Castle Rock: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

Stephen King’s multiverse, “Castle Rock,” is a place which combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of the best-selling author’s best-loved works. In season two, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Lizzie Caplan, “Masters of Sex”), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in the small town of Castle Rock. Local businessman Reginald “Pop” Merrill (played by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins – “Mystic River”) is dragged into the fight when Pop’s nephew, legendary bully John “Ace” Merrill (Paul Sparks, “House of Cards”), stirs up trouble. It’s another eerily unforgettable season of “Castle Rock,” as the mysterious town’s ongoing epic saga continues to unfold.

I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, I have been since I was a young kid. I have always loved his books and the movies based on his books. When I got the opportunity to review the second season of Castle Rock, I was excited, but a bit nervous because I had not seen season one. Turns out, you don't need to see season one as season two is a complete different storyline. Although there are some small ties together from the first season, which after watching season two, I'll be going back to watch season one because this was so good and such a good thriller.

When we open up to the story we are seeing a young woman running, she's bleeding, carrying what looks to be a box and running from something. I was a bit confused at first, but figured I'd just watch the first episode and see where it goes. We're fast forward to the same woman, Annie Wilkes, who is a bit older and who also has a daughter, Joy. We see her go in and out of hospitals pretending like she works there and her main goal is to steal prescription drugs and leaves, changing the plate on her vehicle and headed towards the next town to do the same. On their way to their next stop while Annie is looking for pills, she gets in a vehicle accident, which happens to be in the town of Castle Rock. A small town with lots of mystery already, Annie and Joy are stuck there for a bit as their car gets fixed. While this is happning, Annie gets a job at the local hospital, which is a hospital where only if you have seniority can you have the access key to where all the drugs/prescriptions are kept. As Annie tries to find a way inside to steal drugs things start to unravel as a house is set on fire, a man is murdered and this is only the beginning. Not only do we learn more about Annie, but we start to learn more about the town Castle Rock, the residents and the secrets the town keeps.

I absolutely loved season two of Castle Rock. It kept me on my toes trying to put the pieces of the story together before things happened and boy did I not see some things coming. The ending, just as shocking if not more, as the beginning and I for one can't wait to see what new story awakes for season three. If you are a fan of Stephen King, his books, movies, or even just have a love for thrillers, this is a must see show. It's well cast and I think the writers did an amazing job telling this story.

The Complete Second Season of Castle Rock” is now available and priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada) for the DVD and $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Code (US Only).
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned title on blu-ray at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.

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