DVD Review: Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season

Fear the Walking DeadFear the Walking Dead, which is set during a zombie apocalypse, follows a dysfunctional blended family, consisting of guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and son, Nick (Frank Dillane), her boyfriend, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), and his son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), and a few people they meet along the way: Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades) and his daughter Ofelia (Mercedes Mason), and mysterious business man Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) as they seek refuge from the undead.

At the start of season two, the group boards The Abigail after the military bombs Los Angeles to try to contain the infected, hoping that San Diego, and later Mexico are viable destinations.

Fear the Walking DeadThe first part of the season takes place on the boat, where they find they are a target for others wanting what they have. Eventually they make their way to Mexico where Strand's partner (Dougray Scott) is waiting for him, but unfortunately it doesn't work out as planned, and they are forced to leave, and the family is split up.

The back part of season two follows three storylines for the most part: Madison, Alicia, and Strand find a hotel they think will be their new home, while Travis searches for his son who has taken off. Nick, meanwhile, wanting to go a different path, ends up finding a community where they use the dead to protect the living. While those at the hotel deal with dead guests, Travis and Chris meet a group of Americans who cause him and his son to be split up. The group works to make their way back to one another, while some are lost along the way.

Fear the Walking Dead continues to be a promising show, but doesn't quite hit the mark yet. The show still moves at a slower pace than the original, though faster than the first season. One of the things that always made The Walking Dead the show that it is, is the character development, which is something that is often quite lacking on Fear. At times the characters fall flat, and it's hard to become invested in most of the characters. Most of the fault seems to lie in the script, however, rather than the acting.

The most interesting character for me throughout the show has always been Nick, and his story for me was still the most compelling of the bunch during season two; however there were still some problems with his character. For one, although I did enjoy the storyline, it felt very unauthentic that a recovering drug addict is able to cut drugs and not really be all that bothered by them.

Fear the Walking DeadStrand also continues to hold interest as we finally learn more about his backstory and where he was headed. We didn't get as much as I would have liked for Madison's backstory; hopefully that will change next season.

Surprisingly, Alicia becomes a stronger character this season as she starts to grow up; however, Chris's story declines exponentially as his mental state deteriorates.

Regardess, I still enjoyed the season. Some of the highlights for me were the character of Celia (Marlene Forte), as it showed a different view of their apocalyptic world, and I was happy to see Alex (Michelle Ang) and Jake (Brendan Meyer) enter the series from the Flight 462 short. I also enjoyed the storyline with Alejandro (Paul Calderon), and am surprised that something similar wasn't done on the original series before. I'm curious as well to see where Luciana (Danay Garcia)'s journey goes in season three.

Fear the Walking DeadAs for the look of the show, as always, the makeup effects are brilliant, as are the action sequences. Even though there are slow moments, it does have its intense parts as well.

Overall, the second season of Fear the Walking Dead is entertaining and worth watching. The show still has potential to stand on its own, separate from the original.

Bonus Features:

Audio Commentaries:

   * Monster - Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson and Actor Kim Dickens
   * We All Fall Down - Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson and Actor Kim
   * Ouroboros - Writer/Producer Alan Page and Actor Cliff Curtis
   * Blood in the Streets - Writer Kate Erickson
   * Captive - Executive Producer David Alpert and Writer Carly Ching
   * Sicut Cervus - Executive Producer David Alpert
   * Shiva - Co-creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson and Actor Rubén Blades

Fear the Walking DeadDeleted Scenes (8:13) - This is a set of eight clips that can only be played as one feature. They are all pretty short. A few of them are interesting additions, but none of the really give new or omitted information or anything of importance.

Flight 462 Webisodes (14:34) - This feature brings the sixteen-part webseries that premiered on AMC's official site and also aired in small minute chunks during episodes together in one place. The short series takes place on an airplane during the start of the virus outbreak (during season one). There is an infected passenger on the plane as it approaches LAX. Two of the characters appear on Fear the Walking Dead during the second season.

This was an really enjoyable storyline, and it's nice to be able to play it all together at once, as being broken up in so many pieces only takes away from the flow. The tension and pace of the piece is actually better than the full series, and I hope they include the second series of webisodes, which have been airing during The Walking Dead this season, on the next disc set.

Fear the Walking DeadQ&A with Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest LA 2016 (54:29) - This is exactly what it sounds like and took place on 3/19/16. The cast, including Domingo, Henrie, Mason, Blades, Debnam-Carey, Dillane, Curtis, and Dickens, as well as executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner/executive producer/co-creator/writer Dave Erickson talk about the series.

Inside Fear the Walking Dead - There are fifteen of these featurettes, one for each episode, and are discussions with the cast and executive producer Dave Erickson, interspersed with episode clips that talk about the storyline as well as the characters and their relationships and motivations.

The Making of Fear the Walking Dead - There are only fourteen of these (for some reason episode twelve is left out), and they give a behind-the-scenes look with insight from the cast and crew about different aspects of production.

Fear the Walking DeadPackaging:
The discs come in a normal blue clamshell case with cardboard slipcover. Beside the digital code sheet, also included is sheet an ad for The Walking Dead on one side and one for Into the Badlands on the reverse.

The first disc is front-loaded with promos for AMC, and one for their show Geeking Out.

As per usual, though still annoying, the five discs do not list what episodes are on each one, however, there are four episodes on the first three, three on the fourth, and the fifth disc is all the special features minus the audio commentaries, which are buried in each disc's episode menu.

Final Thoughts:
Although not as good as the original series, the show does stand on its own and has potential. There series is worth a watch, and there is a digital copy and enough special features to make the set worth a buy.

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