The First Season is all around amazing. We find ourselves thrown into the world of some very strong characters and great writing. In this short and absolutely awesome season you will probably find yourself attached to over half a dozen characters. The interactions between our players comes off as real and it doesn't take much to become invested in them.'
The effects are great. A lot of attention and detail went into the zombies (walkers), and things didn't come across as over-done. It looks like real make-up and prosthetics were used and there isn't a lot of crappy CGI to pull you out of the zone. The music, when used, is good, but there are a lot of silent parts too in which you get a sense of what the atmosphere would really be like. Sometimes less is more and this show made good use of that. They didn't take the shaky-camera cop-out, they also didn't exaggerate things to the point it looked unbelievable. They kept it honest - as if they sat around and thought - "what would this actually look like" and then showed it to us as realistically as they could! I was able to suspend my disbelief and get lost in the story!
Another thing I appreciate is that in this season they did not go out of their way to try to make ruthlessly pick on religion. A certain survivor and his son say a prayer over their meal after rescuing a stranger - its fast, short, and too the point. That was appreciated - that a family that just so happened to believe in God was able to keep to their faith and it was no big deal. It wasn't done from a standpoint to try to prosyletize, it was simple just in the show because that was that family's beliefs. Too many new shows I watch go out of their way to make cartoonishly awful religious characters when its CLEAR it had nothing to do with the story line and was just some crack-pot writer standing on a soap box who wanted to throw his or her opinion in your face - so really - it was really refreshing to watch something that was simply about what it claims to be about - the Walking Dead, and how a group of very like-able characters come together to manage in the face of that.