The Walking Dead isn't a zombie, it's a monster.
If you grew up the lone horror-loving dork in high school, well, you now have lots and lots of company--- many of whom throw weekly parties every Sunday evening with their families, complete with snacks and "walker" t-shirts-- cheering, crying, and bonding over every single growl, shamble, and bite of their favorite undead cultural phenomenon.
If you're one of those millions who helped The Walking Dead to become the record-breaking hit it is, well, those Sundays fly by faster than an NFL season. Fortunately, you can now scratch that ghoulish itch, even in the lovely, warm spring weather!
Fear The Walking Dead, a companion piece to AMC's The Walking Dead, serves not so much as a prequel or spin-off, but as an alternate telling of the zombie virus we've become all too familiar with, this time trading in TWD's dirty Southern grit for the sunny, urban beauty of Los Angeles.
With its six-episode first season, Fear The Walking Dead fits wonderfully in that time period that Rick Grimes lay in that infamous coma. If The Walking Dead's pilot episode dropped us, much like Rick, into this horrific, changed world, then Fear The Walking Dead, walks us through that collapse of society.
Centering around Madison Clark and her family (a dysfunctional one to say the least), FTWD places the viewer in the unique spot of having knowledge the main characters don't. As they're discovering the horrors ahead of them, we already know it. And not knowing what's ahead is terrifying, but actually KNOWING how bad it's going to get is almost scarier. And that's what FTWD delivers in spades-- after time, it's almost easy to become desensitized to the apocalyptic mess that is TWD's universe, but seeing normal life crumble into chaos really helps put the viewer into the characters' shoes.
As any horror fan knows, to build up to great horror requires great character-building, so be prepared to spend time becoming invested with these players. Some have complained about the show's slower pace, but that seems to stem from comparing this show to its parent series, instead of taking this show at its own merit. This is a fantastic, high-quality piece of zombie fiction, and should please fans of TWD and those who haven't caught on yet.
On the eve of a 15-episode second season, rest assured, FTWD will surely evolve and grow even further, giving us more Sunday evenings of undead fun. If you're a fan of The Walking Dead, you'll surely not want to take a bite out of this one!