For a start, Episode 1 has already done a great deal more development of it’s characters than the comic had ever wasted time on. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, secret lover of Keira Knightley in Love, Actually and a Brit!) is more than just an affable nice guy. In comic form, Rick needs taken down a peg or two. His character suffers from perfect hero syndrome. He just happens to be a cop, have access to guns, a stellar set of morals, loves his family and is a natural leader. Oh, of course. Seeing the handful of lines and adjustments Darabont and Co. have already made to the faithful adaptation, I bet that we’ll see the series veer farther and farther away from the expected course. After all, what surprises can a TV show give us if we can read them all in a years old comic book? The horror that lies in a zombie holocaust is not in cheap zombie scares but in establishing a new reality for the characters in which they are the outnumbered outcasts. It’s a formula established so well in Matheson’s original novel I Am Legend that has yet to be realized on the large or small screen. Hopefully with years (or am I being openly optimistic?) of this series ahead, we’ll get to a new place in the zombie genre… a next stage. Acceptance, and perhaps even rebuilding.
So George A. Romero needs to stop making bad movies. In this latest catastrophe he takes elements from “The Boondock Saints,” “Land of the Dead,” and old mafia movies to create “Survival of the Dead.” As a big time “Dawn of the Dead” (original) fan I have always been sad to see Romero slowly go [...]