Mike continues FTWD with exceedingly low expectations. Fear zombies? No. Fear his review.
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Our characters are now prisoners in their own homes thanks to the institution of martial law. The now omnipresent military attempts to keep the quarantined in line while never responding to a single one of their questions or concerns. Meanwhile, an unusual discovery leads a character outside the fenced-in neighborhood to investigate, only to discover a terrible truth about those in charge. The episode does end with the fate of a couple of major characters in the balance, but since the show has thus far stumbled in giving the viewer a reason to truly care about the characters, any potential tension is washed out.
Disturbing images and flashes of drama do not a compelling TV show make. While the original Walking Dead is fueled by the genuine tension of a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, the stakes in the FTWD universe are surprisingly low. Without charismatic lead characters like Rick or Daryl or Michonne, we're basically just waiting for these people to inevitably die. This is a flimsy foundation to build a show on, especially one that appears more dependent on its pedigree to carry it through as the series goes on.
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