Amc The Walking Dead

November 8, 2010 by Post Team 

Amc The Walking Dead, “Guts”, the next episode of the new zombie AMC series, The Walking Dead, is both faster pace, and as the title hints, gorier than the premiere. And with about twice as many characters as Episode One, we do not have the time to really know one of them.

The mysterious voice we hear in the tank last week appears to be Glenn, who helps steer officer Rick Grimes to the (relative) safety of frightened, angry mob of survivors trapped in a downtown department store. On the roof, a coked-up, is racist redneck by shooting with a gun and declaring himself leading the RAG-tag gang. Grimes as he knocks on his ass and handcuffed him to a pole, we have our first apocalyptic coup and our first problem of the few people who have (not all survivors are necessarily good).

Meanwhile, back at camp survivor off I-85, Grimes’ wife and best friend Shane secretly for their own little apocalyptic distraction. When they get a distress call back to their friends and family in the store, Shane explains that no rescue attempt. It is increasingly clear that he was not the selfless hero Grimes appears to be.

The “guts” of the title, the zombie guts used to mask the scent of the living. Glenn Grimes and fool the Walkers by shuffling their way to a service truck just the other side of the undead horde, smelling corpses. But like Elmer the multi-colored elephant who rolled in the elephant-colored berries, an afternoon rain spoils the disguise, and it’s time to start cutting through some more zombies with an ax and a crowbar.

In the frenzy of the bailout, you redneck left handcuffed on the roof and get the key dropped a pipe. But redneck (we learn in the scenes from next week’s episode) has a brother; I am asking is another typical hillbilly Georgia, which must have been busy washing his Klan costume and AME churches and burning the zombies over. I also imagine that redneck on the roof will be a creative way to protect himself with a pocket knife found in 127 hours. I think I saw a preview somewhere.

Annoying Southern stereotypes aside, a little friction between survivors back on the beach, I mean in the woods, can only be good for the story as it unfolds. For those of us who are company from reading the graphic novels until the season ends, we only caught glimpses of men and women of Survivor: Atlanta. And it seems that the work Grimes’ will not end up with just kill zombies and finding his family. The real story will be business people from different backgrounds with different opinions about what to do if you survived the end of the world.

Can they found a refuge from the zombies, but it just may not be the safest place on earth.

Stray Notes:
• I love downtown Atlanta, but stocking up on supplies for the zombie takeover sounds like the first good reason to visit a Walmart in the ‘burbs I have heard in a long time.
• One of the seven department store pulls a gun on Grimes when he arrives, accusing him of raising the hurdle, but hesitates before a necklace from the display rack. Now there is a complex moral code.
• Zombies are better at climbing ladders or chain-link fences.
• Rat-eating zombie was the scariest zombie in this episode. It’s not really a “horror” show, but they do make you jump at least once an episode.
• That the rat be rat-card losses being caught by a zombie. OK, I think he was just a dead rat found.
• I think I’m going to miss this show in the first place in downtown Atlanta. These outdoor scenes were some of the best and most cinematic The Walking Dead has given us so far. I hope they re-make (or go back to redneck) soon.
• The show has done a nice job as far as balancing human drama with action and excitement. This episode was lighter on the former and heavy on the latter, but I do not feel that this is the first place nick-of-time escapes, zombie head shots and literal blood bath for the future.
• There was no other TV show I was more excited about this week (sorry, Boardwalk Empire).

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