Fear the Walking Dead Recap

Fear the Walking Dead Recap: Did the Premiere Leave You Hungry for More?

The way they glowered and snarled and attacked without warning… Yeah, I’m gonna have nightmares for weeks about the bratty teenagers in the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. And the not-yet-rotting zombies in the L.A.-set Walking Dead prequel were pretty scary, too. The question is, were you creeped out enough to tune back in next week? Let’s review the gory details of the pilot, then discuss, shall we?

ALL IN THE FAMILY | Pretty much as soon as we met high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her significant other, English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), I felt bad for them. How could you not? They seemed like a nice couple, right? Yet her daughter, Alicia, and his son, Chris, were so resentful of their families being blended that they found it impossible to utter a syllable without rolling their eyes. As a result, I kinda liked Maddie’s older kid, 18-year-old Nick (Frank Dillane, a total star). Sure, he’s a heroin addict, but at least he has a sense of humor about it. For instance, when the cops asked what he was on when he was hit by a car while fleeing from a drug den barefoot, he replied, “Runner’s high.”

APOCALYPSE SOON | While Travis remained at the hospital with Nick, Maddie reported to work and was scarcely through the door when her quick thinking kept the principal from realizing that a student named Tobias — possibly the oldest-looking adolescent since Stockard Channing attended Rydell High — had set off the metal detector with a knife, not pocket change. If he wasn’t being bullied, why did he need protection? Because he believed that all of the outbreaks of illness — five states and spreading — were connected and that basically doomsday was upon them. (Don’t feel bad, kid. Nobody ever took Andrea Zuckerman seriously, either.)

CRAZY TALK | Back at the hospital, Nick confided in Travis that he had been raving about blood and guts when he was brought in after his accident because, when he’d awakened in the church where he’d shot up, he’d discovered that fellow junkie Gloria had bypassed Denny’s breakfast buffet to instead chow down on a coupla guys. Hoping to prove that Nick had just been hallucinating, Travis broke into the derelict church — and found enough blood to shoot a slasher flick. Meanwhile, just as eager as his would-be stepfather to prove that he isn’t crazy, Nick took advantage of his elderly hospital roommate’s code blue to steal the geezer’s Bad Grandpa costume, sneak out and make an appointment with his drug dealer.

BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS | While Alicia’s whining somehow inspired boyfriend Matt (Suburgatory’s Malik!) to ask her out for a romantic evening, Maddie searched for Nick, first by getting Travis to take her to her son’s unholy hangout, then by paying a house call to his clean-cut pal, Calvin. No dice. On their way home, the pair happened upon a police roadblock and heard gunfire — which the following day a viral video revealed to have been an unbelievable standoff between the authorities and a not-yet-called-a-walker. Now everyone was starting to worry — Alicia, about Matt, who had been a no-show for their date; Maddie, about Nick, so much so that she decided to call the police to look for him; and the rest of L.A., about the possibility of people who get shot down not staying down.

RAW DEAL | When Nick finally met up with his dealer, it turned out to be… Calvin! (Apparently, he only wore his halo around people’s moms.) Though pissed about being asked whether he’d laced Nick’s score with PCP — and concerned that the junkie had been loose-lipped about his supplier’s business — he agreed to give his client a fix. But as soon as they had gotten away from any potential witnesses, Nick noticed that Calvin had a gun, they fought for it, and boom! Down, Calvin went. Of course, by the time Maddie and Travis arrived on the scene, the body was gone. Wait, no — not gone, there it was after all. It had just moved. How odd. And it was still moving. Imagine that. And biting?!? Yes, biting! Heck, even after Nick backed into the not-yet-called-a-walker with Travis’ pick-up, it still kept coming for them. Which leads me to ask…

Will you be coming back for more? How do you think Fear compares to its predecessor? Hit the comments!

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104 Comments
  1. Ian says:

    Why couldn’t they just leave well enough alone with The Walking Dead? I find this new show absolutely needless.

    • Big Mike says:

      What show is “needed”? If people will enjoy it, then they’ll watch it. If you’re not one of them, then don’t watch. Simple, right?

      • Shows should inform, inspire and/or entertain, and spin-offs in particular should in some way compliment the original. While the show has some entertainment value it is really doing little to compliment the original aside from the new setting.

        • Amelia says:

          The only reason I will be turning in is the new setting. Not the new location but the new time. I think it will be interesting to see how the breakout started and basically what happened during the time Rick was in the coma. As soon as it catches up to that part, not sure how much interest I will have.

