By Lucia Rossi
The highly anticipated “Fear the Walking Dead” made the cable television record for a series premiere on August 23 with 10.1 million viewers. Clearly, people don’t fear the walking dead, they love it.
With only two episodes out, the show has gotten worldwide attention. This is no surprise since many of its predecessor’s elements and cinematography is present in this prequel.
The show is made by “The Walking Dead” creators Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. AMC already approved the pilot in March with a two-season commitment. The first season will have six episodes and the second season will have fifteen episodes in 2016.
In case you didn’t catch the premiere, the show takes place in L.A. and focuses on a dysfunctional family—Madison Clark, a high school guidance counselor, her boyfriend and English teacher Travis Manawa, her straight-A student Alicia, and her drug addict brother Nick—experiencing the start of the zombie apocalypse.
The most common thing you will hear people say about the first episode is that it is “slow.” They aren’t wrong, but it is the tension and the anxiety that puts you on the edge of your seat. Things are more calm in the beginning because when the apocalypse begins, it spreads fast, so the writers take advantage of the calm before the storm.
It was strange watching people discover what was going on. It took people a while to figure out the truth and how to kill the “infected.” The zombies still look human because their bodies are fresh, opposed to Rick Grimes’ time, where they’re more decomposed.
Tobias is a very interesting character because he saw the apocalypse coming before a lot of people did. He’s funny, though he doesn’t try to be because people should listen to him, he’s the smart one who is always prepared, yet no one gives him the time of day because he’s an awkward, unattractive, and weak high school kid.
It’s refreshing to see a dysfunctional family go through the apocalypse together because there are outside factors that need to be considered, like what happened to Nick’s infected drug buddy? Did Alicia’s boyfriend eat his parents? Will Travis bring his ex-wife and son back to Madison? Will Nick quite being a junkie? Probably not.
Despite the slow pace of the first episode, the second definitely improved and picked up the slack. It brought back those familiar exciting moments where anything can happen, just like in TWD.
By the second episode, there really is no answer for the group’s questioning what’s happening and will it get better. It’s just “How do we prepare and how do we survive?”
Madison, as the lead, experiences that pivotal, life-changing moment of killing her first walker. She realizes there is no going back and that she must protect her family. So, she goes against her morals and does what she has to do, much like Rick Grimes.
Things escalate quickly and episode three will only accent that. The only issue people seem to have with the two episodes is that the Walkers killed or encountered by the main characters so far have all been black.
There were three black men who got infected, witnessed by the main characters. Some may say this is a coincidence and others might be offended because of the idea that it adds to the stereotype of “black characters dying first” in the horror genre.
Take it as you will, but as the zombie outbreak continues, many will die, anyway. Valar morghulis, right? Hopefully, it’s not the main characters.