Defence21 wrote:It's not "mindless," as you put it. Sure, it has flaws, some of which easily can be pointed out -- but who cares? One of my favorite parts of watching the Walking Dead is the mindful discussion I have with my wife, friends, and co-workers after each episode dissecting why things happened, what they are leading to, etc. Like literature, there's a lot of this show that is open for individual interpretation. That's not common with most TV shows, and that's a big part of what sets the Walking Dead apart from other shows -- and precisely what makes it quite the opposite of "mindless."
Defence21 wrote:Stop looking for perfection. Start looking for entertainment. If it doesn't satisfy, stop watching.
these are somewhat contradictory ideas. on one hand you're saying it's worthy of deep analysis. on the other hand, you're saying to stop taking the show seriously.
"mindful" discussion of the show itself (not even including how bad glen mazzara and the writing in general has been in the past) would include the following topics:
-wow, andrea is terrible
-are we supposed to hate lori, or is this an accident?
-why would this character do that? that makes absolutely no sense (repeat this about a dozen times per episode)
-gee, i wish some of these characters would develop. i have no idea what i'm supposed to be feeling about anyone.
...or can you only talk about the good things? and yeah, it can be pretty "mindless" when they spend a season plus doing nothing to advance the characters and just want to pander to people who want to see shiny objects (in this case, zombie kills).
there are plenty of shows that are garbage and not worth watching. you don't see me writing in the TV thread about "Dads" or whatever other schlock is out there. the walking dead has potential to be great, and has shown signs of it in the past. do you think we should give up on something, just because it's hit a rough patch? is it not more noble to give something a chance to redeem itself? and you didn't hear much whining about this season up until sunday, so this idea that people just want something to complain about is getting really tiresome.