Fear the Walking Dead (2015– )
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These characters don't communicate with each other, don't laugh, don't reflect, don't reason, don't foresee obvious consequences etc. They are a group of selfish whining people, made even more unlikeable by the very dumb decisions the writers force upon them. They sulk, they daydream, they act as teenagers, even the adults. There is no tension in this show. You don't care whether the characters die or not.
The most interesting facet of this series was to show in detail the dawn of the apocalypse, and instead you get a family drama in the suburbs for an entire first season (later, for 5 episodes and counting, on a boat), which is itself badly written.
This show is cringe-worthy to watch, the writing is THAT bad, and I can't help wondering who the writers are and how they got to write for this show. These writers have no grasp on the psychology of men. It's quite pathetic.
Now that we know this show is set to focus on this family we know we are stuck dealing with these unlikable characters for the long haul. And they really aren't in too much danger which takes away from any real suspense.
We will probably continue recording and watching but if the heroin addict goes into withdrawal and we have to go through a lot of that drama rife with him endangering the rest of the family, demonstrating disgusting withdrawal symptoms or relapsing we will lose interest fast.
The success of TWD comic and TV show had to do with throwing characters into an action laden mix that may or may not survive. Even those related don't have any guaranteed life span. This concept might have been better received if it started at the same time as TWD. Since viewers know what is going on it really doesn't add anything. And is agonizingly boring and slow to the point of being mockable.
And where are all the dead? No one is going to class at the HS yet they aren't wondering around in hoards. Where did the church zombies go? The daughter's BF is missing. By now you'd see more than a straggler here or there if everyone is suddenly turning up 'sick' or MIA.
Hopefully the destruction of LA will be action packed and in the next episode. That might be satisfying. Also, with all the zombie/vampire phenomena of the last 10 years you'd think these people might try a head shot. There was a lot wrong with the premier episode, hopefully it will get better with time.
Did start watching this show.
It's pretty bad and I gave up half way through season 2.
As an experiment I am currently watching The Walking Dead. I actually really like it.
Gotta come down to the characters. I care about what happens to them.
Fear the Walking Dead? Couldn't care less about them.
I believe ratings on IMDb are skewed somehow now too. No way this show rates so high. Remember when there was a discussion board. Pretty much nobody liked this show. Now miraculously it's rated 7.1?
No, just drive around LA all day find one, lose one, rinse repeat. The actors are very poor, you don't care about the characters and the script is pure soap opera standard. Nobody noticed Tobias is a middle-aged man? At school? Mom didn't realize the guy at the school growling and shuffling - just like the guy they'd just killed *might* also be a 'thing'? Nope, just go up, say howdy, and then kill it and leave all the food behind. The dad sees Cops grabbing bottled water but doesn't do the same? Or mention it to anyone else? I don't need to see 500 zombie kills, but I would like a show not written by a twelve year old and with actors who can at least act just a *little* bit. Really poor, and cannot see Season 2 going ahead unless things sharply improve
All the stupid mistakes these survivors made they have made in this show, everybody should have been dead in the first few shows. And who put this stupid blonde in charge? Holy carp she is stupid, her daughter is stupid , her son's are stupid.
We agree that there are only 2 people that have some sense are Victor and Travis.
Can't wait till next week's show so we can be tortured for another hour of scrappy writing and hoping that aliens come and blow up the earth so this moronic show will be done with.
Its very painful to watch, as you wonder why do they not just try to share what they know and trust their family and people in general with what's happening around them.
Same with the government, community, and media. All are clueless and does not attempt to inform anyone else.
No originality, No character appeal, No logic, No excitement.
This review covers episodes 1 and 2, and so far it has been awful.
It's not perfect. I could gripe about the things I don't like, but they are minor when compared to the fact that I'm really enjoying watching how things progressed while Rick was in a coma. It offers nothing in the way of explaining the zombies (that's a good thing), but is showing really well how panic and mobs of humans actually paved the way for zombies to swoop right in and eat everyone.
If you want to enjoy this show, turn off your silly expectations about it being like TWD, and just watch while convincingly-real and flawed humans deal with a fast-moving crisis that no one seems to understand. It's easy for viewers to forget that these new characters don't have years of experience in the zombie world, so it just looks like some weird virus that makes people crazy and hard to kill. 7/10
But I recorded all the episodes and kept them, because I REALLY wanted to like this show. I love zombie stuff! I love breakdown of society stuff! I love post-apocalyptic survivor stuff!
