Someone up in heaven loves me. They know I’m all about zombies, ghosts, and aliens, but mostly zombies. I’ve been writing the weekly recaps of “The Walking Dead” for Biff Bam Pop! for three seasons. I’m a member of the Zombie Squad and, not only wrote articles on how to make your home zombie proof here and here, but I can safely say that I’m Biff Bam Pop’s resident zombie expert. Am I excited about the new companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” created and written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson that is due to premiere on August 23rd? What do you think?
This series, which stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Reuben Blades and Mercedes Mason along with a host of recurring cast members is set in Los Angeles and follows the life of a divorced male teacher and, a female guidance counselor with her two children during the start of the zombie apocalypse. The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles and was produced by AMC Studios.
Unlike “The Walking Dead”, this new series isn’t based on any of Robert Kirkman’s comic books, but what “Fear the Walking Dead” does is show us what happens in the very beginning, as the zombie disease begins to rear its ugly head and, the network has to tell this story in just six episodes. The zombies will also be different than what we’re used to. It’s the beginning and they’ll look less decayed.
There is a rumor that Kirkman and Erickson plan on having “Fear the Walking Dead” eventually catch up with “The Walking Dead” timeline at some point in the future. This should be interesting to watch if this indeed does happen.
I am a die-hard fan of “The Walking Dead,” but I often wondered how Robert Kirkman would have done the television series if he was able to go back to the very beginning and tell us: How did it start? What is the disease? Who was responsible? Who royally screwed up? Good questions, right?
A zombie horde heading your way is scary, but what’s even scarier is the fact that people are not prepared for an apocalypse. Our country has been spared the major disasters that have hit and crippled other countries via earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and war. Think about it. Hurricane Katrina was our wake up call. We were not ready. We’ve become too soft. We expect government to fix all our problems, when congress can’t even agree on the color of the sky, let alone save us.
Hurricane Katrina demonstrated just how inept we are when Mother Nature decides to slap us back and, the debacle of the Ebola threat reaching our shores, did nothing to restore my faith in the people in charge. There were so many conflicting stories and decrees on how to care for people who had the disease.
Like I said before, I am a member of the Zombie Squad. My house is well stocked and my ‘bug out’ bag is ready. I’ll be looking forward to watching “Fear the Walking Dead” and reporting back to you. I’m pretty sure that between watching both of Robert Kirkman’s creations, we’ll all learn how to survive if we see the horde coming for us. See you all on August 23rd. Here is a peek of the show: