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The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Walking Dead: Season 5

The Last Dragon

What He said:

Last we saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and company they were taken hostage by the folks at Terminus, who were not as nice as their signs and posters on the trail along the way advertised. It turns out that they are a bunch of cannibals who lure people in under the guise of offering shelter and…well they eat them.

The Terminus storyline was an odd one, not because of the content or execution, but the fact that it was so surprisingly short. A healthy portion of the previous season was spent making the trek to find this mysterious place, which claimed to offer food, shelter, and a future. So when the group finally gets there at the end of last seasons, and is taken hostage by its residents, we expect it to play a significant role this season.

To put it simply, it didn’t. Everything revolving around Terminus and its character was wrapped up in a handful of episodes.  Building something up for so long and ending it abruptly after a cliffhanger the previous season is not something you see very often. So much of the previous season was spent on the issue, all of the marketing for this season revolved around this issue, and it’s over before you know it. It’s very unconventional and risky.

The Walking Dead: Season 2

While not a traditional approach to telling a story, it ended up being one of the better stretches of this first half of season five. This is a show that takes place in a world where zombies exist. To put it mildly, terrible things are happening on a daily basis. It’s a brutal and violent world. But even cannibalism was something that was off-limits until now. Only the dead ate people up until this point. The guy who played Gareth, the leader of the cannibals, was easily one of the best villains the show has seen. He (Andrew J. West) was not the most physically intimidating guy in the world, and his run was short, but there was something creepy and unsettling about this guy. His performance was genuinely unsettling. I hated this guy and wanted to see someone crack him upside the head with a baseball bat. So it was short, but one of the more memorable storylines in the show.

Most of the rest of the season is spent with a split cast. One group spends their time trying to rescue Beth (Emily Kinney), who was captured by a mystery assailant towards the end of last season. The other group decides it is best to continue with the mission of getting Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to D.C. In case you needed a reminder, Eugene is a government scientist who says he can find a cure for the outbreak if he gets to the nation’s capital.

I have to be totally honest here, the Eugene subplot is not interesting at all. I remember it from the comics and I don’t remember having a problem with it them. In fact, I think it was one of the more interesting stories in the comics. I think it stems largely from the fact he, Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), and Rosita (Christian Serratos) are not very believable characters. Most of the other people in the show look like people, these guys look like characters or even caricatures. They look like they are wearing costumes and come off like they are doing impressions and not putting on a performance. It’s hard to stay interested whenever these characters are front and center. They are just trying too hard and it results in bad performances.

The Walking Dead: Season 2

The other storyline revolves around rescuing Beth, who was abducted by a bunch of police officer, who have some sort of bizarre class system going on at a local hospital. They take in “injured” people, sometimes it appears they are the ones who cause the injuries, and make them work off their care in some form of indentured slavery. It’s interesting, because it’s obviously wrong, but they are warped and think they are doing good. They are not good people, but things get interesting the more you get to know them. You think their leader Dawn (Christine Woods) is this awful person, and trust me she is not a great gal, but once you see the kind of the rest of the police officers are, she doesn’t come off so bad. It’s a conflicting story, but I think it’s supposed to be that way. You initially hate her, but sort of see her POV once you realize the animals she is in charge of (some of the cops do some terrible things). It was a solid enough premise, but confusing at times, because you’re not totally sure who at this place you are supposed to be invested in.  You hate Dawn, then you have her officers, then you like Dawn again. But you hate her, because she’s holding Beth hostage. I think you are supposed to feel conflicted, but it’s tough to tell.

The Walking Dead: Season 2

Darryl (Norman Reedus) is the one who leads most of these episodes. He was stranded with Beth last season and was with her when she got abducted. He searches for her for a while before reuniting with the main group. Rick’s still the leader of the group, but finding Beth sort of becomes his mission in life, so the whole “find Beth” thing becomes Daryl’s story. The growth of this character is one of the bright spots, especially when paired with Carol (Melissa McBride). These two are just fantastic characters and better when paired together.

I also like Tyrese. He (Chad Coleman) is different from his comic book counterpart, but it’s a change I like. He’s a big boy and can put a hurting on people when he wants, he just doesn’t want to very often. He has trouble with this world and I think it’s an interesting change to the character. I also like how he was tasked with taking care of baby Judith for a while with Carol, when she became separated from her father (Rick).

The Walking Dead: Season 2

 

This is the first season I have reviewed since the first one. I’m not a huge fan of this show. I watched season one and didn’t care for it. I never watched another full season since until now. I caught most of two and parts of three and four during a marathon. I decided to give it another chance. The ratings for this show are nuts. It’s not as good as they indicate. It’s the premise that keeps this show alive. The drama is a little lacking at times. It’s a little amateurish. But there are some pretty solid moments. It’s an ok watch if you want a weekly horror show and there are a small handful of characters who are very interesting. Daryl is great, as is Carol. I personally enjoy Tyrese and Andrew Lincoln has really grown into Rick; who is pretty brutal this year. Rick doesn’t win every fight he’s in, but he’s not a guy you want to mess with.

Rating: Thumbs half up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on December 31, 2014.  

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