Dead Set 1.05 “Finale” Review

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Dead Set 1.05 “Finale” Review

The final episode of Dead Set just aired on IFC and even though I’ve seen it before, all I can say is…

Wow. Wow. WOW!!!

Space is the “winner” of Big Brother, but too bad he’s one of the dead along with everyone else. The haunting echo of Night of the Living Dead‘s ultimate problem with the survivors was amplified here: if they only had gotten along, things might’ve been different.

This has got to be one of the best damn zombie offerings ever in my book and I am not even that much of a fan of the sub-genre! I have waited so long for a another horror show of any kind to scare me, to haunt my mind and thoughts for several days after viewing and for me to scream at the TV as the credits rolled.

I have found that show in Dead Set.

This is not just your average run of the mill zombie affair. I am talking about this show as a whole now. The final 30 minutes were mind blowing, non-stop carnage and if you tuned into the final episode tonight and didn’t watch before, you would be like ‘What the heck?!’The show would be better watched in its entirety because you cannot turn your head, and for it to end abruptly five nights in a row is torture! The final 30 minutes elevated the entire series with its underlying message and if you didn’t get that by now, then I don’t know what to tell you. It delivered for the gore hounds (in a scene that pays homage to Day of the Dead‘s evisceration of the villain), it delivered for the deep thinkers, and it delivered for the Big Brother audience.

Dead Set is a social commentary set to the backdrop of the zombie genre. People might look at the last sentence and comment on how clichéd that phrase is. But that’s the point. Dead Set took the social commentary of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and modernized it for one of the most reviled aspects of today’s society: the obsession with reality TV and the voyeur complex that we have grown accustomed to.

Some people hate the genre. Some roll in it like it is the next best thing. Yes, I am the blogger for Real Housewives of whatever, but we all can say that it has gotten a little out of hand. The final, gut-wrenching frame of Dead Set echoes Romero’s Dead films not only in style, but also in a philosophical way as well. It took me three days after seeing this show the first time around for the final scene to leave my mind. Maybe I am overreacting, but to each his own.

So guys what’s your verdict? Has this show whetted your appetite for The Walking Dead, which will be epic on a whole other scale of social commentary? It’s been fun keeping you informed and I would like to thank IFC for bring Dead Set (uncut) to American shores. You guys will forever have a fan in me!

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