Wednesday, 10 November 2010

TV Series: The Walking Dead

Continuing the deluge of new television series, and pandering to my recent fascination with zombie pop-culture, AMC's 'The Walking Dead' brings a disturbing, yet absorbing vision of the 'zombie apocalypse'. Where films such as George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead have offered insight into what the future zombie infested world may look like, there is only so much you can do with a couple of hours of film. Which is why it makes so much sense to make a TV series which offers the time to explore in depth this engrossing fantasy world over the span of several episodes, and, hopefully, series. Opening with an obvious homage to 28 Days Later, main character Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakes in a deserted hospital having been in a coma from a gunshot wound. As he wanders the deserted streets he is greeted with scenes of obvious panicked attempts to flee the city. Soon, he stumbles upon the walking dead. With incredible effects and stunning make-up artistry, 'The Walking Dead' definitely does justice to one of Hollywood's most infamous bogey men and cliched scenarios.