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Old 08-25-2011, 01:29 PM   #91 (permalink)
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You have to wonder how much of their audience will return for season two. The build-up to the premiere had buzz that now is kinda non-existent.
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You have to wonder how much of their audience will return for season two. The build-up to the premiere had buzz that now is kinda non-existent.
With any luck the world is getting vampire/zombie/werewolf overload.

God, one can hope anyways.
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Without adding fuel to the flame war here I think we all should be supremely aware by now that popularity is not an accurate measure of or even necessarily an indication of qaulity in all things art. Viewership, ratings, etc. is essentailly a moot point.

This show is good. It should have been great. It underachieved. It's an A student in Community College who should have been halfway through Med School already.

While it may not be mediocer it failed in delivering on it's much due hype despite having nearly every advantage availible before by the time it was finished.

I've already written at length in this very thread what went wrong with this program, but the "it's just a zombie show what do you expect" mentality that pretty much sums it up best.
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I missed that, what did you write on how it could have been improved?
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Stayed with the source material?
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I'm really confused with what the guy's doing. I said earlier that we didn't necessarily need to see an exact frame for frame translation, but damn....for someone who waxes on so much about the source material Darabont sure did his best to bury the better parts of all the OG's major plot points. The show itself isn't terrible on it's own, but what a frustrating direction to take for people who are familiar with the comic.
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I mean I could see that, but all fanboyism aside this show would have been ten times better had they just stuck to the storyline of the comic.

Whats baffling is that the comic is completely linear. It doesn't jump around and unlike most long running comic series there is only 1 monthly trade. With the source material being so uniquely self contained it was basically pre-storyboarded there just asking to be made as is. Yet for whatever reasons, like R Star said, they just started steering away from the plotpoints that allowed the original to be so succesful in the firstplace.

Why mess with such a good thing? I can totally accept minor changes and even major ones should that not undermine the qaulity of the program. With any adaptation certain things are going to need to be sacrificed. The thing is,the writers were given an ideal format here. One where those previously mentioned sacrifices could all but be avoided.

With an hour long, weekly series the focus should have been on improving the source's weaknesses while still telling what was an already engaging story. They missed the mark completely.There was no need to rush yet they went the A.D.D. route anyways.

Where they had to chance to beef up the dialogue and give existing characters more depth they chose instead to just add MORE characters. The would be tension and the resulting payoff are much cheaper having done so. Color me dissapointed, personally.
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I wrote almost that exact statement like 3 pages ago, so nothing new there. But speaking to my points since it's obvious I feel, to anyone who has read the comic, that a path better followed would have been to stick the plot progression outlined by the first trade. That's not to say as I pointed out that they should follow it frame for frame. Rather, they should not have made the unnecessary changes they did in terms of plotting and character archs. They would have been better serve to storyboard selectively from within the source while using their own digression as opposed to changing the story as drastically as they did. This is especially the case given the seemingly on going and open-ended freedoms allowed by the given format.

The issue with Watchmen was that it was completely literal and that there were no concessions made outside of the ending. It was never actually adapted for film so much as it was simply transferred just like you said. Therefore it ended up overly long and poorly paced. It would've worked much more effectively as a TV program in the same way that The Walking Dead SHOULD work. The concessions made were not done so to make for a better story nor did those changes make for better television. They were superfluous hollow filler. Bad writing that was recognized as such with the systematic firing of the whole staff.

Maybe Iím wrong, but Iím willing to bet that you havenít read the series or otherwise youíd most likely agree with me. Iím not in the critical minority there. And again, this is not a fan boy crying that the Joker fell in red waste as opposed to green waste. Itís me crying foul at the misguided direction that they took something that was very clearly and easily supposed to be taken elsewhere.

Am I wrong?

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Interesting guess R-star as another person in the 'stick with the source material' camp
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Season Premiere: 10/16/11
Where to begin? We liked The Walking Dead last year during its brief, six-episode run, though we had some issues as well (Merle Dixon, we're looking at you). But we were excited to see where Frank Darabont would go given a full, 13-episodes season. Of course now Darabont Ė after working on the first half of Season 2 -- has left the series (apparently fired) and we're not sure what to expect, quality-wise. As for the story, we do know that a familiar farm from the comic books is being introduced, and with it characters like Hershel (Scott Wilson), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince).


I ****ing told you Darabont was fired HB you dumbass.

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Old 10-09-2011, 07:55 AM   #102 (permalink)
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Just watched all of Season 1 yesterday... Good show, can't wait for Season 2.
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Well, I'm a totaly sucker and am gonna be waiting with baited breath despite the producers every effort to make me do otherwise.
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Where to begin? We liked The Walking Dead last year during its brief, six-episode run, though we had some issues as well (Merle Dixon, we're looking at you). But we were excited to see where Frank Darabont would go given a full, 13-episodes season. Of course now Darabont – after working on the first half of Season 2 -- has left the series (apparently fired) and we're not sure what to expect, quality-wise. As for the story, we do know that a familiar farm from the comic books is being introduced, and with it characters like Hershel (Scott Wilson), Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince).


I ****ing told you Darabont was fired HB you dumbass.

Chalk another one up in the HB doesn't know what the **** hes talking about column.
ACtually just seeing this, but I'll respond even though you claim you are gone from this site. At the point of you suggesting Darabont was fired, no one knew that and AMC was saying he had voluntarily left, so stop with the 'know it all' attitude, there was nothing out there that was saying he was fired. The Network and Darabont himself put it out to the world that he left on his own.

Now this is an interesting article I came upon
, as you can read, it seems the crew was upset about his firing and they said he was very well liked. Actually article says they also tried messing with the mad men and Breaking bad formulas. If anything its the network that has issues.

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Even when there's a studio involved, the fights have been tough. The conflict with Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has been abundantly documented and concluded with Weiner getting $10 million per season for up to three more seasons and AMC getting more commercial time. The fracas didn't burnish any reputations with the public. Now sources involved with Breaking Bad are venting displeasure with the network. One says AMC could have dealt with Breaking Bad in a more timely and collaborative manner and come to an easier resolution, adding, "You hate when it comes down to the point where it gets stupid."

Laments a producer on one of the signature shows: "AMC may have had too much success too soon, and they think they know how to do it. But showrunners like Matthew Weiner and [Breaking Bad's] Vince Gilligan are so rare -- you can't replace people like that."

In the case of Walking Dead, AMC has replaced Darabont with executive producer Glen Mazzara, by many accounts a strong talent. But sources associated with the show say Darabont was an integral part of a lightning-in-a-bottle formula that had been working. "Everybody loves Frank and has had an amazing experience," says a talent rep with a client in the mix. "He's brilliant, and we want him there."
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