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The Walking Dead's debut delivers intense horror set apart by its focus on tragedy and the human condition -- not to mention awesome zombie kills.
I really liked Frank Darabont's pilot for The Walking Dead.
I'll tell you up front that the debut episode-written and directed by Darabont-definitely makes me think AMC, a network that's produced high-quality original shows almost without exception, is onto another winner.
There's something about the combination of zombies and apocalyptic times that brings out the worst in human beings, which is where the true horror - and good drama - lies.
Man alive, did [Darabont] direct the hell out of this pilot.
It's a bit hard to tell if The Walking Dead is a bit of everything ... or not much of anything. But the hope is that this could be the first zombie story in a long while with both serious brains and "Braiiiiinns!"
What we're seeing here is truly sad to behold and promises that there is plenty of pathos to be found in The Walking Dead, among the more straight up (and satisfying) horror sequences that also go with this zombie story.
The visuals were amazing, especially the desolate Atlanta and, of course, the zombies themselves. There was no hint of the show getting bogged down with CGI.
Hopefully The Walking Dead will surprise us... by embracing the one thing zombie movies rarely have enough time to do: develop multi-faceted characters you really care for, to feel genuine distress when some inevitably get bitten.
So, there we have it: a near perfect debut to one of the most hotly anticipated TV shows to ever grace trans-Atlantic screens.
How does this show about the world being overrun by zombies manage to be what so many other similar offering from the horror sub-genre cannot? By keeping a fine-tuned human drama at the center of all the monster madness.
The pilot opens doors for some more fascinating character drama and more hardcore zombie violence. It's very well written and Kirkman is very on-board with the project.
What I like so much about the pilot is the stillness and simplicity of it.