The first series was set during the fall of civilization so I was glad that when it all kicked off we got to see it from inside a barbers shop. With the shutters down. I already imagine the zombie apocalypse on a daily basis so it would’ve been nice to actually see it on a TV show based on that very idea.
Point taken, but perhaps the idea was that 'actually, we've seen that exact thing in many other zombie movies so there's not much need to examine the escalation on a grand scale'. Perhaps a more personal view of what it's like on the ground rather than a bigger picture is fine. If there was a zombie apocalypse tomorrow and I had shutters on my house, I'd put them down immediately and refuse point blank to open them until I ran out of food or water. Anyone who came looking for shelter would be ignored or shot on sight unless I knew them very well, because in dog-eat-dog situations people either are cunts or turn into them anyway. I would trust no-one and keep a shotgun handy.
The characters are dull, really dull. Apart from “he’s a smack head” and “he’s a wiseass homosexual” I would find it difficult to describe any of them. Oh I just remembered “He’s a barber-torturer”.
To be fair, I feel you're right with Travis- he's a terminal dullard and a zombie would be more interesting company. Many times his witlessness has had me enthusiastically egging his partner on to turn the lump hammer on him. However there's always been a few characters exactly like that in the main show- Carl, Maggie and Sasha are pretty flat. Some people are just tedious. The gay guy (can't remember his name), I reckon, is supposed to be a guarded enigma, you know he's concealing everything about himself, perhaps that's why he comes across flat? Daniel gets more and more interesting though and there's a bit more to Nick than 'junkie fuckwit'.
Half the shit in the second series could be wholly avoided by throwing the daughter overboard. I think I was at the point where they got to the island when I thought that’s plenty.
True. But how many people would throw their own kids into the sea just because they have made bad decisions, caused heartache and irrevocable loss (every kid ever does that)? Much as we all would love to at various points, no-one really would, so I think that's fair dos., and perhaps is the point being made?
Travis' kid is the one that makes my skin crawl- the me-me-me issues-kid ('baggage handlers' is my in-house shorthand for these types, who are ten-a-penny in real life). I have a particular hatred for this type of character (Supergirl's sister in Supergirl- you know... life threatening situation, but "MEEEEEE/ how I FEEEEEEL/ my DAAAAAAADDY/ MEEEEEEEE"). Perhaps that's what makes him compelling- I want him to get killed on a weekly basis and I want to watch.
When they get to the island is around the time I got bored too, but it does pick up a lot from there. Horses for courses, though- if you like it you like it, if you don't, you don't (even if you're WROOONG)!