As a huge fan of the Walking Dead comics I was excitedly looking forward to the TV series. The first season was gripping television in the best way. It was tense, emotionally broad, with great character work. When the second season opened to record ratings for AMC I was elated. The network, and everyone involved, deserved all the accolades they were receiving. Then the next few episodes dragged on, the cast searching for a little girl I stopped caring if they ever found. It got much better in the second half of the season, but those episodes showed that even this relentless beast of a show could stumble.
The Walking Dead settled into a pattern, both the comic and the show, becoming predictable and mostly boring to me; the group finds a home, encounters new people, fights new people, loses their home, ad eternum. Fear the Walking Dead was a chance to switch things up, change the recipe, and create a new vision for this zombie infested world. Well, we’re about to enter the fourth season and it looks like they’re sticking to their guns (not literally as they keep giving their guns away) and telling the same old story, albeit in a different locale.
Don’t get me wrong; there are definitely some interesting moments to be had with season three. The cast overall is great even if many of the main characters are wholly unlikable. They’ve taken the stale pattern and injected some life into it with the rivalry between the Otto Ranch and Qaletaqa Walker’s people. The friendship between Alicia and Diana is kind of refreshing. Victor finding an abandoned yacht and speaking with a Russian cosmonaut on the ISS via its shortwave radio was an inspired scene, and a pleasant break from the Ranch. Other than that it’s the same old same old. Fear the Walking Dead is passable if you have a zombie itch, but at this point the whole franchise just shambles on from place to place much like its namesake.
This series doesn’t need a bullet to the head, it just isn’t must see TV. It’s worth a binge-watch on Netflix if there’s nothing better on, much like its older sister show.
Fear The Walking Dead the complete third season is out on Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th.