Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Walkers don’t get no love

I guess it is not too much of a surprise that a “genre” show gets forgotten during award season. Well, first, let’s forget the whole “genre” thing. To be honest, I don’t know what that even means. Every show can be categorized into some sort of genre. So let’s get back to the show I am talking about, The Walking Dead.

It reminds me of Battlestar Galactica in a lot of ways. Battlestar was a sci-fi series, in case you have never heard of it for some reason. Robots, space battles, etc. But it was also a very character driven drama. In other words, it had very good story content and it was about the characters living in this tough situation. The situation just happened to be in space. And it involved a mechanical race hell bent on ending humanity. It is a very good series that even people who were not necessarily into sci-fi really enjoyed. Everyone except anyone in any kind of position to nominated it for an award on a major televised award show. It got awards. Prestigious awards. They were just nothing that a major network would ever air.

Enter The Walking Dead. Yes, it is a TV show involving a zombie apocalypse, but just like Battlestar, the focus is on the characters and their journey. Three seasons in, the series keeps building its audience and its acclaim. The actors are brilliant and the stories are equally so. You could say it is almost a drama that is set in the world of a zombie apocalypse. Actually, they are called walkers on the show, but you get what I mean. It’s better than a lot of the shows out there.  I have not seen the other shows nominated for Best Drama, except for Downton Abby. Hey, don’t judge. It’s a good show too. But it is funny how a show that gets so much love gets so little love from people that “matter” when it comes to awards. The list for Best Actor in a Drama names a lot of great talent, but no one can tell me that Andrew Lincoln is not deserving of a nomination. Comic book related material has made some headway as far as movie awards go. But when will TV awards reflect the obvious. Good is good no matter what form it takes or what it is based on. Is there a bias against sci-fi and comic books? I don’t know. But it seems like it sometimes. Maybe one day The Walking Dead or another “genre” show will get the respect it deserves. But I won’t be surprised if it doesn’t.

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