Spin offs are interesting things. Sometimes they can be really great and serve as a great extension to the original universe (like The Flash is to Arrow), and sometimes they just don’t work out (The Finder quickly got cancelled after spinning off from Bones). Which side of things does the spin off from AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead fall into?
Well, I’m honestly not sure yet.
The original show kicked off after the fall of man to the geek/biter/walker hoards, but Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to the events that were taking place while good ol’ Rick Grimes was peacefully resting in his coma. The dead coming back to turn humanity into Happy Meals is little more than internet rumors as we start this series off with Nick (Frank Dillane) waking up from a heroin filled night of fun with his friends, only to find one of his friends dead and a second friend being eaten by his girlfriend. Understandably he gets the hell out of Dodge only to be hit by a car, and it’s in the hospital that we meet more of our main cast.
All the actors in this show seem to be doing a good job in their roles, and the roles are written well, so let me go ahead and skip all that and get to the part that I’m having issues with: the pacing. This inaugural season of FtWD is only six episodes long, which isn’t really a lot of time to work with. The first episode of The Walking Dead started off slow, but by the time we got to the end of it we were rolling. Here, not so much. In this pilot, things started at a crawl and sort of ended at a medium-high stumble. I watched this episode several times to see if that initial evaluation would go away, but it just hasn’t. For a 90 minute premiere, I was expecting more.
Having said that, the characters are so far interesting and dynamic, and I’m kinda looking forward to seeing what happens with their personal dramas when they start to realize how completely and irretrievably screwed they are. Gonna keep watching, but they need to pick things up. Quickly.
So, that’s my random rambling. Yesterday we asked some of you on our Google+ Page what you thought of it, and reactions were surprisingly mixed. Let’s keep the conversation going here in the comments, and I’ll see you next week when we take a look at episode 102, “So Close, Yet So Far.”
Starring: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie, and Rubén Blades.
Created By: Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson.
Availability: Show is aired weekly on AMC Sunday nights in the U.S.A. First season is six episodes.