Just got around to watching it this morning.
Slow going until Lennie James shows up. Of course, everything gets better with Lennie James. Then again, has Lennie James been typecast into being the last adult black male alive (see Jericho)?
I loved the final five minutes. That last bit with the guy on the radio calling our hero a dumbass was great.
Originally Posted by qz3fwd
I enjoyed the pilot and will watch more, but the end scene with the horse dismemberment was disturbing to me. I dont care if they show a human being torn apart as this is expected, but not animals-go figure.
I suspect that was a very conscious choice by the writers and producers. It was their way of getting past the basic disconnect we have from seeing human killed in zombie stories and getting down the horror of watching these zombies destroy something beautiful.
The horse was set up well, too. They take enough time to characterize the horse's relationship with the Deputy. They set up a series of great shots where the horse exists to mock the rapid breakdown of motorized society. So, you're thinking, "Hey, I like this horse. I can't wait to hear what his backstory is." And then -- BAM -- oh, **** zombies run run more zombies oh **** ah . . . dead horse . . . delicious horse . . . crap, now I'm hiding in a tank.
It was a good way to cut down to awfulness of the main character's predicament. And then, just as that sets in, we hear the radio. Queue next episode.