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Old November 1 2010, 05:54 PM   #46
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The father and son were the best emotional beats of the pilot, with the cop putting down half-zombie lady in second.
"I'm sorry this happened to you."

Very touching in a weird way.
What was the sense of him walking though the park looking for half zombie lady to put her down. I wonder if he knew the zombie lady before (mother? relative? )and just did not want her to suffer?

Also it was not to smart for Lennie James's character to start shooting zombies just to hope his wife would come and he could shoot her. Now he will have a shitload of zombies all over the house, lets hope all the boards hold up!! Not a smart move if your trying to protect your kid.
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Old November 1 2010, 05:57 PM   #47
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The whole "don't shoot unless you mean it" line made me wonder if on this show the kid will have to put down his own father, if we even see them again.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:05 PM   #48
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The hospital scene did remind me of 28 Days Later, but the overall tone of the show was considerably different. Someone said that The Walking Dead doesn't do anything different than most zombie movies, but I have to disagree: I felt like it had a lot of emotionality that I found lacking in some zombie films like the original Dawn of the Dead (and funnily enough, the remake - which I prefer- came on before the pilot did).

The scene where Lennie James' character tries to kill his wife but cannot juxtaposed against Rick finding the amputee zombie was really emotionally affecting- I think unlike a lot of zombie films you actually felt sympathetic toward these zombies and you get the sense that this was something that happened to them. It was moving and I think the investment in these characters over a course of time is going to make this show really special and unique compared to most zombie stories.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:08 PM   #49
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I was intrigued by the apparent intelligence of the zombies compared to what I'm used to seeing. The Wife Zombie coming up to the house and trying to open the door was very chilling.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:14 PM   #50
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I was intrigued by the apparent intelligence of the zombies compared to what I'm used to seeing. The Wife Zombie coming up to the house and trying to open the door was very chilling.
I agree. That along with the little girl picking up the teddy bear makes me think these zombies still have a shred of intelligence or some familiarity with what they used to know.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:34 PM   #51
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Zombie show delivers. I was impressed with the production values and the storytelling. I thought the slow reveal at the beginning was very effective. I liked the tank scene (first time I've seen zombies eat a horse) and the "cliffhanger". "Hey dumbass, yeah you in the tank, are you cozy?" I thought legless zombie woman in the park was creepy as hell and it was a nice touch to have the main character come back and put her out of her misery later.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:38 PM   #52
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Well that was great! Looks like I finally have an American show to look forward to again (at least for five more weeks).

I could deal with the legless zombie woman. But her growl just creeped me the hell out and made it hard to rewatch that scene.

I'd like to give the writers props for at least making some attempt at realism.

* Getting shot, even if you're wearing a bulletproof vest, still hurts enough to disable you temporarily.

* Heads are tougher than melons. It'll take several good hits before you do any damage.

* Firing a pistol in an enclosed space is a BAD thing.


Okay, maybe I've been playing too many video games, but did anyone else notice the barely audible XBox 'Achievement Unlocked' sound right after our hero head shots the deputy through the fence?

As for how he survived in the hospital, its entirely possible some brave nurse stayed behind as long as they could to care for the coma patients, and finally had to bug out (the eaten corpse in the hallway maybe?). Someone obviously shut his door and pushed a gurney up against it.

The stopped clock: I figured the hospital was on emergency backup generators and they hadn't bothered hooking the wall clocks up to it.

And I guess the producers didn't have the budget for Black hawks.

Oh and btw, for the person who complained about the hatch under the Abrams, that was actually a British Chieftain tank.

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I agree. That along with the little girl picking up the teddy bear makes me think these zombies still have a shred of intelligence or some familiarity with what they used to know.
A tip-o-the-hat to the classic Romero zombies?
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Old November 1 2010, 06:56 PM   #53
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I read the first three issues and I think it's pretty faithful.
Hell yes it was.

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I wonder how much time had transpired.
One month in the comics.

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So, did the kiss between the partner and the wife just happen because of the stress of the situation and them thinking he was dead--or were they carrying on before?


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I hope Lennie James shows up again--he was great in tonight's episode.
(This is a very minor spoiler.)
I'm not caught up entirely on the comics at this point, but apparently (this is a major spoiler)


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I did roll my eyes with the whole love triangle angle.. Do we need such agnst so early? I haven't read the graphic series, but I'm assuming it's also an element there?
It is. If you think that was bad, just wait


All in all, as a big fan of the comics (as you might be able to tell from all of my "in the comics" spoiler tags...), I loved this premiere. It was very faithful and very well-done. The tank bit was a nice addition that wasn't in the comics. The best addition was certainly the extended time Rick spent with Morgan and Duane, especially Morgan's inability to shoot his zombie wife. Andrew Lincoln is a perfect Rick Grimes.

If anyone's interested, you can read the first full issue #1 of Robert Kirkman's series here.
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Old November 1 2010, 07:37 PM   #54
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Oh and btw, for the person who complained about the hatch under the Abrams, that was actually a British Chieftain tank.
Thanks. I didn't know the type, though I knew it wasn't an Abrams, M-60 or any COMBLOC tank. However, I did think it was meant to stand in for an Abrams in which case the scene would still make no sense if the Abrams does indeed have no escape hatch. Does it? I honestly don't know, but I thought I had read somewhere that it doesn't. In any case those are just the little things that take me out of a show or movie, yes its anal of me YMMV.
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Old November 1 2010, 07:45 PM   #55
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That scene was the only one that I thought was weird. Not because there was a hatch, but because of how the scene played. One second he is apologizing to his wife and son and pointing a gun to his head, and the next he is safe and sound inside the tank. I think I needed a second in between where we see him go "Oh hey, a hatch!"
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Old November 1 2010, 07:50 PM   #56
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There was a second. He looks up right after he points the gun to his head. It was about a second.
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Old November 1 2010, 07:56 PM   #57
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Okay, maybe I needed two seconds.
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Old November 1 2010, 07:59 PM   #58
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^ Good thing you weren't Rick in that situation, then, eh? Needing an extra second might've gotten you bit!
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Old November 1 2010, 08:02 PM   #59
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As a viewer, I just found it awkward. It made it look like he was apologizing to his wife for going in the hatch. I may have blinked and missed the part where he noticed the hatch, because to me it looked like going inside was his plan all along.
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Old November 1 2010, 08:34 PM   #60
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ratings are in:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/blo...-ratings-34098

AMC's The Walking Dead premiere ratings are enormous: The 90-minute Halloween night debut delivered 5.3 million viewers and 3.6 million adults 18-49.
That's the largest demo audience for any series premiere on any cable network this year.
It's also the highest numbers for any series in AMC's history.
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