Wednesday, June 14, 2023

{The Midnight Horror} — "The Walking Dead: The Complete Eleventh Season"

I lost count of the times I started writing this piece—only to run out of ideas—leaving me gazing at a blank page. Why is? Probably because my affection for the Walking Dead series has waned in recent years. Why? The writing on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead declined, particularly with Fear, so that's why. Don't even get me started on the shoddy spinoffs, Tales of the Walking Dead and World Beyond. Hint: The spinoffs are unwatchable. I'm crossing my fingers (and praying) that the upcoming Dead City, Rick and Michonne, and Daryl Dixon (really, did they run out of title ideas?) will be at least decent.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Eleventh Season (Buy on DVD or Blu-ray) was made available on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download on March 14 in the United States and Canada for those who still collect physical media. My Blu-ray review copy got delayed for unknown reasons, and I received it nearly a month later. Because I had already seen the season when it first aired, I just watched a few episodes on the Blu-rays, just enough to determine the video and audio quality. After that, I looked at the special features, which only included a few deleted scenes. Unfortunately, the final season didn't have a commentary or behind-the-scenes featurette.

I'm sharing below my revised summary for the last season rather than just copying and pasting the official one.

In the climactic finale of "The Walking Dead," Eugene and Ezekiel establish contact with the vast Commonwealth as Daryl and Maggie join Negan on a perilous journey to track down the enigmatic Reapers. They must adapt to achieve their aim of securing help for Alexandria, a grueling request for people who have experienced unending lies, betrayal, and grief. Eventually, the party gets used to their new home after being astounded by the Commonwealth's resources, but they can't ignore what lies behind its outward appearance of civilization. Soon, there will be several dangers, a test of allegiances, and surprising outcomes. However, the battle for survival will continue as the undead expand their numbers.

The twenty-four episodes are spread out over six discs. While the video quality isn't 4K, it's the best we'll get out of this format, and that also goes for the audio. The only downside is the lack of special features.

Although I enjoyed the eleventh season, the last batch of episodes felt rushed, leading to a climactic-free conclusion that left a few plots dangling just to set up the multiple spinoffs. The Walking Dead is what it is. Love it or hate it. ╌★★★½✰

1 comment:

  1. I just got caught up on season 11 (Although, I have to admit, I stopped at like episode 13 and then said fuck it and skipped to the last two episodes to finish it lol). Anyway, that finale was...lackluster. I aslo did not watch Tales of the Walking Dead or World Beyond. But I'm looking forward to Dead City because I love Negan. I'm sad Carol won't be in the Daryl spinoff now though. And I just want to know where Rick went lol


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