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Following is an email conversation between myself and comic book scripter (and Blockbuster employee) Jamie Ralph Gardner, that resulted when I commented that I WON'T be tuning in to season two AMC's inexplicably popular series The Walking Dead.

JAS: I feel like an idiot for having watched Walking Dead week after week, waiting for one original thing to happen. I shan't be fooled again.

JAMIE: What have you against the Walking Dead TV series? How many episodes have you seen? You are the only person that I know who does not like it. It's one of my favorite TV series. I was already a fan of the comic book before watching the show. Steve Crompton also likes the show and he has never read the comic book. Greg Pharis [owner San Diego Comics and Collectibles retail store] likes both the TV show and the comic book. When the show is mentioned in the store, his customers usually praise it.

At Blockbuster Video, everyone who works there has liked it. This is of course referring to people who have seen it. Even customers across the board like it. It's rare that a show gets praised so much. Many people thinks it's great, not just good. The Internet Movie Database has a rating of 8.8 out of 10.


JAS: Pretty sure I saw every ep of the first season, tho I felt annoyed each time, waiting for it to go somewhere. Countless little goofups I can't get past. Like the cop riding a horse into Atlanta, and the highway leaving the city is littered with abandoned with cars while the highway going TO the city is empty.

As if, amidst the world being destroyed by zombies, drivers wouldn't hop onto the other effin highway.

And smearing themselves with corpse residue, so they can walk amidst zombies without being "smelled." If zombies don't breathe, they don't smell. If they DO breathe, and are attuned to nothing other than finding food (as inferred by the scientist in the season finale), wouldn't zombies be able sense the heat coming off the humans?

More: almost 10 million people live in Georgia as of 2010, and Rip Van Cop-winkle manages to find some of the few human survivors and is brought directly to a camp, WHERE HIS GIRL HAPPENS TO BE. This stretched credulity to its furthest limits.

The narrative convenience of having zombie-gestation time vary from a few minutes to days is an insult to the intelligence. It's a lame and lazy excuse to be able to have scenes where instant zombies attack, AND one where someone gets to sit with a dead loved one overnight awaiting the change. If you're gonna create a zombie world, there should be finite rules that do not deviate according to the whim of a lazy writing team.

And a bad guy chained to something who is found to have cut off his hand to escape; yeah, the world really needs another one of those. Lazy, stupid, lazy...

For that matter, the world didn't need yet another zombie story, at least not until someone has a new, original idea. It CAN be done. I totally dug the speedy superzombies of the Dawn of the Dead remake, or whichever movie had zombies outrunning cars! THAT's a new (or at least unusual) way to tell the story.

Okay, Reader readers - what do YOU think?


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sscrompton July 10, 2011 @ 8:34 a.m.

Yeah - I'll give you the one on the coincidense thing - it was pretty "convinient" that the sheriff and his wife met up again. Overall I enjoyed it, but I have to admit I liked the first 2 or 3 episodes the best. after that it started getting a little more soap opera then I wanted, but I'll watch the next season. I heard the producer fired his writing staff and is trying for a different direction as he too apparaently didn't like the later
episodes either.

So we'll see how it develops...



Jay Allen Sanford Nov. 28, 2011 @ 1:11 a.m.

Okay, Walking Dead is (gradually) converting me - the twist at the end of tonight's Fall finale kinda blew me away. But not as much as Junior on the Cleveland Show breaking into a (quite lovely!) verse of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work"!

The new Walking Dead eps have developed the characters with very compelling storylines and scenes, giving the actors a chance to really shine. I STILL have major problems with everything about the very premise - I mean, if you need to be BIT by a flesh eating walker to become one, how come so many tens of thousands of people got BIT, but NOT EATEN?! Even/especially the child walkers - how the frack does everyone get close enough to walkers to get bit, but then get away with their hides otherwise intact???

That, and stuff like tonight's ep reinforcing that you can shoot a walker in the heart and lungs, with no effect - but walkers can supposedly SMELL live meat?! If one has no circulatory system, and doesn't need to breathe, they can't effin smell ---

That said, I'll be back in February for the new eps --


Jay Allen Sanford March 19, 2012 @ 10:25 p.m.

It's been a good season two. Especially when compared to the lumbering first season, many aspects of which I simply have to ignore if I'm to enjoy the current storyline(s).

That said, even tho I've watched every episode this season (and actually WATCHED them, as opposed to running the TV in the background while I work), I still can't make sense of some stuff.

Such as: After the Shane/Rick brawl that left Shane battling walkers from inside the bus, he appeared to use the SAME knife that he used to skewer a walker's skull to then cut his arm and draw blood to attract walkers to the bus doorway. If a mere bite turns you, shouldn't using your knife to be "blood brothers" with a walker also turn you?

SPOILER ALERT: If the dual-use knife WAS partly behind Shane going all feral and huffy-puffy BEFORE Rick shot him, days later (unstated, but possible), WTF took so long for the walker blood in his system to kick in?

And who the frak died last night?! [MORE SPOILERS] I barely remember either of the characters killed - one of the daughters had a boyfriend? Okay, he almost never had lines, so kill him. But who was the woman who got eaten? They seemed to be saying it was Herschell's wife, but I thought she was already a walker and had been living in the barn (up until the barnwalker massacre anyway).

It's as if they just wanted to kill SOMEBODY in the season finale, and pulled these hardly seen characters out of the mist, just to be walker food.

And has the black guy EVER had more than five sentences of dialogue (TOTAL!) this season? What is this, Ghostbusters????

As for the [SPOILER ALERT] CDC scientist whispering something (that we couldn't hear) in Rick's ear last season, and the reveal last night that he told Rick "Everyone's already infected," I don't believe for a moment that the writers knew WHAT CDC guy said in season one until they were mostly done with season two.

The "everybody turns when they die" angle was never so much as HINTED until just before the season two finale, when they found the two dead cops with no apparent bites. The writerS were laugh-out-loud obvious about making sure we all noticed this sudden abrupt "surprise" by repeatedly mentioning it (via character dialogue) over the last coupla eps this season.

The writers have admitted they're making things up as they go along, to keep the TV show different from the comics (which are apparently up to around 100 issues now). It sure shows when they take such sharp left turns into "where the hell did THAT come from?!"


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