The 2010 Fall television season descended upon us a few months ago with a glut of new shows. Few have really been able to capture the public’s attention and garner that must see status. Over hyped shows like “The Event” and “Hawaii 5-o” have debuted to decent ratings, but neither of these nor many other new shows make you want to schedule being in front of the TV during their respective air times (personally “The Event” isn’t interesting to me and “Hawaii 5-O put me to sleep.) However on Halloween, AMC brought us the first must see new show of the year, “The Walking Dead”
“The Walking Dead” is the story of the survivors of the zombie apocalypse and their continued struggle for survival in a world that is literally out to eat them alive. Much like the comic series that it is based on, the tv series begins with the main character Rick Grimes waking up from a coma to find that the world has become the land of the walking dead. After escaping the hospital and receiving help from Morgan Jones and his son, he sets of to find his wife and son whom he still believes to be among the living. This chain of events ultimately leads him to more survivors and to more “walkers”
What makes “The Walking Dead” so fascinating is that you don’t really care about the zombies. For most, the main draw of most great zombie movies are the zombies themselves. Look at the Romero classics (Night, Dawn, Day, & Land… I loved Land of the Dead), the most memorable characters are the zombies and how they killed their human prey. “The Walking Dead” is all about the survivors. The survivors, their stories, and the situations that they face when the zombies aren’t on-screen make for some of the most suspenseful scenes in tv history.
The worst thing about the series is that there are only six episodes and the next season of 13 episodes may not premiere until Halloween of 2011. Come on AMC give us a break! We get only six episodes to find out it Rick finds his wife and son? Only six episodes to find out how this diverse cast a characters brave the endless zombie hordes to find safe haven? AMC why are you doing this to us?
With that said, “The Walking Dead” is compelling television that doesn’t require you to be a zombie movie fan. Any viewer will be able to identify with the characters due to very real depictions in a not so real future. Run don’t walk to your television sets on Sundays at 10:00pm to watch “The Walking Dead”, you won’t be disappointed.
Check out this quick “The Walking Dead” cheat sheet via Io9.com
Haven’t seen “The Walking Dead”? Check out the first episode here (Thanks AMC!)