A TV review from The Movie Snob – only a few years late.
The Walking Dead – Season One. (B). As usual, I’m a late-comer to this TV series, and I have made my way through only the first season at this point. As my grade indicates, I thought it was good, but not really great. The set-up is pretty cool. A Georgia sheriff named Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually) gets shot in the line of duty and falls into a coma. Some time later, he wakes up in a deserted hospital to a world that has fallen to a zombie apocalypse. It’s a pretty effective way to draw the viewer into Rick’s predicament, watching him try to understand and navigate the nightmare world he now inhabits. Once he gets his feet under him, he sets out to try to find his wife and son. The zombie special effects are quite well done, and it is an amazingly gory show, even by cable TV standards (I would think; I don’t have cable myself). I’d give it a higher grade, but occasionally the show did seem a little hokey, a little “TV-ish.” Explosively tense situations seemed to crop up all the time, only to be defused a little too quickly and easily. Characters occasionally make choices that are not particularly believable. And the whole season is only six episodes long—what’s up with that? The extras on the DVDs are okay, but nothing to write home about. Still and all, season one was pretty good, if you’re a fan of hungry zombies.