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Frank Darabont boots his Walking Dead writing staff, considers freelancers for Season 2

12.01.2010

Frank Darabont's hit AMC series "The Walking Dead" has been doing pretty well for itself, bringing in high ratings to the basic cable network and already securing 13 additional episodes for its second season.

So of course, Darabont is now letting go of his entire writing staff. Wait, what?

Deadline is reporting that while some writer turnover can be commonplace, complete overhaul - which is what Darabont is reportedly doing - is unusual. What's more, "The Walking Dead" writer/executive producer/director may in fact forgo a writing staff altogether for the second season and instead assign scripts to freelance writers.

The freelance writer thing has been done by shows such Starz/BBC's "Torchwood", though apparently the plan for "The Walking Dead", a US-based series, may encounter issues with the Writers Guild. No decision has been solidified, however, and Deadline states that the series may eventually wind up using a combination of staff writers and freelancers.

I've been meaning to start following the show (after only catching the very good debut), but I've been hearing that the quality has dipped in the latest episodes. For those of you watching, would you agree? If so, it seems a writer shake-up could only help things out.
Extra Tidbit: Darabont's last major television work was with "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" back in the early 90s.
Source: Deadline

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3:42AM on 12/03/2010
TWD had me hooked since day one but I noticed the show's dipping quite a bit in the last episode, still looking foward to the season finale and I think bringing some fresh wirting talent to the show will be very good!
TWD had me hooked since day one but I noticed the show's dipping quite a bit in the last episode, still looking foward to the season finale and I think bringing some fresh wirting talent to the show will be very good!
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10:44PM on 12/02/2010
i really dont see how the show has dipped in quality with these last couple of episodes
i really dont see how the show has dipped in quality with these last couple of episodes
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9:27PM on 12/02/2010
I got a really strong "Lost" vibe on the most recent episode, which has me very worried.

I am a huge fan however. The show has been great so far minus about half of last episode.
I got a really strong "Lost" vibe on the most recent episode, which has me very worried.

I am a huge fan however. The show has been great so far minus about half of last episode.
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9:24AM on 12/02/2010

Love The Show... But

I think the show is great! The first two episodes were amazing! The show has the *best* zombie makeup I have ever seen. They spend a lot of time and detail in the makeup. (Ex. The half bicycle zombie). However, the last two episodes (ep 4 & 5) were quite bad, especially episode 5.

They need to stop trying to adapt the formula of Lost for the show. There's too much focus on the interaction between the characters and not enough contact with the zombies. They need to balance it out, so it can
I think the show is great! The first two episodes were amazing! The show has the *best* zombie makeup I have ever seen. They spend a lot of time and detail in the makeup. (Ex. The half bicycle zombie). However, the last two episodes (ep 4 & 5) were quite bad, especially episode 5.

They need to stop trying to adapt the formula of Lost for the show. There's too much focus on the interaction between the characters and not enough contact with the zombies. They need to balance it out, so it can be a bit more exciting. Right now they only seem to have the zombies at the beginning and the end of the show.
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5:11AM on 12/02/2010

brilliant idea!!

He really wants to keep the show fresh and unique and changing the writers is a great way to go I hop he does it cos ive seen to many great shows go bollocks up cos of people running out of ideas
He really wants to keep the show fresh and unique and changing the writers is a great way to go I hop he does it cos ive seen to many great shows go bollocks up cos of people running out of ideas
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2:09AM on 12/02/2010
I don't understand all the bitching about the show, there is a damned zombie show on cable that shows blood and violence and is actually character driven. I am excited for season 2, and I know all you haters will still watch it regardless.
I don't understand all the bitching about the show, there is a damned zombie show on cable that shows blood and violence and is actually character driven. I am excited for season 2, and I know all you haters will still watch it regardless.
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10:52PM on 12/01/2010
I disagree, I think the show has gotten better in the last few episodes. After the pilot, it was all character development, and building up to the action. Now it's getting good! I'm glad it has a 2nd season coming, I hope the show isn't ruined with the new writing.
I disagree, I think the show has gotten better in the last few episodes. After the pilot, it was all character development, and building up to the action. Now it's getting good! I'm glad it has a 2nd season coming, I hope the show isn't ruined with the new writing.
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9:18PM on 12/01/2010

Gotta despise this culture of ours sometimes.

