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The Walking Dead - The series. (POSSIBLE SPOILERS)
bnortondavies at 5:11AM, Oct. 26, 2010
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I've just watched the first episode and it is incredible! I've always known Andrew Lincoln is a great actor though I was a little doubtful that he was the best choice for Rick, however 5 minutes in to The Walking Dead and I assure you you will have forgotten all about ‘This Life’ and ‘Teachers’, it might even be another Hugh Laurie/House with the Americans not even realising he's actually English- high praise indeed.

The script stays pretty faithful to the source material and where it deviates it really only ever expands serving to add greater depth and humanity to the characters and their situation. There is a particularly effective sub plot regarding Morgan that is truly heart wrenching.

The zombies themselves are nothing new but the make up is well done and there are some special effects sequences that were well on the way to turning my stomach.

For a first episode it hit all the right boxes; just enough gore and guts, a tight script with real depth of character and a question or three to be answered. All this and a cliffhanger ending that had me gleefully screaming at the screen and I guarantee you'll be back for part 2.

The Walking Dead airs in America on Sunday 31st October 10/9c on AMC, and in England; probably sometime after Hell freezes over.
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Genejoke at 5:36AM, Oct. 26, 2010
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it airs over here(emgland) on the 5th of november, I can't wait.
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bnortondavies at 8:07AM, Oct. 26, 2010
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Hell is schedule to freeze on Tuesday… apparently.
Great news that we are getting it too, and without the usual 6 month wait.
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skoolmunkee at 9:51AM, Oct. 27, 2010
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It's being aired in England already? Must be on Sky then…
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Genejoke at 2:39PM, Oct. 27, 2010
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not yet but there has been leaks and previews about.
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mlai at 9:21PM, Oct. 27, 2010
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How did you watch the 1st eps of a show that hasn't been aired yet?

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DAJB at 11:55PM, Oct. 27, 2010
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It's being aired in England already? Must be on Sky then …
Yup. It starts on 5 November and, if I remember the trailer correctly, it'll be on FX.
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Genejoke at 8:24AM, Oct. 28, 2010
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How did you watch the 1st eps of a show that hasn't been aired yet?

two possibilities, he either saw the show at one of the excluisve showings, there has been competitions to get to them and the 1st episode is online(illegally) already through one of said previews.
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ayesinback at 7:33AM, Oct. 29, 2010
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Just saw the recent Entertainment Weekly issue and they loved the first episode (usually they're so snooty-patooty they'd find it hard to say something good about The Godfather). And then this morning's local paper has a winning review.

Now expectations are Way High. Too high? only one way to find out
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I Am The 1337 Master at 12:23PM, Oct. 29, 2010
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He never said he was English.

But he also said it released on Halloween.

So who knows?


I haven't really hooked on to the whole zombie thing like everyone else…
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Aurora Moon at 12:29AM, Nov. 2, 2010
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I watched it on AMC during Halloween…

it was pretty good. it started off on shaky grounds but usually all first eps are like that. they got to set up the back story for the rest of the series.
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isukun at 5:23AM, Nov. 3, 2010
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It's was strange. I thought the first episode started out a little too fast, but managed to get into a good pace at the end, while my roommate thought the whole thing was too slow. I haven't read the comics, but one of the guys at the Halloween part where we watched the episode said it didn't cover a lot of ground. I'll have to see if I can find a place to watch the next episode. It has my interest, at the very least. Although it does kind of concern me that the comic may still be ongoing long after the show gets cancelled.

I kind of wish they had gone in this direction for the World War Z adaptation instead of making a movie.
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mlai at 6:25AM, Nov. 5, 2010
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It wasn't too slow for me. The entire point of a zombie survival movie (and even more for a TV series) is the long stretches of slow preparation and simple survival. When (not if) everything goes to hell, it's all over in about 10 minutes. Resident Evil movies are more like Aliens than zombie flicks.

I wonder why they skipped over so much comics content, as Isukun says. It wouldn't make sense; this is a TV series. But then, maybe once the series catches up to the comics, the series writers will just veer off on their own, like Dexter after season 1.

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isukun at 10:19AM, Nov. 5, 2010
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From what I hear, they have a LOOOONG way to go to catch up to the comic.
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Genejoke at 5:19PM, Nov. 5, 2010
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obviously the comic has been going since about 2003 or something.

Watched it tonight, great opening episode, slow but it works perfectly. A little changed from the comic but nothing drastic, in fact it improves on the opening in the comic in some ways and to be honest the opening of the comic is the weakest story of the comic.
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ayesinback at 3:51PM, Nov. 6, 2010
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I don't know the comic, but I liked the first episode. Beginning very slow, almost lost patience, but it started picking up once the lead was taken in by the Dad and son.

