Fleshy Friday TV Review: The Walking Dead

Every week the Zombie Cookbook shows you why the world would be a better place if it had more zombies in it. This week however, we showcase another review by Lucio Ruggero, who explores some of the finer examples of study material on life after the zombie-apocalypse.

This week Lucio reviews the new hit TV series “The Walking Dead” by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption). It aired from October 31st till December 5th 2011 on the AMC Network in the States and is slated for release on DVD this coming March. Lucio?

“The Walking Dead is the first ever zombie TV series and I must say I like it.

Based on the zombie comic books of the same title, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, this series is about a group of survivors trying to cope with a world overrun by zombies.

It starts off 28 Days Later style, with sheriff Rick Grimes waking up out of a coma in a deserted hospital. After he escapes the hospital and has his first encounter with the new world order, zombies, he eventually meets up with a group of survivors, that include his wife and son. During the course of the series, our group has to deal with both zombies and other survivors.

It's not a purely action based series, as is the case with most zombie movies. But because this is a TV series, and one that will extend with a second 13 episode season, a lot of detail is put into the development of characters and their relationships within the group. As a co-worker of mine commented: ‘“The Walking Dead” is like “The Bold and the Beautiful” with zombies.’ So it's not just die-hard zombie fans that have fallen in love with this show, others have taken a shine to it too.

The series was beautifully shot, the effects are done to a very high standard and the action scenes are extremely well worked out. This high production standard creates an overall atmosphere of a post apocalyptic zombiefied United States that is very compelling.

In my opinion (after watching the full first season, comprised of six episodes in total) too much emphasis is put on the relations within the group. I'd prefer to see more action. But The Walking Dead is interesting enough to make me keep watching and I'm looking forward to the next season.

So, if you haven’t already: Go watch it, you zombie freaks out there!


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