I ranted about this a bit in my last TWD post, and most of you told me to relax, I was over thinking it, and it was cool. Well my zombie world does not have room for this!
I hate it.
Probably the most intriguing thing about TWDtv is that the show is so firmly rooted in reality. "But Jawa, this is a show about zombies..." True, but the producers have gone through great lengths to establish a strong, believable foundation. This makes it easy for us to willingly suspend our disbelief.
Case in point: The scene with Jenner in the CDC.
If this one scene did not exist, I would be much more willing to accept things like a mysterious sword wielding stranger leading around mouthless zombies on chains. But it's too late. Jenner pointed out that some sort of infection invades the brain, killing it. Then reanimates it, but only the most basic of instincts.
The instinct to feed, and basic motor skills are fed by this strange fire. This answers how and why zombies do what they do. They need to feed, and go after any food source they can. Some have eaten possum, a group was eating a cow, etc. But the episode also set the stage for another stark reality of zombies, if there can be a reality of zombies. Any thing that was human about them is gone. Most importantly, the human ability to think, reason and learn. I don't know the exact quote, but it was something like "every thing that we were, is gone."
Enter Michone and her chain'o'zombies.
This kind of thing works well in comics and video games. It's cool. We can willingly accept a chick with a katana and her tamed zombie pets. In a fantastical comic world, it is ok to break the rules. (That Jenner set)
How are the rules breaking? Well, once you accept that zombies can be taught to be led on a chain, you accept that zombies can be taught to do other things. If zombies can learn that it is ok to be on a chain, what else can they learn?
You guys saw that one right? Humans built a stronghold on Manhattan because zombies would not go through water. But wait... zombies learned lessons, and figured out that an enmasse attack by walking through the water would overwhelm the survivors. Terrible.
Once we accept that these fantastical comic/video game images can be translated into a TV show based on reality, we lose it and get Umbrella Corp swooping in to erase any evidence of their wrong doings with chizled hollywood model soldiers.
How about zombie dogs that instead of biting you with their mouth, have entire heads that open up with banana sized teeth and snake like tongues.
Ever see Return of the Living Dead? You know, that mid 80s punk rock zombie party?
Well, once we start accepting silly comical zombie stunts, we start getting this.
This is what could have happened instead of the scene with Rick. They are essentially the same zombie! Know what this zombie is doing in this picture? Yup, talking to them. She is telling them, in Caveman type jargon, that she wants to eat their brains.
Once our zombies start learning lessons, like "Hey, I'm on a chain and have no mouth, I'm NOT going to try to eat the lady with the sword because she will cut my head off," the next logical step is that they start learning that certain combinations of moans and grunts, repeated in pattern, can be used as a way to communicate and once they are communicating, they are organizing, and invading New York.
Why stop there? Lets put zombies behind the wheel of Humvees. I bet a zombie would have driven that tank Rick hid in. How about zombies with guns! Zombies in the CDC in Maine trying to find ways to make the virus work faster and infect humans before they die!!
It goes on and on. I really want to see the show as rooted in reality (Believable) as possible. Which is why I hate Michone's chained up zombie pets. What do you guys think? Can you name any other absurd zombie moments?
Ok, got work to do. Those were my thoughts on the commute this morning. :)
Come on October!