Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

I hope everyone enjoyed the Awake pilot last night (or over the past few weeks, thanks to NBC releasing it online fairly early). If you haven’t read my review, please consider doing that. But amid all the beaming reviews and superlatives for Awake, big questions remain: Is it a series? Can the story be maintained … Continue reading Does a series’ ultimate failure negate a great pilot?

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 20 — Be More Like Lost, Walking Dead

In the new episode of the podcast, I'm joined by The A.V. Club's Zack Handlen for a discussion about the "mehs" of House season eight and the highs and lows of The Walking Dead season two. You can pre-order Zack's new book on Amazon and also don't forget to subscribe to the pod on iTunes.

Season Premiere review — The Walking Dead, “What Lies Ahead”

The Walking Dead was not a good series in its short, six episode season. The pilot is one of the best single episodes of television in the past few years, but after that, things devolved into a rudderless, repetitive and un-subtle mess. Dead was always going to have an uphill battle with its plot due … Continue reading Season Premiere review — The Walking Dead, “What Lies Ahead”

Season Finale — The Walking Dead, “TS-19”

For series with a fairly high concept and only six episodes to fill out the first season, the season finale of The Walking Dead was bound to be at least partially unsatisfying. There's just not enough time to introduce the concept, the characters and really make the audience feel (especially those who aren't familiar with … Continue reading Season Finale — The Walking Dead, “TS-19”

The Walking Dead, “Vatos”

From the beginning, the discussion around The Walking Dead has been about how it would balance its obvious appeals (zombies, zombie violence and more zombies) with a character focus that will help it become a successful television series. The first three episodes, despite a few solid moments in the character regard, didn't really convince me … Continue reading The Walking Dead, “Vatos”

The Walking Dead, “Tell It To The Frogs”

After a generally miserable second episode that felt like the boring middle part of a mediocre zombie movie, The Walking Dead had something to prove to me. Could it tell stories are entrenched in any sort of character focus? Could it take its countless stereotypes and make them into characters? Basically, I'm concerned there's nothing … Continue reading The Walking Dead, “Tell It To The Frogs”

Series Premiere — The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye”

Even as someone who has never read The Walking Dead in its comic book form (well, aside from the first issue in preparation for this series) or really been that much of a fan of the zombie genre in general, I still found myself excited for AMC's newest series. These feelings of excitement stemmed not … Continue reading Series Premiere — The Walking Dead, “Days Gone Bye”