The Walking Dead Finale Sputters into an Explosion

7 Dec

It’s hard to believe that my opinion of The Walking Dead could change so much in six weeks. As some of you remember, I thought that the premiere hinted at an enjoyable romp through the land of zombies with some ignorable stupidity mixed in. What started as me making light-hearted  jokes about how dumb the characters were, became exponentially more malicious with each episode. But, with only six episodes in the first season, I decided to weather the storm and finish it out.

***SPOILERS THROUGHOUT***

The finale starts off by trying to explain what happened to make Shane tell Lori that Rick is dead, beside the fact that he just wants to get into her pants. After placing his ear to Rick’s chest, instead of doing the logical thing of checking his pulse, Shane leaves Rick for dead and puts a bed in front of the door so the zombies can’t get in.

The epsiode then resumes where we left off, with the gang gaining access to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and receiving a hearty greeting from Dr. Edwin Jenner, the sole survivor in the underground lab.

Greetings!

 After a simple blood test, Dr. Jenner welcomes the weary gang into his humble abode by providing excessive amounts of alcohol. As the gang gets drunker, emotions start to run high and Shane expresses his anger and love for Lori.

The next day, besides having a raging hangover, the gang learns from Dr. Jenner that the generators are about to expire, and once that happens a complete “decontamination” process will occur that will incinerate everything inside the building. Dr. Jenner believes he is doing them a favor by locking them in the building to die, but Rick gives a desperate speech about giving them a chance and Jenner finally lets them at least try to get out of the sealed off building.

Enter the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

 After a conveniently remembered grenade gets them out of the building, they watch as the building explodes killing Dr. Jenner and Jacqui (we never see her until she volunteers to die, it was a logical way for the writers to get rid of an insignificant character). In the aftermath of the explosion, that gang is miraculously unharmed and Rick is unphased after getting blasted by both a grenade and the decontaminating explosion. Having beaten Dr. Jenner’s attempt to take natural selection into his own hands, the gang rides happily off into the sunset towards Season Two.

Even with all the action and suspense, I couldn’t get myself to care for any of these characters. Most of them are clichés, bringing little depth to the story. The person who I thought had the most depth, Dr. Jenner, is introduced near the end of the season, only to be killed off almost immediately. Jenner brought up some interesting points about hope in a world where there is nothing left. While I don’t necessarily agree with his point of view, it certainly was something to muse on before returning to the mindless affair that most of this season was.

I will keep watching the show, mainly because of my unexplained fascination with zombies, and to find out what Dr. Jenner said to Rick right before they left the CDC.

I'm going to miss your musk.

 

Sunday’s season finale brought in a record 6 million viewers for AMC and broke a basic cable record by having the highest rating among viewers age 18-49. The show got picked up for a second season of 13 episodes which will air around the same time next year. Let’s hope that next season they can use the extra time to fully flesh out (no pun intended) the main characters and make the show a little less frustrating to watch.

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  1. The Walking Dead Finale Sputters into an Explosion (via Chris Petersen’s Film Blog) | The Calculable - December 8, 2010

    […] The Walking Dead Finale Sputters into an Explosion (via Chris Petersen’s Film Blog) Posted on 8 December, 2010 by Jarle Petterson It’s hard to believe that my opinion of The Walking Dead could change so much in six weeks. As some of you remember, I thought that the premiere hinted at an enjoyable romp through the land of zombies with some ignorable stupidity mixed in. What started as me making light-hearted  jokes about how dumb the characters were, became exponentially more malicious with each episode. But, with only six episodes in the first season, I decided to weather t … Read More […]

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