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2012-12-14 11:47:23 AM  
Maybe they can edit in some action and story progress just like in the comic books too.
 
2012-12-14 11:59:40 AM  

RTOGUY: Maybe they can edit in some action and story progress just like in the comic books too.


I'll agree season 2 had some dull episodes, but I think they've recovered pretty well this season.
 
2012-12-14 12:24:46 PM  
While this is cool overall, color compositions don't always look so good in monochrome.
 
2012-12-14 12:29:06 PM  
I'd prefer if they encolourated the comic books to match instead.
 
wee
2012-12-14 12:57:01 PM  

RTOGUY: Maybe they can edit in some action and story progress just like in the comic books too.


They should edit in more weeping from the Madeleine Stowe wannabe chick. Because that is some riveting TV right there.
 
2012-12-14 01:20:14 PM  
They already did this with the first episode
 
2012-12-14 01:21:13 PM  
They already tried this. Kept taking up space on my DVR. I was saving that space for new episodes (for the wife) and my MotoGP and F1 races. Had to keep deleting those stupid episodes to make room.
 
2012-12-14 01:21:48 PM  
Er, "that stupid episode"

Christ, I need to wake the fark up...
 
2012-12-14 01:23:25 PM  
Meh - never did see it in fancy-shmancy "colour" to begin with.
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2012-12-14 01:24:30 PM  
I'm not sure that translates into good TV. That would be like doing an evening newscast in black and white as a tribute to newspapers. Or better yet, just putting the words on the screen so you can read it yourself.
 
2012-12-14 01:31:09 PM  
That's stupid
 
2012-12-14 01:51:13 PM  
this will appeal to the 1.3% of viewers who could give 2 shiats about the comic books
 
2012-12-14 01:52:06 PM  
I'll watch season 1 over again. There was a season 2? Huh...maybe I drank the whole thing away.
 
2012-12-14 01:54:09 PM  
This is good news for people who don't know how to adjust their TV
 
2012-12-14 01:54:48 PM  
This is a dumb idea. This show isn't shot well enough to pull this off.
 
2012-12-14 01:56:59 PM  
Meh....I'd rather see this season eventually rendered in B&W. It's the most exciting yet.
 
2012-12-14 02:02:23 PM  
Well then for the full effect I am only going to watch it when sitting on the can....
 
2012-12-14 02:04:19 PM  

jj325: This is good news for people who don't know how to adjust their TV


Or bad news if they don't know it's SUPPOSED to be in black & white.

`Dammit! Who's been f**king around with the screen settings?'
 
2012-12-14 02:04:59 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Well then for the full effect I am only going to watch it when sitting on the can....


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2012-12-14 02:07:51 PM  
I'm a big fan of the show, so I picked up the first compendium of the comic. I have to say the show is far superior.
 
2012-12-14 02:09:21 PM  
I bought a 50" 1080p whatever majiggy LED tv so I can watch TV shows shot for color be reduced to black and white.
 
2012-12-14 02:09:23 PM  
How the hell can walkers eat?
They don't have a working digestive system.
Do they eventually explode?
 
2012-12-14 02:12:12 PM  

LeroyBourne: I'll watch season 1 over again. There was a season 2? Huh...maybe I drank the whole thing away.


hey now, episodes 1 and 24 were good
 
2012-12-14 02:15:17 PM  

Guns n' Farkin Roses: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Well then for the full effect I am only going to watch it when sitting on the can....

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Look up, man, I think a joke just flew well over your head.
 
2012-12-14 02:15:28 PM  

The Singing Bush: I'm a big fan of the show, so I picked up the first compendium of the comic. I have to say the show is far superior.


Read a few more. You'll change your mind.

Second season suuuuuccckkked on its own, not even comparing it to the comics. I don't mind the show veering from the comic's story arcs--keeps me surprised. But what they did to Lori and what they're still doing to Andrea in the show---OMG, I want to put my fist through the TV. Finally, an opportunity to have strong, female characters in an action show and they completely blew it.

Plus, some of the storylines in the comics are WAY better. Like The Governor--he's completely, slimy, evil. Not so much in the show. And Rick's slow-but-inevitable loss of humanity. And, and...just read more.

/Thank God for American Horror Story. Good female characters there
//And Lily Rabe is freakin' INCREDIBLE.
 
