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Monday, 27 October 2008

Dead Set - Your thoughts on episode one?

The Wife and I have just watched the first episode of Dead Set, E4's new 5 part zombie apocalypse meets Big Brother and I must say I rather enjoyed it.

It started off with a Big Brother group of housemates arguing on eviction night and then cut to behind the scenes at the staff working on the show. As they near broadcast time we see news reports of violence spreading in Britain and we, the viewer, get to see the zombie-ness slowly spread.

The virus gets to the Big Brother studio and the zombies lay waste to the staff and fans of the show. Only Jaime Winston's characters, the director of the show and the housemates are still breathing by the end of the show.

The zombies are of the fast type and you could tie it in with Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake. Kind of what happened in Britain while that was going down.

The effects are really good and it did keep you gripped for the 70 minutes it was on. The housemates are suitably obnoxious and the few kills you see are suitable gory, especially the second death of the zombies (good use of a fire extinguisher).

I also liked how the zombies still watch the housemates on the TV or through the 2 way mirror or their own reflection. Not too subtle a way of saying that the viewers of reality TV are just zombies without the blood lust, but effective nonetheless. It wasn't cheesy as I thought it was going to be and played it as a proper zombie story.

Now that the initial set up is out the way I look forward to seeing how they survive the apocalypse.

What did you think of the series opener? Let me know in the comments below.



Anonymous said...

Zombies should have been slow. I'll still watch the next one though.

Anonymous said...

I loved it. Much better than I thought it was going to be. Thanks for mentioning it earlier today or I would have totally missed it

Anonymous said...

That Jaime Winston is the spit of her Dad.