The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” Episode 1 Review

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A Lackluster Start with a Promise of Redemption

As a dedicated follower of all things zombie, I approached the premiere of “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” with cautious optimism. After all, it’s hard to judge an entire series based solely on its first episode, especially when that episode spends most of its time catching us up on Rick’s whereabouts rather than diving headfirst into the action.

From the get-go, it’s clear that this premiere is more about setting the stage than delivering heart-pounding thrills. We’re introduced to Rick’s entanglement with the CRM (Civic Republic Military), a group with questionable motives and a penchant for categorizing survivors as either A’s or B’s. It’s a premise that holds promise, but one that takes a backseat to lengthy voice-overs and exposition.

Despite the slow start, there are moments that shine, albeit briefly. Scenes like Rick’s intense brawl with Okafor and the tension-filled exchange between Rick and Major General Beale showcase the series’ potential for gripping storytelling. And let’s not forget the cliffhanger ending, where Michonne makes a dramatic return by shooting down Rick’s chopper.

However, these highlights are overshadowed by an overwhelming amount of narration and what fans have come to know as “Gimple-speak” – dialogue that feels stilted and unnatural. While some characters manage to break free from this mold, others, like Rick, are bogged down by it.

In terms of production value, “The Ones Who Live” doesn’t disappoint. The costumes and settings are top-notch, though I can’t help but feel nostalgic for the grittier aesthetic of earlier seasons. And while the introduction of the CRM adds an intriguing layer to the story, I can’t shake the feeling that the series is veering too far from its roots.

Despite its flaws, I’m holding out hope for “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.” While it may not have delivered the adrenaline rush I was hoping for, there’s still potential for the series to find its footing in future episodes. And who knows? Maybe Rick’s reunion with Michonne will be the catalyst for a much-needed resurgence.

In the end, “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” may not have knocked it out of the park with its premiere, but there’s enough here to keep me invested. As long as the series can strike a balance between exposition and action, there’s a chance it could rise from its lackluster start to become something truly memorable. But for now, I’ll be keeping a cautious eye on this new chapter in the “Walking Dead” universe.