reply to post by r2d246
I watch both The Walking Dead and Revolution, but Revolution is a little too cheesy to get into the big leagues in my opinion. Their budget is clearly
minimal, with pretty bad sets, no great script, more implausible story-lines.
The Walking Dead has really impressed me, especially the way they've built the characters. IMO, it's more plausible from a social breakdown
scenario. Revolution seems a little sparse - where did the millions of people suddenly go? They've had a lot of opportunities to show a real
breakdown in society and they haven't bothered. That should have been the focus of the show.
And I'm getting really fed up with the characters in Revolution holding back, always being perfectly reasonable to the point where they risk their
own lives for their morals. That is BS. Every time I see them have an opportunity to kill someone to prevent them from being killed and they don't
take it, they lose more credibility. I actually audible sighed with disappointment recently when that stupid girl could have killed that evil fella
and didn't. How many chances do they need to give a psychopath before they finally just put a bullet in his brain?!
Aside from the implausibility of Revolution from a character perspective, It seems to me that a lot of American shows like this run out of steam after
a couple of episodes. They pull people in with the high drama and amazing effects, the disaster theme gets people interested, and then they become
boring, focusing on mundane stories. The same happened with Jericho, it kicked off with nuclear holocaust and after two or three episodes the story
became smaller and smaller until it became nothing more than a mundane soap set in a post-apocalyptic world.
I fear the same thing is happening to Falling Skies too. They're getting too involved in the drama of personal stories. While we like fully formed
characters that we can relate too, we don't want to lose the sense of excitement that the apocalypse idea creates.
That's why I think The Walking Dead is doing so well. They've managed to keep the apocalypse going and include personal dramas. They've kept the
balance right and not given up to become another soap opera.
I just watched the latest episode tonight, and I was blown away by how good it was. The acting was pretty immense, and when I think back to how the
British actor Andrew Lincoln started out in the UK years ago, and then to see him now, the guy deserves an Oscar!
When it comes to plausibility, The Walking Dead is the most plausible, without getting into the cause of the apocalypse. Of course, zombies are not
really more likely than an electromagnetic incident or alien invasion, but the resulting characters, incidents, environments and sets are far more
When it comes to how I imagine survival and society would be after a major apocalyptic event, TWD is the closest IMO.
I hope the show continues for years, they could go in so many different directions with it.