For years we’ve been seeing been seeing Zombie movies ranging from small outbreaks of the undead to world wide zombie apocalypse scenarios. Where do we have to go to see these movies? Movie theater or rent them out from your local video store because traditionally zombie movies are either direct to DVD or released in theaters. And generally they are a stand alone movie, not really set up for sequels and most forget about them/. Oh we may hear about them every so often, but that’s only in honorable mention as a “cult classic”, and is either rarely or ever mentioned again.
Not anymore! AMC has produced and started airing a groundbreaking new series called “The Walking Dead.” This is a bold move for the network and is something that has never been done on TV before. It premiered October 31st , Halloween night, which in my opinion is a brilliant idea in of itself.
As the story begins we find a southern Georgia sheriff deputy, played by Andrew Lincoln,. looking for fuel. He stops at roadside and makes his way to an abandoned fill station, observing a sign that says “no gas”. as he turns to make his way back to his car he hears a noise, and after investigating further finds a little girl. After trying to get her attention he finally succeeds. As she turns around she is reveled to have part of her face rotted off. And thus sets the tone of the series. After shooting her the next set of scenes establish what a normal day for the main character is like as a police deputy, and the events that lead him to the point where he wakes up with this whole situation suddenly thrust upon him. Worse yet his son and wife are missing. Thus begins his search.
As we go on we find that there are survivors to whatever it is that happened to cause this. Its obvious that its some sort of disease, but what and how is not eluded too., which is good because many zombie movies blatantly tell you what caused it, and even does so, at times, with little or no build up. I think a good choice for the writers here.
All in all, it looks like this series has a strong storyline, strong cast and has great potential. It should be noted too that this is a series based of a comic book of the same name. Again this is a very risky but very adventurous undertaking that should prove to be an interesting series. And since the plot is developing slowly it will keep you coming back to find out what happens next.