Well watched episode two of the walking dead last, what a disappointment. The show is starting to not pass my girlfriend test. My girlfriend won’t watch bad sci-fi or horror movies. She just thinks they are stupid and not entertaining, while I sometimes will watch really crappy stuff and just laugh at it. If my girlfriend likes a sci-fi or horror movie then most likely it is really good and will have a wide appeal. She can be manipulated though and will watch something if it has a strong female lead, but that only holds up to a point. By the middle of episode two she had many vocal criticisms of the show.
Unfortunately I have to agree with a lot of them. Let me start by saying the action scenes are good. The zombies are good, whenever there is stuff happening it’s pretty good.
When they had the scene of the stereotypical red neck going into a rage on the roof and spouting racist nonsense and calling Andrea “sugar tits” I just groaned. It was so lame, like a character written by a 14 year old. Yes in the comic there were racist characters but it that was not the focus of their character. Also how much does it make sense to start arguing about race or whatever while surrounded by hundreds of undead that are trying to eat you. I guess the red-neck’s character’s actions were supposed to be explained by him being high on cocaine. I kind of see some sort of friction like this playing out at the camp while in relative safety, but in the middle of some sort of foraging mission? Who would want to go with that retard on a mission in the first place? Let’s go do a stealth mission into dangerous territory with the angry red neck high on cocaine who wants to fight everyone.
Then there is the use of armor and the non-use of armor. This happens in the comic as well unfortunately. In one scene several of the characters are dressed in armor, shoulder pads helmets, protective gear for sports. They open a door and smash a couple zombies with bats. Then in the next scenes they totally just ditch the armor and run around in tee-shirts. If you have some sort of protective clothing that can prevent you from being bit, why would you take it off?
So far the extra characters seem pretty flat, there is the crazy red-neck, Mexican, black lady and young black guy and Andrea. These characters might have been the same in the comic but the extras at the camp did not have big parts in the comic. In the comic only Glen finds Ricks and brings him back to the camp. The other people are waiting there. Andrea is not gun wielding at first, and there is no crazy red neck.
The show has apparently decided make Lori a less sympathetic character. In the comic she hooked up with Shane but seemed to regret it. The relationship was more him perusing her and her kind of being in mourning. In the show she seems into Shane although they seem to want to hide their relationship.