I’m going to go on public record today, October 18, 2012, as not like The Walking Dead TV show.
I tried, I really did. As your typical awesome 20-something, I enjoy zombies and wanted a show featuring zombies to work. But somewhere during the first season, it alienated me. I couldn’t put a pin on it; there was some unidentifiable quality I didn’t enjoy. About halfway through the second season, I realized what I didn’t like.
For realsies. The show has 0 momentum. It takes several episodes to resolve the most minor story arcs. They’re not afraid to build up tension, and then hold it, and then hold it for the rest of the season until it’s less tense and more irritating.
Aside from that, it’s often just laughable. Do you really expect me to believe that a zombie is going to sneak up on someone in an open field? Zombies which throughout the entire show have been noisy and clumsy suddenly develop the ninja skills to quietly surprise a man who’s spent the whole season doing nothing but watch for zombies?
Then there are the characters, most all of which are unlikeable and daft. Hey little kid who’s spent his entire life attacked by zombies, maybe you should be smart enough by now to know that going out into the woods alone is a sucker’s game.
I genuinely don’t understand the appeal of this show. I’ve given it as many chances as any show deserves, second only to the number of chances I gave Heroes. The difference here is that Heroes had a good first season, whereas The Walking Dead had a good first episode.
Of course, I’ll probably still continue to watch it. But that’s a failing on my part.