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The Walking Dead - Season 2 (DVD)
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The Walking Dead - Season 2 (DVD)
Advantages: Great original series, well acted and stays faithful to the novels.
Disadvantages: A couple of slow episodes.
Well, what a series!
Season 1 of The Walking Dead was just what the doctor ordered. A well written, well acted and superbly well realised screen version of the graphic novel series.
If it had a fault it was this. 6 episodes ARE NOT ENOUGH!
There is nothing worse than getting hooked on a series just for it to end while still in its swing.
Fortunately, the writers capitalised on the shows great reception and made this series a good meaty 13 episodes!
Without giving too much away here, the season kicks off exactly where the last one ends. Our band of intrepid heroes and anti-heroes are back on the road looking for signs of civilization. Gas is running low, tempers are becoming frayed and hope is running out until they stumble across a huge farm/ranch estate with a family living on as though the zombie epidemic had never hit.
At the chagrin of Hershel, the farm owner, the gang set up home on his land and spend the vast majority of the series there. There are obvious disagreements between the two camps, with an eventual truce being reached as they realise that they're actually safer in large numbers rather than spread out and isolated.
The main story thread is something of a 'slow burner'. Again, I don't wish to spoil anything but essentially it involves searching for a missing person and that's the reason they insist on staying on the farm while they search the surrounding woods, mountains and farmland. Needless to say, the climax in the penultimate episode is worth the wait.
As you would imagine, there are some wonderfully gruesome scenes as the 'walkers' pick off the occasional character and some truly superb set pieces showing off the zombie hoards - there is a particularly memorable trip to a local hospital in an early episode. The extra's acting and the make-up and costume designers deserve a special mention - they really do make this series what it is!
Most of the series is quite low on action. While there are some good zombie scenes, this series really uses the hidden threat of unseen zombies (lurking in the woods, roaming the roads in fast moving packs etc) to great advantage. There is as much value in the tension of NOT seeing zombies as there is of seeing an army of the undead approaching through the evening haze.
Fans of the comics (sorry, graphic novels!) won't be disappointed here. Most of the main stories remain present and correct, although they have been played out in a different order to keep the narrative of the series flowing. The character deaths almost all follow the novels, although a couple of characters have been added to the TV show - basically as zombie food to add to the body count we all love!
There are a couple of different DVD sets out at the moment. The standard 4 disc edition with a 10 hour runtime (554 minutes) is good value around the £20 mark, there are dozens of extras such as deleted scenes, audio commentary and lots of featurettes. Enough to keep a hardcore fan happy.
For the real Walking Dead fan though, there is a limited edition Blu Ray boxset. A large sculpted zombie head with a screwdriver through the left eye. It tips back to reveal the discs in a box inside!
A little geeky? Yes!
Worth the £75 price-tag? Well, it looks like a future collectors item to me, so probably worth a look if you have the space and the inclination to own a severed zombie head!
Anyway, a definite recommendation here for The Walking Dead, looking forward to series 3!
Summary: One of the best series this year.