The Walking Dead: Season 1

guns, zombies

So I know I’m a little late on this one, but I just finished Season 1 of AMC’s The Walking Dead just in time for the Season 2 premiere tonight. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this show, and given my affinity for horror movies I knew I had to try it. How much did I like it? I finished the entire season in one day (okay I know it’s only 6 episodes but still).

In a TV world where almost every new show is cancelled immediately, it’s great to see one with so much substance that not only critics appreciate but large numbers of viewers watch as well. The Walking Dead is about the end of the world, where zombies take over and the few survivors are left fighting for their lives (a lot like the movie 28 Days Later). The show has a cinematic quality, and the acting is very compelling. I also love that it focuses so much on the drama and conflicts between the characters, instead of just focusing on killing off zombies.

My only complaint about the show is that it seems pretty sexist. While the men yield guns, shovels and all sorts of weapons, all the women do is scream and cry when a zombie appears. This makes sense for the first couple episodes but come on! The world is coming to an end. It seems like the ladies and even the children would try to do something instead of just depending on the big strong men to protect them.

The remaining female characters aren’t exactly powerful women either. Carol is a meak, sad character who is beaten by her husband until he turns into a zombie and Andrea is reduced to a depressed, rambling mess atfer her sister dies. I’m hoping that in Season 2 someone will show up who’ll give the men some competition in the hero department.

I also find it very bizarre that Director/Executive Producer Frank Darabont apparently fired all of the writers from the first season. With a show this popular, it kind of seems like a recipe for disaster. Guess we’ll find out soon!

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