Review: The Walking Dead 2.13: Beside the Dying Fire [Season Finale]

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers ahead]

As the last trailing episodes promised improvements, I held my breath for the last episode of the season. “Beside the Dying Fire” would either reaffirm my belief in the show’s potential to grow or it would solidify my decision to reconsider this masochistic relationship I had with a great deal of season two. I’ll have to say that The Walking

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.12: Better Angels

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers ahead]

“Better Angels” sprints in comparison to last week’s “Judge, Jury and Executioner” because, as a warm-up to the finale, it has to tie the loose ends. The episode sweeps through as many characters as possible as they deal with Dale’s death, though it does a better job than all previous episodes with this storytelling approach. Even though the accent of …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.11: Judge, Jury, Executioner

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers ahead]

The act of watching episodes of The Walking Dead remains one with uncertain consequences for the viewer. Somehow, the show manages to misuse the elements for a thrilling story and is not ashamed to deliver watered-down episodes with multiple tiny irks. “18 Miles Out” stacked action upon action in a forcibly manufactured scenario that only detracted from the main issue …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.10: 18 Miles Out

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers ahead]

After I got my hopes up with “Triggerfinger”, I feared that maybe “18 Miles Out” would fall flat and lose all of the built-up momentum the show had finally harnessed. While “18 Miles Out” had glorious moments of TV zombies in it, it made me ask some puzzling questions. This episode worked mostly because the focus fell on two story …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.09: Triggerfinger

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.08: Nebraska

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.07: Pretty Much Dead Already

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers, of course]

“Pretty Much Dead Already” is the seventh episode in the zombie drama The Walking Dead, which also served the function as the important mid-season finale. The mid-season finale has a purpose: to keep a fire burning in the viewer’s heart, prolong a sense of maddening yearning, and recreate the feeling of profound loss when the show is not …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.06: Secrets

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

“Secrets”, the sixth episode in season two of The Walking Dead, hit a new low for the show. I haven’t seen a bigger nosedive into mediocrity and lazy writing. I’ve watched a lot of shows and I don’t consider myself hard to please, considering that I draw immense pleasure from one-liner shows like the long-lasting The Nanny, but the attempt …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.05: Chupacabra

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

“Chupacabra” follows after the weakest episode in The Walking Dead to date, which is not as hard as one would imagine. The episode is the latest to miss the mark for me, but at the same time, there is some improvement, as well as some thrills.

As with previous episodes, “Chupacabra” employs the flashback as a tool to portray the early days …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.04: Cherokee Rose

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers ahead]

After the rather un-inspired “Save the Last One”, I expected for The Walking Dead to pick up the pace and do what it does best – scare me witless. Perhaps I have the wrong expectations, because a lot of people return to the show for its characterisation instead of the zombie angle, and the former is a factor that plays …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.03: Save the Last One

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers are in here, of course]

“Save the Last One”, the third episode in the second season of The Walking Dead, should have been better, given the individual vignettes with big-cast and small-cast characters. The writers shone a light on lesser-developed characters and, on an individual level, every vignette worked to a degree. However, the episode failed to convince me and …

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Review: The Walking Dead 2.02: Bloodletting

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series The Walking Dead Season 2

By Harry Markov

[spoilers ahead]

If I thought that “What Lies Ahead” wasn’t quite right in a few places, I’m happy to report that this wobbling is no longer present in the second episode, “Bloodletting”. “Bloodletting” focuses on the immediate crisis: Carl’s gunshot wound and critical condition.

“Bloodletting”, unlike “What Lies Ahead”, has a noticeable story arc, whereas the first episode had a few wandering …

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