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Monday
Nov012010

The Walking Dead

Damn, that was pretty good. That being, AMC's new TV series based on the Kirkman comic of the same name: The Walking Dead. My brother and his girlfriend came over last night for a little mini-viewing party for the series premiere. I don't watch much TV with others in the room, but it was nice to have come company for this tense, scary event.

I'm mostly over the whole zombie thing, having jumped into it a decade ago while working on All Flesh Must Be Eaten, I've pretty much gotten everything I want out of the genre. Like pirates, I was into them before it was cool, but now there's so much out there, it's overwhelming. I'm not saying it's no good because it's now popular. I'm saying that I only had a limited appetite for it in the first place, and once the tidal wave of options hit, I filled up quickly. Now I'm sitting at the table, full and satisfied, while the mainstream culture gorges itself on these new delicacies that are for me old comfort food.

All of which is just my ling-winded way of saying: it takes a lot to get me interested in a new zombie thing of any kind. I'd read and really enjoyed the comic, so that was intriguing on its own. Then add the network of Mad Men and Rubicon, and I was willing to give it a try. But hey, I was wary: AMC had already badly fumbled their Prisoner re-boot, so I'd been burned once. The Walking Dead is no fumble. It's gruesome, tense, and smart, and I can't wait for more!

Reader Comments (3)

Before Pirates were cool Rick? You must have a touch of zombie about yourself lol. William Dampier was first published in 1697 and Daniel Defoe in 1719, Treasure Island first saw the light of day in 1881, pirates have been pretty cool since then.

Forgive the teasing, I am currently reading Robinson Crusoe on my phone whilst waiting to collect my son from work each afternoon. It is a much better and more accessible book than I had imagined it would be, a lot more modern and easy to read than much that came after (I still haven't gotten over the trauma of Swift's Gulliver's Travels). Easy to see why the book popularised the novel format.
November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoadshow
It's a fair cop, Roadshow! I should say since pirates become pop-culture cool again. I still have my dad's awesome Howard Pyle-illustrated book of pirate tales that he had as a kid and where I first got my piratical obsession from. I remember the not too very long ago when you'd be hard pressed to find more than one or two non-fiction books on pirates on the shelves.
November 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterRick Dakan
I don't know, it was totally competent. But it felt more like it was counting off the familiar zombie genre moments. I will watch the next one, but I'm hoping it moves into some less familiar territory.
November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

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