The pilot is mostly built on shock value. I think that's good, because it pushes away viewers who are uncomfortable with it's humour away right away instead of drawing them in and then catching them by surprise. These parts were actually the best parts of the episode; they felt freshest because they are doing things other shows would never. But, the episode is very much focused on introducing the characters and style, so it feels constricted in how much it can do. However, rest assured, the show explores all the themes presented in the pilot to a higher degree (except for Rick's alcoholism; that still hasn't gotten any worse than the opening scene).
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