While I think "The Walking Dead" will end up joining AMC's other three series ("Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Rubicon") as some of the year's best television, last night's episode didn't wow me like the pilot. In fact, it was the major reason I didn't give "The Walking Dead" four stars. I wasn't the only one who felt this way, but here's a dissenting opinion from EW's Ken Tucker.
I still enjoyed the sheer gruesomeness and some interesting character introductions, but the episode ("Guts") had two major problems. One, I thought the rapid pace of the second episode went completely against the magnificent tone the pilot established so well. The pace was uneven as well with slower developing scenes being combined with too much happening at breakneck speeds.
My second (and biggest) grievance from "Guts" was writing for some of the new the new characters--particularly, the introduction of Merle the racist played by established character actor Micheal Rooker. Rooker is usually a strong presence on screen, but the dialog and storyline his character was given was just ridiculous.
It's not that I disliked "Guts," but it didn't live up to the high expectations the pilot set. I hope next Sunday's episode is an improvement. Let me know what you thought on our boards.