The Walking Dead is the latest hit among action-series fans, though most hardly knew about it until the series was in full swing. Why? The series is on AMC. A respectable channel though it may be, no one expected the high thrill, post-apocalyptic series to be the huge hit that it has become.
The series begins in a small town in the outskirts of Atlanta. Rick Grimes, a country man played by British actor Andrew Lincoln, is a sherriff’s deputy. After chasing down a group of outlaws, he is shot in an exchange of fire and falls into a coma.
His partner, Shane (Jon Bernthal) visits him in the hospital and brings him some flowers. As if he’s having an odd sense of déjÃ vu, Grimes wakes up to find the flowers wilted, and everyone in the hospital has disappeared. After encountering nothing but zombie-like creatures, Rick finally comes across a few normal, surviving people. He learns that the zombie-like creatures, walkers, are all dead humans that have literally returned from the dead with nothing alive but a small part of their brain.
Unwilling to believe that they have joined the dead (or the undead), Grimes risks it all in a desperate attempt to find his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), and son, Carl (Chandler Riggs). A heartwarming an compelling, yet thrill-ride of a story, The Walking Dead will literally have you on the edge of your seat.
A new LOST?
Simply put, no. Nothing could, will, or should ever be compared to LOST and hold its own. However The Walking Dead does display LOST-like qualities:
One of the things LOST was famous for, almost to the point of ridicule was its strong character depth on all fronts. The Walking Dead does this not only for the main character, Grimes, but even the supporting characters seen along the way. I would tell you how, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it any more than I already have.
Another thing that made LOST so successful was its innate ability to tell two separate timelines at the same time. Though LOST‘s alternate storylines were mainly focused on flashbacks, The Walking Dead constantly has two concurrently running storylines. The transition is smooth, and the characters/actors in both are solid.
Now that this brief spoiler of the first episode and short analysis of the series’ core has you hooked, tune in to AMC on Sunday nights at 9pm central time.
The Walking Dead, AMCtv.com
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