Fear the Walking Dead: Beating a Dead Corpse! Fear the Walking Dead: Beating a Dead Corpse!
Synopsis: What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead”? This spin-off set in... Fear the Walking Dead: Beating a Dead Corpse!

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Synopsis:

What did the world look like as it was transforming into the horrifying apocalypse depicted in “The Walking Dead”? This spin-off set in Los Angeles, following new characters as they face the beginning of the end of the world, will answer that question.

Welcome to another installment of The Chopping Block in which I, Stalks, dissect certain series or give retrospect of shows that were “Axed” too soon.

When I first got wind of a spin off based on AMC’s venerable The Walking Dead series, I thought to myself “Isn’t one show based on the Robert Kirkman graphic novel sufficient enough? Why another one?”

However, the premise of how the outbreak began leading to the zombie apocalypse setting gathered my interest. Unfortunately, Fear the Walking Dead does not deliver what could have been a great companion to the show that it was spun from.

The Protagonists, especially Nick, played by (Johnny Depp lookalike Frank Dilate) are boring to the point of not caring regardless if they lived or get devoured by the zombies. At some heroin den otherwise known as a “Shooting Gallery”, Nick wakes up only to witness his girlfriend snacking on someone’s spleen.

It seems that Gloria has a thing for "Dark Meat".

It seems that Gloria has a thing for “Dark Meat”.

 

 

Soon after, Nick does what any Red blooded American Male would do when faced with unusual and moribund circumstances…

RUUUUUNNNN!

……..Fucking RUUUUUNNNN!

 

Insert Trope #34: Gets hit by a car and resumes consciousness in a hospital. Soon afterwards amidst all the bizarre “incidents”, Nick leaves..er, escapes the hospital to find his dealer and ask if the heroin he sold him caused these “hallucinations” like his GF being a zombie. Yeah, riiiiight.

Insert Trope #68: The dope dealer, Calvin takes ol’ Nick to a riverfront in order to shut his mouf. Of course, the protagonist survives the attempt but Cal doesn’t which leads to Trope #69: Calvin the dealer is now a…you guessed it, a Walker!! Tadaaaaaaa!

Stalks: "Hah! I bet you didn't see that coming"!

Stalks: “Hah! I bet you didn’t see that coming”!

 

Anyway, the interaction between the characters and especially Travis’ reaction to the Walkers are at best laughable due to that look of deniability when facing a friend, neighbor or loved one that has been turned.

There were quite a handful of scenarios where a walker would approach one of the protagonists and in return they would try to talk or reason with someone who is bloodied, decomposing, and with a satiable appetite for live human flesh.

ozomba

Barrack Ozoma!

 

One guy even approached his zombified wife to embrace her and I’m certain that she wasn’t going to return the favor!!

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Unlike George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Zack Snyder’s namesake remake, there is really no sense or feeling of tension or dread of the world coming apart in the midst of the outbreak.

This series may be a critical success and commercial success, however I think the writing doesn’t make full use of New Zealand actor Curtis Cliff’s potential. One of his most notable roles was Smiley from Training Day, a ruthless gangbanger with a code of honor. And unlike badass Smiley, Travis is pretty much a dullard.

Smiley!

Smiley!

 

Pussy!

Pussy!

 

I remember hearing rumors of a prequel that takes place before The Walking Dead series but this time it would recall the events witnessed from the soldier’s perspective, who was in The Walking Dead Pilot episode. This in my opinion would have been a much better option.

The Walking Dead Season 2 almost began as a Flashback episode with Sam Witwer as the Soldier Rick later met as a Zombie inside the Tank.

The Walking Dead Season 2 almost began as a flashback episode with Sam Witwer as the soldier Rick later met as a zombie inside the tank.

 

From the looks of FTWD, it ain’t gonna happen and that’s very unfortunate.

In closing, FTWD is like hors d’oeuvres and one that makes me wish to skip it and hold out for the main course (which is the original The Walking Dead series). Bad for the palette.

Depp: "Sure he's younger, but I'm still Cooler"!

