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Season five of The Walking Dead starts in two weeks, and the Internet is getting excited [NSFW]: posted by Room 641-A (29 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
I have a strange relationship with this show. The first season was fantastic, and since then it's been a hodgepodge of the worst and best of TV. The episode centering on the tragic little girls last season was absolutely devastating, but then it will be book ended with the most exploitative, trite, melodramatic bullshit.

It's like that genius kid who ends up working dead-end jobs because he can't seem to care about anything. They have the potential to make incredible things, but seem to phone it in more than half the time.
posted by lattiboy at 9:10 AM on September 26, 2014 [8 favorites]


Did anybody else see that "human burgers" thing that was making the rounds? Why would people make human-tasting burgers? I mean I understand why I just mean whhhhhhyyyyy
posted by angrycat at 9:12 AM on September 26, 2014


You can't handle the flow, son.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:35 AM on September 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


My favorite Walking Dead one of these is still "A woman thug stole my banjo". Mrs. Example and I once used it as our pub quiz team name. (We didn't win. A woman thug stole our victory.)
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 10:03 AM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


CORAL!!!!
posted by Windopaene at 10:17 AM on September 26, 2014 [7 favorites]


Where's Carl? Has anyone seen Carl?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 11:04 AM on September 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


It's like that genius kid who ends up working dead-end jobs because he can't seem to care about anything. They have the potential to make incredible things, but seem to phone it in more than half the time.

To paraphrase something I said on FanFare: if you want to feel way better about The Walking Dead, try watching The Strain.
posted by FelliniBlank at 11:15 AM on September 26, 2014 [6 favorites]


To paraphrase something I said on FanFare: if you want to feel way better about The Walking Dead, try watching The Strain.

Or Z Nation - I lasted all of ten minutes during the pilot of that one.

(The Walking Dead is frequently horrible, but when they're on, they're on. I'm still impressed that they came up with an excuse for it to rain zombies.)
posted by mordax at 11:20 AM on September 26, 2014


For some reason my favorite was the two-parter with Shane (the turn with what he does to Otis shocked me, although other more savvy viewers may have seen it coming). There's a long lingering shot of Shane staring into a steamy bathroom mirror, realizing what he's done (there's no going back!).

Poor Otis.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:07 PM on September 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


I bailed midway through the first season. No real reason, just other things got my attention. Thinking about getting back in. Is it like the comic where everyone spends a lot of time discussing what just happened?
posted by middleclasstool at 12:31 PM on September 26, 2014


The same thing happens every time I watch one of these: I spend about six seconds thinking it's funny and then the next thing you know I'm trying to remember what Daryl's pet turtle looks like.

My favorite Walking Dead one of these is still "A woman thug stole my banjo". Mrs. Example and I once used it as our pub quiz team name. (We didn't win. A woman thug stole our victory.)

The first version. Banjo talk starts at :25.

posted by Room 641-A at 12:43 PM on September 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


To paraphrase something I said on FanFare: if you want to feel way better about The Walking Dead, try watching The Strain.

For the first few episodes of The Strain I referred to it as The Strain: At least we're not Under The Dome. Now I love it! (I started to tag this post with "zompire".)
posted by Room 641-A at 12:48 PM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


Like most everyone who follows the show, I have an uneven relationship with this uneven show. But I'm always bewildered that I usually the episodes everyone else seems to think are boring.

I love the slow burn episodes, where they really focus on the human situations and character development, where the only human drama isn't "WHO IS THE LEADER NOW?" or "WHERE'S SO-AND-SO?", and where you almost-but-not-quite forget that there are zombies right around the corner.

Almost without fail, every time I go online after one of those episodes, everyone's whining about the lack of action and how boring it was. To me, those are the episodes where the writers, directors, and actors are really trying to create something original and meaningful (and often succeeding).
posted by treepour at 12:50 PM on September 26, 2014 [11 favorites]


Dolphins and apples and Mister Potatohead, oh my.
posted by FelliniBlank at 12:53 PM on September 26, 2014


every time I go online after one of those episodes, everyone's whining about the lack of action and how boring it was

This is why the Walking Dead is uneven and absolutely maddening; the fanbase itself is completely uneven. Half (made up percentage) of the fans don't give a shit about any of the characters and just want to watch zombies eat people, and the other half find the characters compelling and the zombies are just the inciting incident to an ensemble drama. I think the Walking Dead succeeds at both but rarely at the same time, so the fanbase is almost never happy about the same episodes. I don't know if this is a feature or a bug. Season 1 seemed to satisfy both camps. I stopped reading the online comments last year so I'm not as clear on how Season 4 was received.
posted by gatorae at 1:18 PM on September 26, 2014 [3 favorites]


I feel like The Strain is hugely enjoyable in a way that The Walking Dead isn't: the latter takes itself too seriously, the former doesn't try to be anything other than a well-made, vompire type adventure.

