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Re-Watching the Old Series is Fantastic
on 7 December 2016
I recently re-watched series 1 in between watching for the latest episodes of series 7 coming out and there's quite a startling difference that I felt were worth commenting on which made me realise just how good this series was as a set up, a prelude and in just being a fantastic show to watch.
There are a ton of changes throughout the seasons which you don't really notice if you're like me and binge watching The Walking Dead over just a few weeks but there are a ton of things to notice- Small aesthetic things like Ricks voice (and other characters) getting gruffer, lower pitched and more movie-like to set design improving and far more use of different camera angles (overhead shots are only tried once or twice in the first 4-5 series but become particularly good in later series) and other important improvements and changes- but if there's one thing I can complain about in later series, it's the writing and character development. Whereas in these early series' it's more about how each character reacts to different scenarios, dangers and obstacles, the later series focus more on the events and scenarios themselves- the action instead of the characters.
What this means is that in this first series you find out a bit about who each person is, how they react when their morals, ethics, emotions and character are tested, and it's sometimes annoying to watch someone do something you wouldn't but you can justify and understand it because they're not who you are- that's a rare thing in a TV show and something I always valued from The Walking Dead.
Particularly in this series where it's about the consequences of the initial choices and actions (which is all any man or woman is made up of), many of which play out or evolve in later series. I've loved getting to know all the characters and the style of writing, but coming back and watching it a second time I'm also able to see why and how things have changed and the things that each season did particularly well- for Series 1 it's all about the setup and the natural reactions of the characters in new uncharted territory.