‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Review: Desperately Trying to Not Fade Away

Fear The Walking Dead - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Key Art - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Last week I wasn’t drawn into the episode. I just wasn’t feeling the characters. But this week I’m very intrigued about how everything is falling apart and how the characters are reacting to their surroundings.

Relationships are being tested. It’s a very strange household for Travis. He’s got his ex-wife, son, new girlfriend, step kids and strangers all living under one roof and he’s trying to hold it all together. But he’s a little too optimistic.

He’s starting to remind me a lot of Rick. He seems to be becoming the leader of the group. The army guy even called him Mr. Mayor.

The army seems to be very calm, even though there is a serious situation surrounding them. Are they enjoying their power a little too much?

Where are they taking these sick and hurt people? Are they really taking them to a facility to be treated or are they taking them out? Will we ever see Liza and Nick again?

It’s completely Nick’s fault that he got taken away. He fell back into his old habits and because he was high, he appeared like he could be sick. I completely understand why Madison is blaming Liza, even though it isn’t her fault.

What was going through Liza’s mind as they took Nick away and she decided to go with them? Was it to protect her patients? Was it to protect Nick, since he was wrongly diagnosed as sick and she knows it. Or was she just wanting to do some good in the world and she saw her chance?

I’m a little confused, I thought Liza was a nurse, but now we are being told she isn’t? So what is she? She clearly knows what she’s doing, so why doesn’t she have the qualifications?

We are learning exactly how much we can trust the military. Travis didn’t want to believe his son found more survivors, but he couldn’t deny it anymore when Madison back Chris up. So he did what she asked, she told the military so they could help the people. They didn’t help the people though, they killed them. How will this weigh on Travis? He seems to be a very good man. It won’t be easy for him to handle that guilt.

While I don’t like that Madison is blaming Liza for her son being taken away, I’m liking how badass she is. She went beyond the fence! That was awesome. She discovered that the army is just shooting people who are not sick. Of course this could just be accidents too. In chaos like this it is likely shootings will happen, but the army is clearly shooting innocents. Travis saw it at the end. Or at least we are assuming those people calling for help were innocent.

Can they bring their loved ones home?

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Review: Can this Group Survive?

Just one of many things they will have to learn how to do, to take out their friends when they're gone.

Just one of many things they will have to learn how to do, to take out their friends when they’re gone.

I have very mixed feelings about Fear the Walking Dead. I love The Walking Dead, but that’s because I love the characters. I’m on the edge of my seat each week terrified when there are close calls, but I’m not feeling that same sense of fear, which I’m assuming I’m supposed to with that title.

I was waiting for something to happen. I knew Alicia was going to come face to face with a walker and I just wish Madison would tell her what’s going on, or at least what she believes is going on.

Nick seems to be the only one who understands what’s going on. He gets that the people are dead. Not that Travis believing the people can be helped is the wrong reaction. Maggie’s family believed the same thing. And it’s hard not to laugh when Travis said the calvary has come and it’s going to be better now. We know he’s so wrong, it’s just going to get so much worse.

The characters just haven’t gripped me the way that they did on The Walking Dead, though it did take the whole first season for me to get hooked. So I should wait it out a bit longer.

There’s a very interesting dynamic in the group, that could prove to be good. Travis has his ex-wife, son and his girlfriend and his to-be-step-children and they’ve partnered up with a man who has a lot of pride. I think the mixing of Travis’ family could be interesting, because they have to learn to work together, but they already have a little bit of unintentional hatred towards each other. They have to bond together.

Daniel may have too much pride for his own good or maybe his thinking will keep his family safe. But he does have a point when he says good people die first, because they do. You have to be tough to live through this. We know first hand the ups and downs Rick’s group has gone through to survive and they had some trained fighters on their team. Traivs’ group doesn’t have any trained fighters, though Daniel seems to be pretty good with a gun.

It could be interesting to watch Alicia and Chris go through the zombie apocalypse from the beginning. What will they do without their phones, social media and friends?! All of the things we rely on each day.

Next week the soldiers are still there, but are they helping?

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Review: Reacting to the Chaos

Fear The Walking Dead - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Key Art - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Key Art – Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

The zombie apocalypse has barely started and there is already a panic. There’s a few people that know what’s going on, even if they don’t understand it. Then there’s the people who are blaming the cops and then there’s the people who have no idea anything is going on at all. Doesn’t matter what category you are in, things are not good.

