Finally got to watch the premiere of the Walking Dead last night. It was pretty good, the more I watched the more I got into it. To tell the truth the beginning when Shane and Rick are jib jabbing, and also the shoot out, I had a feeling like it was going to suck. Well maybe not suck, but not be great. It might be hard for the show to measure up to the comic for me. As the show progressed I got more into it, and I liked it quite a bit.
On thing I noticed different than the comic is in the beginning of the episode there is some foreshadowing of the Rick’s marriage being in bad shape. I don’t remember any indication of that in the comic. Also there is kind of another foreshadowing, Shane asking about Rick’s wife and their relationship.
I think one of the most striking things about the show is the work that appears to be put into the sets. The hospital for example was just incredible. The detail of subtle things like all the wires hanging out of the ceilings, bullet holes and blood splatters… You don’t see that in other television shows, really. Huge outdoor sets with deserted national guard bases, and hundreds of bodies lined up. I read on a review that the amount cranes used to film was more comparable to a movie rather than a television show. I never really thought a lot about the use of cranes in filming but when you think about it and watch the scenes that would require a crane to shoot, it really make some scenes stand out (see picture).
I also like the end scene of the show as they panned up to show the hordes of zombies in Atlanta. It did look a bit computer generated but I still liked it.
The graphic violence was pretty good as well. I had thought originally that they would have to shy away from the violence of the comic in order to be on television but apparently not that much. Zombies got their heads blown off and there where many scenes which showed remains of horrific acts of violence. All in all I am into the show and am looking forward to next week’s episode.
I know some people think it’s stupid that the military post would be over run by shambling enemies. In the end scenes of the show they show several positions fortified with machine guns which appear to still have ammo. I would agree that a bunch of trained soldiers should have just mowed down the undead , and the tank could have just rolled right over them. But in fairness to the script, the soldiers probably would have been local national guard and perhaps there could have been a big problem with people deserting to go protect their families. Also if a lot of soldiers got bit in the beginning before knowing what was going on, having comrades die and suddenly start attacking other soldiers would have been pretty hard on moral. Also, they wouldn’t have yet learned that only head shots eliminate zombies. Also, it would have been pretty hard on morale to have sprayed an oncoming hoard of zombies only to have them continue advancing because most of the shots didn’t hit heads.
Also the horse would have fought harder but hey I’m kind of surprised they showed a horse getting eaten in the first place.