          • The Beach says:

            Agree. Showing how the apocolypse began is the most interesting part of this show to me. I hope they don’t rush it. I still think it’s a really stupid name for the show.

        • ? says:

          Yeah, exactly. The show didn’t make any case for itself tonight as for why it should exist. If they were going to do this, they should have done it for artistic reasons other than “well the Walking Dead is really popular, so.” Like it or hate it, the Walking Dead aspires to be a show about more than people running from zombies. It’s a show about the human cost of living on the edge of survival 24/7. What does this show have to say for itself that’s like that? I didn’t see any hints of anything tonight, which is disappointing, but I’ll keep watching for now.

          • Molly says:

            Ummmmm….this WAS ONLY THE FIRST EPISODE!!! Why don’t you relax and give it some time?

          • wrstlgirl says:

            100% Molly. If I remember correctly I thought the pilot for TWD was pretty slow and boring and then it took off from there.

        • Big Mike says:

          People are so funny, putting arbitrary attributes where none exist. People say things like “this show is unnecessary” or “it doesn’t compliment the original”…..these are false. The stuff that makes the air is the stuff that makes money. Period. If you enjoy it, watch it. If you don’t, then don’t watch. It really IS that simple.

      • betty says:

        DITTO!!!
        By the way I loved it.

    • SW says:

      Tons of TWD fans, including myself, have been dying to see an origin story like this one that we’re getting with Fear the Walking Dead, to see what happened when everything first started to go downhill. The fact that it’s an origin story instead of just being a spin-off taking place in a different city concurrently with TWD’s timeline, was the biggest draw for me.

      • Lisa says:

        Same, here.

      • Bwhit says:

        Couldn’t have said it better!

      • Simon says:

        Very well said! A lot of people are already saying they wanted more walkers in the first episode. Are u kidding me. You know you are watching an origin story right?! I mean there’s probably only a handful of walkers right now.

      • Ian says:

        I dont need anyone to tell me not to watch. I already dont plan on it. And this isnt an origin story. An origin story would be exploring the cause of the outbreak and patient zero and the fall of society. This show is just following a family with all the same gags and tropes as we’ve seen be done on TWD for 5 years.
        But like it if you want. We’ll let the ratings speak for themselves.

        • JP says:

          Except Robert Kirkman has stated he would never do an origin story. This is a great play on what happens in the beginning.

          This fills is the blanks from when Rick gets shot to when he awakes from a coma in a different world.

          If you don’t plan on watching, don’t plan on posting then

          • Ian says:

            What blanks are being filled in?!
            And I’ll post about the show if i want, whether or not I watch it. Point is, I did tonight, and I can say what I want about it. Where do some of you get off? Im entitled to my opinion.

        • AngelWasHere says:

          I agree with you. Same tropes and gags ,but bland as heck! I would of preferred they did an origin/flasback episode on the real show. It’s definitely feels unneeded so far.

        • Keith says:

          So you aren’t going to watch but had time to come here and write about it

        • Senora says:

          You are right Ian, the ratings were down for the 2nd episode. The show does not make any sense. It does not live up to a “prequil”. Who on earth has never heard of aliens or zombies? There is no imagination here. The producers can not top TWD, they should leave it alone.

      • Amelia says:

        Completely agree.

      • Chrissy says:

        I too longed to know the back story but hope it will come up with the actual cause.

    • Keith says:

      Well you aren’t forced to watch

    • Ken says:

      Your argument that the show isn’t “needed” doesn’t hold water. What television show is ever actually needed? Entertainment is entertainment. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch it. And it will have no effect on your enjoyment of the original Walking Dead, nor will your absence effect our enjoyment of Fear.

    • no says:

      Who honestly cares what you find needless?

    • The Carpooler says:

      Really? The first comment? Of the first episode? Give it some time to develop. Or, don’t watch.

  2. brigitte says:

    It has some kinks to work out but I think that it is exactly what it said it was going to be. Found it interesting, and with only 6 episodes I’m willing to give it a shot.

  3. theeinvisiblecircus says:

    Reblogged this on Invisible Circus and commented:
    its an interesting start

  4. Lisa says:

    I like the slow build, even though we already know what’s coming, it’s great to see it from a different storyline. Nick is already my favorite. I’ll definitely be watching, next Sunday.

    • LK says:

      You like Nick? The druggie stuff annoyed me quickly.

      • It’s all a bit cliched, but the guy who plays him gave a great performance. My praise ends there, though. It’s very slow and predictable, most of the characters are indistinctly generic and the plot is so horrendously thin that the whole thing felt padded by unnecessary dialogue. You can cut this down to maybe 8 minutes and turn it into a pretty good webisode.

