"Do not enter the city. It belongs to the dead now."|
December 30, 2010
The first season of AMC's The Walking Dead wrapped up earlier this month, after a painfully anemic six episodes. It's difficult to believe there hasn't been a zombie TV series up until this point. Here's the GBU:
- Top notching casting all the way around, particularly with the Mixon brothers (Daryl and Merle). I could watch Daryl chew through the post-apocalyptic scenery all day.
- Those zombie creature effects are the new gold standard when it comes to rotting flesh.
- Managed to retain all the best elements of Robert Kirkman's comic series of the same name.
- Soundtrack had moments of greatness, but was surprisingly forgettable, despite the mighty talents of Battlestar Galactica's Bear McCreary.
- Nit: none of the characters use the word "zombie". Ever. Which is weird. The term "walkers" ain't doin' it for me.
- As season finales go, that last episode was a loser. Hopefully the story won't be straying this far off the comic book path next season.
Great stuff overall. A little disappointing they only ordered up six episodes for the first go-round, and closed 'em out with a lemon finale. Looking forward to more on Halloween 2011.
TWD Official Site
KNB EFX Group (zombie effects)
Stargate Studios (CGI effects)
Stargate interview (including before/after shots)
Robert Kirkman blog
Walking Dead t-shirt