Where do I start? The new episode of Fear The Walking Dead just aired. I won't spoil it for anyone but I will take the time to point out something that is so glaringly big. This show...it just feels different.
How does Fear The Walking Dead measure up for you?
Glad you asked.
First let's look back for a moment at the first episode of the shows big brother, The Walking Dead. In the first episode we follow Rick Grimes, a police officer who wakes up in the hospital after a shooting puts him in a coma. We are just like him in that we don't actually know anything. So we have to find put things the same way that he does. Both actively and also when he meets someone who imparts the general information that we need to understand the world.
So now we come back to the second episode of this most recent incarnation of the Walking Dead Television Universe (WDTU?) and in it we're in the unique position that we (those of us who have been following the original series) know more than the characters themselves. So how do the show runners keep the show interesting while still helping us stop shouting at the television screen? Easy, the introduce a character who is one of us, a geek who we can assume has followed zombie movies and what not for years. This character imparts knowledge to one of the main characters and in doing so we get to see someone do what must be done. Also, we see how it changes her...oops (LOL).
I have watched every episode of TWD since it began, I've also read the graphic novels so going into FTWD I was concerned about finding too much that I knew and ultimately not having my interest held.
Sure, I'll concede that I was looking forward to (still am) being able to find out some more about the inception of the zombie plague but ultimately my hopes weren't too high.
Here's where my world was rocked. Midway through the episode I realized my heart was pounding and I was actually feeling anxious in a way that I never have. That's when it dawned on me that this show feels completely different than anything we've already seen and also anything I've seen in zombie movies of this nature.
If you haven't seen the episode yet, watch it. It's brilliant. The story is unfolding and things are moving along pretty well. I'm interested to see where this goes now that the WDTU is expanding across the country. Where will it go? I have no freaking clue, but they have cemented that I am here to the end.
What did you think of tonights episode of Fear The Walking Dead?