Review of The Walking Dead: Season Two Premier
*Warning: contains spoilers and mature content. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.*
This past Sunday the big moment had arrived; all of the hints and web videos and generalhubbubaloo came to a head with the 90 minute premier of Season 2 of AMC’s hit action/horror TVseries The Walking Dead. Personally, I’d been looking forward to it more than the return of anyother show- including season 7 of Supernatural, which if you knew me, is truly saying something.The parts of a movie or comic or TV show that stand out to me are the small things that separatethem from the rest of their ilk. You don’t need to read a review that tells you about everything thathappened during the episode or all the details of each gory, scary part or how hot the really sexy part was- those things people understand perfectly and don’t have trouble remembering. Whatsome people might have trouble recalling or connecting are things like what we know about Dalethat tells us why he will never accept Andrea’s choice to die, no matter how much she wants it or how persuasive an argument she may give him. No matter how much you like the gore its how theshow plays with our emotions in so many ways, including the little ones we may not even notice being manipulated, that make The Walking Dead as amazing as it is.With that in mind, the first thing that I’d like to draw attention to is the hiding-under-the-cars part.That was brilliant mainly because of the acting, particularly the performances of Steven Yeun,Melissa Suzanne McBride, and Laurie Holden-AKA: Glenn, Carol, and Andrea. Steven andMelissa were able to portray the terror of the situation so realistically that it added wonderfully tothe tension. The angle of the camera was outstanding, too. Showing from the characters point of view this seemingly endless parade of dirty, rotting feet shuffle past in jerky, sudden steps forwardwas truly intense. You were holding your breath, waiting along with them & hoping it would work.Though I think by far the most frightening moment in the entire episode was Andrea hiding fromand then fighting the walker inside the RV.The way she slowly looked up and realized a hoard of walkers were already moving past thewindow right beside her, as if she didn’t want to see because she didn’t want it to be real, made myarm hairs rise up. The panic you would feel- the “HolyshitwhatdoIdowhatdoIdowhatdoIdo!?” was plain on her face & in her shaking breath. Hiding in that little bathroom & trying to be quiet but for some reason still fiddling with the gun she didn’t know how to put back together you just
shewas going to be found. Then the way her terror seemed to turn into rage when she looked up andsaw Dale- as though she was telling him with her eyes and face that this was
fault. She wasgoing to die this painful, horrible death and it’s because of him. All of that leading up to her screaming and stabbing that super-nasty walker in the face with the screwdriver in one of the bestkills ever and collapsing on the floor sobbing, covered in blood with the American flag hanging inthe window as a backdrop… Ms. Holden really got to show off in the premier- she was amazing. Norman Reedus was very busy in this episode as well, proving once again what I’ve been sayingall along: Daryl is awesome & the survivors need him more than he needs them. Starting with thefuel-conserving although very loud motorcycle ride- a motorcycle I am convinced belonged toMerle since it’s decorated with white supremacy icons & I don’t believe Daryl is actually racist.