Sixteen more seasons? Not likely.
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 22:10
“The Walking Dead” has continued into its fourth season to break records and remain the most watched and one of the most popular shows on television. After an amazing first season and a very good second season it’s not difficult to see why the show became so popular. However, let’s not try and pretend that the third season was not awful. It was the television equivalence of a sequel like “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” It was formulaic, poorly written, the conflicts were unnecessarily dragged on and the characters, especially the new ones, were hardly developed. There were many episodes where nothing remotely important occurred with strange developments and subplots that we never came back to, but there was always a random zombie action scene just to keep the fans watching. Everything about season three, including its anticlimactic ending, felt incredibly forced. The writers have now confirmed a spin-off show and that their plans are to keep the show on the year for twenty more years at least. It’s safe to say that it’s not going to get any better.
As bad as last season was, I tuned into season four with high hopes. The opening scene of a season before the theme song and commercials should be something interesting to hook you back into the show. What happens in the season four opening? Rick is listening to an ipod, looks at zombies and ignores them and digs up a gun in the prison garden. What has this scene told us? This season will be just as bland and uninteresting as last season. Nothing has changed.
Yet, I keep watching. There now is a huge amount of people living at the prison and they have started some sort of a community there. We meet a lot of new characters who are poorly introduced. The returning cast seems to be inconsistent with last season, but I keep watching. There are three main plots going on in the episode. One involves Rick venturing off into the woods and meeting a strange woman who demands his help. I see the twist coming that she wants to kill him and eat him immediately, but this is dragged on for an hour. The other involves Carl, who is somehow more of a child and not the ruthless, murdering brat we saw last season, discovering that he is being kept from learning to defend himself while the other kids are. Both of these plots are uninteresting. The third involves a zombie attack on a supply run. I’m aware that this is nothing more than an excuse to give us a zombie attack in another uneventful episode, but seeing my favorite characters (Daryl and Tyrese) in action is still pretty cool.
All in all, the new season of “The Walking Dead” does not seem promising. It’s off to a rocky start. The one new character that seems interesting is played by Larry Gillard Jr. who previously played D’Angelo on “The Wire.” We don’t know much about him other than he was once a medic for the military and given the way he stared at bottles of alcohol in a grocery store he must be sober soon to fall off the wagon. There seems to be a disease spread from sick pigs to people within the prison. If this is developed it could be something interesting, but I have a feeling it’s just an excuse in the plot to put zombies within the prison walls. While the season premiere certainly was watchable, it was not the gripping or exciting event it should have been and it does not give me much hope for the rest of the season. For now I’ll keep watching, but don’t think I’m going to sit around and take much more of this with better shows on television and their 20 year plan in mind.