Finally a Zombie apocalypse that gets it. Surviving the apocalypse is about humans in a stressful situation, that delicate balance between freedom and individuality and acquiescing to the demands of a group. There is the conflict that drives the drama and tension. Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic was adapted for TV and is being aired on AMC.Currently a six part series, AMC has already greenlit a second 12 episode season.  Zombie lovers like me are rejoicing. Kirkman says that he will never reveal the cause of the zombie uprising in the comic because its not central to the story or characters. The  stress of surviving day to day in the dangerous world of post-apocalypse will challenge people much more than our current TV/couch lifestyles ever could. From the website:

The Walking Dead is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment survival. A survivalist story at its core, the series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous that the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead.

Three episodes in and I am hooked. Great cast, characters and writing are making this the best thing since Lost. I am ambivalent about the cheesy CGI blood splatters and willing to discount them if it keeps production costs down since that is not the focus of the show. This show is flying in the face of the reality TV takeover and giving scripted shows a chance.