A blended family must survive as they
face the beginning of the end in Los Angeles.
Fear the Walking Dead (Season 1)
Created by Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman
Starring Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane,
Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason,
Lorenzo James Henrie, Rubén Blades, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Spin-off of The Walking Dead
Due to the monstrous success of the main show, there was some pretty high expectations to the newly announced spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. Would the expectations be met? What's so different from this show to even constitute a spin-off? Would the characters be nearly as compelling as the main show's is? These are just some of the questions that went through my head as I prepared myself for the first season. While the show still has a way to go to match the quality set by The Walking Dead, this was still a mostly solid first season.
The main hook in this season was seeing the beginning's of the zombie apocalypse and, specifically, the fall of Los Angeles. On this front, the show delivered in spades. There were several moments throughout the first three episodes that brilliantly showed the fall of the city as people start rioting and cops start killing. The show, and producers, didn't hold back on their considerably bigger budget and delivered some of the show's most memorable moments. The problem, though, laid in the last three episodes. While the military was introduced as a possible villain by closing the community off from the outside and "protecting" them, this soon grew into a big pile of nothing. The military quickly went from being a threat to being nonexistent. The decision to shield the characters from the outside world also lead to several frustrating moments regarding characters' decisions. As for the actors, they did mostly good. While I liked most of the characters, Kim Dickens, who is the main protagonist's, is actually quite boring. I must say, I hope the producers work a little harder on her since she's the one we're meant to follow. Other than that, the actors do a generally good job with their characters.
Even though Fear the Walking Dead made a few missteps for it to be a truly great show, it still proved to be an entertaining diversion that should grow into its own over time. It proved its worth by showing the fall of Los Angeles and the zombie apocalypse in another area of the world. As long as the producers work out the kinks, this should quickly become must see television.