I know I’m a little late, but I’ve finally caught up on the first season of “The Walking Dead” and it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed. I’ve had to watch multiple scenes through my fingers, the plot makes no sense and the explosion at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre CDC may have been the funniest thing I’ve seen on screen all year, but I’ve loved every minute of this show so far. Except for a worrying number of moments that have actually made me question the intelligence of the characters.
Tracy’s already discussed a few of the survivors’ more boneheaded moves, but I can’t get over their complete and utter inability to ask the important questions. Sure, Shane had that “buzzkill” moment in the finale, but I can’t believe that no one’s asked how the zombie epidemic got started in the first place. (I know that writer Robert Kirkman didn’t include such an explanation in his graphic novel, but once you invoke the CDC – another plot point unique to the series – people are going to expect some real answers.) I really like the way the characters learn the rules of survival as they go. People will make mistakes, but you better believe that if I was hanging out with a CDC scientist in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, the first question out of my mouth would be, “How did this happen?!” What frustrates me even more is that every survivor except Rick has been going through this since the beginning – why hasn’t he asked them? More importantly, why haven’t any of them told him? I’d like to assume that all happened off-screen, but Rick never bothered to ask what a “walker” was in the pilot, either. Maybe the guy isn’t that smart. Remember how he got shot?
All of this willful ignorance reminds me of another hit show filled with uncurious people stumbling through catastrophe. I loved “Lost” as much as the next girl, but these two shows are starting to resemble each other for all the wrong reasons. Remember all of those situations that would’ve been avoided if people had just sat down and conversed? I felt those same frustrations during Jenner’s presentation. It was the most fascinating part of the finale – that little red spark chilled me to the bone — but all I wanted was for someone to raise his or her hand and say, “Hey Doc? Do you know what started this?” We all know the actual response is, “The writers haven’t figured that part out yet,” but I would’ve felt much better about the finale if someone had actually asked the question.
Are there any other questions you wanted answered in the last episode? (No, Jenner’s secret message to Rick doesn’t count!) Leave ‘em in the comments section!