I am a fan of the first season but having just played the first episode of the second season, the narrative monotony of it all is beginning to reveal the seams of this whole series and with the Zombie genre in general.
Did anybody else find the first 3 major events of the first episode grotesquely cloying?
1. setting up Omid to be a father, only to have him murdered a few moments later.
2. giving you the decision to burn a photo of Lee or a family photo of Kenny.
3. and, finally, the worst of all… setting up a loveable dog, only to have him attack you then get horribly impaled and put out of his misery by Clem.
all this eventually leads to finding a new group of people with exactly the same dynamics and issues of every other group introduced throughout the series, show, comic etc. which is mistrust. Mistrust which inevitably evolves into brutal violence.
all these moments feel like odd metaphors for what makes the series simultaneously thrilling but grating at the same time. Clearly the writers are talented and I love Clem as a character but they need to stop relying on this lame Whedon-esque technique of setting up something only to have it force you to feel sad in almost a Simple Jack-like way.
The creator of The Walking Dead said that there is no cure for the disease in his mind and, therefore, for the world he created. That, to me, isn't daring or provocative but simply lazy, and kind of a spoiler for every single situation you'll run into. Its easy to make someone cry out of sadness but its much harder and artistic to make someone cry out of happiness. Im not saying they need to make it into comedy but they need to fix this issue.
does anyone else feel this way?