17 January 2019 | mto10
A Different Look at the Walker Apocalypse
Back when Fear the Walking Dead was first announced, TWD fans were excited that the franchise would finally be exploring the onset of the apocalyptic event that yielded the great original show. The first season started off slowly, but it was still a worthwhile watch, until the series went and skipped the majority of the fall of civilization, which is what the show had promised to explore. Because of this, along with a number of other problems, Fear had alienated a lot of its viewers. For a spinoff that has had its ups and downs, this review will try to highlight those, and I will do my best to explain why I feel FTWD is still a worthwhile show, for those that are fans of the everexpanding TWD universe.
The simplest way I like to describe Fear, is a show that is always missing out on its potential. This show has probably wasted the most potential out of any show I've seen before, but I keep coming back because of how much I love the main series, and franchise as a whole. Season 1 started the show off with this pattern, skipping the onset as mentioned previously. Along with this, we are introduced to a lackluster group of core characters, and just know this going in; these characters don't really get better until season 3. That's unusual for a TV show, but if you wait it out, season 3 and 4 are worth it. On to season 2, this season is arguably worse than the first, but it's still a decent season. The boat stuff is interesting, seeing the apocalypse at sea, but again, wasted potential; when it is given up for a remixed and worse version of the Hershel's farm storyline. Characters don't really get better, and instead more lackluster ones are introduced in the second season. Season 3 continues this theme of wasted potential by killing off the best, most changed character from the first two seasons. Coupled with a terrible reaction to his death from the other characters. Aside from this, season 3 really starts to pick up, and this show finally grows into its own. However, you can feel that something was needed to shake it up. Season 4 marks the first time the two shows, TWD and Fear, crossover, and it is a great event. It completely revitalizes Fear, and makes the show worth watching. Considering the fact that season 4 is a soft reboot of sorts, you don't even really need to watch the first 3 seasons. That being said, being a completionist myself, I still recommend giving them a watch if you plan to get into the show.
Season 4 finally brings interesting characters and great character development to Fear the Walking Dead. It freshens it's original characters, and makes them the best they have been up to this point. Despite all of this, there is a group of people that like to hate on season 4 of this show. I say, you should ignore their complaints and watch for yourself. They look back on the older seasons of Fear with rose-tinted glasses, thinking it was some perfect show, when in reality, it was far from that. You'll notice the quality shift when you watch it all within a closer span of time, while these loud haters, are blinded by nostalgia.
I recommend this show for those that are fans of TWD universe as a whole. If you haven't seen either show, and plan to get into the series, definitely watch the original first, as it is far better and gives a better view as to what this franchise is meant to be about. After watching that, check out Fear to get an extra taste of this universe.
Overall, Fear the Walking Dead is fun, and even interesting at times, but decent at best in its first two seasons. Season 3 improves quite a bit, but the real improvement comes in season 4 of this show. The actors are pretty good, but I always found Kim Dickens to be an underwhelming lead for Fear. Lennie James as Morgan Jones was a fantastic addition and he's done a great job leading the show so far. It's a decent spinoff to The Walking Dead, with weaker characters, but season 4 has done a lot in the way of making the show worthwhile. And season 5 looks like it'll bring the franchise that much closer to some kind of merger.
My Rating: 8.25/10