THE PLOT THUS FAR
When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as ‘the dead’ stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Walking Dead” entered its second season with about three episodes worth of material stretched way too damn far. The basic story elements from Season 1 have carried over. It is not so much an inspiring story of people who survive against all odds, more of an interesting watch of how it could be. A social experiment. The fear of the ‘walkers’ and fear of other people puts some great pressure on the dynamic of the group and the member often have their own idea how to solve the situation. It is not easy to cooperate with people you’ve never met before, with divergent opinions. However, Season 2 wants to play up soap opera elements that didn’t last that long in the comic.
Although I have the firm belief that more drama helps cement each character’s story arc too much drama hurts the pacing of the episodes. The good thing is that when a fast paced situation occurs, it alleviates the said slowness, but the fact that there is a chance that interest in the show could decrease, a fan such as myself has his worries. Although there are examples of great writing in this show, there are some forced plot elements that stem from poor dialog choices. Usually this issue does not happen until the show transitions into another season, but the subsequent season usually more than makes up for it.
All of this is delivered with as much agonizing, face-squinching emotion as each actor can possibly excrete, which is to say, the emo is positively dripping out of their skins and onto the floors of our living rooms. Common sense is out the window as characters do all sorts of dumb things to advance the plot, all of which is designed to lead to more of these awful emotion-drenched soliloquies and discussions between them. The plot advancement is so glacial, I think that I have frostbite.
The Blu-Ray comes with commentaries, deleted scenes, webisodes and featurettes. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp with a jaw dropping Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio that rocked the hell out of my theater. Plus, the 1080p transfer is pretty impressive for a television horror show. That being said, I wanted to hear more about what happened with Darabont. It was a pretty big creative shift and it nearly derailed the show. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!
UPDATE: Here’s some video to help remind you guys to watch the Season 3 premiere tonight.
The cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead ran into a few “walkers” and screamed their way through “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood during a recent visit to
“The Walking Dead: Dead Inside” maze. Although they may play fearless survivors on the show, some proved to be less courageous than their characters when faced with the terror of the maze!
The cast was on hand to celebrate the eagerly-awaited Season 3 premiere, then followed-up with separate visits. Laurie Holden, who stars as strong-willed “Andrea,” called the maze “scarier than the show.” “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside” maze is based on the Golden Globe-nominated hit television series and features “walkers” and props cast from the show’s original molds. Hershel’s walker-laden barn and such menacing characters as well-walker, bicycle-girl and deer-eater also infiltrate the maze. Universal Studios collaborated with the show’s creators to create an authentic, true-to-the-series experience.