The Walking Dead (Season 1) Review
This is my first review for a TV series and I hope you agree that I picked a good one to start off on. The first time I heard anything about this series was purely by accident when I stumbled upon the trailer, now I feel a bit stupid because when I first saw it I thought hmm that looks like a good film, until about an embossing week later I figured out that it was actually a TV series. When I knew it was a TV series I was ridiculously excited about the idea of a zombie TV series because there had never been such a series before and it looked fantastic. Luckily the first episode didn’t disappoint and if anything exceeded my expectation. Don’t Open, Dead Inside! You all know the scene.
Warning! From Here On I Will Be Spoiling The First Season For You!
Season 1 (2010) Overview
The series begins with sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes’ waking up from a coma in an abandoned and badly damaged hospital. Leaving the hospital Rick discovers a post-apocalyptic world overrun with zombies (or “walkers,” as they are often referred to in-show). Rick also discovers his wife and son are missing. Acting on a rumor from a fellow survivor, he arms himself and begins a perilous journey to Atlanta, Georgia, where the CDC is said to have set up a quarantined safe-zone in the city. Upon reaching Atlanta, he soon discovers that the city is instead overrun by the walkers.
A few miles outside the city, Rick’s wife Lori and son Carl have been hiding from the walkers with Shane Walsh, Rick’s partner and best friend. They have established a camp with a small group of fellow survivors. After being rescued from Atlanta by members of the group and reunited with Lori and Carl, Rick assumes command with Shane. A band of walkers eventually attack the camp, leaving several survivors dead and the remainder to seek aid from the CDC.
In the CDC, all but one staff member, Dr. Edwin Jenner, have either fled or killed themselves. Dr. Jenner explains that his research into the infection has not yielded a cure, and that he has not been in contact with anyone for a long while. Lack of fuel for the emergency generators soon initiates the building’s safety protocols, which will trigger an explosion designed to destroy the facility and prevent the escape of deadly diseases. Jenner and Jacqui, a member of Rick’s group, decide to stay and end their struggle. Dr. Jenner whispers something into Rick’s ear, and the group escapes just as the CDC is incinerated in the explosion.
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Story: 100% Acting: 90% Visuals: 100% Dialogue: 90%
The HORROR! : 95% Style/Sound: 95% Characters: 100%
The first season stayed remarkably close to the original comics (whom I have now read for the most part) and I must say are really good so everyone should check them out, anyway the story is similar but has a few good changes and they really made the series its own. One thing that especially stands out for me in the story is how similar it is to the normal zombie formula but still has its own unique feel. You have the Atlanta group, the two in the house when he wakes up and with such a short season of six episodes it felt like so many more because of how clever and fast moving the ffirst season was.
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The main character Rick is played by the wonderful Andrew Lincoln who just plays this character so well (He’s English) that he managed to capture your attention and force you into understanding his characters horror after waking into a post-apocalyptic world, even looks a little like his comic counterpart. Let’s see who else we get, Shane (Best friend to Rick/ had sex with Ricks wife/ Competition for Rick as leader) Makes you wonder why there was all that conflict. Dale (Father figure to all/ Wise/ fixes cars) Why did he have to die! Glen (nice guy/ fast runner/ common sense) Rick would have died without you! And finally Daryl (Fantastic hunter/ Tracker/ Loyal) He might be my favourite because his character is forever changing.
The visuals! Consistently throughout the seasons of this show have demonstrated brilliant visual effects both practical and CGI. Everything from the buildings to the walkers was perfect, straight from the get go in the hospital. The whole hospital looked like the apocalypse had happened which was really good because what the viewer should see is the worst thing you should see after being put under in a hospital and I think they did that well, dead bodies everywhere, blood on the walls, everything ruffed up and damaged, warning written on walls like something off Left 4 Dead. Seriously imagine that next time they give you the silly gas at the dentist!
Keeping going with the visuals, I loved the walkers. They were done with a fantastic set of visual technique clearly done by people with experience in the horror business. The first scene I saw a walking up close and thought wow, was when that crawling walker on the ground without half of her body. The visuals on it looked perfect and the situation really demonstrated the sadness of this new world as this thing is mindless and practically broken down to nothing but still just keeps coming after Rick (Aww poor zombie). My favourite scene would have to be either Rick in Atlanta with the horse, hordes of zombies and the tank or when they are getting out of the city with the group because that had a great pace and thrill to it.