‘The Walking Dead’ Season 2 Premiere Recap and Review

by on October 16, 2011

in Entertainment

THE WALKING DEAD season 2 on AMC

The Walking Dead on AMC kicked it’s second season premiere in gear with the episode titled “What Lies Ahead.”

As The Walking Dead season premiere revved up, we find the team cruising down the highway and they find themselves stuck on the highway in a clutter of dead cars, at the same time, the RV blows a radiator hose.

While they’re working on fixing the RV, a herd of dead walk by, and in the first 20 minutes of the show, it’s amazing how little happens and how riveting the entire scene is.

From there, one of the kids breaks off and gets lost and the team splits up.  Some fix the road block and the RV while two, Rick and Daryl head off in pursuit of the girl, Sophia.

The search is dramatic, and the end scene with the deer, hits you from left field.  Damn.

In other words, as numb as I’ve become to all the hype, it was actually dead on about the season premiere of the show.  The show did not disappoint tonight.

There was some great character development in this episode, and for me, the one character who truly proved himself was Daryl, played by Norman Reedus.

Daryl, time and time again, with his wily woodcraft.  His comfort with the very quiet crossbow, a knife and his willingness to gut a zombie were all valuable.  Valuable skills and experience the others don’t have.

Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Sarah Wayne Callies and Steven Yeun in THE WALKING DEAD

Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) seems to have started making some group decisions for everyone.

Little Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) made a great find when he located some butcher tools.  Quiet killing tools that is.

Then there’s the talk about Shane (Jon Bernthal) looking to leave the group because he can’t deal with the confusing and potentially volatile scenario with Rick and Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies).

The Walking Dead Production Drama

The series kicks off it’s second season under a bit of a dramatic background story itself.

First, Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile) put together this season premiere, so we don’t know how his being fired in mid-production will affect the show in latter episodes.  I’ve noticed a few reviews out there praising his replacement for this episode, when it was Darabont’s work.  Darabont showed us a quality TV series last season, and this second season premiere was again, a wonderful TV experience.

But for whatever reason, Darabont was fired (and everyone is mum about it) and the man they hired to be his number 2 man, Glen Mazzara (The Shield, Hawthorne, Crash), was put in his place.  (It was probably writing on the wall when they hired Mazzara a few weeks prior.)

I’m not sure which episode he took over, but we’ll be able to see if the momentum of the quality changes much somewhere down the road.

But Some Conjectured Why Was Frank Darabont Fired?

Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd on the set of THE WALKING DEAD

Darabont’s firing, somehow, has the entire cast mum about it…  though they were reportedly crushed by the axing! Darabont released a statement via his lawyer that he has no interest in talking to the press about his firing.  Though reports said he was miffed about funds being cut and cast and crew being underpaid for their hard work.

But there’s a perception that AMC seems to not be able to handle hit TV shows because they’re relatively new in the industry of big TV hits.   (THR)

They’ve done well enough by the studio audience though, as AMC has created some pretty good hits over the last few years, setting basic cable ratings records.

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