We're FIVE episodes in, and we've already got a bunch of pretentious douchebags claiming that this show "isn't what it used to be!" Bunch of impatient assholes.

Bring on a zombie plague. I'll take that shit over this shit anyday.
We're FIVE episodes in, and we've already got a bunch of pretentious douchebags claiming that this show "isn't what it used to be!" Bunch of impatient assholes.

Bring on a zombie plague. I'll take that shit over this shit anyday.
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9:04PM on 12/01/2010
-I seriously dont know what any Zombie fan should be complaining about. This TV Series is pushing the limits soo far in my opinion, In a Good way.. For a TV series to start off with a 8 yr old girl being shot dead in the head is a Hell of a way to kick off a TV Series. In the 5 Episodes so far we've seen explicit gun shots & arrow shots to the head, axe hacking, Vicious zombie bites, Guts ripped out of a horse, amazing visual looking Zombies(Nicotero has out-done himself with how amazing his
-I seriously dont know what any Zombie fan should be complaining about. This TV Series is pushing the limits soo far in my opinion, In a Good way.. For a TV series to start off with a 8 yr old girl being shot dead in the head is a Hell of a way to kick off a TV Series. In the 5 Episodes so far we've seen explicit gun shots & arrow shots to the head, axe hacking, Vicious zombie bites, Guts ripped out of a horse, amazing visual looking Zombies(Nicotero has out-done himself with how amazing his makeup looks) & more Blood & Gore then we have EVER seen on a TV Series..

-Lets not forget the Vulgarity & Sexual aspects either.. Im not saying that I wanted to hear the F-Bomb left & right But I was really hoping to hear some form of swearing because in real life we all know cursing is natural to most people, especially in bad/intense/violent situations.. And so far this Series has not disappointed me in that department either,, we've heard & seen on occasion the Words Bitch, Asshole, Racial Slurs, Middle fingers & Sexual Acts. lol I mean I personally thought it was very Hardcore & pushing the limits Having the Opening scene of Ep 2. with Shane taking off Ricks wife's Cloths, turning her over & hitting it doggie-style while she is looking at her 'assumed" dead husbands wedding ring.. Thats pretty Hardcore for a TV Series that seems to be boring to some critics.

-Im all for seeing Plenty of Zombies & Zombie Hordes because Im a huge George Romero fan, I want gore & blood & violence, & a Good Story to follow, But I still feel the most important part of the Story to a "Zombie Apocalypse" is the SURVIVORS & how they respond & react to living in a situation were the dead walk the earth & all hope seems lost but they need to find a way to survive it. When Laurie Holdens sister Got biten & died, I truly Felt soo bad for both of them because the time they took to build their characters in those few long minutes of dialogue between Episodes with these Characters Bonding with each other made the ending of Ep 4 & the Beginning of Ep 5 soo much more Powerful..

-Character Build-up is what I mostly want to see from this series because it gives us Viewers a longer opportunity to put ourselves in those situations by sitting back & visualizing us being in that fucked up situation of a Zombie Apocalypse. which some fans wouldnt mind really happening in real life.. Anyways , I say Lets Enjoy this, Im glad we have a TV series that is taking serious care of a Genre that I love..
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8:58PM on 12/01/2010

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6:57PM on 12/01/2010

Love Darabont, but way to alienate us!

