Now i know what all the excitement has been about. i missed the first season, and it's marathon, but after seeing AMC's The Walking Dead season 2 premiere episode, "What Lies Ahead", i am no longer a Walking Dead virgin.
The Walking Dead is suspenseful, scary, gorey, and FUN! i've loved zombie themes since seeing George Romero's "Night Of The Living Dead", Ubaldo Ragona's "The Last Man On Earth", which starred Vincent Price and more recently that film's remake re-titled "I Am Legend" starring Will Smith, and Ruben Fleischer's "Zombieland".
This is precisely why i like The Walking Dead: because it skillfully blends all the aspects of my fav zombie themed movies and does it in an episodic television format. Frankly i was a bit skeptical this could be successfully done for the small screen.
Since i'm late to the Walking Dead party some of the characters have already been killed off. But some have survived. There are also some who have been doomed to an undead fate. my fav alive character is Daryl Dixon played by Norman Reedus.
In the season 2 premiere, my man Daryl gutted a zombie suspected of killing a missing little girl. It was necessary to open up the monster's chest and abdominal cavity to check his innards to confirm the missing kid wasn't inside him. And opened up he was---as easily as one would open a can of peas. And bravo to the special effects make-up. Sure we all know what to expect when we see a slow moving zombie coming toward us. The hollowed eye sockets. The rictus mouths. The exposed skulls. But i tell you i have never seen anything quite as putrid looking as decayed zombie-fied sweet meats. Gloriously gorey.
my other favorite scene was when a zombie has Andrea cornered in a trailer and he's just about to break down the bathroom door and Dale drops a screwdriver down to her from the trailer's sunroof. Just as i'm thinking 'if i was in that predicament i'd take that screwdriver and stab that zombie right in the eye'---no sooner had i thought it, than Andrea did exactly that. Sooo satisfying.
For a limited time the full episode of The Walking Dead season 2 premiere What Lies Ahead will be available online at amctv.com.
The Walking Dead on AMC airs Sundays at 9:00pm eastern Please check your local listings.