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'The Walking Dead' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

['The Walking Dead' - 'Secrets'] So ... for as much as I enjoyed the slow pace of last week's episode, especially when contrasted to the ridiculousness of the end of last season, I have to say: OK, I get it. This isn't last season. We're taking it slow! So, yes, Sophia is still lost in the woods. And the group is still looking for her. There's your recap, folks! Hope you enjoyed it! Kidding. And that's not to say that I don't like what's going on. I mean, yes, Carl was shot, so now we have a missing child and an injured child. It's all about the children! (Also, is it wrong that I keep wanting to refer to Carl as Bran?) //

THE WALKING DEAD “Bloodletting” Review

THE WALKING DEAD  "Bloodletting" Season 2 Episode 2 – You can ’t hope to outlast the undead; you can only hope to outrun them and gain a distance significant enough that they eventually lose sight, smell, and sound of you, thereby completely forgetting why they were pursuing you in the first place. That may seem obvious, of course, but it’s a little like that old bear-in-the-woods adage. (No, not that one.) (The other one.) (The one about how you don’t have to run faster than the bear—you only have to run faster than the slowest person next to you.) Because I’m not psychic, nor do I have a crystal ball to peer into next week’s episode of  The Walking Dead , but the new fat guy? Otis?  "The idiot who shot our son."  He’s big. He’s slow. He’s zombie chow. It’s not really going out on a limb to call that for next ep. Read More... //

'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Recap

I like 'The Walking Dead' again. This comes after not liking 'The Walking Dead' at the end of last season (which I harped on way too much over at Vanity Fair last season ) after really liking 'The Walking Dead' when it premiered. But, you see, I still feel a bit burned from last season's debacle. What started as a nuanced and (somewhat) realistic approach to an outbreak that left most of the population of Earth as non-sentient monsters, quickly deteriorated into absolute nonsense. Look, say what you will about 'Lost,' but at least its plot point about a mysterious bunker played out over the course of more than an entire season. 'The Walking Dead' decided to pull off its version of The Hatch (no joke, I really feel the Center for Disease Control was a ripoff of The Hatch -- way more on that right here ) - from its discovery to its destruction - in two episodes. It's as if the same virus from the plot of 'The Walking Dead' somehow infected the show itself. (And, as we know, that virus claimed some causalities.) Regardless, whatever the problems were at the end of the last season ... I'm, cautiously, giving the second season another chance. And after watching last night's episode ... I'm, cautiously, optimistic. //

The Walking Dead Season Premiere Review: Worth the Wait

The wait is finally over for the anticipated return of The Walking Dead and, yes, it's off to a fantastic start. Where last season ended on what could be considered a low note, the second season premiere hit the ground running... and simply kept going. From the outset, the tension buildup and level of suspense was beautifully crafted against the warm and calm backdrop of the abandoned highway. Not only were the characters slightly on edge, but as a viewer, all I could do was wait for that moment where something would jump out and sink its nasty teeth into an unsuspecting victim. Read More... //

'The Walking Dead' season premiere recap: The Searchers

There are few story structures that are as fundamentally American as the Road Trip. Maybe it's because most of these United States only came into being after a few brave souls packed their lives into covered wagons and set off west. Maybe it's because Americans just love driving. Some of the most iconic works in every narrative medium are variations on the Road Trip theme --  Easy Rider , Huckleberry Finn ,  On the Road , the book and film of  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ,  Y: The Last Man . And last night, after a six-episode first season that mostly stuck to the greater Atlanta area, the season premiere of  The Walking Dead  sent our ragtag band of still-breathing survivors on their own personal road trip from/to hell, careening down the lonesome highways of the post-apocalypse in a caravan that includes Dale's RV and Daryl Dixon's motorcycle. (If you were wondering how long it would take for the season premiere to make Norman Reedus look awesome, the answer is "about thirty seconds.) Read More... //

‘The Walking Dead,’ Season 2, Episode 1, ‘What Lies Ahead’: TV Recap

'The Walking Dead,' Season 2, Episode 1, 'What Lies Ahead': TV Recap. The undead have uniformly terrible shoes. And this is just one of several zombie rules conveyed in the season premiere of "The Walking Dead." AMC’s dark and graphic TV adaptation of the dark graphic-novel series about the ragtag survivors of zombie apocalypse picks up right where the six-episode first season left off. //

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 2 Premiere Review Revue

"The Walking Dead" kicked off its second season on AMC tonight with more zombie attacks, apocalyptic cityscapes, and gross-out horror. Now that the show is over, you can read about it without worrying about spoilers. Here’s what the critics had to say about the latest incarnation of the hit series: //

'The Walking Dead' - 'What Lies Ahead': Deer, Jesus

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "What Lies Ahead," the season 2 premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead," in which Rick and friends head out on the highway but get stuck in a traffic jam. //

'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Premiere Review: 'What Lies Ahead' Exceeds Expectations

The Walking Dead returns to AMC for its second season this Sunday, and I don't blame you if your expectations are a bit mixed after last year's short, powerful but largely inconsistent season one. The series premiere was the biggest in AMC's history, and for good reason. Seen through the eyes of small town sheriff Rick Grimes, the premiere was a masterful 90-minute thrill ride through the initial horrors of a zombie apocalypse. The five episodes that followed had their moments, but none could really live up to the show's initial outing. Too many and too broadly drawn characters, hyper-realistic gore layered atop unrealistic plot developments and serious pacing issues too often distracted from the show's strengths: its action sequences, mainly, and its actors, who have been consistently great even if their material wasn't. While not an outright disappointment, the lasting impression of The Walking Dead season one wasn't of amazing, groundbreaking television, but of glimmers of brilliance amid a sea of unrealized potential. //

THE WALKING DEAD “What Lies Ahead” Review

THE WALKING DEAD  "What Lies  Ahead" Season 2 Episode 1 – Welcome, my friend, to the Dead that never end. Full disclosure:  I’m a huge fan of AMC’s  The Walking Dead . I followed production with interest even before season one aired, and even got to see the premiere in a movie theater. (And folks, let me tell you—that’s what people ’round here call all kinds of snazzy!) I loved season one. No, it wasn’t perfect, but damned near close. And it really made me hopeful for season two. Read More... //