I love this show
Great story line and great casting. Never been so interested in tv show.
Season 1 Review
By Guza Gee
Having just finished Season 1, I decided to write a review of it out of both excitement and frustration with the show. I will not include spoilers in this review, but I will mention some rather frustrating scenes without context in the hopes of educating others on how absolutely ridiculous this show can be sometimes.
First off, starting with Episode 1, the dialogue is extremely amateur. Its almost like the writers have absolutely no experience writing scripts for television. For example, a flight controller working at JFK airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, will comment “Look at the size of the plane. Its almost like a building on wheels.” when standing up close to commercial airplane. Its almost like he has never seen an airplane in his life before working as a flight controller. Are the writers serious? Unfortunately, cheap dialog like this is common throughout the season.
Then there is the pace of the story’s development. It takes several episodes for the story to pick up. At times in can extremely boring and slow. How many infected people do the main characters have to encounter to realize that something is very wrong? And when they are finally convinced that something is very wrong several episodes into the season, you still get the cheap dialog along the lines of “we can’t go around murdering people.” and “we’re doctors, not assassins.” At this point, the show already established that the infected have to be killed to be stopped otherwise they will go on a killing rampage. What is there to debate?
And then you have the absolutely dumb extras that play characters that seem to serve absolutely no purpose except to annoy the viewer. There is a ridiculous scene where one such extra character tells the main characters, the “computers are down, and the phones are down. 911 is also down” in the midst of the infected breaking down some glass windows to try to attack. When the main characters yell to him to escape with them, he yells back from a glass window enclosed room “No, I’ll be safe here until the police come.”. What police? You just established that you can’t call the police AND the glass windows are not enough to hold the infected back!
While the cheap dialogue absolutely ruins the show at times, the order of some scenes can be as equally frustrating. For example, throughout the middle and last episodes of the season, it is clear that something is very wrong in NYC. Yet videos of the infected shown to government officials are taken as perfectly normal. Instead, lets call the FBI to investigate one of the lead characters for the murder of the infected in the video! You can clearly see he killed some monster and not a human, just the monster part is completely disregarded. How dumb are these people?
You’ll also get some weird scenes where NYC is on fire and suffering from looting and then the camera will pan to another scene in an office building where people in suits are going about their day like nothing is going on, completely oblivious to the fact that the entire city is under siege. Are the producers serious?
One particularly annoying scene is when a man is being chased by a horde of infected and runs into a taxi yelling for the driver to just drive. The driver instead is yelling “what is going on, what is this man!” when the infected are clearly trying to break into the cab. Instead of driving away and try to run them over, he instead decides to get out of the safety of the cab and shoot them. How dumb are these characters, honestly?
The character development stories can sometimes be weak as well. One of the lead characters, for example, is separated from his wife for well over a year. We learn that in the opening minutes of Episode 1. His wife has clearly moved on and has a boyfriend living with her in her house. Yet when her best friend finds the lead character sleeping with another woman, all of the sudden she is disgusted in a manner one would be if they caught someone cheating on their spouse. She arrogantly tells him “she is my best friend and if you break her heart, I will kill you.” What are these people talking about?
Towards the climax of Season 1, it seemed clear that the writers wanted to setup for Season 2 but didn’t know how to do it. So when the main characters are just on the verge of victory, all of the sudden they take their sweet time in delivering the final blow, allowing the main antagonist to get away. Are you serious!
So why am I giving this how 3 stars? Well, the story is intriguing. Despite all the shortcoming, you will still find yourself wanting to know more about the origin of the way people get infected and ultimately if humanity is doomed or saved. If you can struggle through the cheap dialogue and sometimes weak acting, give the show a try. Beware though, it is not The Walking Dead so if you are expecting something similar, skip this show and save yourself the disappointment.
Another Zombie Flick
I really liked the idea of the virus, the special effects and the creature at the center of this story. After a few episodes, however, it seemed to turn into another garden variety zombie movie. Also, there are lengthly, labored, boring personal dramatic scenes involving uninteresting characters. I don't think any real effort was invested in researching the government agencies and related protocols that were involved in the story, which made me roll my eyes frequently....it was almost cartoonish at times. I really wanted to like this too.
Flawed, but enjoyable
It’s not a masterpiece, but I enjoyed Season 1. I felt it had a strong pilot and largely delivered. Some parts were poorly conceived—the clownish visage of the big bad being one of them (oh my!), but aside from Dutch, I like the ensemble cast even if most are somewhat unlikable people. Not having read the books, I’m not sure what’s coming and plan to stick around for Season 2.
To those of you complaining about the ad on the episode grow the heck up, its 15 frakking seconds.
I bought this based on the free first episode and that seems to be the only interesting episode.
I degrades quickly into a cheap TV procedural drama with tacked on CDC hero fantasies.
Looking forward to being paid by Apple
By Michael Prescott
Businesses pay to run ads, right? And we consumers pay a premium for shows from Apple, so that we don’t have to watch ads. By sneaking the ads into our purchase, we’re getting a bad deal. We now must suffer watching them for as long as we own the shows. Our perpetual expense, Apple’s gain. Seems reasonable that Apple should stick with the original deal, and either remove the ads, refund the purchases, or pay a royalty to anyone suffering this perpetual advertising.
I love scary suspenseful shows. They don't come along very often so I pounce on them whenever they do. This has got to be the worst I have seen. Three words: giant rubber vampire. Could they not have sprung for better special effects than a giant rubber monster that WIGGLES? There are some very good actors and a few lousy ones. The only way to gut your way through this show is to watch it ironically like a mystery science theater classic. Sadly, I actually paid for this.
Good Idea, Poor Execution
I love the idea of a vampiric plague threatening to wipe out humanity, but the characters in this story and the poor acting behind them ruins any entertainment that the show could have provided. Look somewhere else if you are searching for quality.