Thursday, October 20, 2011

More (Weekly) BRAAAAAAINS!

News that the 2009 zom-com Zombieland may rise again (see what I did there?) not as a sequel but as a television show was greeted joyfully by pretty much everyone except those who are currently on the writing staff of The Walking Dead. While it’s fair to ask, even as big as the zombie genre is right now, if the world needs more than one undead television show, I would be in favor of this one.

Coming soon to a television station near you?

Really, if we can have multiple police procedurals that are “ripped from the headlines”, I see no reason why we can’t also have multiple horror serials ripped from, well, something gross. Zombieland was always intended to be a television show anyway (why else do you think “Zombie Kill of the Week” was a thing?) and done right it could be a nice combination of The Walking Dead’s subject matter merged with the deadpan humor of horrible people being horrible to each other, a la Arrested Development or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Zombieland clearly would differentiate itself as serving as the comedic answer to The Walking Dead’s insistence on taking itself so darned seriously.

The thing is, watching The Walking Dead, you can tell that there are occasionally scenes that the show wants you to find funnier than they actually are. The problem is that all the gravity of the show with its high-gloss premise about Humanity and Dealing With Tragedy tends to hold down the chance to really push a few good ol' fashioned LOLs. This is unfortunate, given that (as every student of Greek tragedy knows) comedic scenes can be used to make the tragedies that befall them immediately after feel that much greater. We’re never more affected by the big horrible event than if that event happens immediately after we’ve just been laughing at the wacky, good-timiness of it all.

So what do you all think? Do you prefer your undead monsters with the hearty weight of serious tragedy behind them or are you excited to see a little a little more slapstick action in your weekly zombie apocalypse?

27 comments:

Maggie Cats said...

I think there is definitely room on tv for more than one take on the zombie genre. I would welcome a "lighter" side of zombies, since after watching The Walking Dead I want to take a percocet I am so tense. Bring on the laughs!

Cheryl said...

Soooo excited about this. I love me some zombies, but the accents in The Walking Dead are just awful. Hideously bad. I can't form any sort of intelligent opinion about the show (or even watch an episode the whole way through for that matter) 'cause I can never get around the dang accents.

As long as they don't replace Woody Harrelson with someone who feels he has to put on a Woody Harrelson twang, we should be all set to go with Zombieland.

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