unfortunately, he reports there is a disconnect between the quality of the comics and the acting within the show. I’ve never watched it but, from what I’ve heard and read, it’s been a sleeper success. Too bad for dish network subscribers (not that I’m better off with comcast). Look forward to hearing more about it.

    • Midwest Mark // October 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm //

      If you haven’t watched it already, it’s truly a great show and pretty easy to catch up on. Unless you’re a purist with the source material (which in full disclosure, I didn’t even know existed until after I was several episodes into Season 1), it makes for some exciting and pulse pounding television. Minor exception being the very tail end of season 1 and first 2\5 of season two… but I can forgive that.

      • Millerkiller // October 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm //

        After hearing so many great things about this show, I feel like I will have to give in and finally start(I am a purist/anal retentive in the fact I will have to start from the first episode of season 1). Your review was the final push. Hoping to not be disappointed and looking forward to further posts by you. PS-the video clip of the leg was awesome!

    • Midwest Mark // October 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm //

      BTW, many more posts to come… keep discussing!!

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