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Monday, August 24, 2015

TV Show Review: Fear the Walking Dead (Pilot)

Fear the Walking Dead (2015– )
TV Series | 60 min | Drama, Horror
Creators: Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman

Stars: Rubén Blades, Mercedes Mason, Cliff Curtis
What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in "The Walking Dead"? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

I’ll admit I didn’t have that high of expectations going into watching the new Walking Dead spin off (Fear the Walking Dead). I’ve only seen the first season of the Walking Dead and the only reason I even gave the new spin off a chance was because it’s supposed to start before the zombie epidemic which is my favorite part. My biggest grievance with TWD was that it didn’t show the start of the epidemic, just jumped right into the middle of it.

I’m glad that I didn’t just blow off Fear because it had me three minutes in. It starts off right away with gore in a junkie church with a hot shirtless guy running for his life. Fast forward and he’s in the hospital where everyone calls him crazy for saying he saw a girl eat his friend in the church. I spent the entire hour and a half on edge, the show really nails the suspense; it’s like at any moment another infected will pop up. There’s so much clear foreshadowing and it really is the ‘prologue’ to TWD.

The atmosphere is one of sheer terror and suspense as you wait for the outbreak to kick off in te busy downtown LA. Some of the lines are kind of cheesy and there’s definitely the cliché struggling lovers but the ever present fear of zombies makes up for that.

Viral videos of a people attacking EMT workers at the scene of a ‘fatal’ accident, bodies disappearing, rumors of a strange virus striking several different cities and states, missing people flyers everywhere… it can only mean one thing… it’s begun.

Oh and it’s not the flu keeping kids out of school…

4.5 sheep

Ren Stogner


  1. I watched a few episodes of the first season of the Walking Dead because my daughter wanted to watch it. But I haven't watched more because it just didn't click with me. So I doubt I'll watch this.