The time has come to call Fear The Walking Dead for what it really is; a pale shadow of its Sister AMC show, The Walking Dead. While I have long had this ‘fear’ if you will, I have been apprehensive to verbalize it officially as I have been a fan of Robert Kirkman’s, apocalyptic zombie opera since its release as an ongoing Image/Skybound comic series.
As such, I have willingly given the show time to find its own stride and become the show I have always thought it had the potential to become through a maturing of the characters and story plot over time. Fans of the show however now find themselves at the end of the second season’s midpoint and the show is even further apart and unrecognizable from The Walking dead than it was in the first season.
Where are the zombies we have grown accustomed too? Where is the collapse of humanity? Where is the daily struggle to stay safe from the Dead? Why are the living the main antagonists in Fear the Walking Dead, when we did not fear the living in this way until we met the governor in the quiet little town of Woodbury for the most part!?
It isn’t that I do not like our main cast in Fear The Walking Dead, on the contrary I do, very much so; but their dilemma and exodus from the world they once knew is in no way a part of the zombie apocalypse envisioned by Robert Kirkman, or at the very least; it sure doesn’t feel that way any more. And in truth, it hasn’t for a long time now!
As much as I want to like the show and as much as it pains me to write this personal obituary of the show, I could barely watch Sunday nights episode entitled, ‘Sicut Cervus’ with any kind of interest. From the very beginning all I could ask was, “What is going on?”
Where has the struggle really been for these survivors? Some moral dilemmas and ethical decisions had to be faced and made to be sure, but where have the really hard, intriguing and gut wrenching survival issues been dealt with other than what state room to sleep in, who should be spoken to over the radio and who should or should not be saved?
Yes I found Strand’s relationship with Thomas heart warming when he finds his lover dying from a zombie bite, but I clearly did not expect Strand’s seemingly nefarious motives to date to simply be because he was trying to get back to the man he loves. Likewise I like the inner struggle Chris finds himself dealing with and division amongst our main characters creates drama to be sure, but this is not nearly enough to make a good show about the zombie apocalypse that is consuming the world as we know it.
‘Sicut Cervus’ was simply uninteresting and to be honest I am not really looking forward to next week’s mid-season finale. Deep down inside however, I am still holding out hope that the show might still become the kind of zombie apocalypse show I have been accustomed to watching from AMC, but I am indeed loosing all hope very fast!