The Walking Dead Pilot Review: Dances with Zombies

I’m now hooked on The Walking Dead, a new show on AMC based on the comic of the same name. The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes as he and other survivors try to survive a zombie apocalypse. We’ve had many zombie flicks in the past, some I enjoyed like the Dawn of the Dead remake and Zombieland to mediocre ones like the Resident Evil series. And now thanks to Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption), we now get a zombie TV show.

The beginning of the show might be a cliché, waking up in a hospital and walking out only to find out everyone’s gone, but the show is still able to grab your attention thanks to the acting, production, and your curiosity in wanting to find out what happens next.

The show goes at a steady pace and just when you think there’s not enough zombie action, we get to see some zombie heads getting popped. The thing I like about this show is that the regular-walking zombies are back. I enjoyed fast zombies from movies like the Dawn of the Dead remake, but I miss the slow zombies. The slow zombies to me represent how our society can become mindless with consuming (like playing video games and watching your favorite TV show every week).

Zombies have been seen as a thing to just shoot and kill, but there’s a very touching scene between Rick and a zombie with only half of her body that shows that Rick is compassionate, and why we should root for humanity. There’s another scene where one other character wishes to end his undead wife’s suffering, but can’t.

For fans of the zombie genre and a good drama, the pilot episode shows a lot of promise with characters you care about, trying to survive in a world gone downhill. It’s a good thing we have a zombie TV show because we get to have a story that can be fleshed out about survivors trying to survive from day to day, instead of a zombie movie where all the characters end up screwed in the end. Check out the show on Sunday nights on AMC.

Grade: B+

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