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  • Robert William McCormack
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    #231221

    Returns Sunday, October 16th at 10pm on AMC. 

     

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    Robert William McCormack
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    Episode Title: “What Lies Ahead”

    Synopsis: In the second season premiere, Rick leads the group out of Atlanta. On the highway, they are stopped by a threat unlike anything they have ever seen before. The group searches for someone who has gone missing.

    ** 90 Minute Premiere ** 

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    babypook
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    http://youtu.be/1OZ0mu8Ey6A

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    After a really terrible teaser, that episode was surprisingly not bad. More character-driven content, which is good. Less hysterically over-wrought scenes and bad acting, which is even better. The zombies themselves were entirely devoid of interest — the herding thing is new behavior, but it’s not interesting behavior — and the gory scenes just felt perfunctory. Okay, folks, we’ve got a quota of stabbings, impalings, and bludgeonings to reach and 90 minutes to fill.

    Honestly,  the whole horror aspect of the show doesn’t work very well at all. There’s only so much you can do with zombies before you’ve done it all. How many different ways can they stagger, sniff, claw, and get killed? I think we’ve already run out. Unless they evolve into flying bat zombies or something. Otherwise, we’ve pretty much hit a wall.

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    babypook
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    I’m just watching it now. I hope it’s not a disappointment. I doubt it.

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    babypook
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    After a really terrible teaser, that episode was surprisingly not bad. More character-driven content, which is good. Less hysterically over-wrought scenes and bad acting, which is even better. The zombies themselves were entirely devoid of interest — the herding thing is new behavior, but it’s not interesting behavior — and the gory scenes just felt perfunctory. Okay, folks, we’ve got a quota of stabbings, impalings, and bludgeonings to reach and 90 minutes to fill.

    Honestly,  the whole horror aspect of the show doesn’t work very well at all. There’s only so much you can do with zombies before you’ve done it all. How many different ways can they stagger, sniff, claw, and get killed? I think we’ve already run out. Unless they evolve into flying bat zombies or something. Otherwise, we’ve pretty much hit a wall.

    And what about love? War films? Westerns? They’ve been done over and over again, and many are masterworks.

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    Brilliance inmorbid
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    In order to do something with a used-up genre (and we’re gonna pretend like Zombies is its own genre) you gotta have specific perspective and some verve, some confidence and a sense of imagination. This show lacks all those things. It looks nice and it can manage a few thrilling moments. That’s the best compliment I can give it. This premiere however was pretty enjoyable premiere, atrocious dialogue/monologues and all. So long as I don’t expect it to actually be good I think I can have fun with this. It just needs not to get as bad as it was during most of season one.

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    babypook
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    I’m only a few minutes in and there’s considerable tension, for me anyways. I love being scared.

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    Robert William McCormack
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    Very strong premiere. Considerably better than most of season one. Laurie Holden is shaping up to be a true standout. 

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    Spenser Davis
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    I don’t know that saying that it is better than Season One is much of a compliment, considering how poor those first six episodes (excluding the pilot and, maybe, “Wildfire”) were. The thing I hate about the writing for the show is all the missed opportunities. There are so many chances where the situation our group is in can largely reflect some larger theme or concept without being as heavy-handed as that terrible opening monologue was. Looking back at “Wildfire,” that scene with Doctor Jenner where the camera pulls back ever-so-slowly was terrific. Why? Because it gave us a sense of something deeper, as though the writers had put some real effort into giving us a sense of that character. He knows that no one is listening to his TS-19 updates, but still he continues talking to the computer. As the camera pulls back, we get a feel for just how lonely and isolated the man feels, so that when our main characters knock on his front door, so to speak, we almost view them like the invaders or unwelcomed guests that he considers them.

    The “under the car” scene was decently executed, though I think that the banjo music in the Season 2 trailer would have been more effective there than the mediocre Bear McCreary scoring. Sophia going missing feels very artificial, very planted. I really hope that it pays off — by that I mean, it leads the characters to pose some very human questions: How long is too long? When do we give up and move on? How do we look the child’s mother in the eye and tell her our decision? How long before the mother is willing to go along with the plan? Right now, it feels like the writers are stretching out what little story they have right now. At least with Season 1, we had a constant reminder of what the next objective was: (1) Get to Atlanta. (2) Get out of Atlanta. (3) Go back to Atlanta for guns, radio, etc. (4) Go to CDC. There was never a moment where I thought, what’s the plan again? In this premiere, though, I feel like the writers are stalling.

