Just Walt's Mental Meanderings

Walter Blevins

Walter Blevins
Vista, California, USA
August 22
I'm a 60 year old guy who lives in Vista California with my wife. I spent the 30 years before moving to Cali in Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota. And I have 2 grown children, a son and a daughter who live in Virginia and Iowa and a 22 year old step-daughter lives with us here in Vista. I'm a proud grandpa with 2 grandaughters living in Virginia. I like to write about a whole variety of things from my kids to cooking to politics to the car industry to my status as a "Cheap Bastid" and "Old Fart" and just random thoughts. And I really love writing about cooking really good, homecooked comfort food cheap. That's why they call me the Cheap Bastid. By the way--all the stuff I write is my stuff and you can't use it without my official OkeyDokey

MARCH 12, 2012 1:31PM

Walking Dead Gets Us Talking

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Rick killed Shane last night.  So did Carl.  But we thought that Carl was going to kill Rick for killing Shane. How did Shane get killed twice?  Geez, that’s 2 characters killed off in 2 weeks.  First Dale and now Shane.  I wonder what’s going to happen next.

What am I talking about?  Well if you’re a fan of AMC’s “Walking Dead” you know exactly what I’m talking about.


(By the way, Rick killed Shane who was going to kill Rick. Carl, Rick's son, killed Shane again after Shane immediately turned into a zombie and was about to get to Rick even though Carl was aiming at Rick at the time for killing Shane--is that confusing enough?) 

I resisted mightily.  I’ve never been much of a fan of Zombie movies—well other than “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead” but those also happen to be a couple of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.  Anyway, as I tell my wife—“They’re icky.  I don’t like icky.”  (Hey, that’s a 60 year old guy using that sissy word “icky”, but you know exactly what I mean, don’t you).

But over the last year, I’ve gotten addicted.  This is as good a piece of TV show making as I’ve ever seen—arguably better than “Mad Men”.  Only HBO or AMC could have done it. 

We actually talk about what’s going on with the characters and how the plot spins things out.  We talk about the cast as if we know them.  That’s a testament to the skill of the writers and actors who are providing the texture to the characters and blending them into the story line.

The storyline is the classic tale of “zombiedom”.  As the opening of “Zombieland” said, “first there was mad cow then there was mad person and then there was mad zombie.”  Nobody has really figured out what caused the dead to rise up and become zombies in “Walking Dead”. By now it’s just accepted as a given.


But, there have been hints dropped that the zombies might be changing—coming back to “life” quicker and becoming zombies without having been “bitten” by a zombie. 

We discuss the individual characters and what motivates them, how they are revealing their character within the plot, their interactions and what direction this may lead the series.  It’s interesting to be able to do this with a TV show rather than the usual vacuous crap that is broadcast. 

If I were to attempt a synopsis of characters here it would run way too long and become twisted and tortuous.  Suffice it to say, that this is well worth watching—no matter what you think of zombies.  And speaking of zombies—the make up and effects are fantastic as well as the creative splats and splatters that come from skewering a zombie’s head with a pitchfork or whacking one with a baseball bat.

I’ll be watching again this next Sunday night.

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I agree that "Zombieland" and "Shaun of the Dead" are some very funny cinema... but have never managed more than a few minutes of "Walking Dead". Are there any psycho's running loose for comic relief??
jmac--naw, no comic relief. just really good character development--too bad Dale got killed (first a zombie got to him and then they had to shoot him in the head) you'd have liked his character--he was the resident philosopher and "conscience".
Sounds like a Shakespearean climax.
ChickenMaan--you know, I hadn't thought of that, but you've got a point.
Walt...are we alone? I have to make an embarrassing confession here....I LOVE that show!

Did I say that out loud? Damn!
I admit it...I am hooked and it is all the fault of my daughter who begged me to watch it. I resisted the whole first season, but then, just before season two began I made the mistake of watching the whole of season one on AMC who was running a marathon of sorts.

Now I never miss a show and I absolutely hate zombie movies. I did however love the two movies you mentioned. They are two of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time.
What I love about this show it the writing. They actually treat the viewer like we have a brain. They use a subtle method of introducing clues as to plot changes and direction and leave it up to the viewer to pick up on it....so unlike most TV fare. Yeah, next Sunday I will be right there....watching.
David--our big thing lately is what a bitch Laurie has become (especially last night) and there's something that's happening with how quickly the "dead" become zombies--think about the 2 guards who "didn't have a scratch on them" and how you could virtually see the "zombification" of Shane last night. It's going to get interesting.
Walt, if you think back a few episodes, Shane began to change very slowly until, at the time of both his deaths, he had turned into a murdering physo. Maybe an air-borne infection and not, as they once thought, something passed by a bite. From the looks of the previews for next weeks show, there is gonna be a lot of replacement characters who will have to be brought in. On and have you noticed the change in Daryl, I think that is going to be a major plot point in the next season.
David--Darrel is showing himself to be the smartest one of the bunch who may become a "legitimate" challenger to Rick.
One of the things Carolyn and I have talked about is how they're showing the "changes" in Carl and how, if you think about adolescent boys, it is perfectly natural--the "playing" with a zombie, the desire to see his father kill the other kid, and not being able to differentiate between these things; even the disrespectful comment to Connie shows the confusion that a kid of his age in this environment might go through. That's one of the things that makes this interesting. Although, how come no one "supervises" the kid and he's not expected to sit down and do some "school work"?
The whole societal structure is in play here. This could go on for a long time and be quite interesting.
At some point, in the near future, there will have to be a natural "devolving". What happens when the ammunition runs out and the gas/oil run out or when the septic field quits functioning?
Back to horse and wagon, steel headed weapons, privys, etc.
My brother and SIL are hooked on this. I have watched a few episodes, but haven't gotten into it.

I find myself wanting to chant, "More brain eaters, less talk and relationship stuff". Yep, it ain't lowbrow enough for me.
Steve--thanks, maybe it's because you live in Sacramento and feel like you live amongst political zombies who are always lurching around.
graciousjane--yep it's as "icky" as you'll ever see on cable TV--ickier, even. But if you read my comments back and forth with David here, you'll come to the conclusion that the writing and character development is terrific--and sometimes leaves you wanting them to get back to the "zombie-busting".
I think they are preparing us for 12-21-12!
I think they are preparing us for 12-21-12!