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It started out so promising, it really did. The survivors made it out of the CDC alive (most of them), and then they find themselves horrifically besieged on a highway by a bunch of walking dead. Awesome! They hide under cars and almost make it out undetected, until little Sophia decides to prematurely come out from her hiding place. She goes running off persued by walkers. Still doing pretty well.
Then what the hell happened?!
They survive the horde of zombies. Fine. They loose the little girl Sophia, also fine. Shane talks about (read: whines) losing Lori and how he's going to leave the group. Fine. Then they find themselves looking for Sophia in a church, with a few faithful zombies inside. The first thing I thought when I saw that was, "Oh boy - Danny Boyle anyone?" That's right people. It felt like a rip-off of 28 Days Later - where Cillian Murphy walks into the church and is chased by a few enterprising zombies. Of course, they group easily overcomes this obstacle, but then they hang around a little bit while a few characters go through a pseudo-epiphany.
The ending cliffhanger did it's job and made up for some of the more ridiculous moments of the show. I just wish they'd start working in some of the graphic novel material. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll see "The Governor", and Shane is still certainly alive and kicking, so I'm not holding my breath. I am hoping that the season stays away from kitschy moments - that would really kill the season.
The make-up effects were savagely on par with what I would expect some sun-dried zombies to be. The actors were top-notch again, and the dialogue wasn't stuffy or over-bearing.
Overall - I'm pretty much in the same spot as where I left off. Hurrah that there's a zombie TV show, boo-rah that it's not as awesome as it could be. (Oh, and I keep hearing rumors that there will be a video game based on the TV show. Not thrilled about that at all. Some things shouldn't be poisoned by a need to make money off of people who don't know a good zombie when they see one.)
As always - let me know what you think!