Wow, I gotta say I really missed Darabont's direction this time around. After the elegant and sophisticated direction of the premiere (with all those great slow-reveals and quiet moments of suspense), the generic and by-the-numbers camerawork here REALLY stood out to me. It's like they didn't even try to copy the same style.
And without some great direction to elevate the material, all that was left was a pretty standard story of people trapped in a building surrounded by zombies. It just didn't do enough new for my taste.
Thankfully it picked up and got a lot more suspenseful towards the end, with the characters having to walk through a street full of zombies and all. But here's hoping the remaining episodes get back to that unique style we saw in the first ep.