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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sat Dec 04, 2010 4:57 pm

If you haven't caught Frank Darabont's sensational televisual adaptation of Robert Kirkman's celebrated comic book series starring our very own Andrew Lincoln, do yourself a favour and beg, borrow or steal this short, six episode, first season. (Season 2 will be a full 13 episodes).

Atmospheric, smart, intelligent and very, very well acted and produced. It's a genuine cult gem in the making.
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Post by Zoltar on Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:23 pm

Sid Seadevil wrote:If you haven't caught Frank Darabont's sensational televisual adaptation of Robert Kirkman's celebrated comic book series starring our very own Andrew Lincoln, do yourself a favour and beg, borrow or steal this short, six episode, first season. (Season 2 will be a full 13 episodes).

Atmospheric, smart, intelligent and very, very well acted and produced. It's a genuine cult gem in the making.
I've been watching it, definitely a great series thus far. Far too short a first season, which ends in the US tomorrow if memory serves. I've never read the comic, though I was familiar with some of the characters from conversations I've had with folks who do read it.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:48 am

Zoltar wrote:I've been watching it, definitely a great series thus far. Far too short a first season, which ends in the US tomorrow if memory serves. I've never read the comic, though I was familiar with some of the characters from conversations I've had with folks who do read it.
Agreed about the undesired shortness of the season - but understandable in a way. AMC was uncertain how well the show would be received so opted for an almost mini-series approach to season one to minimise possible financial losses if it bombed with the public. Happily their fears were unfounded - so it's all go for next year.

I haven't read the comics myself, although I do have them. From what I've read, the deviations from the comic storyline are justified and logical, given the constraints the production team were under. Besides, I for one wouldn't welcome a slavish adaptation. There should and must always be wriggle room for the show to become its own thing.
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Post by The Co=Ordinator on Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:00 am

I have heard nothing but good about this series, and hope it will transfer to more accessible broadcast methods in due course.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:17 am

The Co=Ordinator wrote:I have heard nothing but good about this series, and hope it will transfer to more accessible broadcast methods in due course.
Actually old chap if you have access to Sky the show can be found on the FX channel. Not certain what night - but it might be worth you 'avin' a gander at the weekly listing for the channel.
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Post by Zoltar on Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:57 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:Agreed about the undesired shortness of the season - but understandable in a way. AMC was uncertain how well the show would be received so opted for an almost mini-series approach to season one to minimise possible financial losses if it bombed with the public. Happily their fears were unfounded - so it's all go for next year.
Indeed. It's a been quite a success, even improving on it's numbers rather than seeing a decline.

Sid Seadevil wrote:I haven't read the comics myself, although I do have them. From what I've read, the deviations from the comic storyline are justified and logical, given the constraints the production team were under. Besides, I for one wouldn't welcome a slavish adaptation. There should and must always be wriggle room for the show to become its own thing.
I don't mind it being a loose adaptation at all, particularly with Kirkman so involved.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:12 pm

Well, tonight's the night when it comes to an end for this year. I'll be *ahem* acquiring it early tomorrow. Hope we don't have to wait until late 2011 for its return.

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Post by Patrick on Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:04 pm

I haven't seen the show- I should probably make an effort to check it out.

However, I came across something at Amazon.com that might interest folks who like The Walking Dead: the The Zombie Survival Kit.

I should note that the Council on American/Zombie Relations opposes stuff like this, on the grounds that it could lead to "Zombiephobia."

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Post by Zoltar on Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:49 pm

Sid Seadevil wrote:Well, tonight's the night when it comes to an end for this year. I'll be *ahem* acquiring it early tomorrow. Hope we don't have to wait until late 2011 for its return.
That's the rumor, Fall 2011. But I don't think AMC's confirmed that, so I'm still hoping for an earlier return.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:07 pm

Zoltar wrote:That's the rumor, Fall 2011. But I don't think AMC's confirmed that, so I'm still hoping for an earlier return.
An earlier return would be desirable. but if it means the quality is ensured to maintain the standard set by this first season, then I'm grudgingly prepared to wait.
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Post by Zoltar on Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:40 am

Sid Seadevil wrote:An earlier return would be desirable. but if it means the quality is ensured to maintain the standard set by this first season, then I'm grudgingly prepared to wait.
Yep, as am I. Twas a rather good finale episode, I thought.

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Post by Patrick on Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:24 pm

Bear in mind that the principal problem with starting the next season of The Walking Dead earlier than it did this year is that it occupies the same time slot as AMC's other big sensation, Mad Men. In fact, The Walking Dead premiered the week following the season finale of Mad Men this year.

Thus, I think unless Mad Man's schedule is adjust to have it start weeks earlier than it has in the past, or unless AMC were inclined to have The Walking Dead occupy a different time slot, I'm not sure that you'll see The Walking Dead premiere any earlier than next October.

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Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:51 pm

Zoltar wrote:
Sid Seadevil wrote:An earlier return would be desirable. but if it means the quality is ensured to maintain the standard set by this first season, then I'm grudgingly prepared to wait.
Yep, as am I. Twas a rather good finale episode, I thought.
Agreed. All in all it was a more than satisfactory close to the mini season. Certainly I think the best possible one given they had no way of knowing whether or not they would be renewed.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:55 pm

Patrick wrote:Bear in mind that the principal problem with starting the next season of The Walking Dead earlier than it did this year is that it occupies the same time slot as AMC's other big sensation, Mad Men. In fact, The Walking Dead premiered the week following the season finale of Mad Men this year.

Thus, I think unless Mad Man's schedule is adjust to have it start weeks earlier than it has in the past, or unless AMC were inclined to have The Walking Dead occupy a different time slot, I'm not sure that you'll see The Walking Dead premiere any earlier than next October.
That makes sense. While I'm not exactly thrilled at possibly having to wait close to a year until the show returns, I'll cut them some slack because of Mad Men.

Eek! I just realised - we also lost another top quality series today with Broadwalk Empire's first season reaching an end. Sad
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Post by Zoltar on Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:31 pm

Sid Seadevil wrote:Agreed. All in all it was a more than satisfactory close to the mini season. Certainly I think the best possible one given they had no way of knowing whether or not they would be renewed.
Spoiler:
I wonder what the CDC doctor whispered to Rick. Do you suppose he's aware of what Shane did? I imagine a place that high tech could have some CC TV.

Sid Seadevil wrote:Eek! I just realised - we also lost another top quality series today with Broadwalk Empire's first season reaching an end. Sad
Which is actually a good thing for me, as it gives me time to catch up on all the episodes I missed.
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Post by Sid Seadevil on Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:42 pm

Zoltar wrote:
Spoiler:
I wonder what the CDC doctor whispered to Rick. Do you suppose he's aware of what Shane did? I imagine a place that high tech could have some CC TV.
Yep, that possibility crossed my mind as well. Although another is that he...

Spoiler:
Revealed to Rick that that the dead will rise whether bitten or not. That the virus is already present but dormant in all surviving humans.

Sid Seadevil wrote:Eek! I just realised - we also lost another top quality series today with Broadwalk Empire's first season reaching an end. Sad
Which is actually a good thing for me, as it gives me time to catch up on all the episodes I missed.
Well that is an upside, I'll certainly give you that.
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