My title seems to suggest The Walking Dead franchise doesn't usually make missteps, which is incorrect. This once-loved franchise has been slowly self-destructing since season 4 of the main show, but in the 4-5 years since then, it's shocking how bad this laughingstock of a franchise has become. Sure, the main show (and even Fear The Walking Dead, to some extent) has better actors and dialogue than this one, but it's not by much. The "feel" is also the same, way too much exposition, way too little action or forward progress. An endless slog.
World Beyond takes the slog and exposition to the 10th degree, however. The vast majority of this show consists of youthful looking (I say "looking" because these actors and actresses playing teens are actually in their early to mid 20's, btw) actors having hushed conversations in darkly lit corridors. Very little action, very little exploration of the world. Sure, they happen upon interesting places, and then sit in them doing nothing for an entire episode.
Seriously, they say this is a limited series of two seasons, but at the rate they move it'll be season 10 by the time they get to NY. I'm guessing the usual "time jump we don't have the budget to show the travel" trick (that TWD has become famous for) will be employed between season 1+2. But we'd all be much better off if this disaster was just cancelled before season 2 is made.
But, no, that won't happen, because you see, "Rick stuff" might occur. The show runners continually tease that Walking Dead fans "need"to see World Beyond because maybe, maybe Rick's character from TWD will show up, or something. The logic is pretty hazy considering every promised tease or "big reveal" in TWD history has been a huge letdown. Also, so few people care about this franchise compared to even a few years ago, that trying to get the few remaining fans to watch a much-worse version of the show, in the hopes of maybe seeing clues to another show, just seems like a terrible idea or motivator.
The dialogue is so bad and overly melodramatic that it makes me uncomfortable for the actors having to deliver the lines. But it's not just the dialogue, the acting itself is just cringey. The actresses playing Huck and Iris Bennett especially were poorly cast, to say the least, but there are no standouts here.
Bad acting, poor writing, and a really pointless story = garbage overall. Honestly, I love zombie stuff, but this is the 1st "Walking Dead" show I'm giving up on. My time is more valuable than wasting any more on this crap.