Walking dead tv show. (Spoilers)

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Anybody else watching? So far pretty cool.

Just started the fourth TPB this morning. I plan on watching it via XBL if it is available.

I knew from the beginning that their biggest hurdle would be the acting. So far I've been impressed.

Watching it right now. It's good so far. I'm glad they aren't focused on scaring the audience. I spent the first half of the show waiting for multiple "Boo!" moments.

Mystic Violet wrote:

Watching it right now. It's good so far. I'm glad they aren't focused on scaring the audience. I spent the first half of the show waiting for multiple "Boo!" moments.

I was worried about that as well and was waiting for something to jump out. Glad that it is goi going more for creepy.

For some reason the AMC station isn't on. Looks like I'm gonna have to wait till I can download. Sigh.

I'm digging it so far. This series looks to have legs, because they seem to understand you can only have so many zombie gotcha moments. Its character driven. Very interesting!

Excellent first episode. A few differences from the comics, but I think they're doing a good job over-all. I'm also glad they weren't going for the jump factor. There was only one moment that was really an "Oh sh*t!" moment, and it wasn't your standard zombie-jumps-out-of-the-dark moment, either.

Looking forward to next week already.

It was far more faithful and closer to the tone of the comics than I was expecting. Something is bugging me about the cinematography that I can't quite put my finger on, but overall I was really digging it.

Thanks for the reminder, I forgot to set the DVR so I am just starting to watch the re-run.

I think I saw on one of the special feature documentary films on the website that they added content and story arc for tv that wasn't in the comic (I'm up to TPB Vol 7).

Never heard of the comic, bored to death by zombies, but this was amazing television. Hello, new favorite show!

Do they hate women as much as the comic? I tried to get into the comic and it was somewhat interesting, but I couldn't stand all the woman hating that was in there. Does it seem to be following the comic pretty closely?

AMC's struck gold again.

Good stuff, I thoroughly enjoyed it and am really glad that it seems to mirror the character driven tone of the comics.

PandaEskimo wrote:

Do they hate women as much as the comic? I tried to get into the comic and it was somewhat interesting, but I couldn't stand all the woman hating that was in there. Does it seem to be following the comic pretty closely?

What do you mean by women hating? I'm reading the fourth TPB, so I'm better than 20 issues into the series. I'm not getting a sexist feel from the comic at all. I'm not saying women haven't been portrayed negatively, just that so have pretty much every male character. Heck, even Rick comes off as a pretty big ass.

Torso zombie in the park... amazing makeup and effect. Hoping that I will enjoy the deviations from the comic, instead of watching the comic just play out onscreen. Seems really well shot but sh*t like that persistence-of-vision filter they used on Rick's POV in the hospital look silly and cheap. Overall I was quite impressed though.

Literally just finished the first episode so glad a thread exists already! Thought it was very good, particularly enjoyed the extra insights into other characters not in the comic - there, the first section follows Rick exclusively.

Really appreciated the fact that they're taking their time. It could so easily have tried to cram a lot more into the pilot.

Haven't watched it tonight, but I'm sure the internet will provide me with a viewing method tonight.

ptft wrote:

Really appreciated the fact that they're taking their time. It could so easily have tried to cram a lot more into the pilot.

I really, really liked the tone and pacing, I thought it was perfect. I had the same concern, and am very happy that they went with the more meandering pace that they chose. It really suits the material.

It's pretty good. It takes some minor liberties with the plot specifics vs the comics, but that is to be expected. My wife (who hates horror stuff and admitted being creeped out by the show) even admitted it's a good show so far.

Even with the limited commercial breaks, that 90 minutes of content went by so fast. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Going into the show I wasn't so sure of Jon Bernthal playing Shane, but after just a few scenes I though he did a great job in the role and will admit I was wrong. Also, in the "making of" documentaries they mention that AMC really let them keep a lot of what other networks might cut and I thought it was kind of a fluff comment, but after watching the first episode I can really see, and appreciate, that they respect the viewing audiences maturity. I mean, they shot a child zombie on camera in the first few minutes of the show, you can't even do that in Left for Dead.

Overall I like the episode and think AMC has a real winner, and I agree with Irongut, the episode flew by and I'm looking forward to more.

I think the fact that they make it pretty clear shooting the little girl was a psychologically scarring event casts the scene in a different light than most zombie cinema. TWDs comic story has some really horrible things being done to and by the survivors, and it clearly takes a toll on the mental health of those who live to fight on.

Spoiler:

Rick and the telephone. Nuff said.

They may not get to that in this first batch of episodes, or even next season. The story is less about the fight against the zombies than it is about the kind of shenanigans people get up to when society breaks down.

Oops, nevermind. Read too quickly.

bighoppa wrote:

The story is less about the fight against the zombies than it is about the kind of shenanigans people get up to when society breaks down.

Yup. I love that the title refers to the survivors as much as - or even moreso than - it does to the zombies.

Much like the comic, not sure what to think. I was half-way through compendium 1 before I started to like it for sure. Love came in shortly after.

I think the show writers did a better job setting up the characters than Kirkman did initially(they were very much archatypes). The marital troubles Rick has took a long time to flesh out in the comic. And it felt very ambiguous to me whether the marriage was always on the rocks or if it was just the stress of the times.

Darabont seems to be choosing the right panels and pages to recreate-like the long trot into Atlanta. He has a good pedigree of adapting, even improving previous works by Stephen King. Biggest credit I can give to him and the writers is that I watched the show last night, rather than anticipating water shed moments from the comic.

I am really wondering how some of the hardcore, f*cked up scenes will play on basic cable. There are some gruesome moments.

Irongut wrote:

Even with the limited commercial breaks, that 90 minutes of content went by so fast. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Limited? It seemed to me to be the old "first 22 minutes commercial free then a commercial every 7 minutes" BS.

Captain_Arrrg wrote:
Irongut wrote:

Even with the limited commercial breaks, that 90 minutes of content went by so fast. I'm looking forward to the next episode.

Limited? It seemed to me to be the old "first 22 minutes commercial free then a commercial every 7 minutes" BS.

I only remember it being about every half hour till the end, but maybe I was getting tired.

It was 67 minutes long on iTunes. I think that makes it about average. Most hour long shows run 45 minutes or so.

But my take is that is was awesome. It's right up there with 28 Days Later in excellence. I think it is even better, although it kind of gets dinged for ripping off the opening of said movie. But then, so did the comic.

The fact that AMC was the one putting this show on is what drew me to read the comic. They had to see it as smart storytelling to get involved. Although I thought the first book was kind of weak, it has gotten progressively better. This, however, felt like a perfect opening to the story.

One thing I thought was really great was the sound design. The quiet and stillness, especially in the beginning, could have easily been filled with music or whatever. I think it was a bold move on the director's part to leave the silence in. Made it much more unnerving.

padriec wrote:

One thing I thought was really great was the sound design. The quiet and stillness, especially in the beginning, could have easily been filled with music or whatever. I think it was a bold move on the director's part to leave the silence in. Made it much more unnerving.

Agreed. Big time.

The main thing is that this is not just a well executed show, this has a lot of artistic merit. Frank Darabont was the right guy to bring in for this, because he has that capability to use subtle techniques in order to craft an epic tale.

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