Depp: “Sure he’s younger, but I’m  Cooler and drug free”!

 

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Stalkeye= anagram of Stalker and Snake Eyes. Satirist, Gamer, Artist and Pop Culture commentator- Stalks offers his outspoken views on on most things Geek related as well as WTF is wrong with the world today!

  • One thing that’s really fucking annoying me with this series, which also occurs on TWD too but never seems as stupid, is the fact that apparently the show takes place in a universe that has never had any zombie fiction in any form. That’s the only explanation for how these fucking morons can do and not do some of this shit. Otherwise they’re just total fucking imbeciles.

  • Stalkeye

    Most of the major characters are clueless idiots and the situations they fall into are comedic at best (Nick siphoning some patient’s IV Morphine drip into his vain in order to get High, while said patient that it was intended for looks as if he’s Dying from lack of IV support.) and your usual trope at worst. (The Military showing up to “contain” the situation while being jerks? Sounds vaguely familiar.) Lame! Hopefully, they at least killed Nick off as it almost seems that way during the final 3 Minutes.

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.

  • Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I’m really enjoying it. Love the slow burn. High hopes for it

  • The weird thing is I know how much you hate Nick yet I think his actor is the only one trying to make this shit show work. He’s good, while everyone else is boring as fuck or a deer caught in headlights.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Cliff Curtis is a chameleon. That was a great scene in Training Day. Also, him playing scumbag king Bully in the fantastic and heartbreaking Once Were Warriors. Ohhhhh IFC, why have you forsaken me?????????? What’s the Time, Mr Wolfe?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Nice review. I think I am sick of zombies.

  • Tarmac492.1

    “Dummies, Dummies, Dummies.” Loved that dude in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead ‘They must BE KILLED ON SIGHT!!!!!” Seeing these various shows/movies trip up just makes me appreciate the blazing brilliance of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead even more. And, NOTLD, obvi.

  • Tarmac492.1

    It would be cool for old man Romero to direct an ep of TWD. He’s earned it. His Martin should be shown to all these YA authors who want to make a vampire sympathetic and dont know a thing about retaining any bloodcurdling power. Cunts. Boring, safe, platonic cunts. This world needs cheaper whiskey and cheaper whores!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    …and here I still haven’t seen a single episode of its parent series. But then I rarely follow TV shows. Maybe I should start. Was Romero right when he said it was just a soap opera with the occasional zombie thrown in?

  • Too many zombies.

    There’s just too many zombies, mang.

  • Sagamanus

    My brother who loves The Walking Dead has only seen one epi of this and that will be it for him.

  • Sagamanus

    It can get dumb. But yeah that’s about right.

  • ponyboy_360

    Well, I guess we can’t agree on everything.
    Which is perfectly fine.
    I’m a fan of “FTWD”.
    As I am of, “TWD”.
    I agree with the Col.
    I like the slow burn.
    I find this Series analogous to the
    Max Brooks book, “World War Z”.
    (forget the Pitt film, I’m talking about the book).
    In that, we are taken to the origin of the outbreak.
    I like the jump back in time.
    I have the 10 Hardcover “TWD” graphic novels.
    “Zombie fatigue?”.
    There really hasn’t been any full blown Zombie swarms, in this Series.
    Just a few individual Zombies, & the rest, really, caught in between the “change”.
    I see you really don’t like the character Nick.
    Because he looks like a young Depp?
    I think he’s doing solid work.
    I don’t think a junkie would give a fuck if the world was falling apart around him.
    He’d be doing exactly what I think a junkie would do.
    Get as fucked up as possible, & watch the world crumble.
    He’ll have some redeeming qualities that will make him into a hero, in the last 3 Episodes, of that I’m sure.
    Cliff Curtis can’t be a badass
    Pablo Escobar in every project.
    I think he plays a conflicted dad, just fine.
    Im a big fan of all his work.
    I’ve love the actress, Kim Dickens.
    I think I first saw her in the great
    Jake Kasdan film, “The Zero Effect”.
    I LOVED her going off on her junkie son, whilst trying to process her neighbours “transformation”, last night.
    That’s exactly what I wanted to see.
    That scene felt real to me.
    The daughter, is the weakest character, in my opinion.
    SHE’S a trope!
    I fucking laughed hard at the asshole
    military golfer.
    His lines & performance, were HILARIOUS!!!!
    1,000,000X better than that shit fest
    “Under The Dome”….the soldiers in the first & only Season I watched.
    Were a joke, that whole fucking Series was a joke.
    Last thing.
    NOBODY I’ve talked to has even brought this up.
    Below, is a picture I took while watching the Pilot Episode.
    I paused it on, I believe, the 34-35 minute mark.
    The daughter, Alisia, has a symbol drawn on her arm by her boyfriend.
    Well it sure as fuck looks like the
    spiral tattoo, from “True Detective”.
    I mean, EXACTLY the same.
    Has anyone noticed this?
    Does it mean something bigger?
    Alisia was trying trying to give herself a tattoo, as the Sharpie image was wearing off, in the Episode last night.
    Funny, I was going to ask you if you watched this Series on your “TBE” thread.
    Got no reply to my post.
    Well, now I know.
    I’m here to talk film, TV & books.
    Not post where it has now become a
    Carnival Sideshow….EVERY DAY.
    I hope we can debate & discuss this Series, love it or hate it.
    Peace.
    (…)

