10-06-14 ( Philippine Time )

Blog Entry # 54

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WalkerMaimer's Review on Season 02 (TV)



Salutations Wikians!

Today, we are continuing our review series in lieu to the upcoming season five premiere! We have already done the first season and up next would be third season BUT first let's go with the second season. Unlike, the first one this review would be a bit longer not because this season obviously have 13 episodes compared to season one's 6, it is long because I intend to go critical on some episodes as I can.

Shall we begin?



"What Lies Ahead"

AMC TWD What Lies Ahead

Acting: 4

Story: 5


I really love how the writers started with, The scenes on the highway is very phenomenal. The season starting with where the first season ended is a complete BRAVO! Emotions are at high. Andrea and Dale's exchange of words on tackling suicide is ok I think that even though that Andrea did justify on what she wanted to do with her own life choices, she still becomes an underdog on that conversation. I mean, yeah sure Dale is wise and all but in that scene Laurie Holden's performance got overshadowed by Jeffrey DeMunn's. Rick's conversation with "God" is ok, this has nothing to do with me being an Agnostic Theist though. Now as for the two highlights of the show namely Sophia being lost and Carl getting shot. Sophia being lost after the a herd passed (for the first time) is truly a game changer I mean yeah sure there is T-DOG, Merle and Derle, and the CDC that made either comic fans enraged or perplexed BUT c'mon children being lost in the middle of the outbreak and running away from ravenous freaks is something to worry and pity about. Carl being shot is a shocker where everything is so vibrant and you are being dragged into the scene with your headphones on then.........BLAM! Carl just got shot. Regardless of some dull scenes, Everyone got their part for this one though definitely not the best nor the worst (so far) premiere for me.


"Bloodletting"

AMC TWD Bloodletting

Acting: 4

Story: 4


Not definitely the best post season premiere episode for me. In fact, this would be the last episode I'd watch after "Guts", "Sick", and "Infected". I find a few scenes a bit meh but regardless, The introduction of new and interesting characters (Hershel, Otis, and Maggie only) feels fresh and their appearance surely made an impact on some of the characters specifically Glenn Rhee. I am a bit mixed with the whole "you want the gun, my husband is out their" dialog towards the other group members in the Sophia Search Party. Now if you are asking me why....well.....that's because I am irritated by her facial expressions. No offense to Sarah Wayne Callies, she is a good actress in her other acting roles IMO but not as Lori. The flashback is also well tailored into the main story. Meanwhile in the highway, T-DOG's conversation with Dale while in a delirious state somewhat showcases a side of his character and that Breaking Bad reference. (just can't resist typing this part)


"Save the Last One"

AMC TWD Save the Last One

Acting: 4.5

Story: 4


An episode that is truly Shane centric. I like it how they first show that time when back at the Greene Farm they are running out of options to save Carl when suddenly Shane came with the supplies needed without Otis, whose demise is later shown in the end of the episode. The episode showcases a good balance of writing and story. While the other side shows bullets landing on walkers the other shows substance story without hurting the other vice versa. I am also going to commend this good scene of Andrea and Daryl's because it did tackle death, surviving, a little skid in the surface on the suicide topic, and Sandwiches.


"Cherokee Rose"

AMC TWD Cherokee Rose

Acting: 3

Story: 4


An OK episode to be honest. Sure it did show Glenn and Maggie's relationship starting to bloom BUT the episode on the other hand shows one of the fatal flaws and it is being boring. Regardless of the heartwarming father to son talk between Rick and Carl, Pharmacy Sex, Lori's pregnancy test, and the unnecessary but hilarious Well Walker, The rest of the episode is just dull and a bit timid.


"Chupacabra"

AMC TWD Chupacabra

Acting: 4

Story: 4


Mainly the whole episode is Daryl centric which is a very good thing because we always want to see more character of Daryl than just a zombie slaying lone wolf and this episode sure deliver it and with a little motivation from Merle Dixon. Rick and Shane's walk while looking for Sophia rises tension and tbh I was expecting that they'd confront each other that would result the eventual death of Shane. Andrea's "sniping" scene is a complete let down and the walker ears necklace is such a piece of hilarity. The flashback is also well placed like the previous one and lastly the later event after dinner with the Greene family is a quite a shocker......walkers in the bloody barn.


"Secrets"

AMC TWD Secrets

Acting: 4

Story: 4


Though there are some good scenes. This episode is kinda slow. The episode generally focuses on one word I feel awkward in sayin' this it is "Love". From Lori and Rick's touching confrontation about Lori's pregnancy and her affair with Shane to Glenn and Maggie's and to Andrea and Shane's sex. Other than that it is just a normal TWD episode with an old man fixing the fence, a boy recovering, Patricia's Killed Victims, and those two teenagers somewhere out there.


"Pretty Much Dead Already"

AMC TWD Pretty Much Dead Already

Acting: 4.5

Story: 4.5


A Gimple masterpiece indeed and one of the episodes that greatly popularized the tag line "NO ONE IS SAFE" this time the victim is our little Sophia, who has been in the barn all along while the people that surrounds her is worried sick of her well being. This episode is very very depressing. Shane's confrontation with Dale greatly made me uneasy on my iron throne and him going apeshit is very well executed. I am somehow in a conflict by how Shane and Rick sees things on what is safe in the Greene's lands.....Kill the walkers in the barn or catch them instead and put it inside just to be able to stay in one of the unscathed places in the country. Either way, It is one of the iconic episodes the show ever produced that surely plunged most viewers into pity and sadness.