This sounds like a great way for the show to be canceled after it's 2nd season. They are going to get rid of the writers that made the show so entertaining. WTF MAN?
This sounds like a great way for the show to be canceled after it's 2nd season. They are going to get rid of the writers that made the show so entertaining. WTF MAN?
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6:24PM on 12/01/2010
And this is when people hate for the sake of going against the grain. A mass audience loves something and then a small group try and stand out by hating it. You finally have a [GRUESOME, CHARACTER DRIVEN] ZOMBIE SHOW ON TV!! Why is everyone bitching?
And this is when people hate for the sake of going against the grain. A mass audience loves something and then a small group try and stand out by hating it. You finally have a [GRUESOME, CHARACTER DRIVEN] ZOMBIE SHOW ON TV!! Why is everyone bitching?
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6:17PM on 12/01/2010
They want to whoever it was who wrote that second episode because that was one of the best and it had a dark sense of humour ('he was an organ donor') and tense, the show needs a little bit of humour once in a while to lighten it occasionally as it could become too dark, but im impressed with it so far, ive not watched ep.5 yet but my brother said it was a little bit 'meh'
They want to whoever it was who wrote that second episode because that was one of the best and it had a dark sense of humour ('he was an organ donor') and tense, the show needs a little bit of humour once in a while to lighten it occasionally as it could become too dark, but im impressed with it so far, ive not watched ep.5 yet but my brother said it was a little bit 'meh'
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5:33PM on 12/01/2010
It started great but has dipped and does feel slightly anti climactic. Personally, I enjoy the drama between the characters but they are seriously laying a lot of pipe right now. There are so many open ends for the next season to follow up to that it's making this season feel like seed planting as opposed to any type of harvest. Overall I like it and will watch the next season but they do need to kick it up a notch.
It started great but has dipped and does feel slightly anti climactic. Personally, I enjoy the drama between the characters but they are seriously laying a lot of pipe right now. There are so many open ends for the next season to follow up to that it's making this season feel like seed planting as opposed to any type of harvest. Overall I like it and will watch the next season but they do need to kick it up a notch.
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5:11PM on 12/01/2010
The biggest issues that I've heard from others so far are the following: 1. It doesn't follow the comic. 2. It's too slow.

Well here's the thing. It's NOT THE COMIC. It's a TV show. Kirkland himself said that he didn't want the show to directly follow the comic. Instead he wanted to make something new for people that had read the comic but also make it accessible to the people that haven't. To me, the show has succeeded in that area. I've read the comics, and I love it. My wife hasn't read
The biggest issues that I've heard from others so far are the following: 1. It doesn't follow the comic. 2. It's too slow.

Well here's the thing. It's NOT THE COMIC. It's a TV show. Kirkland himself said that he didn't want the show to directly follow the comic. Instead he wanted to make something new for people that had read the comic but also make it accessible to the people that haven't. To me, the show has succeeded in that area. I've read the comics, and I love it. My wife hasn't read the comics, and she loves it as well. Secondly, and I won't elaborate much due to the same argument displayed below, the show is not about zombies killing people. It is a show about distilling the characters into their primal essences by using the pressure of zombies. So, overall, it is more of a study on humans under pressure.

Long story short, if you follow one of the two gripe paths, get over it. We're lucky that AMC took a shot on a show that most people wouldn't have come close to. If everyone keeps griping we won't even have it.
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4:58PM on 12/01/2010

Comics

They need to follow the damn comics and the series' will be fine. Hopefully this will make that happen. All the changes haven't made the story any better, only hampered it...
They need to follow the damn comics and the series' will be fine. Hopefully this will make that happen. All the changes haven't made the story any better, only hampered it...
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4:53PM on 12/01/2010

LOL

If you think its boring when theres no zombies on screen,stop watching,shows not for you and never will be.The Walking Dead is about people,not Zombies,if they follow the comics tone like they say they will,there will be entire blocks of episodes with nothing but "talking"

Sorry,meant to post this in reply to thumbs
If you think its boring when theres no zombies on screen,stop watching,shows not for you and never will be.The Walking Dead is about people,not Zombies,if they follow the comics tone like they say they will,there will be entire blocks of episodes with nothing but "talking"

Sorry,meant to post this in reply to thumbs
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5:19PM on 12/01/2010
the show is called the walking dead and is totally sold on zombies. Without the zombies this show is a soap opera. The characters aren't growing (with the exception of Shane) and "Rick Grimes" is the least compelling, most generic character on television. But primarily these bland folks are just reminiscing and sitting around camp yapping.

I didnt read the comics nor did 99.9% of the audience so I dont care if they follow the comic.

If this is supposed to be a character study then give
the show is called the walking dead and is totally sold on zombies. Without the zombies this show is a soap opera. The characters aren't growing (with the exception of Shane) and "Rick Grimes" is the least compelling, most generic character on television. But primarily these bland folks are just reminiscing and sitting around camp yapping.