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  • ponyboy_360

    “TWD” has been solid from the jump.
    It deviates from the graphic novels, slightly.
    I’ve loved the acting, visual effects, location & pretty much everything about it.
    So far.
    There are sooooo many haters.
    That find the tiniest things to bitch about.
    “TWD” is something I would recommend to you.
    Especially now.
    Just my two cents.

  • Stalkeye

    I’m not sold on Fear. And Season 6 of TWD couldn’t come soon enough!

  • Stalkeye

    Hey, You cant take it personally if one doesn’t respond immediately. As a matter of fact,I meant to respond to your post and tell you that you and a few others were right about Straight outta Compton and I was gonna write a review but got sidetrack with other Shit,
    Great Movie. I’m aware of Curtis; range but compared to varios Dads in the mdst of a Zombie Apocalypse, his character was weak. (Gabriel Byrne of 28 Weeks later had way more depth.) Nick is either the Junkie that takes ownership of his Fuckups and becomes a more prominent character within the series or will eventually get bumped from the series without redemption. Even Bob the Drunk was likable especially near his end. Glad you and Coltigh like it but FTWD is not really my thing.

  • ponyboy_360

    Hey man.
    I didn’t mean to imply that I was pissed that you didn’t reply.
    I’m pissed I can’t get notifications on my phone, when someone DOES reply.
    No harm, no foul.
    I’d still like to hear/read your take on, “SOC”.
    Glad you liked it!
    Regarding Cliff Curtis, Tarmac
    cited my FAVOURITE Curtis film.
    “Once Were Warriors”.
    It’s cool we can agree to disagree on this Series.
    I just love discussing film & TV with people.
    Regardless whether we agree or not.
    Posting comments has now replaced going out to a coffee shop with friends, & shooting the shit.
    Again, no malice in my previous post Stalks.
    Please don’t think everything I post is in some way being confrontational.
    I like your points, as they are valid.
    I just have a different opinion.
    All is good.
    I wouldn’t post on your threads if I didn’t respect your opinion.
    You write honestly, & I respect that.
    That being said.
    Do you see ANY significance to the “spiral tattoo” I mentioned?
    I find it too close to “TD”.
    Nobody I talk to noticed it.
    Peace.

  • ponyboy_360

    Agree with you on the character, Nick.
    Disagree with the rest.
    Oh, Puck.
    Apparently, ALL hockey players are assholes.
    All of them.
    Certainly not the ones I’m friends with.
    Had to be the most stupid & ignorant comment I’ve read today.
    Americans know fuck all about hockey.
    FUCK ALL.
    I could post a shit ton of pictures of me & two of my NHL friends.
    One of them has won
    The Stanley Cup TWICE!
    Nicest guy you could meet.
    No ego.
    Oh, FUCK THE NFL & MLB.
    Except The Blue Jays.
    Them winning the World Series back to back.
    Was one of my favourite times as a sports fan.
    2 years of Americans crying.
    Ha!

