If you’re alive and watching TV, you’ve heard of The Walking Dead, the supposed best new show of the fall season. First of all, this says very little because only a few of the new shows were worth even giving a chance. We’ve now (belatedly) watched all six episodes of season one. Here’s what you need to know:
1) It’s overrated. It’s not as good as everyone says it is. We’ve heard the comic is superior. It’s hard to live up to that kind of hype in six episodes though.
2) It’s still pretty darn good. Completely worth watching.
3) The characters are decent, but some of the acting isn’t.
4) The guy Keira Knightley kissed in Love Actually plays the main character.
5) It’s absolutely disgusting. The gore is at a level rarely seen, even in most zombie movies. Some people like that.
6) The show did a LOT in six episodes. It established its characters and had some exciting moments.
We will be checking back in next year to see season two, no doubt. We can’t wait to see what The Walking Dead does with a full season. It could turn into another obsession for us; it's definitely got the potential. This further establishes AMC as an essential player in TV right now, with Breaking Bad and Mad Men already major hauls for the network. We’re impressed. If you missed it and can’t find it online, the show encores Tuesday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 19 at 8:00 on AMC. If you can take the gore and have any interest at all, you should catch up before the new season (which should take a while to come out).
Season grade: B+
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