In prep for the last episode tonight I watched season 2 back to back for the past few days after recording it from Channel 5, and whoever was watching it by the Box Set (Johnyhumf?) has the right idea. In general the show is addictive and you want the next episode without waiting a week for it, but season 1 was short enough to stand six weeks' wait for that excellent payoff. Season 2, I'm not surprised Dave got bored by the farm setting but once I sat and chained out the show in one block there were some great highlights even for just the dialogue;
When Darryl says "The problem is, it's not the woods, it's Georgia, [Sophia] could be holed up in a barn somewhere" and you don't get that that's a signpost to a future episode
When T-Dog makes his wisecrack about being the only black guy to Dale, which I'm sure had to be an in-joke reference to "kill the black guy" in horror flicks
When Andrea becomes Ripley after learning to shoot and they fight their way back to their car
and also the general arguments and power struggles between Shane and Rick, Shane and Dale, and Dale and the rest of the group in general, with only Darryl seeing that the divisions spell disaster. The other upside is that the show has gone "The Full Romero"; some night-time scenes reference Survival of The Dead's Western Influences and there was was also
The barfight scenes over two episodes when Rick and Glen go to get Herschel back and the kid doesn't make the jump into the "wagon"
and in general the fact that
Now people dying without being bitten are coming back as in Romero's films, and although I haven't watched it yet, the overrunning of a farm is a tenuous link all the way back to Night of The Living Dead
It was also gutsy to bring the
love triangle power struggle
to an end so soon when they could've been lazy and dragged it out for another series, but nope, that's over as well. The only thing I didn't like was that
came up again as a plotline but instead of it actually happening, which would've been a better kick in the guts dramatically, there was just a bunch of soap opera talk.
So despite the first seven episodes turning into an arc, I still liked series 2 on the whole, but the trailer for series 3 crosses over the last of the comics I read so I'm happy it won't be on Freeview until next May, that will give me time to catch up with the novels and comics. If I get the compendiums then I'd have to move on to the normal small collections to take in issue 100 onwards, but there's no rush, the Governor novel will do for now.