The premier of Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead premiers this evening. Luckily I have some deep seated love of zombies, or I'd be put off by some aspects of the show.
It is set in Los Angeles at the start of the zombie outbreak. I'm ok with zombies in bikinis. The more dead, rotting flesh, the better, right?
We get to see how everything fell apart, which is one of the great pleasures of disaster movies and books. Everyone is enjoying everyday life, complaining about hang nails, then whammo! Sheet happens!
My problem with Fear is that as soon as I read the character descriptions, I thought, man, I'm not going to like any of these people, and I will be fine with them getting eaten by zombies. Tear em up, boys!
Look at that face! Popular guidance counselor with a murky past. Ya.
A hip high school teacher who wears tweedy jackets and blue jeans. All around good guy with a lurking ex-wife and "resentful son".
Popular guidance counselor Madison oopsie has a heroin addict son. Note he is a "young man at a crossroads". Could that be the corner of Dead and Zombified?
Popular guidance counselor Madison also cranked out a Perfect Patti of a daughter with ambitions to get the heck away from her crudball addict brother and popular mother. Hard to say how she feels about her tweedy stepdad but we'll find out tonight.
Tweedy Travis's son is all rebellious because he wants daddy to himself.
Tweedy Travis's Ex. Unhappy "for years" with "do gooder" Travis she is now working her way through nursing school. She is a "multi-tasking whirlwind".
Truly, all those guys seem obnoxious, and I wondered if they made them that way so nobody would get attached to them or mind when they got torn apart by hungry zombies. I started watching The Walking Dead at season 4 so I never read the bios of the characters in advance. Maybe if I had, I would have written a snarky post like this, then fallen in love with them and felt bad.
There are three other characters featured on the Fear the Walking site. I like them all very much in advance! They'd better not kill them off is all I have to say.
Here we have a guy who has a shot at survival. Mild mannered barber who will "protect his family at any cost". That's what you need in the apocalypse.
Smart, realistic, tough. That's what we're looking for.
She might be a mother figure to our ragtag group. She will have to have been tough to come here and make a new life. They try to make her sound weak because she has faith, but that doesn't have to be so.
We shall see what I think tonight. Bring on the zombies, I'll bring the popcorn.