One of the things that I have clearly learned from my attempt at posting every day in November is that I am not very good at doing things every day. I may have already known that, but now I’m certain. I need to set an alarm or something. On three separate devices. Sometimes, I’m amazed I get anything done at all.
Right now, I’m watching the Walking Dead. I’m going to tell you straight, I don’t love it. I find most of the characters don’t act in a consistent fashion and the story lines are contrived or convoluted. However, it’s zombies, and it’s not terrible, so we are going to keep watching. I like Daryl and Michonne enough. My partner read the comic books.
At the moment, I’m generally annoyed that we are treating the television show like a comic book series and focusing only on individual character groups for entire episodes without moving the general story ahead at all. When I’m reading a graphic novel, this is all fine and dandy, but in a show, I really need at least some back and forth to remind me of what’s happening overall. I have this problem with Game of Thrones sometimes as well.
Still, we will continue to watch The Walking Dead because we are zombie people. In fact, some of the first movies I watched with my partner when we started dating were Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. We actually have a whole shelf of zombie movies. I think my favorite is still Shaun of the Dead. However, I really enjoy the implications on society and zombie physiology presented in Day of the Dead (although it is in general a poorly done movie) and Land of the Dead. Really, we are a mostly George Romero zombie household, but can you blame us?
We do also include “infected” style zombie movies, including 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, as part of our zombie collection. I don’t like these as much as classic slow zombie movies, but they are still interesting enough. I generally hate Resident Evil movies, but those have gone so far outside the typically zombie movie that it’s hard to classify them in that specific genre.
So, I keep watching The Walking Dead, because they do have some great episodes, and I’m still a little bit obsessed with the idea of a post-zombie-apocalypse world. At least the seasons usually start and end well. Now, I just need to survive this middle nonsense!