2012-12-14 02:19:26 PM  

The Loaf: Guns n' Farkin Roses: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Well then for the full effect I am only going to watch it when sitting on the can....

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Look up, man, I think a joke just flew well over your head.


Ahh, gotcha. Sorry, too many haters out there so I assumed, and we all know what happens when you do that.
 
2012-12-14 02:27:23 PM  
Honestly, AMC, the less you air The Walking Boring on your television station, the better. If I wanted to watch the intersection of nothing, infuriating, and frustrating, I already HAVE my sex life!
 
2012-12-14 02:32:01 PM  

wee: They should edit in more weeping from the Madeleine Stowe wannabe chick. Because that is some riveting TV right there.


She's much better in Season 3. There was a little crying, but very quickly that shiat ended.
 
2012-12-14 02:32:38 PM  

Why Would I Read the Article: Honestly, AMC, the less you air The Walking Boring on your television station, the better. If I wanted to watch the intersection of nothing, infuriating, and frustrating, I already HAVE my sex life!


Hey GnFR, NOW!!!!!
 
2012-12-14 02:33:11 PM  

moothemagiccow: LeroyBourne: I'll watch season 1 over again. There was a season 2? Huh...maybe I drank the whole thing away.

hey now, episodes 1 and 24 were good


I know, the climatic ending of season 2 was just fine. I think everyone loved season 1 so much that no one would give up on season 2(no matter how boring it got). So glad season 3 is back with a vengeance
 
2012-12-14 02:38:02 PM  
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2012-12-14 02:38:47 PM  
I'm sick of all the complaints about Season 2.

The show he its budget cut in half very soon before production started which forced the show to minimize the number of sets they had and there certainly wasn't time to re-write the season to take better advantage of the farm setting.

It seems the writers were preparing for this when writing season 3. The only significant sets are the prison & woodbury -- granted those are large sets, but they're constantly being used over & over.
On top of that the budget was increased. The Walking Dead also has a way of dealing with tricky fact that actors get more expensive the longer they're on a show.
 
2012-12-14 02:40:58 PM  

brigid_fitch: The Singing Bush: I'm a big fan of the show, so I picked up the first compendium of the comic. I have to say the show is far superior.

Read a few more. You'll change your mind.



No he won't. The comic books sucked front to back, even through the vaunted issues 100 and 104.

The TV show is vastly superior. The comic books should print in big bold letters on the front of each issue "THANKS TV FOR SAVING OUR LAME ASS!!!"
 
2012-12-14 02:44:54 PM  
If they had real commitment they'd rotoscope every episode to make it look like a comic book. I'll do it, call me.

/no actually forget it, rotoscoping is a pain in the ass
//was going to get the comic, the anthology's like 3 telephone books long
 
2012-12-14 02:56:00 PM  

brigid_fitch: The Singing Bush: I'm a big fan of the show, so I picked up the first compendium of the comic. I have to say the show is far superior.

Read a few more. You'll change your mind.

Second season suuuuuccckkked on its own, not even comparing it to the comics. I don't mind the show veering from the comic's story arcs--keeps me surprised. But what they did to Lori and what they're still doing to Andrea in the show---OMG, I want to put my fist through the TV. Finally, an opportunity to have strong, female characters in an action show and they completely blew it.

Plus, some of the storylines in the comics are WAY better. Like The Governor--he's completely, slimy, evil. Not so much in the show. And Rick's slow-but-inevitable loss of humanity. And, and...just read more.


**COMIC SPOILERS**

Read a few more? The first compendium is HALF of the entire series, ending with the prison being overrun and Rick and Carl fleeing on their own. The Governor in the show is far better than in the comic, mainly because he's actually charismatic enough that you believe people would keep following him. In the comic, people in Woodbury were already leery of him and commenting that he had gone crazy, but hey, let's follow him on an assault on a fenced-in prison. That people continued following The Governor in the comic was one of my biggest complaints (along with "hey I've got a great idea, let's blow up the National Guard base"). 

Don't get me wrong, I like it and will read the second half, but it's not as good as the show.
 
2012-12-14 02:59:40 PM  

braedan: I'm sick of all the complaints about Season 2.

The show he its budget cut in half very soon before production started which forced the show to minimize the number of sets they had and there certainly wasn't time to re-write the season to take better advantage of the farm setting.

