TV Show Review – The Walking Dead, season 5

The Walking Dead, season 5
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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I simply cannot say enough good things about THE WALKING DEAD. I have had the privilege to review each season as it has been released on DVD/Blu-ray, and each time I laud the show for what it is and what it represents. But my reviews do not do the show justice. It is that good. I am in my forties, and I cannot think of another show in all my years of TV watching that has been this impressive. Season 5 continues this tradition of excellence, and I am extremely proud to state it is my favorite season thus far.

If you are not familiar with THE WALKING DEAD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:

Season Four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them: after all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…who do they become?

I think I’ve said this before, but one of the most impressive aspects about this show is how NO character is safe. The writers have no qualms about killing anyone off, regardless of how major or minor their role in the storyline is. Just knowing that your favorite character could die during any episode ratchets the tension up exponentially.

As with each previous season, THE WALKING DEAD is shot well and looks like a movie. The production value is way high, which allows for deeper immersion into each episode. I daresay this is the best looking show on television.

The acting is again superb, with Andrew Lincoln headlining an amazing cast. The regulars (who have survived previous seasons) are once again present as well, including Norman Reedus as Daryl, Steven Yeun as Glenn, Lauren Cohan as Maggie, Chandler Riggs as Carl, Danai Gurira as Michonne, and Melissa McBride as Carol. Newcomers to this season include Seth Gilliam, who portrays the downtrodden priest, Gabriel; Josh McDermitt, who plays scientist Dr. Eugene Porter; and Christian Serratos, who shines as Rosita Espinosa, Abraham’s girlfriend, just name a few.

The special effects in season 5 of THE WALKING DEAD are once again stupendous. They rival even the best movies that are being made today. I particularly like how the zombies appear more and more decomposed as the show progresses. This is a testament to the respect the production team gives the audience; they know we (as a whole) will expect rot to ensue as time passes.

THE WALKING DEAD season 5 is another huge win for me, and I recommend it whole-heartedly. If you have never watched the show, do yourself a favor and give it a look. If you’re up-to-date on the television episodes, snatch this season 5 set up immediately to add to your collection. The Blu-ray version has an excellent HD picture and sound, and some nice Special Features as well, including:

* Featurettes, such as Inside the Walking Dead; The Making of The Walking Dead; The Making of Alexandria; Beth’s Journey; Bob’s Journey, etc.
* Audio Commentaries
* Deleted Scenes

and more. Snag your copy today!

MSB

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