Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review of Fear the Walking Dead

So, I have spent months now telling my friends all about how I had zero interest in watching the new AMC show Fear the Walking Dead. I had read reviews and articles on the premise for the show and was less than impressed. I had also stopped watching The Walking Dead after episode one of this past season so I really was just done with the whole concept. Origin stories are great in some cases (ie: X-Men) but it seems like everywhere you turn these days zombie-themed shows/movies have taken over.

This is why I didn't see the need to watch the new show. However, I woke insanely early this past Sunday with a migraine and sleep was no longer an option. I was channel surfing and stopped on AMC. It turns out for five Sundays  in a row they had aired a different season of "The Dead". This Sunday happened to be season five leading up to a Talking Dead special with host Chris Hardwick and then the series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. I watched the whole season. Spoiler alert: I cried a little when Beth died and stage whispered obscenities when Noah died!  Just like that I was hooked. All day they showed adds for Fear the Walking Dead and honestly they made me feel like it would be a waste of time to tune in I was wrong.

The show ran 1 hr and 30 minutes and I was still not sure how I felt about it at the 25 minute mark. It started a little more gruesome than I thought it would which was good. The main characters so far consist of a19 year old male drug addict, his high school senior sister, their mom who is a principle at the high school, and mom's boyfriend a teacher at the school. Mom's boyfriend just moved in and it seems to be causing some tension. The teacher also has an ex -wife and a 16 year old son but you don't learn much about them. The opening scene shows the nineteen year old waking up from a pretty serious high and going downstairs at the crack house he's in to find his friends. When he finds his friends he realizes something is seriously wrong and he runs out into the street only to get hit by a car.

This results in him being taken to the hospital and being restrained because he was talking about his friend eating another person. From then on the story really picked up. The rest of the show was about this kid wandering around thinking he's losing his mind because of laced drugs. The rest of the world is trying to come terms with what appears to be unrelated attacks with no known cause. I found myself really enjoying the show. The zombies look very different at this stage than in The Walking Dead. It's very unsettling. I'm pretty excited to watch episode two. My only issues are I'm not sure I like the mother and they used the phrase 'something very bad happened here' too much.

This show runs for six weeks on Sunday's at 9:00 pm on AMC. Last episode airs on August 4th. Season six of The Walking Dead airs on October 11th at 9:00 pm.

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