October 25, 2013
When the blow-off does come, it's impressively choreographed and executed. The Walking Dead is a show that has a very large cast, and the amount of extras the show has access to is even more impressive, probably because everyone loves zombies and there aren't a lot of acting gigs in Georgia (until the past few years, of course). When they need to have a mass of walkers or a mass of panicking civilians fleeing walkers, they've got it. Ferland and company make great use of their extras this week, with multiple scenes featuring dozens of people scrambling and fleeing and zombie shuffling that feel very chaotic without being too overwhelming visually. It can be easy for small details to get lost during a riot, but Ferland does a good job of keeping sight lines clear and focusing on the action, even if the action is behind a bunch of screaming, flailing people or is a morass of angry zombies.
The Walking Dead has done a good job of adding to the threats that the prisoners face without it seeming like piling on. Not only do you have zombies, the Governor, the standard problems with finding clean water and adequate food, and the newly-discovered flu plague, now there's the potential for sabotage from inside the camp, if the clues (and dead rats) are to be believed. There are lots of new questions, and not many solid answers yet.
A Walking Dead season with action, great character work, AND a legitimate mystery? Perhaps the move to Scott Gimple as show runner will yield even more positive results than the move to Glen Mazzara did in season three.
here was some dissatisfaction from fans during Misfits’ fourth series, and the news that its fifth run would also be its last may have been the only thing bringing certain viewers back. With an improved finale and some pleasing developments for a few of the new cast members, I wasn’t one of those viewers, but no one can deny that things needed tweaking and improving upon before Misfits came back for a satisfying swan song. This first episode, then, had something to prove, and I’m pleased to say that it’s a mixture of late Misfits shenanigans and some of the cool superhero stuff that made series two and three so entertaining.
If Howard Overman and his fellow writers had listened too hard and done a complete u-turn, it wouldn’t have worked, so I’m pleased that they’re bringing some elements back and weaving them into the new show, rather than trying to make Finn, Alex, Jess and Abbey into Simon, Curtis, Alisha and Kelly. One version of the series ended after series three, and the final two years are something else entirely. I’m confident in saying that this premiere will entertain fans of Misfits’ usual shock value and crude humour, and it’s an entertaining way to introduce us back into the action for one last time. This premiere was lighter than last year’s uber-dark opener, at least.