AMC’s The Walking Dead is nicely made, looks good, and has some real chills, but I can’t respect it. First off, the “injured guy wakes up in a hospital after all hell broke loose,” thing was done in 28 Days Later in 2002. The AMC series has no excuse because the comic on which it’s based started in 2003. Even if the comic did it, the authors of the comic should have known better, and so should the producers of the show. I hear their next pitch is about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vegetarian vampire…Second, the protagonist runs into two other humans — as far as he knows, the only two other humans, and a day/thirty minutes later they’re splitting up. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a zombie apocalypse or just being lost at Disneyland, you don’t split up. There’s just no excuse for that. Third, having driven out of town, the protagonist immediately runs out of gas. Was the gauge broken? Did he not bother to check? That level of stupidity is topped only by what he does next, which is abandon the car for a horse. I’ll say that again: he trades in a car for a horse. When there are zombies. A car. For a horse. Zombies. With that level of stupidity, I just want him to die so maybe the show can focus on someone who doesn’t have an empty skull. Then there are the myriad little things: he wears a face shield when he takes a zombie out with a bat, presumably so as not to become infected, but then shoots another zombie point blank for no reason (hint: that’s likely to get blood on you) According to the wikipedia page for the comic, the bite itself doesn’t turn you, it just kills you, and then after death you turn into a zombie. But there’s no evidence for that in the show so far, so shooting one in the face when you don’t have to is just dumb. As is not finding a working radio — the other survivors are guilty of that one. It goes on. It’s okay for the protagonist to make mistakes now and then, but this level of total incompetence is unwatchable.