So after a couple(?) of months I came back. I skipped episodes 1 and 2 (which were really only about how $h*tty and dysfunctional the family is. I.e. Adults smart. Kids dumb) and started in on episode 3. And it was (spoiler alert) CRAP! It started of pretty good, with riots and zombie attacks, etc. But then it was CRAP.
Everything that every character does or says is straight out of the Hollywood Big Book of Clichés. A zombie is coming; Leave the door open (not just unlocked, but WIDE open!). Hubby's about to walk in on said zombie, but don't call out! Instead, take a circuitous route through the backyards. Leave obvious items behind so a character has to split from the group and go of on her own. "Be quiet", but shine all your flashlights out the window to see if danger lurks. "Is that a murderous psychopath out there? Quick! Let's close the blinds, but then shine our flashlights through the blinds at him, but we'll be super quiet so he won't notice us." That man is eating a dog in your living room, you should get as close to him as possible. "Society is collapsing all around us. Everyone is attacking each other violently. You are eating a freshly killed dog in my living room and my family is missing. May I approach you? I am totally unarmed." Natural selection ensues.
Or it doesn't. Apparently only the hyper-vigilant and well-prepared die on this show while the dim-bulb main cast of cardboard cut-outs enjoy the divine protection of deus ex machina.
And I have no idea what happened to the girl who went back for the forgotten shotgun shells, because I stopped watching and deleted all the episodes. Then I scraped what was left on the bottom of my shoe off on the curb.
Clearly, I am a fan of the Walking Dead series, but I do acknowledge that the main show also has its flaws. The biggest of which is wasting time with filler episodes that are full of back stories no one really cares about. I am almost dumbfounded by the fact that "Fear the Walking Dead" inaugurated its series with such an episode. And when the show finally presents the zombies to its main characters in all its gory glory, it is very underwhelming. We have seen much more impressive and terrifying scenes from the original series, and one little zombie is not at all impressive anymore.
Now I know the creators will defend the slow start as necessary back story. The problem is, the back story for the main cast is not very interesting, and actually very clichéd. Like almost any apocalyptic sci-fi story, we begin with a fractured family that is dealing with a recent divorce and a child with a drug problem. The entire family is at odds with each other, and the family is essentially broken. Thank God a zombie Apocalypse is right around the corner to bring them all together again (at least we assume that is where we are going). How many times have we seen this story? Not exactly original or riveting stuff.
The overall premise of the show is very promising, as I do think it will be interesting to see what the zombie apocalypse looked like from another perspective. The event itself should be enough to inspire countless stories. Although, you have to wonder exactly how the slow moving zombies will overtake the modern world with all its modern communications and well equipped armies; at this point I am not sure if the show will deliver a convincing answer.
As it is now, I hope the series steps up the writing, as you cannot rely on the good will from another show to keep your audience. I for one will keep watching for now, but my patience is not infinite and neither is the audience's. Let us see a little more action, and new and more interesting characters. Otherwise, this will be yet another failed spin-off.
Let me start by saying the number of stupid decisions made by the characters was starting to really get on my nerves. Trying not to ruin it for someone who has not watched the second episode all i can say is the stupid mother of the druggy knew what was going on but still made some very bad decisions.
I do not understand the part where nobody will actually say what is going on to friends and family, i mean just tell them why it is not a good idea to go outside or touch someone who is really sick. All they seem to say is don't do it, it is not a good idea as it might be contagious. Very frustrating to watch.
I just watched the latest S3 ep 9 with high hopes there had been a severe culling of the cast or any improvement at all...to my disappointment, it's an even more unappealing show now than when I last viewed.
This is a lazy, pathetic leeching off the awesome original show, "The Walking Dead", trying to trick viewers into believing the words "the walking dead" equalizes the two. It does not!
I am a zombie fan and even enjoy watching old black and white zombie movies, but out of the dozens and dozens of anything zombie I've ever watched, this is by far outstandingly the worst!
My advice to the writers and producers, you have the perfect venue to smoothly get rid of the original cast and start with a clean slate. Start over with a new group, and hopefully you can redeem yourselves a little, from this garbage product as it now stands.
The writing for this show is terrible no its worse than terrible, can't help but feel it's been done by someone's friend as a favour.Not by anyone that has any idea on how to actually do the job. I feel for the actors, they are working with what they have and its garbage. People don't talk to each other,no one uses social media,no one even watches the NEWS ...no they sit and play MONOPOLY as the world ends!!!
