Blu-ray Review: Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season

 Fear The Walking Dead is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. The series stars Kim Dickens as Madison,  Cliff Curtis as Travis,  Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Rubén Blades as Daniel, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Lorenzo James Henrie as Chris and Colman Domingo as Strand. New cast members include Dougray Scott, Arturo Del Puerto, Daniel Zovatto, Veronica Diaz, Danay Garcia, Carlos Segura and Alfredo Herrera.

Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” “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.

The second season picks right up where Madison, Travis and the rest of the small group have left the burning city which is now overrun by hordes of the undead. They board Strand’s luxury yaught and hit the ocean but it doesn’t take long for them to find more trouble when they begin to encounter new survivors – friend and foe alike. I really liked it when they were on this boat trying to figure out what their next move was going to be. Hey there’s even zombies floating around in the ocean! So we get a few episodes in and the group decides to jump ship so they can investigate some dry land only to discover new problems waiting on them as they come across more survivors. With new discoveries come new problems.

As the second season plays out, we also get to learn more about some of the main characters and why they are the way they are now. Let’s not forget about Nick who thinks that he has now become some sort of “undead whisperer” because he discovered that smearing blood all over his body camoflages his scent from the walkers. It’s almost like he has replaced his drug addiction with walking around zombies at times. A few of the others learn this trick, too. We get to watch him as he separates from the rest of the group and sets out on his own deadly adventure that leads him to a new group of survivors.

There’s also Chris who slowly goes batshit crazy as his own little psychotic bloodthirst takes over. Travis and Chris get separated from the group because Chris really doesn’t fit in anymore and Travis is trying to give him a chance to see if there’s any humanity left in his son. This kid has the makings of a perfect serial killer! While this is going on, Madison and Strand form an even closer bond at the hotel tower that starts out as a safe haven but trouble eventually does show up. These two end up making a pretty cool team and they take care of business as it arrives. Oh and Travis eventually finds his way back to the group. The crazy thing is, out of all these people, Alicia might be the sanest one of them all. She’s quiet and she’s got her act together.

The settings and locations for this gritty horror-drama help to tell these riviting stories that’s all about survival. All of the main characters are put in some deadly situations on a number of occasions and the camera captures it really well. There’s also some standout cinematography at times. Some of the shots can be so beautiful one minute and extremely terrifying the next. It’s all about the survival of the fittest and experience in this kill or be killed new world. You can’t have a series like this without hordes of zombies and Fear TWD is slowly growing the herd with each episode. We didn’t see too many in the beginning but as the body counts rise, so does the undead. These are all “fresh walkers” here so they don’t look like the rotting ones we get in The Walking Dead. The makeup effects used to create these zombies is scary good.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season two details, some images and list of special features. Each Blu-ray disc includes artwork that features the main characters from the series. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. There’s also an AMC promo insert inside the packaging.

Bottom line is, Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season continued the adventure for this small group that’s trying to find their place in the zombie apocalypse. The first season was a bit of a slow burn but things picked up some here in the sophomore season as the world got much bigger and much more deadly. The writing is really good for Fear TWD and all of the characters are interesting. The longer this series goes, the more we learn about this group and the personal baggage they carry with them. One thing is for sure, this is a seriously flawed group. We also lost a few friendly faces this season but we gained a few new ones. I’m certainly aware of the mixed reviews and feelings that fans have about Fear TWD because a lot of them try to compare it to The Walking Dead. That’s really not fair because this is a different group that has been placed in an entirely different situation, so you really can’t compare the two. Fear TWD is an intense and violent character driven series that includes some really good storytelling but it does have some room for improvement. Maybe a little more action and a few more zombies! Maybe? This five-disc Blu-ray set releases on December 13th and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Run Time: 5 Discs / 15 Episodes / 648 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include audio commentaries, deleted scenes, webisodes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, interviews and a digital copy.

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes (08:13)
  • Flight 462 Webisodes (14:34)
  • Q&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest LA 2016 (54:29)
  • Inside “Fear the Walking Dead” featurettes for each episode
  • The Making of “Fear the Walking Dead” featurettes for each episode
  • Digital HD Copy
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