Fear the Walking Dead Review

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The apocalypse is beginning and the violent panic will ensue. After taking a short break for Labor Day, the new AMC show Fear the Walking Dead will be back Sunday with more scratching, biting and gore. So far only three episodes have aired, and in this span of time viewers have been bombarded with a twisting and turning story plot. The show follows the lives of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her English teacher boyfriend Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), model student and daughter Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam- Carey) and drug addict son Nick 19676439331_c7d941bae0_kClark (Frank Dillane). Manawa’s son Christopher Manawa (Lorenzo James Henrie) and ex-wife Lisa Ortiz (Elizabeth Rodriguez) are also looped into the storyline.The plot is different than most zombie themed movies and shows due to the split family. In most cases by the end, the family is closer so I am not sure how this one will work out.

Since the beginning, everyone knew this show was about zombies. The first episode was filled with tension and waiting for something bad to happen, and I love that. Within thirty minutes, you saw the first glimpse of a zombie girl shredding the flesh of another guy. My initial thought was, how did this happen? Where did it come from? I am still waiting for the answer, but we are all still waiting to know if Judith is really Rick’s daughter. The writers love to leave us with things to ponder. Not only do we have zombies on the loose, but this show is set in Los Angeles, California where there are metal detectors in the front doors and abandoned houses for drug activities. This adds another element to the plot we haven’t seen before.19671834915_be1ef8c211_b

It has only been a few episodes, but there has been a surplus of action. Shootings, car accidents and even a giant mob. The family knows the zombies are real and have an eye-witness account after having to ram the head of an old friend with a car. When the last episode left off Madison and her kids were locked away in their home while one neighbor ate another. Travis was hiding with his son and ex-wife in a barber shop while a violent rampage was going on in the streets outside. Phone lines and communication is shutting down, it is just a matter of time before the two families lose one another. I am hopeful they will meet up, they always did in The Walking Dead, but I am sure it will be an adventure watching it all fold out.

19671925395_aff8affb4f_mThere are characters other than the main six who have contributed a lot already.  Tobias (Lincoln A. Castellanos) is a teenage student who tried to bring a knife into school in the first episode. He foresaw the apocalypse and has made many efforts to prepare to survive, including trying to take food from the school’s kitchen. This was when Madison met up with him while trying to get some OxyContin for her son. While there, Artie (Scott Lawrence), the school’s principal, had been turned into a zombie and tried to attack the counselor and student pair. Madison took her first life when she killed Artie with a fire extinguisher. Also, the barber shop family consisting of father Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades), mother Griselda Salazar (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and their grown daughter Ofelia Salazar (Mercedes Mason), will soon have a major role in deciding how to escape the barber shop and avoid the mob. I am sure there will be some conflict because the father was not very welcoming when the Manawas asked for shelter.19664807662_4f41d759b2_b

It will be very interesting to see how the story plays out. As of now, they are planning on having a sixth episode for season one and they are signed up to have a season two. If the acting and tension remains intact, I plan to stick around for both seasons and hopefully those that follow. I would recommend going online and watching the first three episodes so you can be ready to watch episode four “Not Fade Away.”