If this was a B-Movie that went straight to the DVD I would understand. Could go through every Episode and tear apart every move characters made and every lack of conversation that was desperately needed. Why did Travis go visit a junkie den on the word of a junkie step kid (johnny Depp wannabe) who hates him?? No guy would do that.Hell even if he wasn't his step kid and they liked each other, you still wouldn't go to a junkie den because he was out his head saying he seen cannibalism!! Then afterwards why didn't he call the police? Why take your wife to whats clearly a dangerous place? Why did Madison never tell or react to smashing her coworkers head in with a fire extinguisher? (which was the most anticlimactic zombie moment ever on screen) Could go on and on here...
Oh sorry there's thousands of more questions but the big one...the show killer in my eyes.. WHY did the junkie Depp who's on a drug come down(just seen someone get eaten and another raise from the dead) With his sister (who's boyfriend which she walked out on when hes lying in bed with insane fever but zero medical care and she hasn't uttered a word to anyone about it and doesn't seem like it's really bothering her) and they're mother play MONOPOLY!!!!! when the neighbour is attacking people across the street/the step dad is missing in the middle of a city riot and there's no TV on to check the news or internet nothing....lets just play a board game like its a normal family night(not lets lock the doors or get some weapons or or or ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT WHATS GOING ON!!)..UTTER RUBBISH Maybe its me, Maybe in America that's normal, maybe after you witness cannibalism/walked out on someone you love to die alone/smashed a skull in with a heavy blunt object that the only thing to do is to play a board game.
Okay I know this is a slow story and a lot of people defended it so, I don't mind slow if written well (which it's not) but there is a lack of walkers in this too. Which in turn removes any 'FEAR' from the show. Even the opening scenes before the title pops up where your suppose to go ''oh this episode is going to be good'' you know TWD does it well, The ones in this show never set it up. Think the title pop up 'FEAR THE WALKING DEAD!!'' is probably the scariest thing in the entire show. Episode 4 has no walkers at all !! NONE!ZERO!CERO!NULL!!. There's slow then there's Fear the walking dead slow and oh my each episode is a marathon. Having a lack of Walkers is okay if your side stories can hold the tension and keep the atmosphere on edge but it didn't, no where near it.
Big point should be made that this show was put out saying it would show the beginning of the outbreak. Yet few episodes in we jump 9 days ahead into refugee camp where the biggest issue is boredom and American troops with the token American platoon leader being an ass hole(if I was an American soldier I be angry at this portrayal) Where was the outbreak? Why didn't we see these people trying to survive in a town/city where it had all gone to hell but instead jump 9 days into nothing completely killing any momentum they could have built. Damn I'm back to asking questions again.(have thousands)
There is no FEAR at all in the program, by the time we get to series finale and you know whats coming you don't care for one of the characters so your not on edge if one gets bit. There's no shock moments either. Which is what TWD does extremely well (think to carol shooting the girl at the farm or Rick shooting walker Carols daughter) Those moments make a show, these things are what make you go into work the next day and go''did you see that last night!? amazing, can't believe he/she dies!'' Fear as none of these lasting memories only have you going into work going''yeah watched it last night, nothing of note happened*yawn*'' They had a opportunity to kill off Junkie Depp wannabe in the finale and they bottled it (he sucks, kill him , it would have helped the show) Instead they take the safe option and kill off Liza Ortiz in a stupid overly dramatic ending to the series. Her part throughout the series was minimal so when she reveals the hip bite I wasn't bothered, It felt like it came down to a game of monopoly and whoever lost was getting shot just to end the series with a bang (no pun intended). Sure season 2 will come and the ex-husband and son will not talk about it either because well that's how this lot do things..no talkie talkie.
Going to go and watch a ton of B movie zombie flicks and TWD season 1 to wash this mess out my mind. People will watch this show due to its link to a actual good show but forget the ratings. This is not a good show in any way.
The series is a very long story about a dysfunctional family that are incapable of learning from their mistakes. I kept hoping for one or more them to get eaten, believing the others would then learn something, but no matter the severity of their enormous stupidity they somehow kept escaping what should have been certain death.
Maybe if they had cast actors for the parts instead of what seems like wooden dummies with only one or two expressions and no character progression.
Fix that in your mind. Now picture something exactly opposite to that and you'll have Fear the Walking Dead.
Set just as the outbreak is beginning, it is understandable that the first episode of this show couldn't be as action-packed as the first episode of TWD. It's a problem inherent in a show that takes place before the mayhem. But the pilot deals with this issue as poorly as possible.
In an attempt to create suspense, the show is full of little teases. Someone is facing away from the camera - is it a zombie? There are weird breathing noises behind a curtain - is it a zombie? It's a cheap approach and not even done well; rather than creating suspense, it only creates irritation when the transparent trick is revealed with an unearned "tada."
