195 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by how much I liked this.
I'm not much for zombie shows or movies of any kind. It's the human aspect of the show that drew me in. What they do, how they survive, the relationships that are made when the basic tenents of society as we know it have been broken down. I'd watch something like that even if there were no zombies. However, the zombies aspect of this show adds a wonderful scary...
Published 23 months ago by Shan
41 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slowing down and Fizzling Out - Darabont was fired because he tried hard to counter this direction
I hope people realize that there are only three more episodes left on the second season and that it has all pretty much taken place on the Farm of Their Discontent and been about Rick, Shane and Lori. That's pretty bad. I have said this several times with my reviews and I think it is finally dawning on people that this show really is no longer what it started out to be...
Published 21 months ago by L P
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195 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised by how much I liked this.,
I wont get into characterization too much other than to say there is a hodge podge to choose from. Some you will like, some you wont. Some will be easy to identify with and others will really make you think about what choices YOU would make in their place. All will surprise you at some point and you may just cheer for the most unlikely of hereos as well as the obvious ones. If you can handle the gore - this is a show not to be missed.
120 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Down With the Sickness,
This review is from: The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I read the first 12 issues of Robert Kirkman's epic graphic novel The Walking Dead back in 2006. Late fans to the story can now pick up the first 48 issues of the graphic novel in a convenient single work titled The Walking Dead: Compendium One. As of today, Kirkman has published almost 100 issues in the series (that I now anxiously check my mailbox for every month).
What's all that mean? It means that there are years and years of TV seasons ahead if AMC stays the course of excellence that it has so far done in the first two seasons. Why? Because as far as the graphic novel issue-by-issue storyline parallel to the TV series goes, I would guesstimate that the TV series is MAYBE through only about the first dozen issues.
Has the TV series taken some liberties and made changes to the story(ies) presented in the graphic novel? Sure. But are those liberties just as well told as Kirkman originally laid out? So far so good. Actually, so far: excellent! Kirkman's oversight has brought The Dead to life in this surprisingly fabulous adaptation of the graphic novel series. Why surprisingly? Because it is a rare occasion that a film or TV adaptation is as good as and so true to the source material. This is one of the best shows on TV.
The Walking Dead continues the story of (former) Police Officer Rick Grimes and his band of normal-world-refugees across a world suddenly infected by a Walking Dead sickness. Civilization has been replaced by vicious hordes of the undead. But at its core, the story is much less about zombies and more about what happens to society, its morals, laws and standards when government is lost and the planet becomes mostly uninhabitable. There's real, heartfelt emotion in The Walking Dead series combined with believable scenarios.
Rest assured, there is no lack of unfathomable chaos and horror in Season 2 of The Walking Dead...although like I said...not just because of the zombies, but mainly as a result of human survivors in desperate situations that must do the unthinkable to stay alive. Fans of the graphic novel will be screaming for Season 3 because of Season 2's final episode cliffhanger glimpse of a certain person and place to come.
The Walking Dead is a compelling, thought provoking drama. And if you can't wait until the next season, the good news is you can cheat and start reading the graphic novels if you want to get ahead.
Check it out.
105 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen A Lot Of Zombie Crap But This...,
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still love it,
Reading some of the other reviews, some people seem to be very disappointed. The gist of the disappointment seems to be that there isn't enough zombies, not enough action, that its turning into a soap opera. To that, I say, did you honestly expect there to be a whole series that is nothing but zombie chase after zombie chase? Entire episodes of killing zombies? There has to be a human element, a human dynamic, or in my opinion you don't have a TV show but a video game. The relationships and the developments of the little group only add to the involvement. I can feel for these people, understand them, experience what they are experiencing better with a little character development, otherwise, its just a shot em up xbox game that I have to watch and don't get to play.
We've seen great development of Lori and Derril, and Shane even. I feel the exact opposite of the negative reviews. I am more engaged now than ever.
HOWEVER, I will agree that the whole scene in the well was just plain stupid. On so many levels, its just totally implausible. Minus one star for that.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An improvement over the first season, despite some pacing problems,
This review is from: The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Rick Grimes and his fellow survivors have escaped from Atlanta. Making for Fort Benning and the hope of rescue, the group is waylaid on the highway by a horde of walkers. With one of the group missing and another severely injured, they find a safe haven at a nearby farm and the hope of a new home. But as the days and weeks pass, the unresolved tensions in the group threaten to tear it apart.
The second season of The Walking Dead picks up shortly after the events of the first. Whilst the first only had six episodes to tell its story, the second has thirteen, giving it more time to explore the premise and characters.
