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Fear The Walking Dead (S1)
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04.19.2016 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Actors:
Cliff Curtis
Kim Dickens
Frank Dillane

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Itís the beginning of the zombie apocalypse with a crew very different from Rick and the gang. So different in fact, youíll no doubt wonder how they survived life, let alone zombies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
At its core, the idea of bringing us an expanded Walking Dead universe (though being a bit of a cash grab), had potential. The Telltale games are a perfect of example of this idea done correctly. The recipe is simple really, start with one or two likeable characters in an impossible, emotional situation and move forward. Like THE WALKING DEAD, these characters would overcome many an obstacle, meet crazy new characters (good and bad), and make for one hell of adventure. Sounds easy, right? I thought so, but guess what, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD is a crystal clear example of going about it the wrong way.

Iím not sure who to blame here, but since some people may be apt to respond with ďitís the beginning of the apocalypse, they had no idea what was going on or what to do, so you have to cut this show some slack.Ē Well allow me to retort, no (sir/madam) I do not. Zack Snyderís DAWN OF THE DEAD remake is a fine example of how you can make the beginning of the apocalypse work. Look, I donít expect a carbon copy of THE WALKING DEAD or DAWN OF THE DEAD, hell, there are a million and one ways to introduce this, so why in Godís name did we get a junky heroin addict?

The heroin thing is only the tip of the iceberg bringing me to my point, one of the main reasons this show doesnít work is the characters. Simply put, they just arenít likeable. Nick, the addict, is completely worthless, and you canít help but loathe him. His sister Alicia is annoying, but sheís got nothing on Chris, that kid will make you want to punch your TV. Sadly, the adults arenít much better. I keep trying to like Travis (because Iím a big fan of Cliff Curtis), but heís borderline. His wife, Madison, looked like she was going to be cool in the first episode, but no, sheís not. The only likeable addition is Daniel, who IS awesome, but doesnít get the screen time he deserves, and then Strand, but we donít meet him until the end. Bring the school kid with the blade back, at least he had a good head on his shoulders.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD took a big leap, but fell flat on its face for many reasons, more than I care to mention. Even if I did choose to ignore all these faults, the only thing that could save this show is an original second season that takes us somewhere we havenít been and are dying to see. A show like this needs to take risks, big ones, ones that make your insides squirm and force you to take an apprehensive step backward. If AMC and all those involved arenít willing to do this, then thereís really no damn point. Trust me, you may think this sounds a bit harsh, but I reviewed this show episode by episode and I can assure you, the fan outcry wasnít far from what youíve read here.
THE EXTRAS
Pilot Episode: Widescreen Version: The first episode in widescreen, just like it promises, proving that itís underwhelming in all formats.

Deleted Scenes: Not much to see here, though Iím not surprised. Iíd hoped it was some of the more risky stuff, but just boring filler.

Commentaries: There are commentaries for all the episodes, with co-creator/executive producer Dave Erickson, director Adam Davidson, executive producer David Alpert and a variety of cast members. Nothing off the wall here, but a little extra insight if youíre interested.

Inside Fear The Walking Dead: An inside look at the story, cast, locations and props. One thing I will say, as always the props, makeup and special effects are fantastic.

FEAR: The Beginning: I feel like theyíre trying to use that whole ďitís the beginning and people are cluelessĒ route here, but Iím not buying it. If a little girl and escaped convict can figure it out almost instantly and live, these fools have no excuse.

Five Things You Need To Survive: I love this one, mainly because our characters donít utilize common sense on a survival level at all in this show. If not for Strand and Daniel, they wouldnít have had a hope in hell.

Locations: LA & Vancouver: The sights and locales were great, especially toward the end of the series, again, attention to fine detail is something the DEAD shows both excel at.

Quarantined: A look at how they made the quarantine work. This type of scenario has been used in many a movie, but the idea of using the people (literally) as fuel was great for all the wrong reasons.

Stunts and Anarchy: Sadly, much of the real action didnít occur until the final three episodes, but I have to say I did enjoy the action when it took off, and all the craziness was widely entertaining.

The Faces Of Fear: A closer look at the cast. I was excited by the casting when I first heard it, but story just killed any chance of me liking most of these people.

The Infected: Again, we didnít get nearly as much walker action as we see in THE WALKING DEAD, but there were some really gruesome scenes, particularly the one with the walker and dog. That was probably the best scene of the season.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Basically, if you love THE WALKING DEAD, there is potential for enjoyment here, like thereís a potential for a meteor shower to crush you in your back yard, but that doesnít mean youíll like it (or that you should buy a meteor tracking satellite). If you want my opinion, skip this and wait around in frustration like the rest of us for October, so we can see who Negan killed.
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