I’m a zombie fanatic. A complete junkie – I collect all kinds of things Zombie releated from the Afterlife with Archie comics (YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT)I have some memorabilia from The Walking Dead TV Show I have autographs from Andrew Lincoln, John Bernthal and Sara Wayne Callies – I even have a limited edition Comic Con Exclusive issue #1 reprint signed by both Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. So suffice to say – I love me some Zombies.
I absolutely adored Telltale Games: The Walking Dead Season 1 and was left breathless and saddened at how it ended. The moment Season 2 was released immediately bought the season pass and this weekend – I was once again saddened at the end. As a game – it’s pretty basic. As a story – it’s outstanding and that’s what keeps me coming back. No spoilers here folks just a quick overview.
The gameplay mechanics haven’t changed really at all with perhaps a few more QTEs peppered through out some of the more action oriented scenes. For all intents and purposes, this is really just an interactive movie/TV show broken up into 5 episodes which all take somewhere to the tune of about 2hrs per episode to complete.
This season sees us in control of Clementine shortly after the events of Season 1. Across Season 2 – Clem meets new and old friends and the player is tasked with helping her make some extremely difficult dialog/decisions. The adults bicker like children and poor Clem has to not only be the voice of reason and maturity but the errand girl too. She and her merry band of survivors travel North to a place believed to be a place of sanctuary called “Wellington”. Rife with walkers, looters and all around bad people, the journey is not a safe or easy one.
The Walking Dead Season 2 was full of choices and some of them were absolutely gut wrenching all of which led to my final major decision for this season. A decision that actually took me a few tries to figure out before accepting what I ultimately must do. It left me wanting to know what happens next like any good series does.
I give The Walking Dead Season 2 an 8 out of 10
Well I can’t honestly say that I was awake for this episode on Sunday night but I was more than a little anxious to get home last night to watch it after my daughter went to bed. Following along with our “No Spoiler” policy, I’ll do my best to avoid anything major on anyone who may have Tivo’d or PVRd this episode.
To sum up last nights episode in one word all I can say is “WOW!!!”. That was one hell of an episode. The episode started right where the premiere left off with series protagonist, Rick trapped inside a tank as his horse is devoured by hundreds of the undead and the crackle of a voice on the radio. The voice on the radio helps Rick coordinate his escape from the tank and meets him in an alleyway taking him back to a gang of survivors. On the side, we see more of the survivors who we were introduced to in the premiere as they continue to survive outside of the city in tents and camper trailers – We even get to see more of Ricks Wife Lori and where she’s at with her love affair with Ricks partner and best friend Shane.
During the episode we get to see glimpses of the lype of leader that Rick is. He’s a damn fine man who thinks very quickly on his feet and will do anything to survive as many would but he still maintains his humanity. Without giving too much away, Rick takes a moment to check for ID on a dead zombie and he laments on who this person used to be and commenting that if he ever finds his family, he plans to tell them about this man. We also get to see some great performances from Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon, a racist jerkface and Steven Yeun as Glen. We even get treated with more of the incredible makeup effects and plenty of horror violence that comes with the territory of a horror series such as The Walking Dead
This is a huge undertaking by AMC and Frank Darabontbut they’re really keeping the story telling smooth and precise. Each character gets just enough of time on screen to allow us to develope a relationship with them and feelings. AMC just might well be the BALLSIEST channel on TV today and for that I thank them. This is some of the most fun I’ve ever had watching TV.
This is MUST SEE TV folks. If you’ve been missing out, you really should fix that.
***UPDATE*** Late Yesterday, AMC announced the the greenlight for a full 13 episode season next year year. It has been said that The Walking Dead is “The biggest series in cable history” reaching more adults between the ages of 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable.