Opinion Box, The Couch Potato

(2)8 Days Later…Zombies!

See what I did there? It’s a movie reference for me not posting for 8 days ..  *pause for reaction*  Ok, it wasn’t that good. But the 28 days later thing isn’t coincidental, because if you think in bubbles like I do, it obviously makes you think of zombies. And what’s new in the world of zombies ? Why, a beefy portion of The Walking Dead, season II, of course.

Yeah, you better run!

If you’re not familiar with the series let me clue you in really quick: The series is based on one of the most successful and popular comic books of all time written by Robert Kirkman  (and if you’re reading this blog, you’re into comicbooks, I can tell). The Walking Dead  is in its second season and manages to capture a reality (behind the fiction) of  an ongoing human drama at the dawn of a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who are traveling in search of a safe and secure area. Although yes, it might be classified as an acquired taste for some (hopefully not by the readers of this blog), the series is a must watch for all the right reasons. And if having heavy-weight director Frank Darabont (The Mist, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) on board for the first season does not get you on that couch, then I dunno what else could.

But my 28 Days Later analogy falls into place yet again. Remember how Jim (Cillian Murphy) wakes up all alone in a hospital after a long coma? Only to find himself wandering about the streets of London thinking he’s the last one alive? (which is not entirely untrue..) This is, of course, also the opening scene in the first episode of The Walking Dead, and there have been many a voices who accused it for ‘stealing’ from the 2002 blockbuster. This couldn’t be further from the truth as the graphic novels have been around long before 28 Days Later started taking shape in Alex Garland’s notebooks. Safe to say that, contrary to popular belief, the chicken did indeed come before the egg in this case..  And since these guys already ticked all the Ts and dotted all the Is on this argument here and here, that’s pretty much all I have to say about that.

Treading carefully onto this year’s second season now, and trying to avoid any possible spoilers, things are about to get bigger as the plot line promises to become fragmented. I would also advise against having your dinner or snacks in the company of this first 90min episode, for the obvious reasons.. but also for more that just zombie head-shots. The traveling bunch is far from finding save haven and tensions are becoming more and more visible among everyone in the group; and who could blame them? With the RV breaking down, constant roadblocks, lack of food and water and of course.. with “Walkers” now said to be traveling in herds much like cattle in search for greener pastures.

Pictured: Greener Pastures

The 90 minutes worth of second season was exhilarating. With some characters evolving more than others. One that particularly stood out for me was Daryl Dixon, who, in the first series I was quick to disregard as the ignorant red-neck dude who is most likely going to get killed and ripped apart by walkers, because he would deserve it. Well, that is just NOT Daryl. This episode reveals him as an excellent tracker and a skillful individual, eager to step out of his brother’s shadow and become almost indispensable to the rest of the group. That’s not the case of Andrea, however, who is increasingly more annoying with each episode, and not to mention suicidal. Again I was initially mislead to believe she was the strong one that would knock sense into the rest when needed. Turns out I was oh so very wrong… That woman better get her act together, and fast.

On that note I leave you with a quick story and character re-cap, in the hopes that you will tune into this as well. If you already are, you will at least enjoy a pretty slideshow right?

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