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      Fear the Walking Dead:

The Complete Second Season                        review by Bobby Blakey

There is no denying that the Walking Dead is still a literal monster on TV. It came as no surprise that they expanded the world with the spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead. The successful first season got it renewed and now for those that might have missed it can bring home Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season.

Fear the Walking Dead season 1 explored a blended family who watched a burning, dead city as they traversed a devastated Los Angeles. In Season 2, the group aboard the Abigail is unaware of the true breadth and depth of the apocalypse that surrounds them; they assume there is still a chance that some city, state, or nation might be unaffected -- some place that the Infection has not reached. But as Operation Cobalt goes into full effect, the military bombs the Southland to cleanse it of the Infected, driving the Dead toward the sea. As Madison, Travis, Daniel, and their grieving families head for ports unknown, they will discover that the water may be no safer than land.  This new season features the original cast including Kim Dickens,  Cliff Curtis,  Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Rubén Blades, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie and Colman Domingo as well as new cast members Dougray Scott, Arturo Del Puerto, Daniel Zovatto, Veronica Diaz, Danay Garcia, Carlos Segura and Alfredo Herrera. I found the first season of the show to be pretty slow and uneventful, but strictly out of my love of the franchise decided to give the new season a try.

This season did pick things up a bit with some great zombie moments here and there, but there is just something still missing from it. I know they are trying to create a different sort of universe than that of the Walking Dead, but the direction of the show doesn’t offer up that which I was hoping for. When this series began I was thinking that they were going to showcase where it all began and while we did see the beginning of sorts it quickly just turned into the original series without as much depth. The characters as a whole are not all that engaging and the stores lag at times. I will give them credit for doing some cool things with the zombies this time around in the water that was pretty clever. As this season went along it did pick up a bit in the second half giving me some hope to where it could go with the next season, but they just have to figure something out to make it stand alone instead of feeling like the lesser known brother of the original.

This collection features all 15 episodes from the second season, as well as bonus features including audio commentaries, deleted scenes, Inside and Making of Pieces and so much more so grab your copy of the Blu-ray and DVD on December 13th from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment.

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