The Walking Dead – Season 1
The Walking Dead Season One, for me personally, begins and ends so totally wrong, it’s not funny. But then I’m a long time fan of the graphic novels, so I have some pretty high preconceptions of what the TV show should have been like.
But once past the slightly too cheesy opening sequence, things settled down into a nice little routine, where the TV show would stray from the source material while retaining the soul of the original.
Whilst zombies are a big feature in The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead was never so much about the zombies as it was about the survivors and how they would deal with each other in this post apocalyptic world. It’s here that the TV show excels, and produces some memorial scenes and keeps things moving at a solid pace for the all too brief six episodes.
With just six episodes, and the bountiful source material, it’s weird that the storytelling ends up being a little inconstant at times, with some characters being underdeveloped or even forgotten.
The main thing I dislike about The Walking Dead however, is the ending of season one, where [and I don’t think this qualifies as a spoiler] it implies hope in a cure, something that I don’t ever remember the graphic novels offering up, it’s pretty much what the BBC did when they re-imaged their cult classic Survivors into a modern TV show, with similarly disappointing results.
Having said all of that, it’s still a good solid show, and pretty much one of the best TV shows this year (American TV shows at least) and is certainly good enough to be a essential part of any zombie lovers DVD collection.
It’s dark and gritty, and you never quite know what’s going to happen next, which in itself speaks volumes for the worth of a modern TV show.
It’s even worth watching more than once.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read