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THIS BLOG CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS WHICH ARE IN A CLEARLY MARKED OFF AND EASILY AVOIDABLE SECTION. THE TV SERIES DEVIATES A LOT FROM THE COMIC BOOK STORYLINE SO THEY MIGHT NOT BE SPOILERS AT ALL. READ THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK.

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If you look at the second posting on my page, you’ll see a blog titled “The Things ‘The Walking Dead’ TV Series Got Wrong: Andrea (Part 1)”. It was originally planned to be followed by a part 2 focusing on Rick, part 3 focusing on Carl and a part 4 focusing on Shane.
That was the plan, but as the series went on I felt like I’d need to write a part 5, then a part 6 and a part 7….8….9….and so on and so on. It finally became too much and I decided to abandon the whole thing.
Following shortly after that, I decided to abandon the TV series as well because the things I disliked about it out weighted the things I enjoyed. It became a chore to watch it, and where as before I would look forward to seeing a new episode, by the time we got to the mid-season finale I barely paid attention when it was on.

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I knew I’d come into the show already spoiled as I am a huge fan of the comic, but I was still excited about it being adapted for TV. I can honestly tell you the truth and say that I was a big fan of the first season, it was a little over rated in my opinion, but enjoyable TV nonetheless.
It was season two that lost me, because of it incredible knack for drawing out a storyline and it lack of character development. It failed where the comic exceeded and turned a spectacular character journey in a boring one.
The biggest thing that bothers me about the TV show is that it’s characters are so uninteresting. I might be unfairly comparing them to their comic book counterparts but if you knew their potential, you’d do the same thing. I already covered Andrea extensively in my other blog, so I’ll move right one Rick, *Carl, Shane, and briefly, some others.

*The character of Carl is strictly in the spoiler category.

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Rick is ruined in the TV show as he does not have that leadership personality trait the he needs to take charge of the group. In the comics, Rick is not afraid to be the bad guy in order to help his group of survivors make it through the day. Comic Rick has no qualms about what he has to do, and it willing to go to some extreme lengths for the greater good.

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You know how in the TV show Rick begs Hershel to stay at the farm? In the comics, he tells Hershel “We’re staying!” and Hershel almost got his head blown off. Comic Rick is a survivor, and he’s willing to do some shocking things in order for his family and friends to be safe. It’s what makes him such a compelling character, his survival instinct and his justification for such extreme actions.

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Rick is born leader in the comics, and multiple times is even begged to take charge when he doesn’t want to because everybody know he is willing to make the tough calls and won’t hesitate to do so. That is the total opposite of the weak TV Rick but it does sound like someone we know, doesn’t it?

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TV Shane is comic book Rick.

That’s what they got wrong with Shane, they made him like Rick is supposed to be. TV Shane is tough, isn’t afraid to make unpopular decisions and has the drive to survive that a leader needs. I’ll be the first to admit that shooting Otis in the leg wasn’t a nice thing to do, but you look at it logically it was the right thing to do. If Shane didn’t do it both him and Otis would die, not to mention Carl who wouldn’t get his medical supplies. Save 2 lives or loose 3? It looks evil from our perspective because humans are naturally good so right now we’re all thinking “There has to be a way to save all 3! There just has to!”…..but what if there isn’t? That’s the call Shane made. He didnt do it because he wanted to, he did it to save himself and Carl.

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It was instances like this that made me dislike the show, they made Shane the guy I root for even though I know he’s going to die.
Thats another reason I dislike about where the TV series went with Shane, it’s the fact that he’s still alive. His death was a big part of the storyline even though he died very early on. Shane was an example of how the zombie outbreak changed people and the stress of living in fear turned them into psychopaths. Shane was Ricks best friend before the outbreak, but he couldn’t cope with what the world became and broke down. It were Shane’s actions at the beginning of the story that taught the group the distrust strangers.

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You can’t speak about Shane’s death without talking about Carl. That was the beginning of Carls transformation into the biggest, smallest, ruthless, youngest badass in all of comics. Kick-Ass’s HitGirl held that title before him, but when 11 year old HitGirl is stabbing middle aged drug dealers 10 year old Carl is busy shooting 8 year olds in the head.

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Why? Because it had to be done and nobody wanted to do it!

I know it seems cold hearted to say something like that but believe me, there was a just explanation for his undertaking. In the comics, Carl is basically a mini version of Rick turned up to 100. He has a sense of right and wrong, but he’s willing to cross over to the other side if he has to. TV Carl seems like he’ll never get to that point, and even if he does the actor that plays him doesn’t have the chops to pull it off.

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On a personal note, and this is just pipe dreams for the comic, I have a dream of where the series should go. I know that Robert Kirkman has the story planned out up untill issue #600, but I’d love if somewhere in the middle of the run there would be a time lapse. Imagine if at issue #301 the story skips 25 years into the future, human society is starting to rise from the ashes and people have learned to live with the threat of zombies. All the characters we know have since passed, except for Carl who is now a middle aged, one eyed cowboy-like figure hardened by surviving in a kill or be killed world for most of his life? How freaking awesome would that be? Alas, it probably not going to happen but I can dream.

