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The pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead does a solid job of establishing its characters and milieu, and provides enough tense moments to please diehard Dead-heads.
Fear the Walking Dead, slow in its pilot but promising, needs to decide which version of this story it wants to be.
"Pilot" is nowhere near that good [as the original's pilot]. But it is strong enough to suggest a bright future for this spin-off.
The premiere is a slow build, steeped in some disappointing cliches, but it seems to be taking some specific steps to stand on its own.
A show without a popular mythology already in place probably wouldn't have taken the chance on scene-setting that this episode does, slowly introducing the characters and barely hinting at the mass-scale horror to come.
While "Pilot" doesn't always work, it's rarely boring, and always at least strives for a humanistic/optimistic effect that the last two seasons of AMC's The Walking Dead haven't achieved.
After the generic familial drama that took up most of the story, this final bloody image brings things to a satisfying close for fans of the original series.
"Pilot" suffers because it feels like an hour-long D.A.R.E. special about the dangers of doing drugs.
[It] is such a fascinating show, taking us back through the eyes of a family before the entire world descends into unimaginable chaos...I personally find it more terrifying than TWD.
With the premiere of the prequel series, we're taken into previously unseen parts of The Walking Dead's universe as we're shown the events that occur just prior to the zombie outbreak in a completely different part of the country.
Fear the Walking Dead takes ample advantage of its large setting and new blood. From churches and alleyways to beaches and freeways, the slow-boil large landscape aspects of the story are exciting.
All told, this isn't the strongest series premiere I've ever seen. The Walking Dead's first episode is much better and more memorable. But it's not bad, either.
One of the pleasures of Fear the Walking Dead, then, might be these characters figuring out how to deal with the zombie outbreak on their own, on the fly.