It seems the writers were preparing for this when writing season 3. The only significant sets are the prison & woodbury -- granted those are large sets, but they're constantly being used over & over.
On top of that the budget was increased. The Walking Dead also has a way of dealing with tricky fact that actors get more expensive the longer they're on a show.


We can make excuses for Season 2 all we want but it won't change the fact that it sucked. Fans of the show know why it sucked--that AMC took a bunch of Walking Dead money ($650K/episode) and threw it at Mad Men. They lost the entire writing staff from Season 1 AND Darabont. Whatever they could have done differently is moot. The season sucked, we all know it, but we held in there and got a nice pay-off w/the finale and now Season 3.
 
2012-12-14 03:06:18 PM  
Is this the new thread to complain about season 2/Carl/Andrea/black cast members being killed off/tv series vs. the comics/Peter Petrelli leaving Caitlin in the future/the flash sideways?

/What was the Hurley Bird?
 
2012-12-14 03:07:28 PM  

Fiction Fan: How the hell can walkers eat?
They don't have a working digestive system.
Do they eventually explode?


this clip from Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks should explain the digestive system of the undead:

I. Digestion
Recent evidence has once and for all discounted the theory that human flesh is the fuel for the undead. A zombie's digestive tract is completely dormant. The complex system that processes food, extracts nutrition, and excretes waste does not factor into a zombie's physiology. Autopsies conducted on neutralized undead have shown that their "food" lies in its original, undigested state at all sections of the tract. This partially chewed, slowly rotting matter will continue to accumulate, as the zombie devours more victims, until it is forced through the anus, or literally bursts through the stomach or intestinal lining. While this more dramatic example of non-digestion is rare, hundreds of eyewitness reports have confirmed undead to have distended bellies. One captured and dissected specimen was found to contain 211 pounds of flesh within its system! Even rarer accounts have confirmed that zombies continue to feed long after their digestive tracts have exploded from within.


fun book. i read it on the train. Since the upcoming movie and hearing all the complaints from fellow farkers i decided to read WWZ and the survival guide. Me and my boys are zombie fans so i sent them a copy of the book. if you want let me know ill shoot you a copy
 
2012-12-14 03:10:36 PM  

braedan: I'm sick of all the complaints about Season 2.

The show he its budget cut in half very soon


Someone cut that budget. And it made the show suck. And people complained.

This is not like having a bad harvest. God did not cut the budget. AMC made a terrible decision.
 
2012-12-14 03:19:21 PM  

moothemagiccow: braedan: I'm sick of all the complaints about Season 2.

The show he its budget cut in half very soon

Someone cut that budget. And it made the show suck. And people complained.

This is not like having a bad harvest. God did not cut the budget. AMC made a terrible decision.


Why even bother complaining now? Everyone seems to agree that Season 3 is firing on all cylinders. Why dwell on the past?
 
2012-12-14 03:21:15 PM  

The Singing Bush: The Governor in the show is far better than in the comic, mainly because he's actually charismatic enough that you believe people would keep following him.


The Governor is a bizarre character in both versions. On the show, I don't understand his motivation for almost anything. How does he decide who to trust? The scientist guy is useful, but Merle is too dumb, confident and impulsive to effectively command. Why tie up and torture Glenn but not Andrea? I can understand killing the marines if they were a threat to his authority, but they were skilled warriors whose allegiance might bend to the right authority. What makes his goons better than them?

Michonne's aversion to Woodbury to the point of violence is also strange.
 
2012-12-14 03:22:06 PM  
I read the first compendium of the comic before watching the show - I like the show better. The comic starts out as a interesting drama of people dealing with the end of the world, but by the end at Woodbury/Prison story it got so dark and torture-porn nasty that I didn't want to read part 2. That level of nihilism and depravity is depressing, not entertaining.

/When you stare into the abyss ...
 
2012-12-14 03:23:00 PM  

LandOfChocolate: moothemagiccow: braedan: I'm sick of all the complaints about Season 2.

The show he its budget cut in half very soon

Someone cut that budget. And it made the show suck. And people complained.

This is not like having a bad harvest. God did not cut the budget. AMC made a terrible decision.

Why even bother complaining now? Everyone seems to agree that Season 3 is firing on all cylinders. Why dwell on the past?


