Originally Posted by Sebastian OB
I guess I don't know what some of you were expecting. It's a show about zombies. There's some inherent silliness in there. They are going to hit some tropes. The emotions are going to be big. It's not going to be "The Wire"; it can't be. There are zombies for christ's sake.
IMO, for a TV show about zombies, it's fucking Shakespeare.
This is silly. The fact that 9 zombie movies out of 10 are written by imbeciles doesn't mean that you shouldn't hope for reasonably crafted dialogue and characters when a genuinely great filmmakers take a stab at the genre. Their pedigree dictates the expectations.
It is true that certain cliches are unavoidable when tackling this kind of story, but that's not the problem. While a long running zombie story will have to use the classic "under siege in an enclosed space with a bunch of strangers" scenario at one point or another, what matters is that the writer needs to populate it with interesting characters.
When you start putting in there stock characters like the cartoonish racist asshole and the "hell naw" black dude with a nickname and have your lead man whip out rubbish like "When I find my family I'm gonna tell them about this guy", it seems to me we may have a problem. A lot of the dialogue in this episode seemed to come straight out of some stupid early 90s adventure show. That can't be good.
Is it totally unreasonable to expect a guy like Darabont to rise above this kind of stuff, zombies or no zombies?
This probably comes out as overly harsh, as I said "Guts" was an enjoyable hour of horror television, it's just that the pilot promised something more.