'Tales of the Walking Dead' doesn't do much more than kill time

La última extensión de “Los muertos vivientes” “universo,” si realmente puedes llamarlo así, “Cuentos de los muertos vivientes” posee la oportunidad de explorar y jugar con este mundo enloquecido escenario, but mostly squanders it. Telling a self-contained story in each hour, think of it as a zombie-fied bonus effort that doesn’t kill much more than time.

The four episodes previewed from this six-episode anthology showcase a variety of tones and, thanks to the in-and-out requirement, the ability to attract interesting actors. The writing, sin embargo, feels particularly weak, trying to tell small-scale stories that capture society falling apart while usually focusing on a pair of characters thrown together in some peculiar way.
One episode ties directly back into the mother ship, featuring Samantha Mortonwho played the villainous Alpha, whose reign of terror as leader of the Whisperers dragged on far too longin what amounts to a prequel to her story.
    Después, these tales offer a mixed bag, both qualitatively and stylistically. Parker Posey and Jillian Bell star in an hour that traps a self-absorbed business owner and her employee in a bizarre time loopeasily the weakest of the bunch, feeling as if it parachuted in from yet otro universo. It’s as if someone said zombie stories aren’t overdone enough, let’s toss in more overused sci-fi time-bending conceits for good measure.
      Slightly better, if somewhat predictable installments feature Anthony Edwards portraying a scientist researching zombies as some fascinating new species; y Olivia Munn and Terry Crews, the latter playing a doomsday prepper whose fears of the apocalypse have come to pass, without having accounted for the loneliness factor that goes with it.
        Olivia Munn and Terry Crews in 'Tales of the Walking Dead.'

        The fact that the AMC series produced one long-running spinoff (“Fear the Walking Dead”), a lesser one (the teen-centric “Los muertos vivientes: World Beyond) and intends to further populate the post-Deadherd reflects that the network has committed itself to milking every last ounce of life from the concept, which would probably benefit from at least temporarily resting in peace.
        Alas, that’s not in the cards, with the return of Rick Grimesshifted from originally planned movies back to television as a limited seriesamong the threads left to unwind. The real emphasis now, aunque, should be on “Los muertos vivientes” after all its ups and downs over 11 estaciones, y sending that show off in a satisfying manner.
          Charitably, “Cuentos de los muertos vivientes” is just another way to kindle the flame until the flagship program begins its final march in October.
            With a world of stories from which to choose, in success it would be simple enough for theseTalesto rise again. Todavía, presented with boundless possibilities, this opening salvo serves as an uninspired addition to a franchise whose progenyboth too often and somewhat ironicallyhave just seemed to mindlessly follow the crowd.
            “Cuentos de los muertos vivientes” premieres Aug. 14 a 9 pm. ET on AMC and AMC+.




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