Originally Posted by Reality
You will find that most younger users prefer gore and violence in movies and shows that are similar to The Walking Dead. Story lines are really optional to that demographic unless it includes the gore and violence, but then it is treated only as a bonus to the show.
Understand I am not speaking insultingly toward those who prefer gore and violence, just explaining that there is a difference in tastes. I normally never like zombie movies/shows, but I do like post-apocalyptic movies and shows with a solid story line.
People who hear about TWD tend to stereotype it as yet-another-hack-and-slash zombiefest. TWD is great because it puts the audience through a what-if scenario of a post apocalyptic event. It relates the psychological and physically draining realities of living and surviving in an environment outside of our normal every day comfort zone.
[View Full Quote]Older people who have likely experienced mini-events through natural disasters where life changed abruptly before returning to normal realize that life could change without warning. Watching shows like the TWD gives you a chance to see how people "might" react and examples of what they may deal with that could be applied to apocalyptic events that go well beyond a "zombie" apocalypse.
While a lot of what you say is true, my problem with the show IS the storyline. It's not very good. There is a lot of plot induced stupidity, and a lot of the acting (whether the actors fault, or the scripts) is really shoddy ESPECIALLY in season 2. I like Post-apocalyptic and zombie stuff, but there is really nothing significant about this show that we have not seen 100 times in zombie movies.
A clipping from a review about the use of random nobody characters of fodder that I found amusing.
It's like this: Have you ever come home after a hard day at work, and the first thing you do is to gather up everything you could possibly need -- phone, laptop, remote, beer, Hot Pockets, Kleenex, bail cash -- and put it all by the couch, just so you won't have to get up for the next few hours? Well, that's what the writers of The Walking Dead did, right at the start of both seasons. They carefully collected and arranged their Red Shirts within easy reach, so that they could lazily punctuate a scene with a meaningless death whenever they needed it. Have to build some tension in a hurry? Throw a handful of nameless campsite folks to the zombie hordes. Just realized the fishing episode was mind-numbingly boring? Hurl one of the racist caricatures to the undead. Not sure how to write a compelling chase scene? Start whipping Hershel's anonymous family members at the undead like batteries at a riot cop.
The show is full of incredibly lazy writing. It makes it hard to watch.