Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things …
Oh, and did I mention zombies? Yeah, I really (REALLY) like the living dead. Theoretically anyway. I feel like if (when) there was (is) a zombie apocalypse, I might not like them so much. Maybe.
Luckily for me, zombies are currently shuffling through pop culture and making my life. In particular, the TV series The Walking Dead, that has just started screening in New Zealand on Wednesdays, 9.30pm on TV2. The pilot episode aired this week (Did you catch it? If not, you can watch on tvnzondemand here) and, guys, it’s so cool it hurts. I may or may not have got excitable and already watched all six episodes, but it is this 90minute masterpiece that stands out. The series is directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) and his film experience is deliciously palpable in the feature-length first episode.
The Walking Dead is based around Officer Rick (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually) who throws down a really brilliant performance, bringing sincerity and depth to our protagonist (I’m, um, a little bit in love with him). I did feel that the remainder of the first series should have spent more time developing the supporting cast, but in only six episodes there is a solid base of characters you will be heavily invested in. Along with Rick, there’s the seedy Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Rick’s wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) who you will HATE in the first few episodes, but Lori in particular has a very interesting trajectory ahead of her. In addition, I’m super into the characters of Glenn (Steven Yeun), who is all badass-pizza-boy-turned-zombie-evader-extraordinaire, and Daryl (Norman Reedus), whose red-neck hick of a brother, Merle (Michael Rooker), is shaping up to be the villain of season two. Well, you know, other than the zombies.
And, goshdarnit if those zombies aren’t the sweetest zombies on television, like, ever. I genuinely don’t think it’s possible for there to be enough zombies for my liking, but the pilot of this series comes pretty damn close. The makeup is done by Greg Nicotero and he has very deservedly been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special. They’re two-fifths revolting and three-fifths creepy and I’m very seriously considering getting excited about Halloween just so I can dress up as one.
The TV series is based upon a monthly black-and-white American comic series created by Robert Kirkman that began in 2003. I’ve marked these for summer reading and I can’t wait, if anyone has already got into them I’d love to hear about what you think of the comic compared to the show. I’m also hanging out for late October, when season 2 will begin to air in the US (still unsure when it will be shown in NZ). As of a few days ago, Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner, but in the end this might not be a bad thing as he has kick started a truly brilliant and innovative addition to television and can now hand over the reins to someone experienced in the gruelling process that is producing a hyped, 12-episode, second series. Because expectations are HIGH for this one, The Walking Dead, gives me and its other fans hope that good taste isn’t dead. Please don’t let it be!
The trailer for the first episode is here:
… and, in case you don’t remember, this is Officer Rick in Love Actually … I mean, he really needs a hug and my love. Right?
Have a good weekend!
Love Claire x