The Walking Dead - Season 2 (2011)

The Walking Dead - Season 2
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Strong horror violence, blood and gore

Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, Norman Reedus

After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds the world he knew gone - ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Nearby, on the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive 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?

DVD Boxset
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 553mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
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Run Time: 553mins
File Size (Approx): 5 GB
Television Revision
by Andrew Williams,

Now, this is a story all about how... Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), reunited with his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) & wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), continues to fight for the lives of those he loves as a zombie apocalypse rages around him. Happy days? Season Two of The Walking Dead takes the thrilling potential of stories set against a zombie-infested wasteland and produces all the drama of the end-of-year drinks at your local community theatre. It fails the most basic test of a television show: the audience needs to care about your characters, especially if those characters are constantly in danger of being disembowelled by the undead. Otherwise it’s just disembowelment for disembowelment’s sake. (I should mention here that The Walking Dead is wildly popular.) Look elsewhere, lovers ...

Now, this is a story all about how... Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), reunited with his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) & wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies), continues to fight for the lives of those he loves as a zombie apocalypse rages around him.

Happy days? Season Two of The Walking Dead takes the thrilling potential of stories set against a zombie-infested wasteland and produces all the drama of the end-of-year drinks at your local community theatre. It fails the most basic test of a television show: the audience needs to care about your characters, especially if those characters are constantly in danger of being disembowelled by the undead. Otherwise it’s just disembowelment for disembowelment’s sake. (I should mention here that The Walking Dead is wildly popular.)

Look elsewhere, lovers of subtext, as stock characters say exactly what they need to say in order for the plot to stagger forward. Salivating over the storytelling possibilities of our heroes meeting all kinds of colourful characters in haunting locales? Bad luck, suckers! It all takes place on the same farm. As for our heroes themselves, I know their names but I know absolutely nothing about them. Remember how nearly everyone on Lost had character depth and a fascinating back-story? The Walking Dead is like Lost if every character was Nikki or Paulo. And there’s a reason Lost buried those two alive.

It’s not all bad: one episode manages to be genuinely surprising and unsettling, the acting is workmanlike yet never particularly bad, and the makers know how to stage a zombie attack with some panache. But there is so little depth on display that if you replaced every single member of the cast with an animal you’d have essentially the same show. You’d probably have a better one.

The final frontier: A spectacularly squandered storytelling opportunity, The Walking Dead Season Two is mostly a waste of time. Play the game or read the comics instead.

Top three episodes: 7) Pretty Much Dead Already. A shocking and desperately sad twist briefly teases The Walking Dead as a tragedy with brains and guts. 8) Nebraska. The potential of this unique environment is finally explored as Rick runs into two men in a bar who may have predatory intentions. The resulting mind games are terrifically tense; another example of how good The Walking Dead could be if it wasn’t so beige. 12) Better Angels. A beautifully filmed showdown finally resolves the show’s most problematic storyline.

Worst episode: 2) Bloodletting. A foregone conclusion is a bad thing to build tension around, and Bloodletting’s question of ‘Will main cast member and son of the protagonist die in Season 2, episode 2?’ (spoiler alert: nope) is as foregone as it gets.

Season MVP: Michael Raymond-James (True Blood) shows up for one scene in Nebraska and promptly walks away with the entire season. It’s a terrific, charismatic, menacing performance that only goes to highlight just how bland the rest of the cast is.

2/5

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Season cover
1. What Lies Ahead (68m) info
2. Bloodletting (41m) info
3. Save the Last One (42m) info
4. Cherokee Rose (42m) info
5. Chupacabra (43m) info
6. Secrets (42m) info
7. Pretty Much Dead Already (41m) info
8. Nebraska (45m) info
9. Triggerfinger (45m) info
10. 18 Miles Out (45m) info
11. Judge, Jury, Executioner (45m) info
12. Better Angels (45m) info
13. Beside the Dying Fire (45m) info

Member Reviews (17)

Wrexie
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Loving this Series
Posted Wednesday, 24 September 2014 See my other reviews
EXCELLENT!!!!
Posted Thursday, 3 July 2014 See my other reviews
Lea
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We really enjoy every episode and look forward to the next one.
Posted Wednesday, 5 February 2014 See my other reviews
good series
Posted Friday, 17 January 2014 See my other reviews
Harris
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Still brilliant, partway through series 3 now and still thoroughly enjoying it, bring on series 4. One series I will purchase.
Posted Sunday, 1 December 2013 See my other reviews
andrew
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season 1 great, season 2 is a still good but a bit less believable.some of the things they do are a bit stupid.
Posted Sunday, 27 October 2013 See my other reviews
What a series... probably the best TV show i have seen ... ever. Such a massive call but so deserving, i am so hooked on this show! Bring on the next series!!
Posted Wednesday, 10 April 2013 See my other reviews
Petall
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Good series hope season is that good
Posted Sunday, 24 February 2013 See my other reviews
Noel
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Great series. One of the best I have seen.
Posted Friday, 25 January 2013 See my other reviews
Great series. The moral dilemmas each character faces lend a "real" feeling that is so often missing in the zombie genre. Love it - bring on Season 3!!
Posted Sunday, 4 November 2012 See my other reviews
GaryH
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Although the concept of the shuffling dead is somewhat preposterous to me, it is an excuse for plenty of blood and guts. True, this season does tend to sag in the middle, but the last episode and particularly the last five minutes left me longing for the next season. Hang in there for the final shot.....
Posted Wednesday, 19 September 2012 See my other reviews
I like my Zombies, cold, slow and brains gently stirred. The Walking Dead, serves up that and more. Recommended.
Posted Tuesday, 28 August 2012 See my other reviews
Stephen
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What happened? Did they get new writers or did the budget dry up? Season 1 was excellent, lots of Zombies and action blended with some drama; watched Season 1 from start to finish in 1 night because each episode left me wanting more. Season 2 is B grade drama with a lot less Zombies and action, may as well watch Home and Away or Days of our lives. Season 2 is predictable and the characters have lost their the common sense and have become just plain dumb. I hope the rest of Season 2 improves, because I won't bother with Season 3 if it continues as it is.
Posted Saturday, 18 August 2012 See my other reviews
Barrie
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Excellent series, good drama, looking forward to season 3, hope its released soon.
Posted Tuesday, 7 August 2012 See my other reviews
Great stuff. Can't wait for the next disc and the next season.
Posted Wednesday, 1 August 2012 See my other reviews
M
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The best
Posted Thursday, 5 July 2012 See my other reviews
andrea
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best zombie tv series,fantastic
Posted Wednesday, 27 June 2012 See my other reviews
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