One of the great things about the Internet is its ability to give readers, bloggers, critics, commenters, Facebookers and Tweeters alike a place to complain. Most of our real worlds are vastly different from our Internet worlds: The guy who sits in the cubicle next to you probably goes on about “Jersey Shore” while the woman who lives across the hall won’t shut up about “Real Housewives.” Your family members probably have never heard of “Community” or “Shameless” or “Game of Thrones” or “Justified,” so we turn to the Internet to vent. It’s harmless b*tchery, but it’s nice to be around others who have at least seen the same television shows, if not share similar opinions.
“The Walking Dead” is one of those shows many of us LOVE to complain about and for good reason: It’s slow, the acting is wooden, and the character development is poor. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop watching it. What would we have to complain about otherwise?
Our frustrations with “The Walking Dead” unite us.
AMC has released both a trailer for the second half of the second season of “The Walking Dead” and the first three-and-a-half minutes of the first episode back. If there’s one thing that both clips have going for them it’s that zombies are front-and-center, and really, that’s why most of us watch. Not to see Rick walk through the forest or Shane complain. If the story and the characters were stronger, I’d be more interested in the way the plot unfolds. But it’s not, so for me, it’s mostly about the kills. This is one show where the heavy hand of a showrunner like Ryan Murphy might actually benefit the series: He’d throw everything and everyone at the screen, and they’d all get axes in their heads in quick succession.
The zombies are not the problem with “The Walking Dead.” It’s everything else. But as long as there are others to commiserate with, I”ll watch until the bitter end.
Here’s the trailer.
Here’s the first three and a half minutes.