Well episode 3 was pretty good, better than the second episode even if it waded into a lot of screen time with just Rick and Lori getting back together. But to be fair the acting was decent. At least those two characters are pretty believable, although kind of boring. It was well done, in my opinion.
Wandering around on the internet I noticed that some people were bothered by the idea of two parents having sex right next to their sleeping kid. Although that seems strange in modern times, I think it’s a relatively recent thing for people other then the rich to have a lot of privacy. A hundred years ago if you were in the lower income bracket you most likely shared your living space pretty closely with others.
One thing that has not made sense to me is that the survivors are stripping cars for parts, fixing cars etc. It would seem to me any area that had people, there would be an abundance of free cars and vehicles lying around. Seems like it would make more sense to just grab a new car/truck as needed. Also it does not make much sense to go into Atlanta to get supplies are there not dozens of convenience stores and hundreds of houses to raid along the way, without having to be trapped on foot so far from vehicles? This hole was in the comics too, I guess it could be assumed that they need some sort of specialty supplies they cannot find in the suburbs but it’s not apparent that this is the case.
They introduced Daryl, Merle Dixon’s not quite as cliché and stereotypical redneck brother. He showed to have hunting skills perhaps making him more useful to the group. They introduced another stereotypical character with the wife beater. He doesn’t have much development except showing he is an abusive asshole, who is also lazy. I guess when you have a television show that is going to be marketed to a broad market it needs to have easily definable bad guys. Part of what makes the comic so great is that there is only a couple of bad guys and everyone else is a mix of good/bad.
My girlfriend thought the scene with all the women washing clothes was kind of contrived. I am just wondering why they are bothering to wash clothes in the first place. When you can just kick a door in on any house and take anything you want, it seems like it would be easier to just grab some new clothes as needed.
I really liked the ending with Shane losing control and beating the wife beater (Ed), basically taking his anger with Lori out on this dumb hump, and the others finding Merle’s hand on the roof. Those scenes set to music, really captured the violent hopelessness of the comic. Although my girlfriend pointed out the music kind sounds like a ripoff the 28 days later music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW0RX02SeQw