With no chance for suspense or action, what the series really needed to do was create interesting people with compelling stories so you would be instantly invested in their future. Instead, uncharismatic actors play uninteresting people who wander through the episode like confused sheep. It's a show where people say "what the hell is going on" because that's what you're supposed to say in this type of show.
Having given up on TWD in the middle of season two, which threw away almost everything that made season one amazing, I was hoping that FTWD would be a fresh start that could pull me back in. Instead, after one episode I feel the end of days cannot come soon enough for this show.
Another problem is the content, more like lack of content in the pilot, with a lot of filler shots that add nothing to the current story. You can easily skip the first 45 minutes without missing anything. A pilot is a pilot for a reason and its main purpose is to create a good impression, which FTWD failed to deliver. Maybe a 2-hour premiere would have been better.
However I am enthusiastic about what's in store for the rest of the plot, even though I'm a bit skeptical since I believe that this season is wrapped and ready for broadcast without the possibility of changes in its structure.
Let's not forget that zombies are not trending very much these days and if the show wants to build notoriety, it has to do much better than the pilot. For comparison, I think that the original TWD's pilot humiliated this one. Time will tell if we're gonna fear the walking dead or be bored to tears by the walking dead.
How is it possible that the script got by the people who decide what goes on TV? Is everyone at AMC on crack? Obviously, not...Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, etc.
How can the actors take this seriously? Why doesn't anyone on the set just stop filming and say, "Hold up, hold up. Seriously?"
This script could have been written better by a 6th grade English class. Maybe AMC should think about hiring out or giving opportunities to middle school children to write scripts. They could be partners in education! It would be great for public relations. At least the audience would understand why they're subjected to such sloppy writing.
What is going on, AMC?
The sloppiness of the writing and sheer ridiculousness of the characters' actions are less believable than a zombie outbreak.
Good God, get a grip, people! You're getting paid for this!
There's mediocre and then there's this show, which is waaaaay beyond a description of mediocrity.
Fear the Walking Dead--the entire first season--is merely an exercise in how NOT to write a script.
The show's writers should seriously consider other alternatives.
C'mon guys, it's a wide, wide world out there and the economy has picked up. For the sake of the standards of our primary form of entertainment, at least be considerate and limit yourselves to blogging. Fiction is not your forte.
I've never seen a show with such a horrible selfish cast of characters who we are supposed to cheer for. The amount of innocent people that they have killed, directly and indirectly, is just astonishing. They don't care how many innocent people die, as long as Madison can save her junkie son, then it's worth it.
It's a theme that has been ongoing since season 1 when they left their gated community early in the morning, without letting anyone know, and did not bother closing the gate behind them; leaving all the sleeping people unaware of the danger they are about to face... Seriously, it would have taken a minute to close the gate and lock it, but apparently they were in a hurry, haven't got a second to spare.
Then what do they do? Oh, a stadium filled with 10s of thousands of zombies is just up the street from where my son is being held? Let's release them, lead them to the army base where, in the confusion, and horrible death of soldiers doctors and civilians, we can save my junkie son. Yup they killed dozens at the base, not to mention all the other people who will die by those zombies, to save one person.
Truly these people are evil, but the silver lining is that another main character has died in a very stupid way... kind of like his son did.
Now, Fear of the walking dead. I think it started of pretty cool. A lot of crazy zombies of course, and the families working together to get out alive.
The boat part was fun and such a great idea. Then the daughter-person spoils it by being stupid.
And then it just goes downhill very fast. The whole season 2 is just one bad decision after the other, made by very un-likable people. It drives you mad, so you do feel SOMETHING, but it drives you mad not in a good way, but so much that you feel that you wish the main characters were zombies who can't talk anymore or make any decisions at all. It would be a better world for it.
When a movie or TV-show have no positive or likable characters left, then it slowly fizzes out. phhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeew, like a balloon. And then, there is nothing left to tune in for. Because the feelings are all gone, if they were even there from the beginning.
It's hard to watch, but for the love of "The walking dead" I try my very best to give it my attention, but my mind keep going to other places, like, did I turn the washing machine on...Or, time to water those plants.
You know that there is something wrong when while watching the main characters you yell DIE DIE DIE so that I don't have to see you next season!!!! I just wanted them all to die and become zombies at the end. It would had suited this series so well. (and then they could show up as zombies in The Walking Dead and get killed by the good ones!!)
So, yet a hick-up on the screen.