  • Stalkeye

    LOL my Bad.

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  • Stalkeye

    Trust me, it’s more than just a Soap opera. It gives a good idea of how many would react in the midst of an Zombie apocalypse. I need to re-post my top shocking moments from TWD that was previously on TB.

    I love Romero but after his last two Films, he need to just sit back and collect residuals from his previous films and remakes.

    Nigga need to stop hatin. XD

  • Stalkeye

    So am I, to an extent.

  • Stalkeye

    He delivered in TD! “I get all the love from the Homies”! Ouch!!
    Bully was a Piece of Shit who Jake should have killed! That scene with Grace had me clenching my fists!!

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Right on Stalks! This is a big disappointment. The characters are awful. In the Walking Dead it is shown that vast mobs of walkers zero in on any noise or light but in this show there’s only an occasional walker shambling around.
    As for the military turning against us- total zombie story cliché.
    TWD has that fear of death at any moment. FTWD is just boring.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    I keep trying but it’s like trying to light a fire in a pile of wet leaves.

  • Tim R.R. Something

    Too bad they don’t have President Trump in this universe: He’d build a wall and make the zombies pay for it.

  • Tarmac492.1

    It is too painful to watch the mother crying. Too painful.

  • Stalkeye

    Rena Owen delivered a powerful performance as well.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I would like to see more like this from lee tamahori and less like Die Another Day.

  • Stalkeye

    Methinks Tamahori’s career is finished especially after this…

    http://www.thesuperficial.com/lee_tamahori_is_a_drag_queen_p-02-2006

    Pity, I heard he was interested in directing the proposed Deathlok Movie back then. Oh wellz. (;’

  • Stalkeye

    *Whew* Thought i was the only one who felt this way…well, besides my best friend who like me, is a fan of the Zombie genre as well as the original Walking Dead series. There were better examples of Military intervention from other Films but its a case of too lil too late for FTWD as it now appears to be that of an cliche.

  • Stalkeye

    Did you know that Romero’s Land of the Dead was a dig at greedy unscrupulous developers like Donald Trump?

    Dennis Hopper did a great parody of that Fucker!

  • Jen B&T’s girl

    oh shit…….

  • Jen B&T’s girl

    very good….and chilling

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks for reading! (;’

  • Jen B&T’s girl

    i felt i was living it 😉

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I think Romero is jealous that the zombie genre exploded into the mainstream and he didn’t get a cut of the action. Understandable, since he invented many of those tropes, but his comments are undoubtedly too biased to take at face value.

  • Stalkeye

    And it’s sad. It’s also unfortunate that Capcom fired him from the RE Movie. I read some of the script and it’s better than the end result which was Paul Wanker Stain Anderson’s. /:

  • KilliK

    well, tough luck for him. on the other hand, we got an almost naked Jovovich. that’s already an improvement from the games.

  • Stalkeye

    Yeah, but me wants horror,terror and suspense in my Movies and games, silly wabbit. (;’

  • Tarmac492.1

    I’ve nothing against rich people. As a matter of fact, I would like to be one myself. However, the scene in which Leguizamo is expecting to get his apt in Fiddler’s Green and Hopper is like, umm, no is so spot on it is scary. I see that behavior to a smaller extent in my company. I tell my friend(who basically keeps the entire building running 7 days a week and has been with the company 18 years and his pretty close friends with everyone from CEO on down) that when he lamented a few times not being invited to some shindigs his close rich friends have on the Gold Coast. I tell him “dude, they will let you cut the lawn at their country club, but they arent gonna let you ever join.” What is disheartening, is that some of them were once just like my friend and myself. And that was forgotten once they got the keys to the kingdom. That is why my goal is to get rich, move up there and become such a nuisance that they try and hunt me down like villagers in a Frankenstein movie. Can’t wait to the carloads of hookers start showing up at like 10 in the morning. Fuck it all!!!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    LOTD underrated.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Umm. lol???