Things get off to a strong start in the first few episodes, which focus on the confrontation on the highway and the attempts to bring the group back together. New characters - the Greene family - and a new location - a large farmstead - are introduced and events unfold with some vigour. However, after the third episode the story bogs down a little as characters start spinning their wheels at the farm. This is where the ramifications of a major pre-season production crisis - a budget cut that infuriated showrunner Frank Darabont and saw him leave the series - are at their most noticeable. Whilst the budget problems ground the series for a little too long at the farm, the producers do make the most of the money they do have. The zombie effects are a cut above the more variable effects of the first season and there are some truly gruesome moments that equal the most visceral scenes of any zombie movie that comes to mind.
The long pause at the farm does allow some effective character development, particularly of Shane (Jon Bernthal), whose growing disillusionment with the group and his inability to accept the new status quo and move on is depicted quite well, even if the story does take a few too many episodes to come to a head. However, probably the best characterisation is left to Daryl (Norman Reedus), who evolves from the quieter brother of racist redneck Merle in the first season into a conflicted, complex character who refuses to fit easily into any stereotype. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), our main protagonist, gets a little lost in the mix this season with storylines focusing mostly on other characters, but comes back strong towards the end of the season as he starts to show signs of not handling the stress of command very well. However, his dynamic with Herschel (Scott Wilson) and the twists and turns it goes through is fascinating, with Herschel moving from a pacifistic man of faith to shotgun-wielding zombie-slayer under Rick's (not entirely laudable) influence. The introduction of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) as a love interest for Glenn (Steven Yeun) also adds a rare glimmer of sunlight to a dark season.
Whilst the season does suffer from some slow pacing in its central section, it remains highly watchable, and the pacing issue is mitigated considerably on DVD without a week-long break between each episode. There are some effective moments of dark humour (the 'zombie well' scene is hilarious), the writing is pretty good and the actors mostly effective. Aside from the pacing issue, the character of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) suffers the worst from inconsistent writing and motivations, which the actress does her best to make sense of but can't quite sell.
Events culminate in a fairly epic two-part season finale in which the bubbling tensions within the group boil over and the biggest battle between the survivors and the zombies to date takes place. Despite some longeurs and niggling problems, Season 2 (****˝) ends on a high that leaves a lot of balls in the air for the third season and its promise of introducing some of the best characters and storylines from the comic book to the TV series. The series is available now in the UK (DVD, Blu-Ray) and USA (DVD, Blu-Ray).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it! It WILL get better!! (NO SPOILERS),
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it,
This review is from: The Walking Dead Season 2 [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)I am not a fan of any tv show nor zombies, but this series have something that i cant explain but make you want to see more.
Really like it i give 5 stars.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars limited edition. BUY IT.,
This review is from: The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)holy crap - when the UPS fellow came to my door today with my package containing my limited edition version of this series set, i was shocked. the box was gigantic! i opened it up thinking that perhaps amazon used a much bigger packing box as they usually do for my orders... but nope, the walking dead limited edition box was itself huge as well! i've got to say, this is the best limited edition bluray release i have ever purchased. i knew it was going to be pretty good in terms of quality, given that the zombie head is a creation of mcfarlane toys, but i didn't expect it to be THIS good. it's not only life-sized, but it's also very life-like (well, as life-like as a rotting zombie head gets). fantastic job on the packaging of an even more fantastic show. if only my season 1 bluray set had such a container! if anyone out there is wondering whether spending the additional 30 bucks for this edition is worth it, i can state with absolute certainty that it is TOTALLY worth it.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow Burn, Big Bang,
In this episode we start to see some of the characters coming together into the cohesion the comics are so highly regarded for. Mainly, Shane comes into his own. It's a slow burning wick to be sure, but the payout is so, so worth it. I was definitely impressed. Rick and Lori as well, although they're a tad more relatable. Glenn, Maggie, Dale, and Andrea all turn in solid performances that build their characters and it's great to see some teetering on the brink while others are grounded in their resolve. (Daryl is great too, but hey, it's Norman Reedus. The sky is also blue, in case obviousness isn't your strong suit.) And of course, the whole point of watching the show, the zombies that give chase to Shane and Otis are well done and convincing. The entire sequence in the high school was all around solid.
Very well crafted piece of entertainment. Handshakes all around.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suprising,
This review is from: The Walking Dead Season 2 [HD] (Amazon Instant Video)I was hesitant at first to start watching this show. I have heard good things about it, but sometimes good shows get off track i.e., "Lost" or "The X-files". Plus, I only have so much time and another tv show to watch seemed too much. What a mistake! This show is good. The production values are very high. Good cinematography. The plot line is similiar to any zombie apocalypse movie but that isn't what makes this show. They work very hard to build up the suspense and I find myself curled up on the couch yelling "don't do it, don't do it" only to find that it wasn't a zombie about to eat someone after all. This show, for those who look beyond the zombie premise, will find real, deep, and well thought out moral juxtapositions and what would you do questions. The characters are well thought out and developed and it makes it really difficult at times to guess who if anyone will die and hard to "lose" someone. A very well thought out show. Give it a try.
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The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] by Andrew Lincoln (Blu-ray - 2012)
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