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post #151 of 6194
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Interesting... so they must have tweaked a few things already... because going to Atlanta via I-85 from Kentucky would be going the long way around!

There's a few places in the eastern tip of Kentucky where 85 wouldn't be too far of a stretch to come from, especially if coming down & getting on it in another state. Most of Kentucky would however be ridiculous to try to go that way.
post #152 of 6194
I just got around to watching the premiere as well and I really enjoyed it. I was surprised by - and thoroughly enjoyed - the deliberate pacing of the show. AMC seems very willing to go with series that have a slower pace (Mad Men, Rubicon, etc). I know it may not be the most popular decision among the masses, but I find it to be superbly appealing when done correctly. We'll see if this continues throughout this series, but the pacing really worked for me and really allowed the viewer to experience the emotions and confusion of the lead character. I was truly surprised by how much I enjoyed this....
post #153 of 6194
I think the reason for choosing Atlanta was that it was supposedly a military-protected safe haven. It would make sense that the military would do what it could to protect the CDC in a situation like this. First of all, the CDC would be at the forefront of finding a cure for whatever is causing the epidemic. Secondly, there's some really nasty stuff in storage at the CDC that would probably be worth keeping safe.

I assume the military wouldn't spread its resources in this situation and try to protect every metropolitan area. If that's the case, Atlanta seems like a logical choice. So I don't find it too odd that he may have bypassed a closer big city in order to get to Atlanta.
post #154 of 6194
Really enjoyed the first episode. (Certainly more than last year's incomprehensible remake of The Prisoner.) Like some others, this seems perfect for a short closed-end miniseries right now, so it will be interesting to see how the plotline unfolds to allow for multiple seasons. I sorta' want to read the graphic novels now, but want to be surprised by the TV series more. Kind of the reverse of how I experienced Watchmen.
post #155 of 6194
Finally got around to watching this last night. Fantastic! So glad the pilot was 1 1/2 hours. Thought is was outstanding on it's own...and on it's own much better than quite a few zombie movies. Can't wait for next week's episode.
post #156 of 6194
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Really enjoyed the first episode. (Certainly more than last year's incomprehensible remake of The Prisoner.) Like some others, this seems perfect for a short closed-end miniseries right now, so it will be interesting to see how the plotline unfolds to allow for multiple seasons. I sorta' want to read the graphic novels now, but want to be surprised by the TV series more. Kind of the reverse of how I experienced Watchmen.

The thing is, there is a lot there. Walking Dead is up to what, 80 something issues. I've only read maybe the first 17 or 18 and there is a lot going on.

The difference between The Walking Dead and other zombie material is that this is intense character-focused drama. This "new" world is simply the backdrop for the drama and survival of the characters. It's not just like the typical zombie movie which might be focused on how a small group of characters escape and that's it.

The show can last as long as any other good drama on TV. Probably why it got picked up for Season 2 before even the pilot aired.
post #157 of 6194
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...d3ecc55ac63583

I just found this map of the locations of the story. Looks like there are some SPOILERS here so view at your own risk. Should clarify the locations for some of you though.
post #158 of 6194
From what I gather, the comic follows the genre more like the first Romero movie did...

The story is really about the people, and not the Zombies. The Zombies are the mechanism/tool for telling the story about the surviving people.

That's essential for good storytelling. A lot of Zombie movies get it wrong by focusing on the Zombies or blood/guts and thinking that is what audiences like... and while flash is good... ultimately it is short-lived (to use a Zombie pun).

The long-lasting stuff is about the characters and the Zombie or space-alien or vampire or whatever genre is simply the mechanism and backdrop.
post #159 of 6194
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Not as dramatically powerful as the first one but still thrilling and gutsy stuff. Literally this episode too.

While I did like the time they took to go through the wallet of the guy they used for body parts I did laugh when they said he was an organ donor. I don't know if that was intentionally supposed to be funny but since none of the characters gave a smirk I guess it wasn't. That undercut what I expect they thought was a powerful and meaningful moment. Maybe that was just me.

This episode also went someway to explain why they don't eat each other that came up a couple of pages back and I can't say I've seen an entrails disguise used very often on TV. The rain seemed a bit too potent though, since it didn't seem to wash much off their clothes and wasn't very heavy by Southern standards anyway. Wouldn't rain actually make detection by scent more difficult?
post #160 of 6194
the HD was a bit disappointing in this episode...seemed really grainy in certain parts...are they filming using HD cameras?

