The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


November 16, 2012

Joe Hadsall: If dark is OK, plenty of good TV is on air

JOPLIN, Mo. — If you don’t mind some darker, not-so-kid-friendly content, there some pretty good TV on right now.

There is also “The Voice,” I guess. The Lovely Paula Hadsall has introduced me to this show, and it is a nice change from other TV talent shows. While the songs themselves are covers, the singers are interesting, the judges are generally more helpful and the show’s feel is so much more supportive than the acidic Nigel Heart O’Hate, nasty British judge feel that runs through every other talent show out there.

Especially “America’s Got Talent.” That show has a mission to slaughter magicians, and I cannot abide.

But I like good storytelling, tense drama and paranormal or sci-fi themes, and TV has several good shows for me right now:

Walking Dead

Easily the best show on all of television right now. In its third season, “The Walking Dead” is the story of Rick and a group of survivors in the zombie apocalypse.

Fortunately, the Walkers in the show are slow. Unfortunately, they are abundant, determined and hungry. But a recurring theme of the show revels that sometimes the humans are the bigger monsters.

The show’s current arc is dancing along this theme in double time.

SPOILER ALERT: Rick is not handling the loss of his wife very well. Instead of attending to his newborn (Lori died during a grisly Cesarean procedure coldly ended by her son), he’s gone kind of nuts and is on a zombie-killing spree.

The Governor, the leader of a peaceful enclave guarded by a tough militia, has revealed a dark side that involves zombies and pit fights.

This season has been so powerful. I almost cried after Lori’s death, and it’s been a long time that a TV show could do that to me. The writers and producers have done an outstanding job of making a zombie apocalypse realistic and relatable — so much so that I can’t wait to see what’s up with that telephone conversation. END SPOILERS.

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