I missed out on "The Walking Dead" when it premiered, and I kind of regretted it, as I know it's gotten all kinds of critical acclaim -- not to mention, better ratings than just about anything on NBC, which is kind of hilarious considering how cable shows reach so many fewer households.
Anyway, I happened to catch most of this week's episode with my dad, who's been watching it enough to fill me in on the important stuff that I missed.
I was underwhelmed. I mean, the head-splattering gore was kind of interesting at first (wow, you can show that on TV?), but then it got repetitive. The constant hissing sound that the walking dead made didn't scare me so much as remind me of the sleestak from "The Land of the Lost," and I wasn't scared of those creatures even when I was a kid. I mean, frankly, these slow, shuffling things that seem dumber than your typical wild animal have somehow managed to bring civilization to its knees?
I get that you can't fairly judge a show with a complex mythology based on just one episode. I'm sure my favorite show "24" would come out pretty badly if you picked a particularly bad episode to start with (can you say, Kim Bauer and the mountain lion?). But I've got enough TV to watch as it is, so I'm glad that my one experience with "The Walking Dead" didn't leave me thinking, oh my gosh, I've got to go back and rent/buy all the previous seasons to catch up!