In Part 2 of my three-part article over at ZombieCast.net, I share some of the things that make us fans scream inside of our heads. These moments of WTF, lazy writing, lack of common sense, and simply unbelievable plot developments all fall under the umbrella of DERP! Oh, and there’s lots of derpdom in The Walking Dead (Andrea and Merle, anyone?), whether you love the show or hate it.
I would have called the series The Walking Derp, but that’s already been taken by a clever little animation on NewGrounds about Daryl’s relentless search for Sophia. While I laughed at the animated short, I think this aspect of the plot was not by any means derpy. I think most of us would have searched for Sophia, even if the odds of her surviving were super low.
That there reminds me of what makes The Walking Dead so special: we’re able to suspend our belief because they focus more on the psychology behind decisions and the development of characters. We are immersed in a world that could very well come to be one day. If we were hit by such adversity, I believe most would want to maintain all humanity and everyday living that we could. That means we would want to protect our loved ones, build homes, and do other things that may not seem practical for survival.
As such, one could postulate that merely surviving is not truly living. Andrea was faced with that very plight and would have chosen suicide if it hadn’t been for Dale. Making tough decisions while balancing logic between pure survival and doing what is humane, fair, or just.. That’s what makes the dynamics of TWD so awesome!
Where the derpdom sets in is when characters make decisions that make no sense, even under duress. I would say that the writers are creating tons of filler now until they build up to something really awesome. There are events that are clearly written for the sake of creating sensational television; meanwhile, the realism of these events is questionable, at best. Well, enough of that, if you want to see exactly what I mean, check out ZombieCast!
One last thought… I like Michonne as a character but she feels a bit out of place. They’re finally developing her in the second half of Season 4 but her super-hero-like powers seem to be a detriment to the show. Suddenly, the tension and realism of it all seems to be far less than what we saw in the first three seasons.
In the comic setting, I think Michonne works really well but, on the television show, I am not so sure. The way everything has been set up, everyone feels vulnerable and we can picture real-life people trying to survive. Every character (except for the throw-away characters that are only introduced to be killed off soon after) has shown a wide range of emotion, personality traits, motivations, and derpyness until Michonne showed up. Even Daryl has had his close calls and derpy decisions.
In the opening of Season 4 Part II (a.k.a. Season 4.5), we have seen that Michonne is being rounded out more. She clearly has some screws loose so it’s nice to see what made her so tough. Hopefully they will humanize her enough to keep the realism up on the show. We shall see how things develop!
It’s time to sound off, geeks and zombies!
- Does The Walking Dead immerse you in a realistic (or at least believable), post-apocalyptic world or do you treat the show merely as an imaginary place or brief escape?
- Is Michonne too badass for the show’s own good?
- What would you say is the dumbest thing that has happened on The Walking Dead yet?
- Choose your Derp King: Team Governor or Team Rick?
Sound off in the comments below!
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