Why ‘The Walking Dead’ is a bad series

11:30 am EST, April 16, 2013

I know my opinion isn’t exactly popular. The Walking Dead’s gargantuan ratings already prove it’s an extremely popular show. But please don’t hate on me. Hear me out and let me know what you all think in the comments, I’d love to have an interesting debate with people who think differently.

I remember when I first heard about The Walking Dead. “A serious drama? With zombies?!” Perfection. I’ve always loved zombies. World War Z is, in my opinion, the very best piece of zombie fiction ever made, even above Romero’s films and the hilarious Shaun of the Dead. An adaptation of the book is coming out this summer and we’ll see how it turns out. So I’m a huge zombie fan. I’ve watched every episode of The Walking Dead and no one else wants it to be a fantastic show more than me.

And I recognize it has had some fantastic episodes. The first half of this third season was actually phenomenal. Showrunner Glen Mazzara produced some of the finest hours of televisions of last year. He made bold choices, killed major characters in episodes that weren’t premiers or finales and revitalized the show after a slightly boring season that spent a lot of time in a farm and in the search for Sophia.

The Walking Dead season 3 - The GovernorBut then, in December, it was announced Mazzara would step down as showrunner at the end of this season. The show came back and it wasn’t the same. The boring on-the-nose moral debates came back and Rick went from stating “This isn’t a democracy” to the bland character The Walking Dead writers make him be some times. The Governor started out as an interesting character that would do everything to defend his community. And then he turned into a mustache twirling villain motivated by revenge? He was just too bad to be believable, even in a world of zombies.

The show has great actors, great directing and great moments. Remember the very first scene of the third season? When Carl finds a can of dog food and is about to eat it and Rick knocks it out of his hands? That was the best scene in the whole series. Without a single word, the show made a point about its central theme: Humanity.

And that’s the thing. That scene was so smart. The first thing you learn about screenwriting is “show, don’t tell.” Think of the montage at the beginning of Up or the Incinerator scene in Toy Story 3. Not a word is said and these are arguably the best scenes Pixar has ever made. But The Walking Dead, for the most part, not only runs away from intelligent visual storytelling but focuses on lengthy moral debates presented to us through dialogue instead of action. That’s my major criticism of The Walking Dead.

Other things I dislike are that the show seems to be terrified of its characters being unlikeable. This makes sense, but the show instead chooses to make its characters justify everything they do with dialogue and more dialogue. If you compare it to Game of Thrones, where characters also do terrible things but don’t justify themselves, the HBO series is the better show. If we know the motivation behind the actions of the characters, we’ll generally like them even if they do terrible stuff. Luke kills millions when he destroys the Death Star. Walter White does the most terrible stuff in Breaking Bad and we still, somehow, don’t hate him. But The Walking Dead is so scared of its characters being unlikeable that it makes them boring. They are people in a post-apocalyptic world. They NEED to survive. That’s why Carl is the only interesting character right now. He does what’s necessary to survive and protect his people. I understand that the whole point is to keep their humanity. But show that through action and story, not boring monologues.

And lastly, the show has so many irritating characters. It’s okay if you hate characters. Who doesn’t HATE Dolores Umbridge or Joffrey Lannister? It’s perfectly okay to passionately hate a character for his or her actions. But I think we all hated Andrea, not because of her actions but because of her complete inability to be useful. In the season finale, we got the great concept of using Milton as a time bomb of sorts. But then it was infuriating to see Andrea stop her attempts to escape to talk to Milton.

So those are my points. What do you guys think? I hope next season is great and they stop changing show runners every seven episodes. Stability will make the show better for sure.

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21