  5. Homesick says:

    Well, Nick isn’t Lizzie nor Travis is Carol, but I think they’ll do until the Grimes’s blended famly comes back to TV.

  6. Bwhit says:

    It was way better than I was expecting and I didn’t want it to end. I liked Nick the most and hope he survives the season because I think he could emerge as one of the better characters. The other bonus is, half way through the episode I started to see Kim Dickens as Madison and not the Madame that Jax cheated on Tara with on SOA.

  7. MelindaB says:

    I’m willing to give it six episodes. I won’t say that it’s as gripping as the first episode of The Walking Dead, and there are two annoying teens in Alicia and Chris instead of one Carl, but I’ll stick around for this season at least. Carl doesn’t grate on me much any more, and maybe some hardship will make them grow up. If not, we can hope that they’ll be eaten.

  8. Melora says:

    The interesting aspect of the show is watching the slow collapse of society and what will be interesting is how people will survive in a suburban setting.

  9. Kat says:

    I felt the episode was so-so. I did find myself walking away from the tv twice. The diner part was way to long. Wil I watch next week, yes. Will I watch all season, undetermined.

  10. AngelWasHere says:

    It was boring. A total snorefest IMO.

  11. Carol_R says:

    To me it was really bad. I’d give it a D-. The best character was the kid at school who brought in the knife. The lead actors were awful. The storyline was boring. Hard to believe that I wasted 90 minutes watching that crapfest. I love The Walking Dead but the actors in Fear the Walking Dead are not the same caliber. The writing on this new show is bad.

    • Look Behind You says:

      I fill much the same way, the actors were grating, I was so bored watching it, I will watch a couple more episodes to see if it improves if it doesn’t i’m done. Then I will just wait for the new season of T.W.D.

    • carrabus says:

      I think it’s a slow build. For me, the perspective of when the epidemic first started is an interesting point of view. One thing — in the Rick Grimes universe, at first people think that the only way to turn into a zombie is to get bitten by one, then they go to CDC and learn they are all infected and that no matter how they die they will become a zombie. But in this prequil, it’s pretty obvious to everyone that any death leads to zombies. How did Rick’s group not know that?

      • Brigid says:

        I agree, I thought the same thing about infection and turning.

      • Lyn12 says:

        We were puzzling over that, as well — in TWD’s Georgia, there were a LOT of zombies walking around before bitten people started turning rapidly. Maybe everything’s just more progressive in California? 8-) Although, in the case of the church junkies and also Calvin, it does seem we’re talking hours.

  12. BarryFlash says:

    I thought the premiere was ok. I was a little bored but since the first season is only 6 episodes, I will watch all season.

  13. kate says:

    It was okay and starting two weeks from now I think it’s the only thing to watch on Sunday nights. I understand episode two is much better because we have a sense of everyone now. It looks like Nick will be having either an early exit or will be the Hershel and his limp won’t be because he got hit by a car from the preview. I don’t know if I will like this as much and it actually brings up an odd issue from the original. I’m not sure how much time has passed. Like if I follow the time on the original they are only like two years later.

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  15. Jess says:

    I liked it more than I thought I would. TWD is getting a little stale to me, and I’m excited to see where the origin story takes us.

    And I like Kim Dickens in everything I’ve seen her in, but she’ll always be Sawyer’s baby mama to me.

  16. DarkDefender says:

    This was pretty good. I never got into TWD, but I have high hopes for this origin story.

  17. Joey Padron says:

    first episode was pretty good. will keep watching the show.

  18. James D says:

    I enjoyed it. A very fascinating perspective on an otherwise tired troupe. Dillane definitely stole the show and Cliff Curtis is a very talented actor so I’m pretty sold already. I’m so interested to see how this unfolds. But if I where them i’d be going to Walmart right about now and then get the hell out of dodge.

  19. Vanessa Carabajal says:

    First episode was a good introduction, yes very similar to TWD. But really people what were you expecting? Its in the title! I enjoyed it. I would like to see in the next few episodes coming up a little more researching as to how/why/where this all got started…👍👍👍

  20. Et al. says:

    It’s different from the mothership but I really liked it. That actor playing the son makes the show worth it by himself, but there’s some other interesting aspects as well. I will definitely stick with it.

  21. Vanessa Carabajal says:

    The Walking Dead is still so much better though!!!

  22. NotAnselAdams says:

    Seems like a very slow-paced show about a couple of very slow parents who don’t know how to handle their druggie. And lots and lots of the show was about the druggie, talking about the druggie, or showing him on screen. Oh, and the druggie murders people without much remorse, so really, he’s just a sociopath, not so much just a druggie.