Kept wanting to know how long the lead had been in the hospital. Sometimes it just takes one question like that to keep me connected.
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Product Placement at 8:25AM, Nov. 7, 2010
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I thought the beginning reminded me a little bit too much of 28 days later, what with the protagonist waking up from a coma in a deserted hospital, completely oblivious about what has happened.

Although apparently, The day of the Triffids started pretty similarly so I guess we thrive on plagiarisms.

And I know that shaky cams have become popular and all but the whole thing screams of amateurism, in my opinion.

With those two nitpicks out of the way, I'll admit that I kinda liked the show. I liked the ending of the first episode allot, although I guess that it makes me think about the third nit pick…

Why does it happen so often, that when the protagonists are walking through ultra deserted streets, they suddenly stumble right into the largest zombie horde in the universe, the moment they turn a corner and when they turn to flee, all the escape routs have been blocked by even more zombies?
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isukun at 11:23AM, Nov. 7, 2010
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Regarding the spoiler'd section, because it's scary. There aren't a lot of ways to put the character into a threatening situation when the monster is basically a human being that stumbles around at 1mph.
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EssayBee at 3:32PM, Nov. 7, 2010
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Product Placement–They did show a few zombies “waking up” to follow Rick as he came into the city. There were many more that probably followed in his wake that he wasn't aware of and closed off an easy escape. Of course, that would be a lot of commotion for him to miss, but it's a problem that happens in the comic and the characters are always talking about how easy is it for a few to suddenly become dozens.

I really like the show, although I'm still trying to figure out how it's only rated TV-14 instead of TV-MA. They headshots alone would merit a Mature rating, I would think, let alone the viscera.
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ayesinback at 5:19AM, Nov. 8, 2010
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Can somebody PQ me the last 15 minutes from last night's episode (2nd episode). I crashed. The switch back from DST time took its toll.

Thanks in advance
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Product Placement at 10:03AM, Nov. 8, 2010
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Product Placement–They did show a few zombies “waking up” to follow Rick as he came into the city. There were many more that probably followed in his wake that he wasn't aware of and closed off an easy escape. Of course, that would be a lot of commotion for him to miss, but it's a problem that happens in the comic and the characters are always talking about how easy is it for a few to suddenly become dozens.
Yes, yes. I remember those 2 zeds, that crawled out of the bus along with that 3rd one popping out of nowhere but there wasn't a single zombie around the entire street, apart from those 3.

And while that's a reasonable scare tactic, it just feels like an overused gimmick in general that leaves you wanting to know where the hell those 100 additional zombies came from. Like isukun mentioned, when your antagonists are moving around at 1mph, you kinda need to explain why there are suddenly so many standing in a spot where there were none a minute ago.

But seriously, that's just me nitpicking.
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isukun at 7:46PM, Nov. 8, 2010
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That last episode made it look like they can move fairly quickly when they want to, as well. They went from the front to the back of the store in the same time as the black guy and he was kind of booking it. I guess it really depends on what kind of shape they're in.
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Genejoke at 3:12AM, Nov. 9, 2010
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In the comic they slow down and that as the rot, so fresh ones are faster and more dangerous.
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KomradeDave at 4:44PM, Nov. 30, 2010
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I really like the show, although I'm still trying to figure out how it's only rated TV-14 instead of TV-MA. They headshots alone would merit a Mature rating, I would think, let alone the viscera.
One possibility that I know is true for some other forms of media, is that if violence is committed on a zombie it can be rated lower because they aren't human beings (This has been discussed at length in the comic code years by people trying to decide if a zombie eating brains was considered cannibalism). Violence against the undead normally counts as ‘Fantasy Violence’ which can often get away with much more.
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mlai at 7:07PM, Dec. 3, 2010
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Wow, that is hilarious. The TV series features dismemberment (of corpses), evisceration (of corpses), skull crushing with construction tools (of corpses), and ofc headshots (of corpses) where the entire face caves in.

Not that I'm complaining about the rating. This show is awesome even if it didn't have gore.

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EssayBee at 5:03PM, Dec. 11, 2010
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I guess the violence really shouldn't shock me. We show all of those Deadliest Police Chases and When Animals Attack type shows during prime time for the kids to see, and those sorts of shows are basically Faces of Death-Lite.

Still, being a fan of the comic, I'm glad that the show is telling its own story while remaining thematically true to the comics.
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