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There’s is plenty more wrong I find in the show, with characters like Carol and T-Dwag taking up space and screen time. I mean, has T-Dwag done anything besides getting hurt this past season?
We also have the whole storyline of the show, which moves slower that any other show I have ever seen. What made the comic special was that the story constantly progressed, the characters where never in one place to long. They were always in the move, and even if they weren’t, there was enough dynamic at a particular location to keep me interested. These character have no dynamic, are completely unrealistic in the decisions they make and they’re boring. Aside from Shane, I’m totally uninterested as to what’s happening to any character.
It’s because of all these reasons I never finished the original series of blogs. If I did, I’d have to write about a different thing every other day and I just don’t have the willingness to do that. I love everything about the source material, but unfortunately they missed the mark with the TV series.

At least I still have the comics.

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THIS BLOG CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS FOR “THE WALKING DEAD” TV SERIES. NO MAJOR PLOT DETAILS ARE EXPLORED, BUT MINOR ISSUES ARE BROUGHT UP. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. ENJOY.

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Around this time about two years ago, I was sitting on my couch watching on of my favorite shows on G4 called “Attack of the Show”. In case you don’t know, it’s almost like a news hour for nerds showcasing video games, gadgets, movies and comics.
One of their segments is called “Fresh Ink” and in this segment they talk about comic books that are currently making waves in the industry. The comic that was featured on that particular episode was “The Walking Dead”. Now, at this point I have never heard of this series but after hearing nothing but praises, and the fact that the first three issues were available for free on the Comixology app I decided to see what all the buzz was about. Six hours later, my credit card was almost maxed out and I was the proud owner of all 72 issues of “The Walking Dead”.
Now I know you might say to yourself: “Of course you spent all that money on a comic book. After all, you are a comic book nerd.” and you would be partially correct. I am a comic book nerd, but I did take a break for a while. You see, my love for comic books dried up a few years back, as a matter of fact I haven’t spent any money on a comic since September 2003 on the final issue of “Batman: Hush” so if me blowing almost $500.00 in a few hours isn’t a testament to the quality of the comics, I don’t know what is.

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A Batman story with art by Jim Lee and a story by Jeph Loeb = Comic Book Nirvana

“The Walking Dead” brought me back to the years of my youth where I’d look forward to the next issue that’s coming out impatiently. Simply put, “The Walking Dead” renewed my interest in comics. The way the art, storyline, characters and dialogue came together was unlike anything I’ve seen in many years. I’ve bought many comics since that fatefully day two years ago, but “The Walking Dead” is still the only one I buy on a regular, monthly basis.

I could go on for hours about how great the comic is, but we’re here to talk about “The Walking Dead” TV series. I’m not going to go into detail about the production of the show and how I feel about the overall quality of it in this blog. I actually already covered that in another, as of yet unreleased, blog. What I would like to talk about is where I feel the series went wrong. I am a TV nerd as well, and I understand that whenever something is being adapted to TV from another media there will always be changes and things will be left out. There are details to consider, such as budgets and running times, that will impact the adaptation but I feel like there are certain parts of the comic that could have been included in the TV series, but for some reason, we’re not. So without further ado here is the first blog in the series: The Things “The Walking Dead” TV Series Got Wrong: Andrea.

Andrea

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I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t hate TV Andrea right away. I really did think she did the comic Andrea justice for the first few episodes. Everything was fine and dandy until the episode where the camp gets attacked by geeks zombies (for the viewers out there, everything plays out exactly the same in the comic). In the comic book, that moment was a turning point for Andrea. Even before everybody in the group has a chance to collect themselves after the attack, Andrea puts a bullet in her sisters head. Amy doesn’t even get a chance to come back as a flesh-eating zombie before Andrea herself, without anyone’s input or advice, makes the call to shoot her. It was at that moment in the comics Andrea became the female version of Rick (we’ll come back to Rick in the next blog). She realized the world has changed and there are some things she has to do, no matter how difficult they are. She became tough, accepted the fact death is all around her and dealt with it which is one of the reasons she’s still around in the comics.

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It’s because comic book Andrea is so awesome (see: Above) that I hate TV Andrea so much. What made her character stand out in the comic is totally gone in the TV series. TV Andrea is weak, and even though she was the one to kill Amy, it did not have the same impact on her character or her storyline as it did in the comics. When it came for TV Andrea to kill Amy, it was more of a “in the moment” decision then anything. Zombie Amy was attacking her, and TV Andrea pulled the trigger because of her “fight or flight” instinct rather then making a logical decision that it had to be done. After that, TV Andrea went into a deep depression, attempted suicide and shot a member of her survival group because he looked like a zombie without actually checking if he was, you know, a zombie. All while comic book Andrea became a total badass.

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Comic book Andrea became the best shot in the group, an amazing sniper and Rick’s female enforcer, ready to back him up at the drop of a dime with a gun that’s just itching to come out of the holster on her hip. Now think how awesome the TV Andrea would be if she was more like her comic book self.