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  •  Normally I would say... (3+ / 0-)
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    For Dean in Dixie, burlydee, fidel

    "It's a freaking zombie show!"  Lighten up!  But I do have two reservations against dismissing this point.

    1.  The show only works if you give into the literary conceit of how silly the actual plot is, and agree to take the events seriously.  It's not a particularly well-acted show and there were times this year that I thought George Lucas was writing some of the more 'heartfelt" dialogue.  But the show is immensely entertaining when you allow yourself to ask questions like "What would I do?  Who would I want by my side? What is the best strategy to follow for survival?

    So if we're taking the silly premise seriously, then we should take the execution of the show seriously.  Which leads to my second point.

    2.  This plot device of having one good black guy around has been BREATH TAKINGLY obvious.  The first survivor rick meets is a black man named Morgan that take him in to his home and shows him the new reality.  They part ways.  T-Dog is a strong, empathetic but not particularly interesting character for the balance of two season.  He dies.  So the group takes in Oscar. A convict who displays bravery and assumes a prominent place in little time.  

    Then Tyrese shows up.  Sooner than I can yell "Cutty!", Oscar takes a bullet in the chest, then a mercy shot to the face.  

    It wouldn't be so obvious if they ever let some time go without any black male protaganists.  But it does feel, for now, like a rotating job.  I just hope Tyrese stays for the long haul.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:02:11 PM PST

    •  Recc'd for "Cutty" (1+ / 0-)
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      Chad Coleman entered the show already giving Tyrese some of Cutty's compassion, strength, and hard-won wisdom. Bodes well for the character. Cutty also served as kind of a "chorus" character, letting the audience see and evaluate the whole scope of action through his eyes. Maybe Tyrese will, too.

      People who have read all the graphic novels have been waiting for Tyrese to show up-- he came on much earlier in the comics. So maybe he will be a major player and will counteract some of the criticism above. I'm willing to wait.

      "You want things to be one way, but they're not. They're the other way."-- Marlo Stanfield

      "What everyone wants is a job and some hope."--RFK

      by For Dean in Dixie on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 07:05:18 PM PST

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