I didnt read the comics nor did 99.9% of the audience so I dont care if they follow the comic.

If this is supposed to be a character study then give us characters who are actually compelling (outside of Norman Reedus and Laurie Holden). This bunch is stock and can all be boiled down to two words: the old guy, the black lady, the mexican guy, the asian guy, etc. If there are layers there then I dont see them.

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4:12PM on 12/01/2010
why are people complaining that the writing sucks because of the slow moments on the show? what do u people want, nothing but zombies walking around every single scene? Its a TV Series people!! The show is just as important to showcase the survivors as it is to showcase the zombies.. that is the point in all the zombie films in the first place, its about SURVIVAL & HOW THE SURVIVORS REACT TO THE SITUATION OF LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE THE DEAD WALK THE EATH.. Character build-up is very important
why are people complaining that the writing sucks because of the slow moments on the show? what do u people want, nothing but zombies walking around every single scene? Its a TV Series people!! The show is just as important to showcase the survivors as it is to showcase the zombies.. that is the point in all the zombie films in the first place, its about SURVIVAL & HOW THE SURVIVORS REACT TO THE SITUATION OF LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE THE DEAD WALK THE EATH.. Character build-up is very important for any movie or TV series, And it is alot easier to build characters on a TV series because you have more then 2 hours to have character development..

For this Series to continue for the long run, they need to stretch things out & use a lot of slow moments where you learn about the characters & situations. It will keep the series fresh & not over done with having hordes of zombies every single episode.. Trust me, the pay off in the end will be worth it.. I cant wait for the next 13 episodes.. Be grateful we a have a zombie series that is being taken serious..
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4:32PM on 12/01/2010
"stretch things out"? "slow moments"? Have you seen the Sheild? BSG? The Wire?

there is a way to make a show last and be entertaining without bullshit love triangles and endless conversations about leaving the camp vs staying in the camp.

Stop trying to guess what people dont like about the show. this weeks episode barely featured zombies. just bad characters camping and whining...
you are too quick to settle for mediocre
"stretch things out"? "slow moments"? Have you seen the Sheild? BSG? The Wire?

there is a way to make a show last and be entertaining without bullshit love triangles and endless conversations about leaving the camp vs staying in the camp.

Stop trying to guess what people dont like about the show. this weeks episode barely featured zombies. just bad characters camping and whining...
you are too quick to settle for mediocre
4:45PM on 12/01/2010
We want good writing.
We want good writing.
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3:06PM on 12/01/2010

TIME

It has taken it's time in setting up some plots and characters, as well as even having significant events transpire. I don't think the show has dipped in quality, rather I think it's continued to get just a tiny bit better every week.

I've never read the graphic novels, so that may be the reason. I do know that I'm sad to see the first season go already, and I can't wait for the second after what was the 5th episode last week.
It has taken it's time in setting up some plots and characters, as well as even having significant events transpire. I don't think the show has dipped in quality, rather I think it's continued to get just a tiny bit better every week.

I've never read the graphic novels, so that may be the reason. I do know that I'm sad to see the first season go already, and I can't wait for the second after what was the 5th episode last week.
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2:45PM on 12/01/2010

It's bad

This show has some of the worst writing I've ever seen. They've managed to make zombies boring.

Also when did stock characters give way for real characters? I shouldn't be able to describe all the characters on the show in one word.
This show has some of the worst writing I've ever seen. They've managed to make zombies boring.

Also when did stock characters give way for real characters? I shouldn't be able to describe all the characters on the show in one word.
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4:52PM on 12/01/2010
agreed on all points. I was counting down to this show arrival and all i got was a loud thud.
agreed on all points. I was counting down to this show arrival and all i got was a loud thud.
2:34PM on 12/01/2010

It should be a short series.

I think the show is great, and I like the drama it showcases that's missing in a lot of zombie projects. I think a lot of the recent criticism was mainly about the last episode, which apparently veers away from the comic book it's adapted on. I never read it so it doesn't bother me, and I'm excited for the next one.

