Greetings boys and GHOULs!
The second season of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' premieres on Sunday evening, and before I get going with this new TV Lust blog, I wanted to share a few thoughts on the series and introduce myself.
My story is fairly typical. I watched the George Romero 'Living Dead' series of films growing up, listened to White Zombie, and started dressing up like a zombie every Halloween.
I'm no Tom Savini, so my 'zombie' get-up involves wearing some old torn up clothes, painting my face white with sunken black eyes, and then squirting liberal amounts of stage blood all over my head.
Anyway, when 'The Walking Dead' debuted last fall, I was juiced. I don't really do the hour-long drama thing for the most part. Scan my DVR and you'll find it stuffed with 'America's Funniest Home Videos', 'Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!', 'Scare Tactics', and other gems.
A brief sidenote: I did really get into 'Lost' a few years ago. I became a bit fanatical about it, reading Lostpedia and studying every episode closely, but I was hugely disappointed by the final payoff. Perhaps that has led to my reluctance to get into another long-term relationship with a serious program.
The first episode of 'The Walking Dead' blew me away. Like any good pilot, it was a cinematic experience. When Rick Grimes is about to end it all under that tank as the hordes of walkers close in, and then he sees that hatch and climbs up in there only to find another zombie waiting for him, I was just like 'WHAT!? LET'S GO!!!'
Then they hole up in that department store, chain up Merle on the roof, set up camp out in the woods and finally make their way to the CDC. (Here's a more thorough recap of season one.)
Toward the end of season one, I thought that the pace had really slowed down, but then the producers axed the entire writing staff, so we can hope for more action in season two.
What I like about 'The Walking Dead': ACTION, JACKSON! Does anyone watch zombie movies for the plot or the drama? Nope, you watch them to see zombies getting their scalps lopped off by chopper blades and going head to head with tiger sharks. Also, the special effects and zombie make-up on 'The Walking Dead' are simply outstanding.
What I could do without: I get it. The cliffhangers and the plot and the interaction between the survivors are what keeps viewers coming back every Sunday. Some of that is a good thing. But too much and suddenly you're just watching a soap opera with zombies shuffling around in the background. Remember when 'Friends' and 'The Office' were comedies? And then they became sappy 30-minute romantic dramas with a few laughs mixed in? I don't want 'The Walking Dead' to become that.
Last minute preperations for Sunday: If it continues to rain this weekend, I might hole up in some attic with a paper bag full of PB&J sandies and read all of 'The Walking Dead' graphic novels straight through, a la Bastian in The NeverEnding Story. (Artax, NOOOOOO!)
All right, that's all for now. Be sure to check back every Sunday night!