Episode Reviews

TV Review: The Walking Dead–Pilot

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AMC has again is proved itself to become a force to reckon with. After owning Awards shows with series like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, Frank Darabont’s series The Walking Dead is a more than welcome addition to the station.

After a hard-hitting opening scene that will give you a taste of what you’re in for, the story follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a deputy sheriff who wakes up in the hospital to a new world. After witnessing a few disturbing occurrences, he makes his way back to his neighborhood where he meets Morgan (Lennie James) and his son. This father-and-son serve as good counterparts to Rick, able to slowly ease him into this new world. The series seems to focus on Rick and his search for his wife and son. I don’t want to give too much away because half of the fun is seeing things unravel the same way Rick does.

Frank Darabont, writer/director of The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist, serves as creator of the series and wrote/directed the pilot episode. He gives all of his undeniable skill to this series as he has with his award-winning films. Darabont chooses to focus more on the human reaction to this outlandish situation rather than the situation itself. This is a big reason why this series will last longer than some may have predicted. Who thought a television series about the zombie apocalypse could be so engaging and not so action-heavy? While there are a good amount of zombie attacks that are effective, they are not the highlight of the show itself. They are done in a very realistic and stylish manner, but are not over-the-top.

Overall, The Walking Dead is definitely a show I will be following. It has the advantage of being on AMC, as it is a good medium between HBO and channels like NBC. Dead is able to build it’s gritty tone and level of violence while being without any pointless sex scenes or gratuitous nudity (of which has constantly plagued HBO’s Boardwalk Empire). The pilot episode ran around 90 minutes, having not one slow moment. This is going to be a big hit for horror fans as it maintains the intensity and creepiness of only the best zombie flicks.

 

Grade:  A+

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