AMC's Fear The Walking Dead premiered last Sunday to some 4.7 million viewers. The network announced today that Fear has ranked as the number two drama on cable TV and the number three series on cable overall in 2017, behind only the original The Walking Dead and it's coffee talk recap post show The Talking Dead. But will those numbers remain so high? The internet is at a fever pitch with anger over the sudden and rather less dramatic major character death.
If you just can't get enough Dead like me you subscribe to youtube video specials and you probably find yourself scouring the web for more. This week I'm sure you read or heard the outcries from loyal fans in rage over Travis's sudden demise. It was quick and rather meaningless, not befitting for a major character's departure.
Many fans felt Travis was a reasonable like-able character who was on the verge or perhaps beginning is enraged alpha male dominant stage. In the first episode of season three Travis takes on a pit full of walkers with nothing to defend himself with but a common cinder block. It might have been the best scene in the series to date. Travis was enraged and his anger and destruction was vibrant on the screen with each walker kill. I personally thought he would not survive this pit or more likely be saved at the last moment. Yet the writers decided to portray his fear and anger as a controlled weapon of rage. Only to moments later take him away from us rather unceremoniously.
Other complaints of the two hour two episode premier range from poor editing (because everyone with a GoPro is a pro) to poor acting. Some video casters are pointing out the glaring similarities between the original TWD and fear. I can't defend the show's writers there Madison (Kim Dixon) almost word for word quotes not one but two infamous lines from the original. In episode two she talks about eating shit and how it's best to swallow quickly. The line was far to close to the Saviors line to Abraham back at the beginning of season seven of TWD. Then later in the episode Madison almost verbatim repeats a line Rick first spoke when the gang reached Alexandria. "If we have to we'll take this place" shame on the writers for not being aware of how repetitive this was. A lack of creativity was on full display for that entire scene. It was if they photo copied Rick and Carol's discussion from the original and then crossed out their names and replaced them with this cast. The show's writers must not let this trend continue as fans our far to intelligent and far to invested to let these slip ups go unnoticed.
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