I started writing this feature last year and I thought I should get on the ground floor with the new series. Fear The Walking Dead debuted last night in a 90 minute episode. If you have been watching AMC and/or the Talking Dead episode that preceded it, you probably saw all the highlights before the episode aired. Before we start…
- Nick Clark- Junkie
- Travis Manawa- Divorced High School Teacher
- Madison Clark- Divorced HS counselor
- Alicia Clark- Perfect Daughter
- Chris Manawa- Nick’s Emo son
- Liza Ortiz- Chris’ Ex-wife
- Gloria- Ex-junkie, first “walker” on screen
- Tobias- High School kid
There was some good and some bad. It seemed like they forced a “broken” home situation upon us. Divorced man moves in with divorced woman and 2 kids, one of which is a junkie. It does play into the “did he really see what he saw?” thing, which ultimately doesn’t matter. The whole episode kind of dwells on that. The parents take turns checking out “ground zero” where Nick wakes up from his drug-induced slumber.
I would have liked to have seen more little stories and seeing different things that are going down. Perhaps we will as the season goes along. This group should already know, if you die, you turn into a zombie. Even though they might not have connected that dot just yet.
Moving Forward: The episode sets up around Nick and one possibility is that they are showing how he was basically a low-life junkie only caring about his next score. He already possesses the charm it takes to get what he wants (convinces nurse to untie one hand) and the moxie to overpower someone when he knows death is on the line. He also has no hesitation at all about running over former friends. As many times as necessary. Which means, he’s kind of perfect for the zombie apocalypse.
I think his sister Alicia will be among the first to go. She’s pretty and book-smart. Things that don’t translate real well when the fit hits the shan, if you know what I mean. I can see Travis being the “Rick” of the group. It will be interesting to see if Travis tries to get his son and ex-wife once things go bad. If you have the time, I suggest watching it twice. It got a little better after my expectations were removed from the equation. You get to pick up on the personality and the nuances of the cast.
It will be interesting to see if Nick ever sees his former friend Gloria down the road. She would be easy to spot with a knife sticking out of her chest. The last time we see Tobias on screen, he is not happy and he is probably unarmed. There is probably some significance with that scene.
Zombie kill of the week: While there was only one actual kill, I would have to give it to Nick who ran his former friend over, not once but two times. That’s love. It didn’t kill him though, so there’s that.
Looking forward to episode two and more about what it’s like before most of the population gets turned into zombies.