I may be in the minority, but nothing irritates me more to settle into a post-apocalyptic show or movie and everything is fast-forwarded decades. You get a glimpse of when the proverbial shit hits the fan, and then it’s ‘25 years later.’ Like, wait… I want to see it all happen damn it.
Today we get another look at The Walking Dead’s spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. It’s not much, but it shows actor Frank Dillane running for his life while getting dressed. Either that’s one horrible one-night stand or the zombies are after him.
Showrunner Robert Kirkman explained Frank’s character, Nick, in a recent EW interview:
“In the face of that, we’ve got Nick—who is played by Frank Dillane—who is pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare. He has flunked out of college, had a lot of troubles, got mixed up with some bad elements, and is definitely the problem child. And it’s exacerbated for him to be next to this perfect sister who seemingly doesn’t have anything going on in her life that is negative. But that’s not really the case, that’s just his perception. So you have these two siblings that are very much at odds with each other.”
What interests me more is we get to see the outbreak take place in real time in Los Angeles. The Walking Dead is a great show, but everyone is too used to seeing the end of the world. Zombies are met with a shrug, and the entire show has stripped any last vestige of humanity from its characters.
That’s not a bad thing, but it brings me back to why I loved CBS’s Jericho so much. It started off with the lead character going home and by the end of episode one it was mayhem. Nuclear attacks across the United States were cutting entire towns off. They had to learn how to survive, and we got to watch the progression.
I’m hoping Fear the Walking Dead gives us that same opportunity. Will it last for the entire show’s length? Not at all, but I appreciate shows that start us at the beginning and then progress. Intermittent flashbacks or talking about ‘how the world used to be’ leaves a gaping plot hole shows and movies should take advantage of.
Regardless, AMC knows they have a hit on their hands. The Walking Dead continues to put up impressive numbers, and Fear the Walking Dead premieres in August. The buzz alone guarantees viewers and the template is proven.
As for Jericho? Come on CBS, give us the show back. Instead of another NCIS or heaven forbid another CSI, give us Jericho. Hell, reboot the thing. They do it with movies every few years. The network was just a bit ahead of the curve on SHTF shows. Now is your time.