However, i always felt like it should be a short series. maybe 8 or 12 episodes, so that it can have a real conclusion and not just drag on.
I think the show is great, and I like the drama it showcases that's missing in a lot of zombie projects. I think a lot of the recent criticism was mainly about the last episode, which apparently veers away from the comic book it's adapted on. I never read it so it doesn't bother me, and I'm excited for the next one.

However, i always felt like it should be a short series. maybe 8 or 12 episodes, so that it can have a real conclusion and not just drag on.
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2:24PM on 12/01/2010
I don't really get the hype about this show. It's an interesting concept for a series but the writing is so weak. Usually that would sound awful (laying off your whole staff) but if it improves the quality of the dialogue, I'd be for it. Being on the same network as Mad Men and Breaking Bad, it has a lot of work to do to get on the same level of greatness.
I don't really get the hype about this show. It's an interesting concept for a series but the writing is so weak. Usually that would sound awful (laying off your whole staff) but if it improves the quality of the dialogue, I'd be for it. Being on the same network as Mad Men and Breaking Bad, it has a lot of work to do to get on the same level of greatness.
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2:18PM on 12/01/2010

Haters.

The show is great! Good looking zombies, good conflict between characters, great gore. This show deserves another 13 episodes. The pilot was definitely the best of the show so far, I'm looking forward to a season finale. Everyone here has such high expectations of EVERYTHING, this show is fun and exciting... you aren't better than this show, quit hating.
The show is great! Good looking zombies, good conflict between characters, great gore. This show deserves another 13 episodes. The pilot was definitely the best of the show so far, I'm looking forward to a season finale. Everyone here has such high expectations of EVERYTHING, this show is fun and exciting... you aren't better than this show, quit hating.
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1:35PM on 12/01/2010
I guess I'm not sophisticated enough , to me the series is great and with the exception of couple slow moments I think the series is one of the best things of tv, right up there with Dexter.
I guess I'm not sophisticated enough , to me the series is great and with the exception of couple slow moments I think the series is one of the best things of tv, right up there with Dexter.
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1:28PM on 12/01/2010

thank god!

this show could be sooooo much better.

next up - fire the cast too!
this show could be sooooo much better.

next up - fire the cast too!
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4:39PM on 12/01/2010
guess a lot of people on this site like generic soap opera style actors and ham-fisted scenery chewers. who knew?
guess a lot of people on this site like generic soap opera style actors and ham-fisted scenery chewers. who knew?
12:49PM on 12/01/2010
I have many gripes too...but most people need to stop whining. We have a zombie show on TV...and it's pretty damn good. If it's any indication, the 2nd season is going to be great.
I have many gripes too...but most people need to stop whining. We have a zombie show on TV...and it's pretty damn good. If it's any indication, the 2nd season is going to be great.
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12:19PM on 12/01/2010

Great Pilot

Definitely think the pilot was by far the best episode. Thought the pilot was some of the best tv i'd seen in awhile but, they havent matched the tension built in the first episode since so i've slowly got less interested. Couldnt stand the thugged out senior center also. Hopefully the finale will finish on a great note.
Definitely think the pilot was by far the best episode. Thought the pilot was some of the best tv i'd seen in awhile but, they havent matched the tension built in the first episode since so i've slowly got less interested. Couldnt stand the thugged out senior center also. Hopefully the finale will finish on a great note.
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12:12PM on 12/01/2010

It might have to do with the whole CDC debacle.

I mean up until then all the changes were minor and welcome, but if they "infect" Andrea like it looks like then...oh boy.

Oh and the "hated" episode 4...was written by Robert Kirkman. So tell me another one.
I mean up until then all the changes were minor and welcome, but if they "infect" Andrea like it looks like then...oh boy.

Oh and the "hated" episode 4...was written by Robert Kirkman. So tell me another one.
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12:04PM on 12/01/2010

the show has been 'meh' so far

i really thought this show was going to be amazing - but its been just OK. a writer shake-up may just do the trick. i'm hoping for a Breaking Bad caliber of entertainment from AMC
i really thought this show was going to be amazing - but its been just OK. a writer shake-up may just do the trick. i'm hoping for a Breaking Bad caliber of entertainment from AMC
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11:47AM on 12/01/2010

WTF!

