The Walking Dead Almost Mid-Point Review

The decline of a great show. Did we really need Samurai mysticism?

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By 12almonds - 11/23/2012
If, in a zombie show or movie, you only want to see a lot of action, then The Walking Dead seems to be heading in a good direction for you. However, if the show appealed to you because of the interesting character development, then the third season pales in comparison to the first two seasons.

The main (but not only) problem here is the character Michonne. Specifically, her ever-present scowls, her perpetual tough guy stares, and her mystical abilities.

The Walking Dead appealed to me because the characters seemed real. Even though we were dealing with fantastical subject matter (Zombies) the show made me believe that, “Yeah, this is how it might be if it DID happen.” That feeling is slipping away with the Samurai ninja ways of Michonne. She drops from the trees with a scowl, inflicts pain & suffering on the evil-doers, and then disappears into mid-air. This is something I’d expect in the Hobbit, not The Walking Dead.

Lori, Dale, and T-Dog seemed like real people dealing with unreal circumstances. Michonne seems straight out of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. If you’re just looking for fantasy on top of fantasy, that’s great. Maybe in the fourth season we can have Green Lantern and Wonder Woman join the show. That’ll be great fun. But I, for one, am sad to see the show heading in that direction. I’ve seen enough Buffy the Vampire Slayers, and I’ve seen enough of Lara Croft showing us what an invincible tough guy she is (and what buffoons all who oppose her are). Give me back my Walking Dead realism.

This phenomenon—realism giving way to supernatural action sequences, and tough guy characters who are smarter and tougher than all who came before—is seen time and time again in movie sequels, as each successive sequel gets more ridiculous and mystical. What a shame that such an outstanding television series is falling prey to this boring, tired, and ultimately self-destructive trend.
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bazinga85 - 11/23/2012, 7:09 AM
Have you ever read TWD comics? This is how it's suppose to be. You can't just have people fighting zombies for multiple seasons, it'd eventually get old. Michonne doesn't have mystical powers, she's just a bad-ass with two swords. Season 3 has been the best season by far because it's had awesome action and coflict, while stilI suppose you'l maintaining a great story. I suppose you'd still want Rick's group on the farm with nothing to do but tend grass.
bazinga85 - 11/23/2012, 7:11 AM
*while still -maintaining...i typed "I suppose you'l" twice by accident
12almonds - 11/23/2012, 7:32 AM
Nerdicon:

Nonsense. Andrea and Maggie have both kicked some butt on occasion. I have no problem with that because it was kept within reason (same with the male characters). But Michonne's abilities (jumping from trees and disappearing into thin air) are on a whole new (and unrealistic) level.
12almonds - 11/23/2012, 7:38 AM
bazinga85:

As I said in the opening to my review, some people will like the direction the show is going. You are one of those people. That's fine. But for people like me, Michonne's superhero ninja ways are just too much. The show's realism is slipping away.

I understand the whole comic book angle, but the show (up until now) did a good job of converting the comic story into a more realistic show. Some people want more fantasy-based zombie shows. No problem, I like my sci-fi/fantasy too. I just came to expect something different from Walking Dead.
12almonds - 11/23/2012, 11:49 AM
Nerdicon:

Regarding your realism and zombies comment, you obviously didn't read my review carefully, since I covered that angle.

LOL, you jumped out of trees and didn't get hurt? How high did you jump from? 50 feet, like Michonnne? Did you also have a habit of disappearing into thin air like the great mystical ghost samurai Michonne? Maybe you should join the cast of Walking Dead.
jjk2814 - 11/23/2012, 1:39 PM
People really need to hold off judgement on Michonne. I know its a TV show and it can't play out exactly like the comic. In terms of pace, an episode can't play out the same as a monthly comic when it comes to character development.

Michonne is simply a different type of character, a different type of person. By all means, yes, she most certainly seems one-dimensional. But she is a slow-burn character. People need to realize that she is a person who never had companionship in the near year since the end of the world. No one to trust, no one to talk to. She's had nothing but her pets and her sword, and millions of zombies to cut up to all hell.

I understand your feelings that it seems unrealistic, I don't. I don't think a lot of other people do. A persons level of suspending disbelief can be as different as their opinions. You're not wrong in feeling and thinking the way you do. All I can say is that I don't feel or think the same way about the show.

I can't say I'm surprised by the reaction to Michonne, but again, ultimately people need to reserve judgement.
12almonds - 11/23/2012, 5:47 PM
jjk2814:

Good points. I did reserve judgment for a while, but now I really don't like the Michonne character. I still watch and enjoy the show, but it's not like it was before, when I would sit on the edge of my seat waiting for the next episode. The introduction of a 110 lb. super ninja warrior, who has a perpetual tough guy stare, has really dragged the show down for me. But, as you point out, people's willingness to suspend belief varies greatly.
12almonds - 11/24/2012, 8:27 AM
Nerdicon:

You wrote: "Yeah, we get it shit is depressing, now kill some zombies."

And that goes back to the point of my review. If you're just looking for action, the show is heading in a good direction. But if you enjoyed good character development and a sense of realism within the fantastical world of zombies, season three disappoints. For example, a realistic character like T-Dog has been replaced with a fantasy-based superhero ninja girl.
Kalel219 - 11/24/2012, 2:56 PM
@12almonds

I disagree. I believe the reason why the action in this season is so intense and means something to viewers is because we're had 2 seasons of character devlopment. We're seen them grow as people and such, so when we see them take on walkers, we fear for them.

Also, she's not a fantasy-based superhero ninja girl :/
12almonds - 11/25/2012, 6:00 AM
Kalel219:

I don't necessarily disagree with what you're saying, but Michonne is still dragging the show down. Her tough guy stares and constant scowls are the stuff of tired Hollywood formula.

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