I mean, we're 5 episodes in and what the hell has happened? At most 2 episodes worth of actual content. Its to the point where any small moments of character development feel so refreshing.
That's exactly right. The show is trying to be Lost, but it doesn't earn its slow pace
In order to enjoy the show you have to appropriately lower your expectations...
Yup... that's what I'm doing.
GT put this on his fb wall the other day, I feel its fitting:
"The Walking Dead's a show about heroic zombies trying to stop self-indulgent humans from having an annoying soap opera."
That is a flawless and all-encompassing description of this show... I love GT sometimes.
I'm not trying to debate whether or not this show has melodramatic elements, but doesn't it seem a bit odd to call the actions in a zombie apocalypse over dramatic? Despite the fact that I don't agree with most of their actions and ways they go about things, it's important to understand that fear doesn't exactly breed rational thought. So, I just don't really think that approach does much.
Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of melodrama (and even possibly soap opera). I'm only opposed to this show's aggressive (and humorously direct) emotional manipulation of the audience. See my previous "crushing your skull with a baseball bat" analogy. You know it's bad when a scene basically screams at you (for example) Hey, look! This scene is about how Rick is so heroic that he would foolishly/needlessly risk his own life! Watch him struggle with his boundless heroism! Actually, don't just watch, we're going to also explain it to you through dialogue.
It's gotten much better with the last few episodes, but if they pick up that baseball bat again, I will be very disappointed (and probably not surprised).
Norman Reedus is really the only reason I've been into the last few episodes and when he got shot in the head in this one i was kind of upset that that's how he was going to go out but also like "FUCK YEAH THIS SHOW FINALLY GREW SOME BALLS."
But of course, herp derp, its just a flesh wound, he'll be alright......fucking pussies.
Yeah, that was quite silly, but so is the entire show, so that little OMG did she kill him?
gimmick barely even registered.
The pregnancy also barely registered. I'm not sure that I care. Just figure out whose baby it is, proceed with the inevitable *almost dies during childbirth* scene, and move on.
Although... childbirth + zombies would make for a spectacular scene.
Also, I would like to see zombie baby.