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Who would have thought that a zombie action show might become the best thing on TV right now....?
Anchor Bay / 688 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: August 27, 2013
The zombie thing has been played out - at least it feels like it's been played out - over the last few years: with Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and World War Z and a hundred other postmodern revamps of ye olde undead tales, it almost feels like the horror subgenre should go away for a while in an effort to curb its present oversaturation. But for every rule there is an exception, and in this vein, somehow The Walking Dead totally works.
It's not a gamechanger (even its staunchest defenders must recognize its melodramatic limits), but somehow the series has established a firmly enjoyable landscape for itself. It takes equal helpings of Dawn of the Dead and Cormac McCarthy's The Road in maintaining its narrative feel more succinctly and deftly on this Third Season set than ever before. Honestly, the television storytelling syntax The Walking Dead is able to concoct does wonders for its zombie ethic: the sheer notion of just spending time with characters while they're not wielding machetes and screaming while massacring undead assholes really allows their inner and outer worlds to come alive.
For those who have yet to check out the show, The Walking Dead follows cop Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), still the leader of a ragtag gang of zombie holocaust survivors who roam a dilapidated expressway in hopes of finding a Center for Disease Control outpost that might be a legitimately safe oasis for them to hang their hats for a while. This dream gets sidetracked, though, and whenever our characters fee safe and secure, The Walking Dead shows no hesitation in pulling the rug out from underneath them. This is where this Complete Third Season really shines: just when you think you have it figured out, it sideswipes you with a wildcard scenario.
Just resign yourself to it: The Walking Dead will have you hooked.