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THis story needs to end soon -- it is going in circles
on November 14, 2014
The premise is interesting -- a survivalist setting where life as we know it has crumbled to pieces and zombies are taking over the world, and one bite from a zombie turns you into one of them -- but the story goes on for too long, often in circles. Season 1 was great, Season 2 was good, but subsequent seasons and shows often feel lacking in a new, interesting tale, and one gets tired of the protagonists making the same mistakes over and over, and over. In particular, Rick and his group at the prison do a poor job in planning for the future. They are too often reactive instead of pro-active. They don't cover their behinds and so the zombies get into the prison again and again, and the bad guys attack again and again, all while Rick is wandering around looking dazed and dopey and blood-covered, and talking in his annoying overly-southern-cowboy accent. Some parts of the story lack realism -- for instance, how is it possible that Daryl has an endless supply of arrows for his crossbow? They never find crossbow arrows in houses as they scavenge for supplies. It would be very strange if they did, as this is not a common weapon.
THere are some great parts of the story, such as Michonne, my favorite character, who slashes her way through hell and high water with a Samuri sword and a bittersweet attitude. But there are some very annoying parts, such as how after an injury or a battle or simply a clumsy accident, the characters don't wipe the blood off their faces or change shirts, but seem to spend the rest of the episode covered in blood. THis is just gross, and doesn't seem very realistic. Also it seems unrealistic that a zombie's bite could cause death for a human, but getting the zombie's blood all over you, into your face, nose, mouth, into your open cuts and wounds, does'nt seem to be a problem at all. This doesn't make sense. It stands to reason that if the bite of the zombie is harmful, so is getting zombie blood into contact with your own blood. But the superfluity of characters spending whole episodes covered in zombie blood challenges this rational expectation,and no doubt makes thinking viewers annoyed.