The Post Footballyptic World: Sunday of the Dead

February 11, 2012 at 6:19 am 4 comments

Post Written Before Super Bowl; Not about a Movie but it’s about life after football ends.

Guest Blogger C.M.M.

It’s been an exciting season for football fans across the nation. Today is one of the most anticipated Sundays of all, no matter who your team is. But after tonight’s game, Football Season is over. What is there to look forward to on Sunday nights? A couple of years ago the answer was simple… sleep. But as many people realized the past two years there is something to breathe life into Sunday nights again, something to bring Sunday nights back to life for millions of viewers. Thanks to the Walking Dead, life after football won’t seem like the end of days any more.

Now regardless of the negative criticism the first half of season two has received, The Walking Dead is still one of the best shows on TV, as well as one of the most viewed programs. The cable ratings were right behind Monday Night football many weeks in a row, despite being aired  on Sundays during the NFL’s regular season. The shows’ popularity can be attributed to it’s over the top violence and gore, and the  emotional appeal it gives to its viewers . Basic instinct and fear, especially surrounding the talks of the end of the world 2012, spark interest. What if the world meets its demise by literally being torn apart and eaten like a raw steak? What if your killers were the ones you loved most, the ones you were protecting, hugging, and kissing just moments before. Now you gave a decision to make, get ripped to pieces by them, or brutally put them down just to survive. Hell, would you even want to survive? This concept is realistically brought to screen by excellent writing, acting, and strong character development. The effects are stunning as well, being implemented by Horror legend Greg Nicatero, and the rest of Tom Savini’s proteges at KNB FX. Though audiences around the world tune into watch the living battle the dead in this original and critically acclaimed tv series, the majority of viewers are unaware of the source material, and the evolution of the zombie genre.

The show, like the comics (and quite frankly anything else with zombies in it) comes from the foundation of George A Romero’s Dead Trilogy. He is known as The Godfather of the zombie genre. Romero’s first three zombie movies provided the foundation and basic rules for zombie functioning and killing. The slow shuffle, the one bite kill, and the head shot rules we’re clearly laid out in visual and gut wrenching splendor . His stories and characters were excellent, and the effects were consistently unlike anything ever seen. Not only did Romero and his Italian counterparts Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento, create zombies as we know them, but also brought actual blood and gore to our movie screens.  The best thing to happen to the zombie genre in recent time, (and probably since Georgy Boy himself) is the work of author Max Brooks World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide. Inspired by the great George A Romero, Brooks took the sacred rules pertaining to zombies and expanded upon them.

Life after football does indeed exist, thanks in part to the dead. Let the zombie genre live on and help us forget about the now tainted sister vampire genre. Hope you all turn to AMC next week for the Walking Dead.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dnasportsandmovies  |  February 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Reblogged this on My Blog.

  • 2. Mike Frangione  |  February 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    It was great to have the show back. After that ending, we needed to see more. For me, the only questions remaining are: (1) Will Dale shoot Shane before Shane kills him? (2) Where’s Merle? Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

  • 3. Mike Frangione  |  February 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Reblogged this on It Depends on What the Meaning of the Word 'Blog' is.

  • 4. Makita  |  February 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I believe the series will follow the comics for a change and have Carl kill Shane. And as for merle I believe the scene in the woods with Darell is the last we will see of the character. Though I hope im wrong g about that last one.


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