Cast: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
Release Date: December 13, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Last season, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ 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 of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ rejoins the surviving collected members of the group as they are forced to leave their home of Los Angeles once and for all as it burns to the ground before their eyes. Heading out to sea, the group takes solace on the Abigail, a substantial boat provided by one of their newest members Victor who escaped from imprisonment along with Nick. As they begin to make their way in the direction of San Diego and the subsequent Mexican border, they are confronted with everything from the debris of ruined vessels resulting in zombies appearing in the ocean, in addition to some far more terrifying threats that are soon presented, quickly leading these survivors to the conclusion that surviving on the open sea may be just as difficult as doing so on land. But with the mysterious Victor continuing to play his cards close to the chest, the others must push if they hope to uncover his actual plan as they accompany him toward an unknown destination.
The sophomore season of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ continues to offer a unique, riveting and truly heartfelt journey through the onset of the global zombie epidemic first introduced to viewers in ‘The Walking Dead’. I was quite blown away by the impressive first season of this companion series, although its limited episode count allotted for plenty of opportunity to keep things exciting and not waste a great deal of time, therefore I approached the second season with some trepidation considering it’s now joined its parent series with the higher season orders (season 2 consists of 15 episodes). Nonetheless, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ only continued to impress and never falters in its powerful and at times quite brutal second year. It continues to wisely opt for embracing the slow burn storytelling method and while things may not be constantly active and in your face violent, the underlying tension and build to insanity only allows for an even more tense and unsettling overall experience. Some may be uncertain about the series, likely due to its notable differences from ‘The Walking Dead’ in tone and approach, yet for those who enjoyed the debut season half as much as me and haven’t yet had the chance to check this one out, I highly recommend giving the second season a watch as soon as you have the opportunity to do so, you shouldn’t be the slightest bit disappointed with how far this remarkable series has managed to grow.
Fans of this continually impressive companion series to ‘The Walking Dead’ as well as overall fans of the TWD universe in all of its forms will likely want to consider picking up a copy of ‘Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season’ on Blu-ray to add to your collection. This 5-disc Blu-ray set of the sophomore season features fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on each of the 15 included episodes, in addition to a notable collection of extras including Audio Commentary tracks on a number of episodes, plus a disc dedicated solely to bonus content which features ‘Inside Fear the Walking Dead’ episodic Featurettes for every episode, and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below). Altogether it should make this solid Blu-ray collection a definite must own for many of the hardcore fans.
Overall, diehard fans of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ or those simply in love with its parent show and anything else related to the franchise will definitely want to consider purchasing a copy of The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray. The second season delivers a calm, eerie and emotionally riveting ride that only continues to prove this companion series has a great deal of originality and unique attributes to contribute to the universe, in many ways coming together as largely superior to ‘The Walking Dead’. The Blu-ray release of the sophomore season provides impressive high definition video and audio presentations on every episode, plus hours of solid extras that make this 5-disc collection a pretty fantastic overall release that is definitely recommended, especially for the hardcore fans.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the second season’s episodes. The video presentations look pretty great as a whole and deliver sharp, detailed and clean presentations on every episode of the season. They hold up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit and/or fast moving sequences and never result in anything occurring on screen to ever become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible, yet still retaining the show’s somewhat grainy look. Overall, these are pretty solid high definition video presentations that should easily please the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 15 Season Two episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks provide a perfect addition to the overall viewing experience and deliver crisp, clean and quite active audio presentations on each episode. Frequently utilizing all five available channels in order to send the score, along with waves crashing, crowd chatter, threats approaching and more throughout the various speakers, and also providing some notably hard hitting moments that allow the subwoofer a chance to do its thing; while always making certain that any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously remains clean and fully audible. Overall, these are quite satisfying Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel soundtracks that perfectly compliment the series and contribute a great deal of added fun and tension.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season’ includes a number of noteworthy extras, the entirety of which (with the exception of the Audio Commentary tracks naturally) can be found on the fifth disc which is dedicated solely to supplemental material. Included on the release are ‘Audio Commentary’ tracks on 7 of the season’s episodes, in addition a collection of ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from a few episodes (running approximately 8 minutes in length altogether). We are also treated to two sets of Episodic Featurettes which take you deeper into bringing the show to life and include behind the scenes footage, interviews/comments with the cast and crew, and more; they include ‘Inside Fear the Walking Dead’ Featurettes for all 15 season two episodes (running approximately 4-5 minutes each), and ‘The Making of Fear the Walking Dead’ Featurettes for 14 of the episodes (approximately 2-4 minutes apiece). Also included are a collection of ‘Flight 462 Webisodes’ (approximately 15 minutes altogether), and a ‘Q&A with the Cast and Creative Team from PaleyFest LA 2016’ (approximately 24 minutes).
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Disc Rating: 8.5/10
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