Also, I know lots of people like the various zombie-kills on The Walking Dead but I find them not only hugely gross-outable, but kind of terrifyingly violence-enthusiastic.

Plus I just really like David Bradley, his acting puts everyone in the shade. Bonus-plus: Ephraim (played by Corey Daniel Stoll) is not nearly as irritating as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln).
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:44 PM on September 26, 2014


If you haven't played the video game, which is on every platform imaginable and requires no videogame experience or skill, you are missing out on one of the great narrative experiences of the last few years.
posted by empath at 4:33 PM on September 26, 2014 [5 favorites]


Empath: That's very interesting, tell me more.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:59 PM on September 26, 2014


The game is righteous, original and depressing in a better way. The Governor books are good too, but after Issue 100? Fuck you, Richard Kirkman! I buy no more of the comics.


Just please play the game, come back and respond to my "fuck Kenny!!! Oh, wait... No, yeah, fuck. LEE + CLEM <3" comment.

Game had our house fiending like crackheads for new chapter releases, seriously!
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 8:32 PM on September 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


Despite being about zombies and having some action sequences, the game is largely about dialogue, character and ethics, with the choices you make as the main character being observed and commented on by a little girl that you're trying to keep alive.

The game is about trying to make hard choices under pressure, and seeing the consequences play out. If you don't at least tear up at the ending, I don't know what to tell you.
posted by empath at 9:14 PM on September 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


Andrew Lincoln lives in my neighborhood and I met him at a local bakery spot last month. He is so nice and really is that good looking. Just saying. Can't wait for the show!!!
posted by pearlybob at 5:17 AM on September 27, 2014 [2 favorites]


Andrew Lincoln lives in my neighborhood and I met him at a local bakery spot last month. He is so nice and really is that good looking. Just saying. Can't wait for the show!!!

Bakery worker: May I take your order?

Me: (glancing at Andrew Lincoln) Yes, I'd like a pecan corl. ROLL, I meant ROLL. I'll have a pecan roll. Not a corl.
posted by FelliniBlank at 5:28 AM on September 27, 2014 [5 favorites]


Telltales' The Walking Dead writers should write for the television show. That game has a way of wrenching the player with almost every choice.

There's another mediocre Walking Dead game where you are Daryl with a crossbow. The Telltale one is WAY better.
posted by Renoroc at 6:35 AM on September 27, 2014 [2 favorites]


I hope that someone gathered all the writers together for a little pep talk and told them, "try not to suck so much this season." I've been there every season but man, it gets tedious. This show had a little bit of a sense of humor in season one, and as pointed out above, balance. Last season had moments so bad I felt like I was watching Heroes.
posted by Ber at 7:18 AM on September 27, 2014


The Governor books are good too...

Yeah, the story of "Governor" Phillip Blake is about as grim as it gets.

Though the books (Rise of the Governor, The Road to Woodbury, The Fall of the Governor I and II) don't perfectly align with the events of the TV show, they make a great back-story. The man's madness is almost pitiable in the end. And poor little Polly...
posted by General Tonic at 8:35 AM on September 27, 2014


I like to imagine the first Bad Lip Reading is canon, and the Governor's madness stems from a denial that he'll never be ohhn Broahhhhhdway.
posted by Mike Smith at 10:12 AM on September 27, 2014 [1 favorite]


Cluck...went the chicken.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 10:24 AM on September 27, 2014


I know lots of people like the various zombie-kills on The Walking Dead but I find them not only hugely gross-outable, but kind of terrifyingly violence-enthusiastic.

Yes, this; and the show's on a constant treadmill of one-upping itself for most dramatic / most inventive / most gross way to kill a zombie, and it just becomes tiresome.

I also I think this undermines the threat of the zombies: it used to be that just one could be terrifying, but now they can apparently whack their way through hundreds in a matter of seconds.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 8:01 AM on September 28, 2014


There's a new episode of Bad Lip Reading out and it's really good.
posted by Room 641-A at 11:53 PM on October 11, 2014


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