What the hell is the point to this?

I really liked the pilot. but as the show has gone on I have slowly realised this about the most boring aspect of horror. Zombies. It really hasn't kept my attention as the show has gone along so far.
What the hell is the point to this?

I really liked the pilot. but as the show has gone on I have slowly realised this about the most boring aspect of horror. Zombies. It really hasn't kept my attention as the show has gone along so far.
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10:47AM on 12/01/2010

wow

not cool plus the show has sucked
not cool plus the show has sucked
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9:55AM on 12/01/2010

Episode 2 nearly killed the show

They had whole racism thing that was really forced. you know, the "I'm white and your black and we're not suppoossed to like eachother" type of thing.

Other than that the writing has gotten significantly better. But I'm sure there is definitely room for improvement.
They had whole racism thing that was really forced. you know, the "I'm white and your black and we're not suppoossed to like eachother" type of thing.

Other than that the writing has gotten significantly better. But I'm sure there is definitely room for improvement.
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9:02AM on 12/01/2010

Hmmmms

I have throughly enjoyed it at all times so far. I cant say I see a great need for this shake-up but, as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and it could make this even sweeter. PS - Andrew Lincoln for the win.
I have throughly enjoyed it at all times so far. I cant say I see a great need for this shake-up but, as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and it could make this even sweeter. PS - Andrew Lincoln for the win.
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8:53AM on 12/01/2010

Alright so far

The show has been good so far but with the last episode they've taken a wide detour from what happens in the comic and this concerns me.

Up until now the new material has been nice cause it helps flesh out the story form a comic to a tv show. But with the ending of the 5th episode i'm getting worried that later in the show it's going to get to the point that they are only paying the comic events lip service and that would suck.
The show has been good so far but with the last episode they've taken a wide detour from what happens in the comic and this concerns me.

Up until now the new material has been nice cause it helps flesh out the story form a comic to a tv show. But with the ending of the 5th episode i'm getting worried that later in the show it's going to get to the point that they are only paying the comic events lip service and that would suck.
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8:49AM on 12/01/2010

I'm all for it.

The dialogue could be better but I'm starting to get irritated with them straying from the comics so much. A masterpiece is already written for you just film it. Plus the whole nurses and janitors disguised as gang members to protect a retirement home was just plain dumb and mad me lose alot of faith in the project.
The dialogue could be better but I'm starting to get irritated with them straying from the comics so much. A masterpiece is already written for you just film it. Plus the whole nurses and janitors disguised as gang members to protect a retirement home was just plain dumb and mad me lose alot of faith in the project.
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8:55AM on 12/01/2010
It's only the one nurse and one janitor and they are not part of the gang. They worked at the hospital and the Vatos are an actual gang that have members who's parents/grandparents were at that hospital and after going to check on them decided to stay and help protect the place.
It's only the one nurse and one janitor and they are not part of the gang. They worked at the hospital and the Vatos are an actual gang that have members who's parents/grandparents were at that hospital and after going to check on them decided to stay and help protect the place.
9:25AM on 12/01/2010
Be that as it may, still an unnnecessary detour and not wholly believable one at that.
Be that as it may, still an unnnecessary detour and not wholly believable one at that.
12:14PM on 12/01/2010
You DO realize that that episode was written by Robert Kirkman right?
You DO realize that that episode was written by Robert Kirkman right?
12:54PM on 12/01/2010
Doesn't mean I'm bound to like it. Still thought it was rubbish.
Doesn't mean I'm bound to like it. Still thought it was rubbish.
9:08AM on 12/02/2010
I thought it was an alright detour, though it would be a more believable on if it was earlier in the epidemic.
I thought it was an alright detour, though it would be a more believable on if it was earlier in the epidemic.
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8:46AM on 12/01/2010

