Hi Folks (if there are any of you still reading this site),
I’m happy to report that we’re planning on recording a new episode of The Talking Dead Podcast this week. It should be up by Saturday if all goes well, and will cover all the recent Walking Dead news, including this latest tidbit (or should I say huge development!)
Contained in Darabont’s 60-page pilot script are all the elements to make the show a success. There’s plenty of horror that happens in those 60 pages. The director’s script covers the broad range of the zombie horror emotional spectrum, such as giving us moments of extreme gore (hey, any zombie TV show wouldn’t be a zombie show if it didn’t have folks being munched on!), moments of shock value (hey, you didn’t think that there was a zombie hiding behind that car, did you?) and the moments that I believe are the best indicator that The Walking Dead TV series has what it takes to transcend the boundaries of being simply labelled a horror show, the psychological horror scenes. Those scenes are the hammers that you’re going to remember and the ones that are going to propel this show to be viewed as something more important than just a scary show.
So we’ve got “extreme gore”, “moments of shock value”, and “psychological horror scenes”. That sounds like a complete triptych of terror to me, and is very good news. Obviously these aren’t the only things that will make The Walking Dead a stellar TV series (I hope), but if we can inject great casting, believable dialogue, and strong acting I think we’ll have a winner on our hands.
Also from the review:
The Walking Dead pilot doesn’t sell out its concept for the sake of finding a wider audience. This is a show set in a world where families have died and the survivors haven’t had the time to cope with their losses, much less come to terms with civilization collapsing around them. Knowing the course that Kirkman’s comic book takes and now after seeing how Darabont’s chose to make the pilot more of a drama than a flat-out horror action show, AMC’s Walking Dead has fantastic potential. The Walking Dead could even do for horror what the new Battlestar Galactica did for science fiction. Cross your fingers and hope that the show comes together as well as it did on the page.
A comparison to Battlestar Galactica – which is arguably the best TV show in the last 10 years – is very exciting. AMC has had a lot of success with their original series so far (Breaking Bad, Mad Men), but if they can pull off something as good as BSG was we’ll all be in for a treat.
Head over to Corona Coming Attractions to read the full review.