More and more excellent television fare can be found on cable these days. If you are tired of reality TV or the same old cop shows then head on over a few channels and check out what is in store for you on the cable channels.
My latest gem is the show, “The Walking Dead” which airs on AMC on Sunday nights at 8.00 PM mountain time. Normally, I am not a huge zombie fan. Something about slow-moving dead people eating us just creeps me out no end and I did not watch this show when it first came on. It wasn’t until last week that I finally braved up and caught it the night they were showing all the shows from the beginning.
What gets a person interested in a great show are the characters and what keeps you watching is that you quickly find yourself caring for these people and how they are going to survive the dilemma they find themselves in week after week. The lead character in this series is a sheriff’s deputy named Rick who in the opening series is shot by fleeing robbers. He ends up in a coma and when he awakens, the world he knew is no longer there. He wakes up in a hospital where he is the only live patient around. I was a little disappointed that they did not say how long he had been in the coma or what had brought about all these zombies, or perhaps I missed that part, but I was quickly pulled into the storyline.
Rick is married and the first episode had him trying to find his wife and son. He manages to make his way back home where he decides by the way they packed that they are still alive. He then heads to the sheriff’s office to get some help. He loads up on as many guns and ammo as he can carry and heads to Atlanta. On the way he runs into a man and his son who end up helping him out and who help fill in some of the answers he has about what has happened to his world.
In one of the most heartbreaking scenes I have seen on recent television, Rick’s new friend is sitting in a vacant house with his 9 year old son. He tells the boy to stay down stairs and play video games while he goes upstairs and kills zombies. The man is looking for his wife who turned after getting the virus. The scene shows him sitting on the second floor of the house shooting random zombies as they wander near the house, drawn by the smell of “dinner”. His wife shows up and the pain is so visible on his face as he goes back and forth between his desire to end her existence and his love for her. The son seems to sense what his father is about to do and is crying downstairs. The zombie that was the woman he loved looks right at him through the high-powered scope and he can’t make himself pull the trigger. I cried right along with them.
The show moves to a camp right outside Atlanta where a group of survivors has gathered together. I won’t give anymore away, but I cry every darn episode. I still hate zombies, but the characters really are well written and acted. The series is rated M for mature audiences due to language, violence, (and there is plenty) and nudity. I wouldn’t let any children under the age of 16 watch the show because of the sex and violence but it is an excellent show for any zombie lover or those of us who aren’t and are just looking for good, well written quality television.