It looks like some people figured out it was a virus right from the beginning. Alicia’s boyfriend was bit, but Calvin was shot and still became a walker. These people are in a totally different location, so I’m sure their story will be a bit different than Daryl and Glenn’s story was. Plus if you think about Maggie and her family, they kept their loved ones locked up thinking they could cure them. So who knows how this story is going to play out.

When we were introduced to Madison we knew she was a tough woman. She wasn’t a romantic, but still a caring person. This week she’s faced off with her colleague, who’s a walker. I don’t think people quite understand that the walkers are dead and their loved ones are no more. Madison feels like she’s killed her colleague. Though Nick seems to understand that the person they knew, is no more. Nick seems to be catching on to everything a lot quicker than anyone else.

If Nick didn’t get through to his sister, his sister would probably be dead and he probably would have been dead too.

It’s about time Madison started talking to Alicia. She managed to get Alicia way from her boyfriend, but Alicia does not understand why she can’t go help a neighbor and why her other neighbor is doing the attacking. Maybe Madison hasn’t worked through it all herself, but if she wants to keep Alicia safe, she needs to start talking.

Parents always want to keep their kids safe, but sometimes shielding them from the information is not the best way to do it.

Fear the Walking Dead is portraying the beginning very realistically. Everyone is having different reactions and no one really understands what’s going on. It’s an interesting perspective for the audience, who know where this is all going.

Madison has her kids, but her boyfriend is with his ex-wife and son. they’ve already been separated. I want to assume they will be reunited at some point, but maybe that’s not how the story goes.

If you are excited for closer contact with the walkers, it doesn’t look like you’ll have to wait too long. In two weeks the walkers look to be closing in on the characters.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Review: It’s All Beginning

fear-the-walking-dead-posterWhen I first heard about Fear the Walking Dead I thought it was a very bad idea. I generally like spin-offs but this wasn’t really a spin-off. The more and more I’ve read about the show in the last week, the more I’ve warmed to the idea.

Then I watched the pilot and it was quite good. It reminded me a lot of Shaun of the Dead though, just without the comedy.

It is kind of interesting to see how it all started. I read that it was going to start really slow and it sure has. They have no idea what is going on yet.

Nick was one of the first people to see the zombie apocalypse start and he was not a credible witness. He was coming down from a bender.

Nick’s mother’s boyfriend, Travis, went out on a limb and took what he said seriously. He checked out the church where Nick said it happened, but of course the bodies had walked up and left already. Travis saw enough to believe Nick saw something. There was a lot of blood.

I’m very intrigued by these new characters. Madison and Travis are very good teachers.Travis was really good at getting his students involved in the conversation. He wasn’t punishing them for not paying attention or sleeping in class, he was engaging them. It’s too bad none of this is going to matter.

Madison saved a boy from getting suspended. That was a really cool thing to do. She didn’t let the boy get away with it, but instead of punishing him, she tried talking to him to find out what was going on. The boy had a knife to protect himself from the walkers, well we knew that’s what the knife was for, but the boy couldn’t understand what going on enough to explain to Madison what was happening.

But why would you believe it? If someone told me about people eating people, I would laugh and think they were talking about The Walking Dead or some zombie flick. I would never even entertain the idea that what they were saying was true.

Nick feels like he’s going crazy because the bodies keep disappearing. His mom and Travis finally saw it for themselves, but they can’t figure it out.

I like how the writers have done the story so far. While I was watching it I felt like I wanted to get to the zombie part faster, but I’m actually kind of glad it’s going as slow as it is. The characters are developing and it’s nice to see realistic reactions to the events. You’re not going to be it’s a zombie or walker or whatever else you want to call them, because in everyone’s mind, zombies do not exist.

The pilot has set us up with characters who deeply care about each other, so they are going to fight to protect each other. Nick wasn’t even in his right mind, but when he saw Calvin attack his mom, he fought back. Granted running over a walker with a truck is going to do very little, but they don’t know that yet. All that’s happening right now it they’re getting even more confused.

The apocalypse is just getting started. Here’s what we get to look forward to this season: