Geeked In 2: I want to Fear the Walking Dead

Geeked In 2: I want to Fear the Walking Dead

Allow me to state that I am a HUGE zombie fan, I am staring at a Tank Zombie bust right now, and have a copy of the Zombie Survival guide on the bookshelves behind me.  I have watched every episode of the Walking Dead, and Talking Dead multiple times and it pains me to be writing this out right now.  It really does, but…

I want to fear the dead.  I really, really do. But I simply cannot. With the latest Episode “The Dog” coming to a close and marking the half way point in the 6 episode season.  I cannot help but feel betrayed.  This episode felt more like the first episode of a series, than three episodes in.  This episode, was perhaps my favorite of the three…IF it was the first episode of the series.  We finally get a glimpse at some zombie killing action, as well as a response from the local government.  But we also get a glimpse at how the characters really react in stressful situations, and honestly, I am not impressed.  It does bring the characters back together, and lets them deal with some internal conflict.  But I feel that after three episodes, I should at least know most of the characters names, but honestly, I do not.

After three episodes, and who knows how long in TV series time, and the main character Travis (one of two character names I knew) has witnessed a riot, multiple “sick” people walking around, and one of his friends brains being blown out the back of his head, and he is still asking stupid questions and refusing to fight or let his wife do the dirty work.

Towards the end of the episode they introduced a new aspect into the series.  Some sort of military, indicating some sort of remaining government. Which we never see, or hear about in the Walking Dead.  Which could be interesting, if they did it earlier in the series, or not three episodes in, during a six episode series.  I feel it is too little, too late for Fear The Walking Dead.  I understand trying to appeal to a different audience, and pull back viewers who left The Walking Dead during the farm, and the prison seasons.  But there is trying to draw them back, and giving them a completely different show.  Of which, they are achieving the second.  I am not saying the show cannot get better over time, because if this week’s episode was any indication, the show has some promise. But not until next season, which is too late.  I feel we need to put this show out of its misery.

Also, can I just say, that I am waiting for a show that has zombies present in its popular culture.  For example, the Feed books (The Newsflesh trilogy), takes place in a world where George A Romero, created his zombie films, books, and TV shows.  When the zombies show up, he becomes the savior of the world because he has shown us how to fight zombies, and how to kill them.  They need to incorporate something like this into a show one of these days, it would be much better than watch these people who have no clue what is happening run around in circles clueless.

David Bahle

Former competitive Halo Coach, and former Microsoft Fan Boy. He is also a self proclaimed Star Wars Guru. He can be reached either on twitter at @OhMyApollo or [email protected]