Summary: This is week one of our Walking Dead series. For seven weeks we will be looking at folks who died and lived again but his message is about the 10 Lepers who were in every sense of the phrase the Walking Dead
Well, here we are “The Walking Dead”. Some folks have been looking forward to this series with anticipation, others with dread and some with confusion.
So why “The Walking Dead”? The title and theme come from a Television series of the same title that will begin its fourth season tonight. The show has won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for best television drama. The TV series had its roots in a comic book, excuse me, Graphic novel series by the same name.
The series revolves around a sheriff’s deputy by the name of Rick Grimes, who is wounded in a shootout with armed criminals, he awakens from a coma weeks later in a deserted and badly damaged hospital. When he gets outside he discovers the world as he knew it no longer exists, instead he is in post-apocalyptic world that now includes Zombies, or walkers as they are often called in the series.
Grimes eventually hooks up with a small band of survivors which includes his wife, son and former partner and best friend, Shane. And for three seasons the survivors have been seeking answers for what has happened and have been battling the walkers. There is drama, romance, intrigue betrayal, in other words it is a soap opera with Zombies.
Personally I’m on the side that it’s all a dream, that someday Rick will wake up in a clean, fully staffed hospital and declare “You’ll never believe the nightmare I just had.” But that’s just me.
As a nod to the geekiness of this series, each week I shall wear a different Zombie T-shirt. This week’s T-Shirt simply states that I am a member of the Zombie Apocalypse Response team.
For those who are concerned about the dark connotations of this show, these aren’t your parent’s zombies. People who don’t watch the show often confuse the “Walkers” from the Walking Dead with Zombies from the horror flicks from the 30’s and 40s, White Zombie was the first zombie film ever released in 1932 with Béla Lugosi as the evil protagonist who turned a man into a zombie, in 1943 “I walked with a Zombie” told the story of a Canadian Nurse who encountered a female Zombie on the Caribbean Island of St. Sebastian. These Zombies had overtones of Voodoo and black magic.
It was in 1968 that George Romero made his cult classic, “Night of the Living Dead” which introduced us to the idea of some type of biological disaster that resulted in “the living or walking dead.” Romero’s original concept for Night of the Living dead was that it would be a comedy, guess that didn’t work out. It spawned five sequels, was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
Different time obviously but the film was made in 1968 and the lead man and hero, Ben, was played by Duane Jones and there was a little bit of controversy because it was the first time a black man was the hero in a horror flick.