    Oh, yeah … I’m SO interested in this show. NOT! :)

  23. Mel says:

    Love it! That show for summer ..
    Yeah only begin and later will see what coming ohh..
    Of course The Walking Dead coming this Fall October 11..

    Love it Zombies, I want more !
    U guys need learn be patient… U will see more coming.. Relax and stop complaining about this… If u want don’t it then don’t look at page , don’t look at TV show.. Be quite!

  24. Bark Star says:

    Anemic and slow like a walker. This show should be called “Hershels Farm”. The whole story could have been told in half the time with not much loss of content. They really learned nothing from their mistakes on TWD.

  25. Relaxxx says:

    I didn’t watch! I’m just here for the review and comments!!

  26. I see a lot of people saying this episode was ‘boring’ & a ‘snorefest.’ Many of the same comments are thrown around when we get plot-building episodes (aka no deaths/few walkers) from TWD. I enjoyed the slow-build of FTWD and like knowing what’s going to happen while the characters don’t. It makes for an interesting viewing experience.

    I like the premiere and I’ll finish out the season. I thought Nick was the most interesting of all the characters introduced to us. Probably because I knew he was telling the truth and felt bad that people assumed he was crazy because of his addiction.

  27. Brigid says:

    I really liked it! I enjoyed the characters and the story. I find it interesting to know all that we know and watching characters who have no clue slowly figure it out. I’m not sure what others were expecting but this is a show about the fall of society and the end of life as we know it. It has clearly lived up to it’s description. If you were looking for The Walking Dead, it starts October 11th.

  28. wrstlgirl says:

    Episode one was pretty much exactly as I thought it would be. If you’re walking into this expecting to see a lot of devastation and zombies then, yeah, you are disappointed.

  29. Sarah_ says:

    It was an intense episode and it got me anxious for more..
    I thought it will be slow but the characters dynamic and the ending with the kid was amazing.
    The promo next week looks amazing and scary.

    • ellen says:

      It wasn’t intense at all. Every time my husband left the room, I fast forwarded, and he didn’t miss a thing. The characters were stereotypical and unbelievable. When they saw Cal get up after being run over twice, they just stood there, barely registering any disbelief. Shouldn’t they have registered something?

      • wrstlgirl says:

        People see things differently because I clearly registered some shock when that happened. But it’s something they’ve never seen before so how do you react??? I’d probably just stand there for a second w/no reaction too. I mean, did that just happen, LOL!!!

  30. Allie says:

    Felt more like the Strain than the Walking Dead. That isn’t a good thing. I don’t understand why the main family had to be so stereotypical and unlikable. Maybe they will all be eaten next week and they can focus on a family more interesting to watch? Didn’t live up to the hype, imo, but I’ll give it time to develop.

  31. Jennifer says:

    I have been waiting for this spin-off and really want to like it. Unfortunately, I found most of the characters really un-compellling (or annoying, or boring) and I hope that most of them get killed off soon. But I’ll still try to watch and give it a chance.

  32. Glee says:

    I didn’t like how the Mom’s intensity was too smothery. I could do without the attitudes. I thought it belabored the point a little too long about the family and all its troubles, BUT the point of it all, I think, was to show us how people focus on their own problems and don’t see the apocalyptic disaster approaching. I’ll watch again to see how they handle the transition (badly I’m guessing) , but I am not ready to give it a full thumbs up yet.

  33. aerial says:

    I wasn’t impressed with this pilot episode. AMC should have left well enough alone.

  34. ChristanluvsTWD says:

    I think it’s only gonna get better!!!

  35. Chris Murphy says:

    I really enjoyed Fear the walking dead. I know some don’t share my feeling but I think there’s room for both shows and this is way. Alot of the fans of walking dead haven’t read the comics which isn’t an issue but I find myself trying to guess what’s coming next. With this spin off then have the opportunity to possibly show how a character from the walking dead became who they are i.e. a younger govenor, or even some of the characters that are yet to come. Walking dead doesn’t hold the market on the zombie apocalypse but it has set a standard.

  36. Matthew says:

    I liked it. Though, it may have been to much of a slow burn for most viewers. For me personally though I like slow burns so it was fine.

  37. chuckiechk says:

    there seems to be a divide between twd fans and if they liked/disliked the show, I actually liked the show. it reminded me of the premiere of twd, slow build to the main storyline. we see the errors in the cast as it builds to the “reveal”, and then how they are gonna have to adjust to this new threat. next week I believe the chaos begins and things should pick up. I think we as fans should give it a chance and see where it goes.

