in ‘Fear The Walking Dead,’ I was expecting a different story, origin of the outbreak, the slow spread and eventual downfall of civilization. the pilot episode of “Fear The Walking Dead’ seemed rushed, like let’s hurry up to catch up with Rick’s team in Georgia/DC. Take your time, you have 2 seasons to get there (yep, AMC issued 2 seasons before the pilot even aired. a gamble? well not really, ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ received 10.1 million viewers, making it the most highly viewed pilot ever). If you get there too soon, all you will have is ‘The Walking Dead’ in California. Make “Fear..” different enough so we will want to watch it in a different way. Robert Kirkman, the creator of ‘The Walking Dead’ comics and tv series, said, in an interview, that telling the origin of the outbreak was not interesting to him. well it’s interesting to us Robert! perhaps dangling that question keeps us glued to each episode (although there is a slight reveal in the comics). it just seemed like the premiere episode of ‘Fear..’ should have been episode 3. take your time, let’s explore the spread of the ..virus? is it even a virus? maybe it’s a pathogen or genetic alteration? I would rather see a slow unfolding of the spread and fall of society, rather than a hurried one.
spoilers: in ‘Fear..’ we meet a Walker in the opening scene and the main characters later discover, through trial and error, that some people are no longer people and can’t be killed by running them over in cars. we also see the police and first responders try to deal with an outbreak from a car accident, as if they had never experienced it before, but in the hospital, we hear hospital staff utter, “another victim” as if the medical team knows something, as they rush a patient’s dead body to the basement. In class, we learn about the theme for the series, Jack London’s book, ‘To Build A fire,’ Man vs Nature and “Nature always wins..” perhaps that is all we will get about the origin, as if some single-sighted military plot, GMO food or medical research vaccine meddling goes awry and Nature corrects itself creating Walkers after death. also connected, Chaos Theory is being taught in another classroom, hinting that the balance of Life has somehow been tampered with.
there is a certain amount of mystery when the protagonists don’t know what’s going on, and I love that, but I wanted more of that. ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is great television and the character development is amazing. there’s action, but it’s not uber scary; (the scariest part was the title credits). I want more episodes already. the premiere of ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ was not as epic as ‘The Walking Dead’s pilot episode, but more great things are coming. conclusion: YES, WATCH!