    That being said, those final few minutes really hit on the kind of show that Walking Dead could become. The sign of the reindeer, mixed with that final gunshot, was a nice place to leave the premiere. But for an “event” that lasted an hour and a half, our characters sure didn’t get much done. I really hope the show picks up the pace. Dale and Darryl make the show worth watching, but that’s about it right now.

    B-

    Edit: That being said, I like the small moments of character development that we see — Darryl saving T-Dog (*groans at name still*), people looking at Rick as a failure, Andrea’s feeling like she isn’t being given choices — I hope we see more of that.

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    babypook
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    I’m not sure where I stand on the show right now.

    Essentially, I’m happy with the creepiness. The characters never really interested me all that much, although I like Jeffrey DeMunn.

    On the other hand, if I’m not invested in the characters who cares what happens to them?
    Still, a part of me doesnt want to see The Walking Dead become The Walking Social Commentary.

    Neutral about this opener, but will definitely watch the second eppy.

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    Tye-Grr
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    I’m not sure where I stand on the show right now.

    Essentially, I’m happy with the creepiness. The characters never really interested me all that much, although I like Jeffrey DeMunn.

    On the other hand, if I’m not invested in the characters who cares what happens to them?
    Still, a part of me doesnt want to see The Walking Dead become The Walking Social Commentary.

    Neutral about this opener, but will definitely watch the second eppy.

    This is basically how I feel. I don’t give a lick about any of these characters. I like the show, but I hope they develop the characters more.  

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    Ted Mosby
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    In order to do something with a used-up genre (and we’re gonna pretend like Zombies is its own genre) you gotta have specific perspective and some verve, some confidence and a sense of imagination. This show lacks all those things. It looks nice and it can manage a few thrilling moments. That’s the best compliment I can give it. This premiere however was pretty enjoyable premiere, atrocious dialogue/monologues and all. So long as I don’t expect it to actually be good I think I can have fun with this. It just needs not to get as bad as it was during most of season one.

     

    thats exactly what the premiere was, enjoyable. you cant expect this show to be mad men or breaking bad in terms of its acting/writing quality. if we can get a couple of tense scenes every week, some decent drama, and some blood, us as fans should be satisfied. this show shouldnt hold lofty expectations, because you’re just going to be disappointed.

     

    one doesnt go to the movies to see dawn of the dead and expect the end result to be citizen kane. like brilliance said, if you go in just expecting to have fun with, i think this show can accomplish that.

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    Tye-Grr
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    [quote=”JohhJohnson”]In order to do something with a used-up genre (and we’re gonna pretend like Zombies is its own genre) you gotta have specific perspective and some verve, some confidence and a sense of imagination. This show lacks all those things. It looks nice and it can manage a few thrilling moments. That’s the best compliment I can give it. This premiere however was pretty enjoyable premiere, atrocious dialogue/monologues and all. So long as I don’t expect it to actually be good I think I can have fun with this. It just needs not to get as bad as it was during most of season one.

     

    thats exactly what the premiere was, enjoyable. you cant expect this show to be mad men or breaking bad in terms of its acting/writing quality. if we can get a couple of tense scenes every week, some decent drama, and some blood, us as fans should be satisfied. this show shouldnt hold lofty expectations, because you’re just going to be disappointed.

     

    one doesnt go to the movies to see dawn of the dead and expect the end result to be citizen kane. like brilliance said, if you go in just expecting to have fun with, i think this show can accomplish that.

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    Well, to be honest, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ was more fun (any version). I’m a fan of zombie films and of this show as well, but I shouldn’t have to lower my standards because the show hasn’t fully delivered. That being said, I do know where the graphic novels go from here (I’ve read them) and I’m hoping that the upcoming season will be just as intense and exciting. It’s already differed a bit from the source material, but that was to be expected as with any adaptation. I just want it to be a satisfying experience.  

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    I really like what this episode was trying to do. Though I could’ve done w/o that opening voice over monologue. But the way the set up story w/the children of the group has potential.

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