Because they're re-airing it? Dunno, someone else did.
 
2012-12-14 03:23:56 PM  

RTOGUY: Maybe they can edit in some action and story progress just like in the comic books too.


Mebbe they can get sum stuff to blowed up real good fer ya too!

/has no problem with season 2 TV series > comic book
 
2012-12-14 03:37:47 PM  
My friends and I had a small argument about killing the national guard guys. In my view this is an evil but entirely rational act. The only people we see them welcoming are the isolated, the weak and the helpless. These people can be easily assimilated into the group. The national guard was a cohesive group of well-armed, trained fighters. It's possible that they could be convinced to accept the authority of the governer, but it's just as possible that they would stage a coup if they were unhappy with the way things were run. It's a complete crapshoot. If your goal is to ensure stability and control in your group then you cannot take them in and it's even risky to let them know you exist.

But their stuff is really nice...which is where the evil comes in.
 
2012-12-14 03:41:42 PM  

2BuckChuck: I read the first compendium of the comic before watching the show - I like the show better. The comic starts out as a interesting drama of people dealing with the end of the world, but by the end at Woodbury/Prison story it got so dark and torture-porn nasty that I didn't want to read part 2. That level of nihilism and depravity is depressing, not entertaining.

/When you stare into the abyss ...


The depravity is more realistic. The show is a sanitized zombie apocalypse. It's enough to ask that people suspend disbelief to think that the dead can return to life - it's a little much to believe that no one's going to get raped, maimed or mutilated.
 
2012-12-14 03:43:05 PM  

moothemagiccow: This is not like having a bad harvest. God did not cut the budget. AMC made a terrible decision.


I do blame AMC for their decision. I do NOT blame the writers, producers and/or show runners of The Walking Dead. That's the differentiation that I don't think is clear to many fans. Season 2 is not terrible because "The Creatives are teh suck", Season 2 is terrible because "teh suits" didn't want to pony up the cash that their wildly popular show required.

I applaud the writers, actors and crew of The Walking Dead for giving us the memorable material from Season 2 that we did get (the well zombie, the zombie stampede where Rick was lying under 3 zombies, the season 2 finale come to mind) and I appreciate that they decided to show less zombies rather than skimp on the make up.
 
2012-12-14 03:46:04 PM  

moothemagiccow: Why tie up and torture Glenn but not Andrea?


Because he didn't want to bang Glenn? Plus, they knew Glenn and Maggie were with a group, but Michonne and Andrea were alone.
 
2012-12-14 03:53:37 PM  

brigid_fitch: We can make excuses for Season 2 all we want but it won't change the fact that it sucked. Fans of the show know why it sucked--that AMC took a bunch of Walking Dead money ($650K/episode) and threw it at Mad Men. They lost the entire writing staff from Season 1 AND Darabont. Whatever they could have done differently is moot. The season sucked, we all know it, but we held in there and got a nice pay-off w/the finale and now Season 3.


I think season two would have been better had we gotten a full season one. A sanctuary and respite is a fine story choice if you've had multiple episodes of constant attacks and increasing dread to the point where even the audience needs a breather. Instead, we got an abbreviated first season where about half the episodes didn't even have much in the way of zombie attacks.

Also, all the talking would have meant more had the characters had more time to be fleshed out and become real people. Instead, we got an enigmatic Lori who never really seemed to have any motivation and a Shane who was either crazy or sane depending on the week.

Imagine that the first five minutes of this season (and the unshown year they spent together) were the last seven episodes of season one. Now, season two opens with our fierce fighting force of actual characters who have been through a year terror and fighting and have lost a few along the way (preferably Shane and Sophia) stumble across an oasis in the wilderness. They try to settle down with the farm crew, but can they really settle after all they've been through? It would have been a much better story and perhaps even a necessary story between the crazy desperation of season one and the fatalistic determinism of season three.
 
2012-12-14 04:02:38 PM  

brigid_fitch: Fans of the show know why it sucked--that AMC took a bunch of Walking Dead money ($650K/episode) and threw it at Mad Men.


...and it was money wasted. Lane's arc, Pete's comeupppance, and anything with Roger, Sally, and Roger/Sally was the only parts worthwhile.

Season 2 of Wallking Dead was a horrible bottle season. Midseason finale, Season finale. That's it.
 
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