  • Stalkeye

    Hah! That is of no surprise and i feel bad for your friend. Examples such as this is why I hate that Class system filled with uber elite fucks. I had Coworkers who I hung out with during Lunch, happy Hour and previous social occasion and as soon as they made it big via Promotions or a better new gig, they were never heard from again even after “promises” of “Don’t worry J, I got you”! Where’s the Honor, Meng?!? XD

    It’s funny to see how Money and success can change one’s behavior altogether. Or could it be at the end of the day….

    Yeah, do you brother. (0=

  • Tarmac492.1

    yup.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I will watch this if my lovely Kim does full frontal nudity in every episode,
    I love you Kim, leave that dick Ken for me. I own my own hotplate.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    I don’t think it, I am tired of Zombies!

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Need a different, original take to make the genre fresh again.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    A little better than a soap opera, but not by much….

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    ..and you almost made sense…

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Amen

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Truth be that

  • Stalkeye

    ROTMMF! Kim would get the “Dickens” from me and not that Dick, Ken. (;’

  • General Cornhole Jackson

    Here’s my take:
    They should have led with this series. Sure, Rick waking up in the middle of the apacolypse was great, no doubt. You’re thrown into the mess and get a glimpse of what it was like for him.
    But this new series if they did it better, could have been cool too. The junkie, not knowing if he was hallucinating or what could have been a great part of it if it were developed more. Was it really all in his head? Some of it?

    Also, you’re saying oh how stupid these people are just going up to loved ones and friends who have turned and trying to talk with them. Of COURSE they are. You’re thinking that they already are on TWD with rick and gang. They dont know what the hell is happening at ALL. The knowing part is coming.

    The show is far from perfect. There have been moments of tension, unknowing, but not enough. We already know what is going on here, we know what to expect. They need to give us something big, something thats gonna make us say ‘whoa, wait a minute.’ Maybe give us some ANSWERS about this infection, perhaps.

  • Stalkeye

    Also, you’re saying oh how stupid these people are just going up to loved ones and friends who have turned and trying to talk with them. Of COURSE they are. You’re thinking that they already are on TWD with rick and gang. They dont know what the hell is happening at ALL. The knowing part is coming.”

    I guess Zombie or Horror Films never existed within that reality, but suppose it didn’t and yet a Rabid, diseased and mindless loved one approaches me, you think I’m gonna try to reason with her/him?

    To quote Tony Montana..”No. Fuck no”.

    Also, from what I have heard is that they (The Series’ creators) will not delve into the origins of how or why the Zombie plague started.
    So that’s another reason to approach FTWD with skepticism.

  • Xiphos

    Shocking news there that nobody saw coming…

  • Xiphos

    This mess lacks the hilarious unintentional comedy of TWD. The old man and the junkie are the only ones even remotely willing to try and survive except for maybe the Old man’s daughter who seems willing to peddle her junk if need be . She went from a schoolmarm to a chola ratchet in 9 days.

  • Xiphos

    Where the hell are all the Zombies is my question. Atlanta was overrun in the first episode(yes I know it was a month or so later) LA has like 4 times the population of The ATL there should still be a lot of survivors around and packs of zombies.
    From a professional point of view there isn’t enough soldiers to secure the fence perimeter let alone 6 blocks worth of area even with putting down civilians.

    The lack of cash is really hurting the show and please for the love of all that is holy somebody(I’m looking at you Ruben Blades who knew he was still alive?) put a bullet in Cliff Curtis character. He’s too fucking stupid to let live.

  • Xiphos

    TWD is by far the best sitcom on TV. Oh wait it isn’t supposed to be that funny? That is all unintentional?

  • Stalkeye

    I think the big “Payoff” will be next Week when all hell breaks loose as in the Walkers from that Stadium. Still, it’s way too much of a slow burn and most of the Dull characters don’t help much. WTF is up with Nick’s Cellmate “Mr. Colt .45”? Just gimmie the original TWD and I’m happy. (That being said, last Season finale was Bullshit!)