Episode 1 was better but this had its moments with the zombie guts and the racist guy on the roof...seems obvious that he will escape using something from the toolbox that was knocked over

were Lori and Shane having an affair before the zombie apocalypse?...they seem way too intimate for this to be a sudden thing
post #161 of 6194
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the HD was a bit disappointing in this episode...seemed really grainy in certain parts...are they filming using HD cameras?

It wasn't just me then. They are filming this on Super16 I think, but the quality looked a lot worse than it did in the pilot. Dull and lacking in detail.

Even though there were lots of shots of the Dodge Challenger this week I couldn't call it product placement if that was it's intent because the PQ wasn't sharp enough to make out the Dodge badge on the hood or the Challenger name on the grill.
post #162 of 6194
Still liking it but this was definately a step back from the pilot.
post #163 of 6194
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Originally Posted by TitusTroy View Post

the HD was a bit disappointing in this episode...seemed really grainy in certain parts...are they filming using HD cameras?

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It wasn't just me then. They are filming this on Super16 I think, but the quality looked a lot worse than it did in the pilot. Dull and lacking in detail.

Even though there were lots of shots of the Dodge Challenger this week I couldn't call it product placement if that was it's intent because the PQ wasn't sharp enough to make out the Dodge badge on the hood or the Challenger name on the grill.

It was definitely worse, as if they used an entirely different image capture method. At least I know now it wasn't only Comcast's compression that was causing it. It reminds me of some of the lousy image quality I would see from TNT's The Closer on occasion.
post #164 of 6194
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It was definitely worse, as if they used an entirely different image capture method. At least I know now it wasn't only Comcast's compression that was causing it. It reminds me of some of the lousy image quality I would see from TNT's The Closer on occasion.

I didn't see any compression noise - which was always the problem for me on TNT - but the PQ was nowhere near as sharp or clear as The Closer usually is. I'm going to put the blame for this on the film used for Dead, because this reminded of Burn Notice on a good day - which isn't really that good in any respect.
post #165 of 6194
I wonder if they were doing post-production work to make the weather/sky fit the plot and that was the reason for the extra grain in places.
post #166 of 6194
I expect some unreasonable scenes in this show, but the woman who was reluctant to take the jewelry from the store was ridiculous. Do they really expect the viewers to believe her, given the state that humanity is in? That was just silly.
post #167 of 6194
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I didn't see any compression noise - which was always the problem for me on TNT - but the PQ was nowhere near as sharp or clear as The Closer usually is. I'm going to put the blame for this on the film used for Dead, because this reminded of Burn Notice on a good day - which isn't really that good in any respect.

Yes, The closer is usually very sharp, but once in awhile, and I have no idea why, it can be terrible. I suspect that something has gone amiss with TNT and their transmission scheme on those occasions.

The likeness to the quality of Burn Notice is spot on, and as noted, that show is one of the very worst HD images on TV.
post #168 of 6194
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I expect some unreasonable scenes in this show, but the woman who was reluctant to take the jewelry from the store was ridiculous. Do they really expect the viewers to believe her, given the state that humanity is in? That was just silly.

As we have no reference for her character at all up to this point I didn't think that was out of place. If anything it might have been something to set up her character in a quick scene - that of someone who is still attempting to live by the rules of civilized society despite the chaos.

Or she might just be afraid of cops.

There are always people who cling to old ideologies even in extreme circumstances.

However I reserve the right to not defend that scene and agree with you if next week she's just anarchy incarnate with no regard for law or humanity.
post #169 of 6194
I really like this show, it feels as "realistic" as any Zombie show could.

The characters come off as real people and the Zombie threat creates a constant dramatic tension.

Its also cool that bigger moral/social issues are starting to play a role in the story.
post #170 of 6194
Another good episode. Good to see tough guy "Rowdy" from Top Car, hope we see him again, before the Walkers do.. The Zombies keep reminding me of the ones in "I am Legend", they didn't eat each other either, but they sure moved faster and quicker..With Walking Dead and Nucky on Sunday night, we win...
post #171 of 6194
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Still liking it but this was definately a step back from the pilot.

I think that the pilot was awesome, the second episode crap.

R
post #172 of 6194
Good second episode. The pq. was down but this show is not about eye candy any ways. I liked the "organ doner" comment and the traditional zombie elements of needing to escape a besieged building. I don't like the inconsistent speed and athletic ability of the zombies. For the most part they are the slow zombie unless the plot needs them to be able to jump on a tank, or violently crash rocks into a building or put special pressure on scene...
post #173 of 6194
Second episode was good, but there were a lot of small inconsistencies, macguffins, ect.