  38. Jeff Lutz says:

    I really enjoyed the premiere. As usual, the writers are developing interesting characters. I like the idea that viewers know more than the characters do. So we’ll see things before they do or as the writers allow. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I just wish there were more episodes.

  39. Bette says:

    It wasn’t as interesting as “The Walking Dead “. I won’t be recording this one.
    One good thing, it wasn’t as bad as the show “Proof “.

  40. Thici Diniz says:

    I must say, i was expecting something a little better..some parts were good, but for the most part of the pilot, it was really slow. I mean, it is the premiere, they could have had something more impactful. I’m one of the main The Walking Dead fans that watched because we miss TWD so much…i still think it has a great potential, and the cast is good!

  41. m3rcnate says:

    It was a good pilot, i really enjoyed it, the family isn’t too annoying or anything. I HATED the shirt the kid was wearing in the opening scene (the junkie son)…lol.

    I think the best thing they could have done (and did) was have this first season be 6 episodes. The idea of this first season being 16-22 episodes would straight up kill me. But 6 episodes? That makes this slow burn feel worth it and like they will have a good feel for the pacing.
    .
    My only question really is…how long are they in LA? Because Zombie 101 says get out of the big populated city, but once they do that they are going to look a lot like TWD, being out in the woods and trying to find a place to survive and live…will fans be okay with that? Them staying in LA for 5 seasons just doesn’t make any survival sense.

  42. SkittleKitty says:

    My only problem with the new show is that it raises so many issues regarding the logic (i.e. believability). I keep thinking: How did more information not get out? Where are the doctors and scientists who’ve already encountered the re-awakening dead?

    • A fan of TV says:

      Well, that kid who brought the knife to school clearly seems to think it’s a conspiracy, judging my the doubt on his face when Madison said if there was a virus the govt would tell them…so maybe that’s the idea, that it was hidden by public officials as much as possible until Day 0 (Outbreak Day) when it was impossible to hide it any longer, and by then it was just time to spur the army into action because it was chaos. Maybe the govt thought they could control it and solve it before it got out of hand, but they were wrong.

  43. AngelWasHere says:

    Ok one last comment. I’ll probably watch it again to give a chance, but it’s no way close to TWD. The original captured my interest from the start. Rick didn’t even need to talk much to be more compelling and interesting than the bland characters in Fear. I hope the writers are planning to go more the route of movies liks Contagion or the Crazies. They could of touched on so on much more when the son was in the hospital with potentially infected people. They could even showed some sick students with the school portion. They just wasted a lot times with their boring lives and the whole “we gotta make sure our son isn’t hallucinating” crap. I don’t need to see hoardes of zombies just yet, but at least show the illness/fever that causing the confusion. Even a pilot should show that much. I’m a negative nancy I know, but I’m just giving my opinion. I hope it gets better.

  44. Rick C. says:

    For all the complainers, think about this. If this show came first 5 years ago and was called “The Walking Dead” and the show we all know with Rick, Carl, Glen etc came now with the exact same first season we all saw 5 years ago and was called “TWD: East Coast” or something like that, how many would be complaining that the Rick Grimes version is so bad. I can imagine something like “we all already know what happens, why do we care it happens on the East Coast??? BORING!”.

    I’m pretty much disenchanted with the original TWD after 5 seasons now, its the same stories with a new group of bad guys every year and silly zombie deaths every few episodes.
    But I’m defending the new show not because I like it but the argument for why people are not liking it doesn’t make any sense to me. Dislike it if you must but give it more than one episode to say its not in the same class as the original. Pretty much the same people in charge of the original are in charge of this one and all that does is dilute two shows now instead of just the one.

  45. Ellinas1978 says:

    So one of the parents (looks like the mom) will turn? He looked like he bit one of them.

  46. Bern says:

    Couldn’t get into it turned within the first 15 minutes

  47. Klee says:

    I was truly bored.

  48. Terry says:

    Who is supposed to be our strong lead character in this series? No one really stood out to make me root for them in the first episode. Just curious. I will be watching though.

  49. ellen says:

    Wow. This was not good. Bad plot holes, boring storyline. Uninteresting family. Done to death (pun intended) by other shows showing families struggling with obnoxious teen-age children. No one is noticing the zombies except the Internet? Come on.

    A teacher ignoring a student bringing a knife to school! Are you kidding?? This is badly, badly written.

  50. Rich says:

    It shouldn’t have been 90 minutes. The story was great, but there was too much bloat.