'Walking Dead' season 1 finale: 'TS-19'; season 2 due late in 2011
If you haven't yet watched last night's show, beware. There be spoilers here, proceed with caution...
Just as we were really getting into "Walking Dead" (AKA "That Show on AMC That Isn't About Hot Advertising Execs in Retro Clothes or Meth Cookers"), it came to an abrupt, explosive end with Sunday's sixth, season closing episode. The good news? AMC has already picked up the show for a second season. The bad news? That season likely won't begin until next October at the earliest.
In the meantime, six takeaweays and/or questions (hey, you can't expect me to have all the answers when Jen's on vacation) from last night's finale:
1. In the event of a zombie-pocalypse, don't rely on the government to have your back. Especially when the government (as far as we who have not read ahead in the comic books know) consists of one hopeless CDC technician who admits his wife, who was infected by the zombie bug and is now dead dead dead, was the truly brilliant scientist.
2. Finding a safe haven from zombies provides the perfect opportunity to get rip-roaring drunk. We should also credit the government having the foresight to stock the CDC up on mass quantities of red wine, eggs and aspirin.
3. A hot shower can almost make you forget the world is crawling with zombies who don't care whether you smell like Prell or stale-sweat. Though wandering around post-shower in only a gauzy shirt and a pair of socks may bring on an attack of an entirely different kind: an unwanted drunken advance from the guy you were shacking up with when you thought your husband was dead. Which leads to the next observation...
4. Since when does anyone believe that a guy would brutally scratch himself in his sleep? When Shane shows up for breakfast with three deep gouges in his neck and explains them away as happening in his sleep, his companions don't blink. No, I'm not thinking anyone would instantly jump to the conclusion that they were inflicted by Lori Grimes, but these people are living in a world where even the tiniest of scratches from a zombie can cause infection. So you'd think there would have been a few more questions or another blood test administered.
5. Really bad CGI is really bad CGI: We get it -- the CDC self-destructed in a fiery explosion. If the show's budget didn't allow for truly believable special effects, the shots should have been limited to explosion reaction from our survivors. The aerial animation was not only cheesy, but gratuitous, and seemed to be spliced in from "Komodo vs. Cobra."
6. Bob Dylan goes with zombies like peanut butter goes with jelly. Luckily, the explosion was quickly forgotten as our band of survivors drove away from the CDC and Atlanta to the dulcet tones of Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow is a Long Time." Was that perhaps a reference to the fact that we won't see another episode for a year?
Share your comments and observations about the season finale below in comments...
| December 6, 2010; 9:22 AM ET
Categories: TV | Tags: Walking Dead
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