The cast includes
Lorenzo James Henrie
The premiere episode starts off with a young man discovering his girlfriend eating other homeless, drug junkies. He runs out into the street, gets hit by a car, ends up cuffed to a hospital bed because of his rantings after the fact.
That is Nick (Dillane), the son of single mom Madison Clark (Dickens), who believes it was another drug addled vision. But the man she's dating, Travis (Curtis), looks into Nick's story and finds evidence of the truth, but mom only things he's enabling Nick.
Then things break out a bit and suddenly Nick does not look so bonkers.
The first episode of Fear The Walking Dead is a slow, slow burn, developing and setting the stage for various characters we're about to follow for the first season.
I've seen some Twitter noise how folks aren't in love with the characters yet, but then again, how can you be with the first episode of any series? Did we love Walter in the first episode? Did we love Captain Kirk the first time we saw him? (OK, that was a dated reference) But you get my point.
I did not expect to love anyone but I did build a nice dislike for Nick, the sketchy drug taker and loser son.
I enjoyed the starter episode of this new series that covers the time frame of when Rick was unconscious in the hospital. I enjoy seeing the subtle and not so subtle (to long-time viewers) clues and hints showing us the beginning of the zombie apocalypse that we have followed in The Walking Dead.
What is fascinating is how much we, the viewers know and how little our new characters don't know. Our focus is on one family seriously fractured for one reason or another. The series appears as if it will not be delivering any fast or quick developing story points. We will be getting to the all-out collapse of our society in due time. Damnit.
At this point in time, I am looking forward to what they have in store for us. We already know it's in the air, but will they touch on how it got in the air? Will we find out the government knows or does not know what is going on?
I'm not sure, but I'm in for the entire six-episode prequel. Yes, only six. AMC has a tough time committing to new things.
I am enticed and looking forward to the show. We'll see if they spell this out smartly or not. I expect a smart, slow developing season.
That's all I have for ya! Oh, that and I don't know about you, but I wish they could have picked a better show title...
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