UPDATE 12/01/2017: Still grinding along... Did they fire all the good writers and directors here, or what? Are these newest episodes also of shorter duration, or does it just seem that way? None of these Season 8 Episodes so far, are worth a re-watch, and that's a first for this series! It pains me to say this!
I've enjoyed "The Walking Dead" since its inception on DVD, and that's unusual for me, as zombies aren't my thing. Still, the conclusion of Season One, Episode 06: TS-19, locked me into watching Season Two, where my total frustration with Hershel, Shane and Rick had me talking to myself! From there on out I've been a fan, purchasing every season on DVD, as soon as it comes out. And fans will forgive a few things, but those things do not generally include an absurd absence of logic.
SPOILER: The scene in Season 8 where Rick and his people have penetrated Negan's compound, armed to the teeth, protected behind a staggered vehicular shield-wall, yet close enough to have a shouting conversation with the grandstanding Negan (as out in the open as you could hope to get him), and nobody thinks to take a single shot at the SOB?! WTF?! A well-placed bolt (arrow) from Daryl's compound crossbow would've ended Negan right there, and surely one of the rifles could've taken him out. Hell, just wounding the SOB is a worthy achievement! But no, they palaver on instead, ignoring the opportunity and allowing Negan to strut his fast-growing-tiresome stuff. It's absurd!
We all saw the train come off the rails with "Dexter", when they got rid of all the talented writers and began pursuing absurd story lines; I didn't even finish the series... Any more mindless scenes like the one described above, and I'll likely walk away from this one too.
Sagas go Through Three Basic Stages (a little like careers do): Stage One: A Challenge Stage Two: An Adventure Stage Three: A Grind
So far, the first two episodes of "Season 8 of The Walking Dead" swing between motivational speeches and protracted scenes of ultra violence. It's becoming a grind. This current season is at a pivotal node now. Perhaps, they should take a lesson from their own episodes, which successfully detoured from the main storyline, and fleshed out an important character--the outstanding "Episode 4 from Season Six: Here's Not Here", shines as a prime example of how to artfully execute this; "The Grove" is another. Or perhaps, they should take a lesson from "Breaking Bad", which ended masterfully, poetically, and as it should have...
I find myself wishing that Shiva had taken out Negan at the climax of "Season 7", and that we'd be moving on to a new story line now, or wrapping it up. Endings--at least proper endings--matter.
"The X-Files" serves as an example of an excellent series that ran too long. Here is one that should've ended with "Season 7".
I love this show but the action scenes absolutely kill me. Mostly the gun fights and the extreme lack of knowledge when it comes to how guns function and their effectiveness. Somehow they can shoot zombies in the head every time like I would imagine Jerry Miculek would. But somehow when facing other humans the show turns into the A-team. Even with fully automatic weapons the shooters trace outlines around their opponents.
Oookay. Here's the problem. I WANT TO LIKE THE SHOW AGAIN! I want to, but they are making it impossible.
I just want to start by saying the most annoying thing, is no one that speaks like a real person in this season. I'm sick of speech guy (Negan), Eugene that speaks like Yoda half the time, the Trash people (don't even get me started) who talk like babies with guns, The King (although I do like him but again talks like he's at the renaissance festival) etc. It's ridiculous and embarrassing to watch.
The forced foreshadowing that is so blatant the writers must think we have the mentality of the Trash people. It was obvious they were going to kill Carl. He's suddenly in every scene, making really painfully poor speeches, kill me yada yada yada. It was uncomfortable to watch.
I know this is beating a dead horse, but the characters doing really, really dumb things. Rick going to the Trash people again, WTF? This is was amazingly stupid, and left viewers saying "you gotta be joking" No one, NO ONE would return for a second round with those turn coats, especially alone. Maggie, oh jesus, this scene made me literally yell at the TV. The tree is in the road, and you just stop and wait, despite the fact that Negan has used this tactic at least twice previously. (They are running out of surprise tactics I guess) No no no...as soon as you see it, turn around, get out, set up something and fight, but no we'll just wait to be taken over again. EVERYONE had a shot on Negan at the compound, but no one takes the shot, or can hit him. UGH! Again, dumb dumb dumb. The Mole not shooting Eugene, nope not buying that one either. Leaving some of the best warriors behind, namely Michonne to baby sit, Judith, the child that must have taken an aging/haste potion who is now a full blown 4 year old. Someone shoot me please, oh wait, you'd probably need a speech before it and miss me horribly.
I want to break up with you Walking Dead, but we've been through 4-5 good years and 3 bad. C'mon can't we go to counseling or something?
I'll give it a three, it could go lower or higher depending on how the second half of the season goes. Episode 8 was sucking so bad I just had to stop watching, I'll pick it back up when the second half starts. Who is just going to sit there and do nothing while murderers run up on them with guns? Stupid. I could see it if you were suffering from shock, but our heroes should be past shock by now ... they've been fighting freaking zombies for years! I could see it if you expect mercy from the bad guys, but Negan already murdered the best man in the heroes' family. (Miss you, Glen. You too, Abraham, just Glen was my favorite). And the camera man, director, or whoever went crazy this season. What's with all the facial closeups? Only tension this technique is causing me is from annoyance. Hope the second half is WAY better, and they don't try to reboot the series by killing everyone off. I'll just quit.