The Walking Dead

I’ve seen all of the 13 episodes of the second series of The Walking Dead. Spoiler Alert

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

(Copplestone Future War Zombies)
Based on the cartoon series of the same name, this is a high quality programme full of surprises and thoughful characterisation.

The group lead by Rick Grimes, manages to avoid a herd of Zombies (for those observing Zombie herds, just go down to your local shopping centre and watch them, especially when they grind to a halt and gaze around disconsolately RIGHT IN THE DOORWAY of every shop blocking your access).

(GW Necromunda Zombies)
However, one of the kids (and it is always kids) runs for it and gets lost in the woods. Surprisingly, experienced Police Officers (Rick & Shane) fail to organise a coherent search. More insanity continues as the group splits up and does the inevitable “let’s go for a walk in the woods on our own and/or unarmed”. Ok, in between that there are some really sensible moves like keeping look outs posted and injured people back at ‘camp’. Then after the inevitable ‘accident’ they hook up with weirdo Herschel and his group.

Now in most games I play you have to be prepared for Zombies. Byakhees Rich and Jim, plus Glenda and friends are all going to a Zombie Boot Camp, so I’ll guess I’ll get my come uppance.

(GW WHFB Zombies)

I mean does this look like a defensible house to you ?

Wooden, with wide bay windows all round. The only good thing is that it has a wide and open range of fire from those windows. Pity Herschel’s lot didn’t bother to tool up with any guns nor mount a watch.

Talking of tools, the biggest tool in the series is Lorri, Rick’s wife.

Yes, the most stupid character in the series (No offence to the actress). You can forgive her for shacking up with Rick’s best mate Shane when everyone thinks Rick’s dead. But hen when he turns up she doesn’t confess to anything causing problems:

(a) In their personal relationship;
(b) In the group.

Ok, so everyone keeps stumm for a bit. Even Dale who finds Shane aiming a gun at Rick’s back. Ok, mistakes are made and if I were Rick, I’d forgive her if they’d come clean ASAP. A harmonius group ? In the middle of the Zombie Apocalypse. Hmm possibly something you could get away with…

Then Lori goes on to:
(a) Continue to NOT mention that relationship even as Shane and Rick butt heads;
(b) Finds she is pregnant, but not tell anyone other than dropping Glenn in it, a medical condition that threatens the entire group;
(c) Not tell Rick she is pregnant threatening their relationship;
(d) Repeatedly confuse Shane as to her feelings;
(e) Let Carl go off with Shane and Rick into Walker infested woods;
(f) Hare off into the night to get Rick, poorly armed (a pistol lying loose on the passenger seat), with no idea of where she is going, on her own without telling anyone, and try to read a map whilst driving;
(g) Not notice Carl has again wandered off into Walker infested woods, on his own, at night when Rick, Shane, Daryl & Glenn are all hunting an escaped prisoner…
(h) Get all huffy when Rick admits he shot Shane, and that Carl subsequently shot Shane when he came back as a Walker…

I guess I wasn’t the only one who thought this character was terminally stupid and a liability for the entire group.

I’ll have to do a list of film / Tv characters that DESERVE TO DIE soon, as Lori is up there with Tom Cruise’s family in War of the Worlds as the ones that provoked a foul mouthed tirade at the screen whilst watching this programme.

Lori aside, The Walking Dead is an excellent series, I have both sets of DVDs and whole heartedly look forward to Series 3 of this programme – its pushing the boundaries of otherwise insipid TV programming.

In the meantime, give your local Zombie a hug !

One Response to The Walking Dead

  1. Byakhee Rich says:

    As it happens, I finally watched the last episode a couple of days ago. I also find Lori annoying, although every character is flawed and have their own moments of crisis and failure. I slightly worry that her sudden mood swings are down to a drop in editorial / writing quality rather than her on-screen persona, which would be a shame because the two seasons so far have been excellent. Not massively original but it does exactly what it promises and it does it well.

    There are only a few don’t miss TV shows around at the moment. Watch this. Watch Game of Thrones (read the books AFTER watching the show to avoid spoiling some of the surprises). And then watch The Killing and The Bridge (yes, the original Danish / Swedish versions, of course).

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