Day of the Dead premiered on Syfy last night at 10pm. I watched this morning because, as I said before, I am too old and tired to watch 10 pm shows live.
Inspired by the George Romero movies, Day of the Dead takes place in a small town where an ordinary day turns terrifying as the dead begin to rise. Six very different people must band together to survive.
The show starts with the tired trope of starting in the middle of the zombie attack and then flashes back to the beginning of the story. Almost every show does this these days. They start with the “exciting” part and then flashback to how we got there. It’s tired and overused. If you tell the story properly you don’t need to hook people with the middle of the story before telling the beginning. It’s lazy.
The show follows the standard zombie movie story. Everyone is living an ordinary life in a small town. We are introduced to the main cast and get a basic idea of who they are and how they are all connected. It is election day and the gun-toting, fracking-friendly mayor is up for reelection. Her son is headed to a party where he runs into Cam, the son of the cop called to investigate a body found at the fracking site. Cam is friends with Lauren who works in a funeral home and is one of the first to encounter a zombie. From the intro, we know Cam, Lauren, the mayor, and her son are together in the middle of the attack.
There is nothing groundbreaking here, but if you are a fan of zombie movies you will probably enjoy it. I feel like it will be more of what some detractors of The Walking Dead want. Less emphasis on groups of humans fighting each other and more emphasis on humans fighting for survival together against the zombies. That can work for one season, but if the show continues they will need more than people fighting zombies.
I would recommend it to fans of zombie movies and B movie horror.