“Cold Storage” doesn’t have much in the way of a narrative, but then the whole purpose of “The Walking Dead” webisodes is to whet the appetites of fans craving more of Robert Kirkman’s world, and to give producer Gregory Nicotero something to do. Show producer and special effects master Gregory Nicotero is slowly making his way in to the directing business, lensing some of the episodes for the hit series, and directing both web series for the hit horror drama. “Torn Apart” was a much more meaningful and concentrated effort in the Walking Dead mythology as we got to know the origin of bicycle girl. “Cold Storage” has a link to the show, but only in a mere lip service sense. It’s an “oh look!” moment and then it passes.
With Robert Kirkman’s premise, there’s so much room for spin-offs and introductions of new characters, it’s almost infinite. “Cold Storage” is a four part mini-series about a young man named Chase whose been through a horrible ordeal and seeks to escape to a storage facility with his friend. After his ally is ravaged by the dead in a gruesome and well orchestrated sequence, Chase manages to enter in to the storage facility and is saved by an armed employee named BJ who, as you can imagine, is a bit off his rocker. Agreeing to allow Chase to stay so he can gather his bearings and look for his sister, BJ and Chase form an unlikely pact, exterminating any wanderers and looking to figure a way out. But BJ simply won’t allow Chase to leave any time soon. Chase and BJ become instant enemies once BJ reveals his own secrets he’s keeping in the storage facility, and the two go to war within the dark halls of the massive unit.
Gregory Nicotero is a strong director and manages to comprise some rather strong and striking moments. BJ’s transition in to pure psychopath is believable, and there are some unnerving moments to chew on, including BJ’s obsessive viewing of the surveillance footage around the facility, and the scene in the basement. “Cold Storage” really doesn’t have much to go in terms of story or subtext, but for a grueling and somewhat spooky tale involving a man trying to escape an utterly batshit insane psychopath with a gun, “Cold Storage” works as a quick fix with some tight acting and a great appearance by the gorgeous Cerina Vincent. It’s yet another small chapter in a wider scope of a narrative that I hope more creative minds take advantage of in the future.