The Walking Dead Ep.1
THE WALKING DEAD.. Episode 1.. series premiere review…
So, let me give you some backstory on all of this for me.
Number 1– I am a huge AMC nerd! I love every one of their shows and when Rubicon came out, I was all about it no questions asked. When I saw The Walking Dead was being made by them, well then there is no question, I am all about it. Comic books and AMC, match made in heaven if you ask me.
Number 2– I am afraid of zombies. This whole series is littered with them. I have not finished reading the comic as of yet, but it is my worst nightmare shown through pictures. I have a little bug in the back of head that sometimes tells me how IT COULD HAPPEN!!
Number 3– I am a huge comic book fan! So, this just gives me a reason to go out to the comic book store and spend more money on great comics. If for nothing else but research but from what I have read I suggest it to anyone out there.
Iwalked into this premiere with the idea I was already going to love this and then also, from hearing people talk about it, that it could be a very slow opening episode. When I did finally sit down to watch it though I was blown away at how intense it made me feel. The realistic look of it all was unreal and the so-called slowness I felt was meant to be anticipation and suspense. Creating a series this way and showing us all a world that would be unbearable and overwhelming every second is really what I saw. Aside from that the makeup was spectacular and the acting was spot on. When you watch this you see it and feel it but what really brought me into this was what I heard. During the entire first half of the episode you can hear isolation. Crickets, birds, bug and just the open air make you feel small and alone. There is a buzzing that is annoying in a way and only when you realize that is it from flies feeding of the massive amounts of dead people strewn around do you start to feel a little sick.
The episode opens when the main character, a police officer named Rick, searching for gas. This is terrifying because it comes in after he has already found out a little about what happened while he was in a coma. The problem is we don’t know what is happening yet. There are cars everywhere and it doesn’t become a reality for us until he runs into one of them. They are called walkers. It is a powerful opening and even once you see the credits you are still feeling squeamish and then brought back to what happened before he woke up into this hell.
Now, I don’t want to ruin the episode for any of you so I won’t spoil what some of you may already know from reading. I just want to recognize the dread I felt through this entire episode. You are brought in with a harsh bang and throughout the entire episode you are pummeled with horrifying reminders that the people whose story we are watching is about survival. Rick may have a sense of humanity left in him as of now, but the rest of them have been living in this for more then a lifetime at this point. They have seen their loved ones get taken by this fever and turned into walkers. They are dealing with raising children and trying to make sure that even though they don’t have a childhood anymore that they know they are still loved. The idea of a voluntary death has crossed their minds as a peaceful way out of this nightmarish hell they now live in.
When you watch this episode remember those things and then remember Rick. He hasn’t gone through these changes yet. He is filled with hope and even though he is in shock initially from being exposed to so much death and destruction right off the bat, he still pushes forward without really understanding the gravity of what the world has become. Once he wakes up in the hospital and his search begins for his family it is undoubtedly the end of this former life and the beginning of his inevitable demise into a spirally pit of fear.
Watch this and I will be sure to evaluate episode two a little further.
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