Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)
Created By: Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman
Starring: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Where to get it: Starz / Anchor Bay
Living in the same universe as The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark and English teacher Travis Manawa have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and our dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.
Well, it was bound to happen. Most popular TV shows always seem to get a spin-off and The Walking Dead got its with Fear The Walking Dead. While the season was only six episodes long, it took a different route than the show we’ve all known and watched for going on six seasons now. We start at the time of the zombie apocalypse here and we have all new people, and even with the same basic plots, I give credit to everyone here for at least trying some new stuff in a new time frame. Based off this one season, it might be too early to tell if this will ever spill on over to the anchor show or even if the show it self will be able to make it have a life on the air like the original, but it isn’t an awful try at something new. This one does take its time to develop characters and I know some don’t care much for that, as this one doesn’t hit the ground running, but if you want to play off a very popular show that has characters people live and die about, then you can’t blame them for trying to get a bit of a rush in on at least trying to make you care about our new cast of characters here. While The Walking Dead seems more like a zombie soap opera, this one at least has a different feel to. That could either make or break the show for most of you.
Most the time we are seeing the zombie outbreak kick off through the eye’s of our main character of sorts, who is also a drug addict. That is a new twist and leads to some conflict for the show. I don’t know if I can get behind the character as well as I could some that we have on The Walking Dead, but then again, it isn’t fair to keep comparing this show to that show, but that is sadly going to be the giant elephant in the room for this show from here on out. Now, I didn’t watch this show when it was on TV. So I didn’t get the weekly feel for it. I know after a bit of binge watching, it wasn’t that bad and the show has its highs and lows, as anyone will see. I could see where waiting a week for a show might have led to a little bit of a disappointing experience in an episode or two, but overall I think it tells a good enough story, has just enough zombie action, and will be a show that I’m sure has its best seasons ahead of it if the whole zombie TV show concept keeps its head above water long enough for this one to find its own footing. If you love The Walking Dead, then give this show a watch. Just know that it isn’t on THAT level just yet, but it may be later.
– A Look At the Series
– Inside the Characters of Fear The Walking Dead
Quality of Transfer: 97%