If you have not checked out “The Walking Dead” airing on Sundays at 10pm ET on AMC, you are missing one of the most entertaining shows on television. “The Walking Dead” follows the adventures and troubles that a group of survivors encounter following a zombie apocalypse. While many television viewers have doubt written this show off as another “Zombie Smash’em Up” flick, they will be relieved to learn that the show is actually a lot deeper than that. Sure, there is a fair amount of graphic demonstration of dispatching of the undead, but this is a character driven drama set against a world where survival is literally a moment to moment task.
The zombies are well done as far as special effects go. AMC has kept things reigned in to avoid going over the top. Still, those pesky “walkers” as the show refers to the undead, have only one real weapon at their disposal: their teeth. They also have something of a taste for human flesh, which makes any person who is alive something of a target.
The real treat on “The Walking Dead” is the characters and the storylines. All the performances are well done with no single character really going off the deep end into the zombie gore fests of legend. While the survivors are a diverse group to say the least, they do not exist in a cohesive unit. They have their disagreements and their conflicts. But perhaps most revealing to the quality of the show, is they experience loss at the hands of the walkers. Normal zombie film lore usually keeps the main core of characters intact, and this show bucks that trend.
Viewers who are squeamish should likely take a pass, as the gore does heat up from time to time, but never really crosses into the realm of what is allowed on big budget (or low budget) zombie genre features. There are some engaging performances, and the question of “What is really going on?” has yet to be answered, and that is where the fun of the show lies. If you love great fiction pieces, turn to AMC on Sunday nights at 10pm ET and give this show a chance, you may be well rewarded.