Well, AMC’s pilot for The Walking Dead has leaked online and someone has ripped the opening credits to YouTube. As you can see, they are quite passable. Moodiness? Check. Forboding visuals? Sure. Not to sully the fine work of whomever was responsible for this, but the credits are just ordinary in comparison to the electrifying sequence animator Daniel Kanemoto made. (Refresh your memory by watching it again here). It would be impractial and somewhat of a legal headache for AMC to actually use Kanemoto’s fan-created work, but having seen both now I can’t help but feel that a great opportunity was missed. By all accounts, the series is shaping up to be something special — early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive — and interest in it hasn’t been diminished one bit. That said, every time I watch this show I’m going to have a hard time not getting aggravated when the credits roll. Sigh.
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.