Let’s face it. The Zombie Apocalypse is coming and there’s nothing we can do about it. And don’t tell me my fear of the undead is highly irrational. First of all, I know that, thank you very much. I know the dark figure I see every night when I go running is just a tree/bush thing, but that doesn’t stop me from getting not-so-friendly butterflies in my stomach every time I see it around the corner. Second, those scientist people keep insisting a “Zombie” virus is completely possible *insert infinite wide-eye emojis*. Don’t believe me, well (disgruntled grumbling)…just check out this article about the possibilities here.
Seeing as the undead have already infested TV and movies, I’m guessing all those entertainment types must be in on it too. Anyone smell a government conspiracy? They know something and they aren’t telling us. They must be putting not-so-subliminal messages in our media to prepare us for the coming war against the “walkers,” as my old friend Rick would call them. How else would we know how to defend ourselves and the rest of humanity? If you’re living under a rock and/or haven’t discovered binge-watching on Netflix, then you won’t know this, but the trick is to cut off the brain stem…duh. And I definitely know the best way to do this is by becoming a badass swords-woman because guns are a last resort (they’re too loud and will attract more zombies…obvi).
Considering AMC’s The Walking Dead is the highest rated cable television series in history, you’re probably getting most of you’re basic survival training there. Rick and Co. are seasoned vets of the Zombie Apocalypse, though. And don’t get me wrong, TWD is pretty damn scary, but there’s something comforting in the fact that they live in a world I don’t quite recognize. The earth is already overrun with walkers and there are no iPhones (the horror!). But that new spin-off show Fear The Walking Dead…now that’s a world I recognize! It even takes place where I live (aka Los Angeles). Try watching a show where zombies are biting people’s throats out right in the middle of the street and be like…Hey! That’s where I do yoga. That’s where I get my daily kale smoothie! Okay, I don’t actually do yoga or eat/drink kale anything, but it sounded pretty LA didn’t it? Anyways, that’s the thing that truly got to me when watching FTWD (which premiered on AMC a few weeks ago on August 23rd). It’s a world I recognize, which makes it even more terrifying to see fall apart.
The show starts off with our main characters going about their daily lives–work, school, etc. We get a glimpse into their ordinary, yet not necessarily simple lives. The first zombie sighting we get is through the eyes of Nick, who just so happens to be a drug addict and coming off a high when he sees his zombified friend eating someone. Interesting fact, Nick is BRILLIANTLY portrayed by Frank Dillane, who just so happened to portray Harry Potter baddie Tom Riddle (baby Voldemort) in 2009’s Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. And if you’re reading Voldemort and pronouncing the “t,” you clearly have not been keeping up with your Harry Potter facts. Ol’ JK Rowling herself broke it to us last week that the “t” is silent. WHAT!?!? But, I digress. FTWD is a world where zombies don’t exist yet, or so we think. But oh, are there signs of impending doom! All of those helicopters and sirens, all those kids missing school for days and days due to a flu virus outbreak, all those viral videos of cops shooting people who just won’t die (albeit the general public think these are edited or just another sign of growing police brutality)…the signs are EVERYWHERE. The tension builds like crazy in this show. Sometimes something happens, sometimes nothing happens. Things finally explode when riots break out in the city, you can’t tell who’s a zombie and who is just a rioter. And on top of it all, the power keeps going out. Just imagine, a city like LA in complete chaos AND darkness? NO THANK YOU.
He may be a junkie, but I’m adding Nick to my Zombie Apocalypse Survival Team. The dude gets it! While everyone else seems to think people are just sick (HELLO! How many times does a person have to try to eat you before you stop walking right up to them as they are growling at you!?!?!?), Nick doesn’t shy away from the truth, spitting out words of harsh reality, “She’s not sick. She’s dead.” Prediction: Once he gets over himself and gets clean, he’s going to be quite handy to have around. You know who else I want on my team? Daniel Salazar (Rubén Blades). From what I can gather, Daniel and his wife are immigrants from some war-torn South American country. The man does what it takes. Daniel’s not afraid to shoot when your next door neighbor has just finished off your dog (NOT THE DOG! WHYYY???) and is coming after you next. He’s got the sense to tell them to burn the bodies of the dead so the illness won’t spread. And according to Daniel, “Good people are the first ones to die.”
Oh crap! I’m good people!
Anyways, right at the end the calvary rides in (U.S. military, that is), making everyone think everything is going to be okay. Here’s to a false sense of security, am I right? They’re getting rid of dead bodies, making people stay in their homes, containing the virus, keeping the streets safe. Pfff…you can’t fool me. I know. The cities are the first to go. The end is here.
Do yourself a favor and catch up if you missed the beginning of the season. You’re only a few episodes behind. Tune in next Sunday for an all-new Fear the Walking Dead on AMC.
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