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So this is the premiere I've been waiting for all year.

Last week, the first episode of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead aired -- in the States, anyway. Over here, we had to rely on our friendly neighborhood Internet pirates to save us from being left behind, which is the worst thing that can happen to you on a zombie apocalypse so this metaphor is relevant.

Also relevant, the guy who plays our fearless leader Rick Grimes was the "To me you are beautiful" guy in Love Actually. Yes, that is relevant. Secret British accents are relevant.

Anyway if you ask anyone who's seen the first episode, you'll soon find out that Episode One was been phenomenal. I might have even squeezed out a tear or two, and was thrilled to see scenes from the graphic novel so excellently brought to life.

There was, admittedly, one minor hitch, and that was the scene where Rick fires a bullet into a zombie at the police station. The scene later on when he finds the mutilated zombie and kills her out of mercy would have been so much more powerful if he hadn't killed the station zombie.

It also would have introduced the new morality of the world he now has to live in: mercy isn't an option when every bullet counts.

Still, I suppose that's two mercy killings, so that's double the character development?

At any rate, there are a number of television series have failed to rise above their pilot episodes (I'm giving you the stink eye, Glee) and doom their audience to an endless cycle of deception and disappointment. Can The Walking Dead keep up the momentum it's gained with its single gore-ridden, tear-stained, ass-kicking debut?

This week's episode answers with a resounding "holy shit yes arrrggghhhhh next week nowww."

The Walking Dead 1.02: Guts )

It looks like the series is settling down for a nice long stay, because this week's episode deliberately swerved away from Kirkman's story, drawing the tearful reunion out even longer, and gave the audience a new and hair-raising adventure before the real trouble is even expected to start.

Goes without saying that next week's installment of The Walking Dead could not come soon enough.

This may be premature and overly optimistic, but I don't even think Frank Darabont is going to give purists anything to complain about, and that's saying something.

March 2012

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