Downhill Ride

The series has definitely lost the momentum built up by the pilot episode. Since then it seems to have been treading water. The suspense of Ep.1 has been traded for character development. I suppose, since the comic book source material is known for unexpectedly killing off main characters they want us to get attached. But having to wait for season 2 to actually see the plot lines get going is kind of a bummer. Frankly each episode has been a little less interesting than the one before.
The series has definitely lost the momentum built up by the pilot episode. Since then it seems to have been treading water. The suspense of Ep.1 has been traded for character development. I suppose, since the comic book source material is known for unexpectedly killing off main characters they want us to get attached. But having to wait for season 2 to actually see the plot lines get going is kind of a bummer. Frankly each episode has been a little less interesting than the one before.
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8:00AM on 12/01/2010
This show is excellent!!! I've watched every Sunday Since Halloween when it premiered and have loved each episode. There was a scene this past week when one of the character's sister slowly comes back to life as a zombie that was so beautifully done. The show has so many moments like these. It's what I really hope for in anything I watch. Things are done so freshly that it never feels like "oh, I've seen this before"
This show is excellent!!! I've watched every Sunday Since Halloween when it premiered and have loved each episode. There was a scene this past week when one of the character's sister slowly comes back to life as a zombie that was so beautifully done. The show has so many moments like these. It's what I really hope for in anything I watch. Things are done so freshly that it never feels like "oh, I've seen this before"
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4:42PM on 12/01/2010
did you also like the scene where the two sisters talked forever about fishing knots? do you watch zombie films? what part of this have you never seen? The small town sheriff? the band of strangers forced together? the memberr who is bitten and they have to make the tough decision to on what to do with them? there's not an original bone in this show.... except that the characters are dumb enough to set up camp in the woods.
did you also like the scene where the two sisters talked forever about fishing knots? do you watch zombie films? what part of this have you never seen? The small town sheriff? the band of strangers forced together? the memberr who is bitten and they have to make the tough decision to on what to do with them? there's not an original bone in this show.... except that the characters are dumb enough to set up camp in the woods.
7:50AM on 12/01/2010

Good News

The dialogue on this show could be SOOOOO much better
The dialogue on this show could be SOOOOO much better
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5:17AM on 12/01/2010
I think the show has been pretty consistent in quality, I've enjoyed every episode as of yet, loved episode 4 as it had Robert Kirkman's signature all over it.

It meanders away from the source material a little more than I originally anticipated, but as Robert Kirkman has stated, the best element of the comics are the surprises, and in the meandering I get that feeling of 'what happens next' back, whilst also seeing familiar areas from the comics.

I have every trust in Darabont and if he
I think the show has been pretty consistent in quality, I've enjoyed every episode as of yet, loved episode 4 as it had Robert Kirkman's signature all over it.

It meanders away from the source material a little more than I originally anticipated, but as Robert Kirkman has stated, the best element of the comics are the surprises, and in the meandering I get that feeling of 'what happens next' back, whilst also seeing familiar areas from the comics.

I have every trust in Darabont and if he wishes to mix it up and spread the work around, I'm sure he knows what he's doing.
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4:38AM on 12/01/2010
Episode 4 was the worst one so far, but then episode 5 came along and was the best. This is pretty crazy news, with this series kicking so much ass so far, but I'm not sure how much the writing staff is really contributing to the already awesome comic material. I guess my only complaint about the show is that the dialogue is somewhat terrible sometimes, so this makes some sense.
Episode 4 was the worst one so far, but then episode 5 came along and was the best. This is pretty crazy news, with this series kicking so much ass so far, but I'm not sure how much the writing staff is really contributing to the already awesome comic material. I guess my only complaint about the show is that the dialogue is somewhat terrible sometimes, so this makes some sense.
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6:44AM on 12/01/2010
the most recent episode was awful. i dont care about these characters, and i dont think 90% of the audience does, they watch for the zombies. the lead guy is great, the rest of the cast... not so much. Sarah from Prison Break is a truly terrible actress who has one emotion, shock.
the most recent episode was awful. i dont care about these characters, and i dont think 90% of the audience does, they watch for the zombies. the lead guy is great, the rest of the cast... not so much. Sarah from Prison Break is a truly terrible actress who has one emotion, shock.
2:13PM on 12/01/2010
I liked the most recent episode because it basically reset the series. That camp was getting on my nerves, I'm glad they got off the beach and went to the hatch.
I liked the most recent episode because it basically reset the series. That camp was getting on my nerves, I'm glad they got off the beach and went to the hatch.
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