So, I've been watching the Walking Dead. It's a pretty fun show, but there are a ton of things I find distracting in a bad way. These things aren't all that egregious, and in the end TWD is more ambitious than a lot of TV shows out there so it feels kinda weird complaining, but hey. That said, there are so many little details in this show that don't make sense! Just a few off the top of my head:
Early in the first episode the cops relax after they shoot the first two mad gunmen but before Rick is shot and coma'd. This seems highly unlikely/unprofessional/unrealistic. I don't think cops in this situation would behave this way. They would approach the car to secure it and to make sure the gunmen are down. Maybe these cops are just horrible and stupid, but their actions seem to be reaching a little. Also, it seems to take forever for the cops to shoot the mad gunmen who appear deus ex machina and conveniently setup Ricks hospitalization, but Rick can get head shots on zombies with a pistol while running later on? Hmm.... Still, a petty complaint all things considered.
"God Forgive Us" written in blood on the wall of the farmhouse in the room with the dead couple. This seems kinda weird. I mean, did the man shoot his wife out of sympathy, then write with her blood on the wall, then kill himself? Seems kinda fishy. I guess you could just argue that the guy went crazy and did just that, but this seems like a case of putting style before realism. I can just see the set designers or whoever saying, "Hey, how cool would it look if this apocalyptic message was scrawled on the wall....in blood!"
In the scene where Daryl is first introduced the deer he has shot is stuck with like three arrows. It's hard enough to hit a deer with one arrow because sometimes they "jump the string" and actually dodge the shot, but to hit it three times? Now, I've never actually hunted, but I'm assuming after you shoot at a deer they take off and are gone. I'm pretty sure they don't hang around and let you shoot them three times with a hunting rifle, let alone a crossbow which takes a lot longer to reload. Crossbows are kind of powerful too. Like, powerful enough to send an arrow through a deer, or a zombie head, which they conveniently do not. I guess what we can conclude from the poor penetration of Daryl's bolts is that he has a shitty crossbow. Perhaps a sly Freudian tip that explains his rage and aggression?
The lawn outside the police station, and at some other places is immaculate. It looks like it has been cut recently. Judging from Rick's beard when he wakes up, as well as the destruction and general mayhem outside it's been at least a couple weeks since everything went to shit. Yet the grass is shorter than his beard. Stop cutting your lawn for a couple weeks. It doesn't look like that. Yeah, they are shooting a post-apocalyptic series in a limited amount of time on a budget, but it's still a wee little distracting. Is my timeline just wrong? How long is it from the time Rick is shot to the time he wakes up? Just a few days? It seems like too much has happened for only a couple day to have passed, and Rick's bedside flowers are dry as a bone when he wakes.
Recoiless scoped head shots. When someone shoots a zombie with a scope, we often see the crosshairs rest on zombie's head, we hear the bang, we see the blood, but the crosshairs remain steady the entire time. What are they shooting, airsoft guns? A jumpy shot probably wouldn't give as good a view of the head shot, but I think realism trumps everything when you are going for a kind of realistic-survival-of-a-zombie-apocalypse feel, and a jolt of the scope would give a gritty kinetic feel to the shot. Saving Private Ryan managed shaky sniper shots pretty well.
The scene in which the group covers Rick and Glenn with zombie goo seems....strange. I don't think only one person would've puked. Rotting flesh is a horrible smell, and according to historical accounts of wars, genocides, and other horrible situations, the smell of rotting human flesh is supposed to be terrible and unforgettable. So everyone who didn't puke has a strong stomach. Or maybe this particular zombie doesn't waft a strong enough bouquet to elicit copious amounts of vomit from our heroes. Or maybe filming everyone barfing would have made the scene too long and required too much effort. I'll buy it. But I won't buy that they would go without covering their noses. If something smells as bad as we are made to feel that corpse does from their reactions to it's odor, you would do everything you could to not smell it. Take a shirt from that store and tie it around your face, or rip it and stuff small pieces in your nose. If they had bits of cloth crammed up their nose, and reacted to the smell the same way then the gross out meter would have been even higher. "Their noses are plugged and the guy still pukes! Ahh!" And then the smell wore off because it rained for a minute despite the fact they were covered in gore, guts, and zombie feet? Damn. It must have been raining Lemon Pledge with bacteria killing microbes (TM).
When Merle's hand is found the pool of blood near it is still wet. It doesn't look like dry blood at all. A sunny day on the top of a roof...... I don't think blood would stay wet long. I guess it's possible that Merle is still hanging out in the immediate vicinity and they just don't see him but still..... Maybe this is just another petty complaint (maybe they all are), but add it to everything else and my feeling is, "Meh, just another unlikely scenario in what I want to be a realistic take on the zombie apocalypse."
And these are just some things off the top of my head (damn this turned out a lot longer then I planned), and I'm only three and a half episodes in. I would be willing to overlook, forgive, accept and/or suspend my disbelief for a few things this show gets wrong, but they just keep coming. I guess if I'm complaining about realism in a movie about zombies I'm probably just full of it, but for a show that tries to be realistic about what a zombie epidemic looks like, TWD just goes against it's own logic enough to be a little frustrating in a "Oh, he'd never do THAT!" kind of way. These instances, and others, make TWD straddle the line between stylized action series and realistic survival horror in a way that kinda hurts it. On the one hand you have a comic-book like unrealism that is entertaining, but such a style doesn't leave me with a lot of tension when the action isn't going. On the other you have a tense, realistic situation whose atmosphere is violated by a series of extremely improbably events. Pick a side!
I don't want it to be lost that at the end of the day I'm a fan. Compared to most other shows TWD is far and away a better series. At it's best it's exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, and a kind of apprehensive dread permeates the entire show because you never know when the shit will hit the fan. One scratch and you're dead. It's a thrilling game of survivalist tag played with solid characters, and it's good. I just wish TWD had a little more attention to detail that would make the series that much more enjoyable for me. Or maybe I'm crazy and should go to bed. /lengthyrant