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The Walking Dead Comic vs. the Show: Similarities & Differences

the Walking Dead comic

AMC uses the framework of The Walking Dead comic but creates their own zombie world. The toe-curling tension of the postapocalyptic zombie world in AMC’s The Walking Dead has locked in fans and casual viewers ever since the show aired its first episode in 2010. The gory show is based on The Walking Dead comic books created by Robert Kirkman with illustrations from Charlie Adlard. The ongoing comic book series is now in its 14th year and has 170 issues, while the show has seven seasons and a moderately successful spinoff show. Both mediums enjoyed unprecedented commercial success and are now firmly established in pop culture. In light of the season eight premiere, let’s analyze the show and look at some noticeable differences from the comic books. SPOILERS AHEAD! As with all book-to-TV adaptations, the story lines of the comic books and the show overlap. However, there are both minor        …read more

What ‘Mr. Robot’ Gets Right about Cybersecurity and Hacking Attacks

With Rami Malek, Christian Slater and the cast back for season three of ‘Mr. Robot,’ we spoke to cybersecurity specialists about what makes this show so impressively realistic in its portrayal of hacking culture. It’s sadly too easy to rattle off the many ways Hollywood has watered down cybersecurity and hacking scenes in films and shows over the past two decades: Swordfish, Live Free and Die Hard, CSI: Cyber, The Net… I could go on and on. But it’s been difficult to name films or shows that accurately depicted cybersecurity threats, the defense against those attacks and the programming languages used by the pros…until Mr. Robot came along in 2015. The series follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a hacker and programmer whose gang of fellow counterculture misfits aim to attack the online defenses of E Corp, a massive conglomerate resembling Google or Microsoft. Rami and his hacking crew, fsociety, aim to        …read more

Are ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Black Mirror’ Really So Similar?

Twilight Zone, Black Mirror

‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Black Mirror’ are frequently compared, but here are three fundamental differences. If you’re just catching on to the series Black Mirror, you’re not alone. Though it first aired on British television at the end of 2011, its acquisition by Netflix in 2016 brought it to a whole new audience. The original press release for the series called it “a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected which taps into our contemporary unease about our modern world.” This particular bit of marketing of the techno-drama series, which mainly plays on insecurities about the digital world, seems to have been particularly effective. A whole lot of articles have declared Black Mirror the heir to The Twilight Zone. That’s a difficult standard for any show to live up to, but Black Mirror does admirably well. Both shows are quite largely concerned with future worlds and the morality        …read more