I'm really hoping this isn't turning into COD zombies, where every freaking gun shot turns into a headshot. The first episode had it's fair share, but this one was just ridiculous. (sprinting down a road and alley, 16 bullets, 16 headshots?)

There also seems to be a difference from the main casts acting ability, and those who will probably not make it past a few episodes. Some of the acting was spotty with the lesser supporting characters.
post #174 of 6194
TV Notes
AMC Renews 'Walking Dead' For Season 2
By Deadline.com/Press Release - November 8th, 2010

(New York, NY - November 8, 2010) AMC announced today the renewal of The Walking Dead for a 13-episode second season. Since debuting Sunday, October 31, The Walking Dead has broken ratings records, with the series reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable television.

Today's announcement also includes Fox International Channels' (FIC) global renewal for a second season, following record-breaking premiere ratings in 120 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. The Walking Dead was the highest-rated original series premiere ever to air on FIC simultaneously worldwide.

The Dead' has spread! said Charlie Collier, President, AMC. No other cable series has ever attracted as many Adults 18-49 as The Walking Dead.' This reaffirms viewers' hunger for premium television on basic cable. We are so proud to be bringing back The Walking Dead' again, across the globe.

Ratings Highlights for The Walking Dead - Episode 2, which premiered on AMC Sunday, 11/7:
10pm airing - 3.1 HH rating with over 4.7 million viewers;
Adults 18-49 - 3.3 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 - 2.8 million viewers;
Men 18-49 - 2.1 million viewers.

Ratings Highlights for the The Walking Dead - Episode 1, which premiered on AMC Sunday, 10/31:
10pm airing - 3.7 HH rating with over 5.3 million total viewers;
Adults 18-49 - 3.6 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 - 3.1 million viewers;
Men 18-49 - 2.0 million viewers.

I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one, said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming. The Walking Dead' is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if not more. Kudos to AMC!

AMC's The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Kirkman serves as an executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert from Circle of Confusion and Charles Chic Eglee (Dexter, The Shield, Dark Angel) serve as Executive Producers.

The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing survival than the zombies that roam the country. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow willing to do anything to survive.

Shot on location in Atlanta, The Walking Dead is led by a cast that includes Lincoln (Teachers, Love Actually) as Rick Grimes, Jon Bernthal (The Pacific, The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (The Shield, Stephen King's The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King's The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Steven Yeun (The Big Bang Theory) as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes.

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/amc-...-for-season-2/
post #175 of 6194
I noticed the graininess too. IMDB says Super 16. I noticed an improvement in "Burn Notice" cinematography this season but the IMDB tech specs are dated 2007. Someone on a forum I read mentioned "new camera". HD cameras these days can be really good. Some of the footage I've seen from Red cameras have been spectacular and hard if not impossible to tell from between 35mm film.
post #176 of 6194
not sure how they can stretch this into season 2 ?

i will never watch the likes of Lost or Heros again and never start watching shows lke The Event with too many answers and no end in sight

if Walking dead looks like it is going that route i will bail
post #177 of 6194
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not sure how they can stretch this into season 2 ?

The source material is now at issue #78 in the long running series of comics. The television show is diverging from the storyline a bit, but chronologically they're getting toward the end of issue #2. So they've got a lot of material still left to draw on for season 2 and beyond. Besides, there are only six episodes in season 1, and season 2 got bumped up to 13. There's a long way to go, and if the television series is anything like the comics, there are a lot of excellent stories to look forward to in the coming years.
post #178 of 6194
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not sure how they can stretch this into season 2 ?

i will never watch the likes of Lost or Heros again and never start watching shows lke The Event with too many answers and no end in sight

if Walking dead looks like it is going that route i will bail

Good first two weeks and a great genre. I hope they do not take the Heroes/Lost route as well. They need to have real resolution and payoff each week or I will lose interest as well.
post #179 of 6194
Love this series so far. The second episode on AMCHD was pretty damn grainy, however. Nice to hear there is a graphic novel series...might need to nab the first few to see how good they are. And by God, Rowdy Burns is in it. It doesn't get any better than that. He's going to need some Goody's powder once those walkers bust through that roof access door.
post #180 of 6194
I think that pickup may seal the fate of Rubicon.
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