Review: Show degrades, but maintains charm
The Walking Dead really is an enigma for me.
It has one of the biggest followings for any TV show out currently, reaching highs of over 16 million people watching each episode.
I am not really sure why.
I have been a watcher of The Walking Dead from the very beginning, from the very first episode, and from that time, I have seen the show go though it all, for better or for worse. And, I am sorry to say, I think the better is gone.
The Walking Dead is an entertaining show, do not get me wrong, but that is about all it is. A person can only watch so many zombies be creatively killed until scar tissue develops and it just does not pack the same punch.
Zombies aside (which really are the only thing that keeps this show so popular), you can see some of the flaws that make the show just entertaining rather than really great.
The characters of The Walking Dead make many of their choices on par with those of a teenager in a horror movie. Spent the night drinking moonshine? Better start a huge fire and run into the dark woods. See a dark tunnel and can hear zombies inside? Better go through rather than take a little longer to go around.
And, even without the stupid choices, most of the characters (other than Daryl) draw about as much sympathy as a pet snake. You may enjoy seeing it, but if it died, you might just sigh and then forget about it. The poorly drawn characters really ruin what might make a really good show someday, if the right show runner gets their hands on it.
But like a walker, I know I will keep watching The Walking Dead.
Despite all its flaws, it has a certain undeniable charm to it that always keeps me coming back.
No doubt I will see many of the problems with it and take note of them, but sometimes it is good just to try to let go and watch the zombie killing.
Just leave your brain at the door.
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