Posts with the tag "horror"
Better to apologize to an animated corpse than to a regular corpse, and other lessons from last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Wildfire”
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead began slow, moved fitfully — with all the eschewing of common sense we’ve come to expect — and ended with a bang (bangs, actually, on a door).
We tally up the points below. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
Janitors, male nurses, and old people are the most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, and other revelations in last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Vatos”
On last night’s The Walking Dead, the show took a sharp turn from the mediocrity of the past two episodes, ending with a bloody human zombie massacre that brought the series back to the excitement of the premier.
We dissect the positives and negatives below, where once again we tabulate the series’ progress with Romero Points (see explanation below).
Here goes. Hold on to your zombie-gut shirts:
For this week I’m eschewing the straight recap I’ve done earlier for “Romero Points,” a system that awards or takes away points certain scenes in the episode. A positive score is the degree to which George Romero would approve, and a negative score indicates the number of times he would roll over in his grave, if he had one, because he’s very much alive and also who knows whether or not he even plans to be cremated, or if there would be room in his grave to roll, or even if he will ever die (note: this not the real George Romero’s opinion, because I have no idea what he thinks. Rather, it is the one who lives in my head and tells me every night that I’m the “best little zombie fan ever”).
Here we go:
The first episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead begins with sherriff’s deputy Rick Grimes blowing out the brains of a zombie girl.
The rest — the background of the scene, the abandoned cars the rotting corpses — is left begging for answers, which come slowly.
It’s a cynical hook-the-viewer-as-fast-as-possible intro that has little to do with the rest of the episode, and it’s hardly necessary given the buzz the series has received. But, who cares? Exploding zombie heads are fun. And the rest of the show was hardly disappointing. I can forgive it a cynical introduction.
Read our spoiler-laden episode recap below.
Instead of being subjects of horror movies, zombies, aliens as well as all different kinds of monsters have assimilated into society in the world of Ugly Americans. The main character Mark Lilly processes “undead Americans” regularly in his job as a social worker in New York City. His work and surroundings humanize them and breaks down the monster genre in an intelligent way, backdropping it within the droll city life.
Here’s a summary of episode 1 of the second season:
For swooning teen girls, there are the hairless-chested vampires of Twilight. For college English students, the wizardry of Hogwarts Academy is prime. The nerdsters have robots. The hipsters have the beats.
But for a certain group of researchers, nothing can be more alluring than the tasty study of that great, brain-chomping, ankle-biting, blood-spewing,
walking dead device — the zombie.
He reads an article in The New York Times science section, and he wonders: How does this relate to my research? He wants to know how the decomposition of human bodies works. His Twitter account whirls a constant stream of scientific dis- covery: Reuters updates, Science Daily blurbs, The National Science Foundation an- nouncements. He wonders what happens to the eye if a person never blinks, so he calls the head of the American Academy of Optometry.
He reads an article from the BBC News on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), and it gets him thinking about viruses, incubation periods, the effects on the brain, so he calls the Scripps Research Institute. When he calls another researcher, he introduces himself.
His name is Matt Mogk, and he is the founder of the Zombie Research Society.