"Nebraska"

AMC TWD Nebraska

Acting: 4

Story: 4


On the aftermath of the chaos, Tensions begins to swell up as Rick's group is jeopardized into being kicked out of the farm and the relationship between the survivalists and moralists are tearing apart too. Everything is messed up. Finally, Beth stirs things up by getting sick, fainting, and destroying those porcelain plates or whatever. Anyways, it is good that these OTHER characters are given screen time for the sake of development. Derle lashing at Lori is also beneficial for our redneck because it did show a bit of the character he showed last season. And finally, the main highlight for this is LORI CAN'T FUCKING DRIVE NORMALLY <insert LOL emoticon>. Kidding aside, I really love how the show brings in new characters and have already given a good impression on you but as an antagonist. Talking about Dave and Tony. It is a good thing that aside from Shane there are other people outside of the group to spice things up and the talk between Rick and Hershel before that shows a change of character for Hershel very drastically.....I did not find the funeral engaging btw.



"Triggerfinger"

AMC TWD Triggerfinger

Acting: 4.5

Story: 4


Lori kills some walkers....K, and was found by Shane double K, At this point I find Shane's affection to Lori a bit dragged and annoying even though it increases tensions every time the two catalysts face. Now back to Rick with his two boyfriends battling against Dave and Tony's group. Introducing a character named Randall did have some benefit in the future episodes but I believe it isn't really necessary to bring him to the group blindfolded. Should've jus left him dead. No offense Michael Zegen.



"18 Miles Out"

AMC TWD 18 Miles Out

Acting: 5

Story: 4.5


One of my favorite episodes belonging in my top ten. The pacing is so good and the writing is fantastically done. Shane and Rick's awaited conversation have finally come though Shane didn't die and Randall became an ally for once and ended up being blindfolded, gagged, and taken home again. Note that the purpose of the episode is getting him 18 miles away from the car. Even if Randall knows Maggie both should've killed him but didn't happen. Either way, the best moment of this episode is the physical confrontation between the two and how both resolved it man to man. Loved how Rick grew cold and pointed out the reality towards Shane. The episode ended feeling good with the Wye Oak song playing in the background. But coming to this thought, I wonder what would've happened IF Rick left Shane? That would be a interesting avenue for a much more complex but dragged story line.




"Judge, Jury, Executioner"

AMC TWD Judge, Jury, Executioner

Acting: 5

Story: 4.5


Ok so this is the episode where they killed Dale the third unexpected character comic fans did not expect to die very early. This is a damn good tearjerker as we say goodbye to our moral compass after a speech on what is best and what is worst that a human being should do, Technically this is the price of letting that Randall live. All thanks to Rick's always changing mind. Carl has become increasingly annoying for the second consecutive time. So yeah, this is just basically what happened throughout the episode. Pleading, Moral Lectures, Convincing, and an old man being ripped by a very creepy walker. All thanks to Randall.



"Better Angels"

250px-AMC TWD Better Angels

Acting: 4.5

Story: 5


The opening of the episode is gruesomely awesome and a bit touching. Hershel changes the house rules and starts to show compassion on Rick's group by sharing his home with them and even lending his own bedroom for the pregnant Lori. You can tell that this is Shane's last episode as I notice that from those early scenes I am feeling the eye of the storm. Later on, Rick's problem with Shane finally draws to it's conclusion as the man he knew as a great man in the past goes rogue and takes out Randall (finally) and goes in a duel against his old best pal in the middle of the dark cold night and be killed twice (Carl can't freckin stay in the house) and attract a herd of walkers. Overall, this is the perfect penultimate episode ever done that mixes everything TWD fans wanted. Emotional, Terrifying, and Dark.



"Beside the Dying Fire"

AMC TWD Beside the Dying Fire

Acting: 4.5

Story: 5


One of my favorite episodes in my top five so far. The finale gave us a continuation of the true horrors of the apocalypse as the survivors in this episode struggles to survive and pinpoint Carl. I really love how the survivors tried their best in defending the land they now call home from a herd attracted by gunshots last episode and that helicopter. Ultimately, they have to find a new safe haven and is forcefully evicted from the farm regardless of Hershel's unlimited ammo cheat. The separation of Andrea to the group and is later discovered by a hooded woman is also promising and worthy to look after. This episode marks the start of the "Ricktatorship" and the death of "Old Pal Glenn". Rick's speech in the final scene shows a bit of an angst and a change of character. As for Jimmy and Patricia? They tried. The finale gave us a dark and gruesome conclusion with a bit of a hope as a Prison looms in the distance.


Closing

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Season 3 review will be up two to three days from now. So stay tune!

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WalkerMaimer Reviews
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Season 04 (TV) "30 Days Without An Accident" • "Infected" • "Isolation" • "Indifference" • "Internment" • "Live Bait" • "Dead Weight" • "Too Far Gone" • Part A Review • "After" • "Inmates" • "Claimed" • "Still" • "Alone" • "The Grove" • "Us" • "A"
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Season 06 (TV) "First Time Again" • "JSS" • "Thank You" • "Here's Not Here" • "No Way Out" • "The Next World" • "Knots Untie" • "Not Tomorrow Yet"• "East"• "Last Day on Earth"
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