What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in The Walking Dead (2010)? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.
Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the United States of America a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.
I watched these on the AMC website and honestly do not understand how Americans put up with this kind of behaviour. These episodes are meant to be quite dark and tense but then every three minutes they break into incredibly loud and flashy 30 second adverts. I mean they're not even between the episodes, they just cut in right in the middle of conversations or suspense situations. The last batch of adverts then went and froze the playback for some reason. Every time you try and skip ahead it then plays yet more adverts and the tracker is so screwed up and inaccurate it took several attempts to actually find my place. I kept clicking on the 17 minute mark but it wouldn't jump past 4:58 for whatever reason. The closest I managed to get was 15 minutes and before it actually started playback from here I had to watch two whole minutes of adverts...
It is a complete joke and makes it very hard to actually leave a review based on the quality of the episodes themselves. Given that it took me thirty minutes to watch a nineteen minute story the ambiance and continuity of it was very broken. Most of the adverts were for AMC themselves which is particularly bewildering since all it actually did was discourage me from watching other AMC programmes.
The stories themselves are nothing overly amazing or new as zombie survival goes but the way they tie in with the main Walking Dead story is very good and they are worth watching as a result. Unfortunately however I wasn't left fearing some mutilated zombie freak would jump out at me so much as I was on the edge of my seat because I knew that some incredibly loud advert was about to start shouting at me at any moment...
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