Let me be clear. I am not a horror fan. I don’t even usually like sci-fi and fantasy that much. I couldn’t quite get into True Blood.
But suddenly I am loving things I never used to love. The Hunger Games. Game of Thrones.
And now, The Walking Dead.
I’ve had the first few eps on my iq for ages. I’d heard the buzz and wanted to see what it was all about. So I gave it a crack. And love it!
The premise: Police Officer Rick Grimes goes into a coma after an arrest gone wrong. He awakens, several weeks later, to find the world gone haywire.
Dead bodies and blood everywhere and a padlocked room with the warning “Don’t Open. Dead Inside” from behind which we see the haunting fingers poking out and the groans of a zombie crowd.
The world has been changed by a virus that has turned most of the population into zombies. And so, Rick goes on a mission to find his wife and child.
The first two eps were great. So why do I like it?
1. It’s totally believable- taking the zombie premise to the max with the promise of plenty more to come.
I love the moral ambiguities of zombie infestation, like if your wife is infected and becomes a zombie, would you/ should you put her out of her misery?
Also believable, the characters. Ethnically diverse and with an obnoxious redneck (realistic, not just a caricature), the cast is reflective of a realer America than the usual white bread horror movie casts.
2. Its funny. Zombies make me laugh. They’re clumsy and apart from being so undead, they’re quite comedic.
3. At the same time it’s rivetingly scary.
I am completely hooked and very happy to have found a TV show that I like.
If you want to get on board, it looks like Foxtel are running a bit of a catch up marathon this Sunday the 18th March. On fX (where the fashion channel used to be).
Watch it. If you dare 😉