The walking dead / Fear the walking dead / Flight 462

The walking dead / Fear the walking dead / Flight 462
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#5

Yeah I’ll definitely be watching both of those. Walking Dead seems to me to be one of the few shows that gets better and better with each season. Excuse me, going for a walk, gotta get my sneakers on.


#6

:confused: *

Very good, Spudster, but it’s not all about you, you know.

You know that you are a spud-I-like, so I wouldn’t be so personal as to dig you in the ribs over your use of language.

I’ve been posting that little footnote every time I comment on a multi-season ** TV show from the You Ess of Ayy.

Your post was simply collateral damage.

* - This should appear as if I’m smiling, and not have a stroke. We were promised Champions’ League emoticons here, but all we’ve got are these League of Wales ones.

** - Here Bletch has used… ahh, whatever


#7

The Walking Dead is one of the two shows that I look out for with any regularity. I think bletch needs to give it another go, particularly if the end of the first season is where he stopped. Kirkman does tread a lot of familiar ground to Romero. Slow zombies, the humans are the real villains of the piece, etc, etc. You could argue that all the show is doing is extending Romero’s template over a long run. Well, no-one else is managing that, not even Romero.


#8

I must say, that Fear The Walking Dead trailer looks pretty impressive. We’ve never seen much of the outbreak itself. A few flashbacks, a little bit of an infested Atlanta. Seeing everything go off in LA could be very interesting.


#9

Romero’s recent films have been dire imo, thankfully he turned down TWD.


#10

Romero is a void now, there is nothing redeeming about diary or survival. The further he gets from TWD the better.


#11

I enjoyed it and got along to season 4, I think. Not sure it deserves the plaudits it’s getting on here though. It’s entertaining but I can’t say it does much for illuminating the human condition in any way.


#12

It asks what happens to civilised people when civilisation goes out of the window. How many carry those virtues inherently, and how many are simply operating within a civilised framework. What happens to people when you can’t simply order pizza? In a very consumerist society, it asks what happens if all of that goes away. Quite successfully, mostly. Normally, the post apocalypse is just biker gangs in bondage gear.


#13

Originally posted by @pap

It asks what happens to civilised people when civilisation goes out of the window. How many carry those virtues inherently, and how many are simply operating within a civilised framework. What happens to people when you can’t simply order pizza? In a very consumerist society, it asks what happens if all of that goes away. Quite successfully, mostly. Normally, the post apocalypse is just biker gangs in bondage gear.

Hmmm…maybe. I haven’t read the graphic novels - maybe they’re a little more nuanced (and interesting) than the TV series. As I said I’ve watched the first 4 seasons - I like it - just not that much.

Unfortunately, whenever anyone bangs on at me to watch a TV series my first response tends to be, ‘Is it as good as The Wire?’. Which admittedly is a pretty high watermark. So, everything else is on a hiding to nothing, really.


#14

Er no. If you considered the TV show to be a PG version of the comic book, you wouldn’t go far wrong. The TV show, grim as it often is, is like a soothing watercolour impression of the comic. It has rarely, if ever, gone as extreme as the comic book source material and they’ve unfailingly stepped away from each of the “really bad” things that happens in the comics. Michonne’s treatment at the hands of the governor is 10x worse, as is her retribution.


#15

I have seen the first two episodes of this, and am quite impressed. One the one hand, it’s really narrow. It’s just about a couple of families as things unfold. On the other, there is some very impressive civilisation disintegration happening on a wider scale. At the end of episode two, I think we’re going to have the beginnings of a group of survivors.

I can possibly see everyone holding out in the school for a bit.


#16

Watched the first 5 now. It’s an interesting storyline but the budget seems even less than the Walking Dead - very little of the large scale action you’d expect in a city of millions. They’ll be making millions that’s for sure.


#17

gr8 show for those who thought the best bits of Walking Dead was all the dumb, boring human melodrama.


#18

They were very honest from the beginning of the show’s production by saying that it wasn’t going to be a “guts n glory” type gorefest, but more of a slow burn. I’m really enjoying it, but then again I am a big fan of the normal show so i’m probably biased.

If peeps are wanting action and drama, tune in to Ep 1 of the new series of TWD next Sunday/Monday - big shit’s going down!


#19

^^^^ Agreed. I was reading some reviews online the other day and several people were making loads of comparisions with The Walking Dead and trying to even compare charaters, “is so and so the new Glen”, etc. It’s like they just want a clone of The walking dead, but just with different people. I’m also liking the fact it’s slowly building up and looking at things differently


#20

Originally posted by @SuperMikey

If peeps are wanting action and drama, tune in to Ep 1 of the new series of TWD next Sunday/Monday - big shit’s going down!

Apparently the first episode of the new season has more Zombies in it than any other episode so far!


#21

So there’s now going to be a spin-off of the spin-off!

Titled “Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462,” the 16-part web series follows a group of passengers aboard a commercial airplane during an early outbreak. Throughout the short episodes, viewers will see the plane and the lives of its passengers put in jeopardy, once they discover an infected traveler.

“Flight 462” will debut on Oct. 4 on AMC.com and will then air during two commercial breaks during “The Walking Dead’s” Season 6 premiere on Oct. 11. Following the web series’ premiere, the rest of the episodes, which are each less than one minute long, will bow every Sunday, both online and on TV during the flagship show.

Continues here…


#22

Anyone watch the first episode of season 6 tonight? Good episode in my opinion.


#23

Not yet. Will watch tomorrow, if poss, and report back, but good to hear it was, er, good.


#24

I was really looking forward to Fear the Walking Dead. There’s a whole load of drama in the slow discovery of the outbreak and the effect on towns and cities that was lost due to the (clever) opening of TWD. Also, TWD has really sunk into a mediocre soap opera with zombies in the background, which is what eventually happens to all long running series, not always with the zombies, but with whatever that series special thing is. In the end, there is never anywhere to go but versions of the same old plotlines surrounding character interaction. So we get the same old romantic conflicts, parent-child conflicts, crisis of self-belief problems etc that are all a bit samey.

FTWD gave them a legitimate chance to rewind the clock and go back to the fun, exciting starting bit and what did they do? They put the outbreak mostly into the background and focused instead on the family soap opera bit! It’s well made, but ultimately a wasted chance to give us something interesting and different in the world of TWD. I hope it improves, but the breakdown of civilisation is almost complete already, so what else is there left but the plot of TWD (and every other long running series) to be rehashed.

Now they’ll need to go to NY and restart all over again and try to make a sparse, tense and genuinely disturbing series about the outbreak.