Friday, June 15, 2012

The Walking Dead review: Nearly Perfect

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously. This review, like all my other reviews are almost entirely spoiler free.*

There are few shows on TV right now that are actually genuinely good. One of these shows would be The Walking Dead. However, despite how good this show is, it has one major flaw. Now, before I really get into the review, I will admit that I actually never read the comic book series myself, so this review is completely based on the show and there will be no comparing of the two.

Sorry folks. That's just how it is.

The premise is simple. There is a viral outbreak that has caused a zombie apocalypse and now, a group of survivors are trying to live through it. It honestly cannot get much simpler than that.

So simple even a zombie can understand it.

Rick Grimes (portrayed by Andrew Lincoln) is essentially the main character of this show. His personality can be best described as a loving and dedicated father and sheriff's deputy minus the gritty and edgy stereotypical associated with cops as main characters to a show. He's a character that I've really grown to like and I think you will too. 

I used to be a sheriff's deputy like you,
until I took a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a zombie apocalypse.
(I will NEVER EVER use that joke EVER again, I promise.)

Shane Walsh (portrayed by Jon Bernthal) is the partner in crime to Rick as in he literally was Rick's partners back when there was a sheriff's office and such. I kind of liked him (it was very short lived) at first until the show progressed. Eventually I ended up hating him with a passion. In any case, he's usually calm until he doesn't get what he wants in which case, he turns into a flipping maniac who justifies his terrible actions because he's psychotic. 

I. Hate. This. Character.

Lori Grimes (portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies) is Rick's wife. She's a dedicated mother and a devoted wife, but uh...let's just say I kind of liked her too until I realized how terrible of a character she became in the second season. I won't spoil it for you here, but yea...she's not so great of a character despite having likable qualities. 

This woman...Terrible person!

Andrea (portrayed by Laurie Holden) is or rather was, a civil rights attorney before the whole zombie apocalypse thing happened. She's best described as a strong woman and kind of has a reverse Oedipus Complex issue thing going on which I won't get into. She's okay, but at times, I kind of hate her as a character. 

Definitely not going to be subscribing 
to her fan base anytime soon.

Dale Horvath (portrayed by Jeffery DeMunn) is the father or grandfather type character. He's a very moral person and doesn't give a second thought when trying to express his opinion on something the group has to decide. He had a few bad moments as a character in my opinion, but really, he's probably one of the best out of all of them.

*Insert old person joke here*

Glenn (portrayed by Steven Yeun) is probably the youngest of the group and one of my favorite characters. He's an intelligent person and doesn't rely on solely on weapons when it comes to zombies. He is kind of the scavenger for the group and is damn good at it too. Overall, he's an awesome character.

Good Guy Glenn

Carl Grimes (portrayed by Chandler Riggs) is the child of Lori and Rick. He didn't really serve much purpose other than representing the childhood innocence thrown into a hell. Personally, I also liked this character a lot. Now, I hate his guts and I don't care that he's a kid, I just hate him. 

I hate this kid as much as I hate Shane if not more.

Daryl Dixon (portrayed by Norman Reedus) is a tough biker kind of guy, but with a very kind spirit. I'm not going to lie. At first, I hated his guts, but now, I actually really like how his character has developed into a far better person. I think most people fell the same way about him as well. 

Just give him a chance.

So, with a show that has amazing writing and acting and a renewal for a third season, what is this shows major flaw? It too slow paced. The episodes were a bit more fast paced in the beginning, but quickly dragged on as the season progressed. It's not as bad as some shows, but I feel as though this is the one thing that's really holding this show back. 

The beginning of each episode should have 
this right before the intro.

How bad is it? Well, it's not to the point where it takes a lot from the show, but it does kind of make the show less than it should be. Shows or movies that have the zombie apocalypse theme to it should not be slow paced for whatever reason unless there is dialogue that is meaningful and moves the plot along. 

Throw as many of these as you want crazy fanboys and gals.
You know I'm right.

In the end, is this show worth watching? It sure is. I highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys anything related to the zombie apocalypse as well as post apocalypses in general. If you can put up with the show's slow pace like many people have, you'll find yourself really enjoying this show.