Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462 [Episode 1]

Last night was the season finale of the pretty good but slow to build Fear The Walking Dead and next week the original series launches its new season. During the in-between time we get a second spinoff, this one a 16-episode series set on a commercial jetliner. The gimmick here is that each episode is only one minute long and future installments will run during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead.  Anyway, watch this first one minute clip and tell us what you thought of last night’s finale.

  • Rambie

    I liked FTWD but agreed, it was a slow ramp up.

    • LonelyLiberal

      Every time I see FTWD I think they mean “Fuck the Walking Dead.” Having seen the series, no thanks. Mind you, they’ll put anything in their mouths, but getting it back is another story.

      • Rambie

        When I check data replication at work, every so often I get a warning message that the CBT failed and it’s not the first CBT that comes to my mind that it’s talking about. 😉

  • AmericanPaPISSED

    The heroin addict guy is hot!

    • Brian in Valdosta

      You can see him in the Netflix series ‘Sense8’, if you have Netflix. He has sex with an Aussie girl in one episode (Episode 4, I think, of the 1st season). Pretty loud and raucous sex. And he has a Brit accent. Not sure if he’s Brit in real life or American.

      • AmericanPaPISSED

        I don’t want to see straight sex. yuck.

        • Ray Taylor

          There is plenty gay sex too.

      • johnnybc

        who? Ruben Blades, the junkie on FTWD or the kid on the plane….

    • johnnybc

      eek, that’s like being horned for a baby Johnny Depp! Which I suppose makes sense.
      Daniel Salazar on the other hand…. that’s fun! And with any luck one would end up with a scar or two, not a hypodermic-ly transmit disease.

  • Sam_Handwich

    year ago i determined that i can’t watch stuff like this, especially before going to bed. it’s not entertaining — gets me all wound up and anxious.

    is it just me?

    • LonelyLiberal

      Some can, some can’t. I enjoy October because it’s a month of horror movies, which I love. So far, it’s been everything from the extraordinary (and atmospheric, plus non-violent) “The Haunting,” to the trashy but fun “An American Werewolf in Paris.” We’ve rounded out our selections with “Miracle Mile” (more a romance-thriller), “Fright Night” (new version featuring a shirtless David Tennant), and several Syfy Originals that aren’t worth mentioning but are momentary fun.

      • paganguy

        The Haunting: Best haunted house movie ever.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Unquestionably agreed! It’s also an extraordinarily beautifully shot movie, with good characters, and believable motivations. It doesn’t hurt that we never actually see anything happen…

          • motordog

            I’ll just assume ya’ll are talking about the original, not the remake! XD

          • paganguy

            I’m usually not a snob about those things, but no.. definitely not the remake.

          • motordog

            Trust me…preferring the original Haunting to the remake is in no way snobbery…it’s common sense! 🙂

          • greenmanTN

            Oh god, The Haunting remake! It was truly awful, but when Lili Taylor screamed “You stay away from those kids, GRAMPA!” to Hugh Crane’s ghost I literally burst out laughing in the middle of the theater. I mean, it had classic source material (book and film), a decent cast, a seemingly HUGE budget, and THAT is what they came up with?! YECHHHH!

          • motordog

            I’ll give Catherine Zeta Jones props for turning in a fairly charismatic performance…but (other than the pretty cool set) yeah, it was a stinker.

          • paganguy

            Well, there is that scene with the door…

      • CityWOOF

        OOO, I forgot about “Miracle Mile”….that is one good movie, worth locating and watching again.

      • Try “Wrong Turn 2” with Henry Rollins. Goofy fun, creative gore. Plus Henry.

    • JustDucky

      No, it’s not just you. My husband absolutely can’t watch horror movies and while I love horror, I don’t do zombie movies. They just make me sad.

      • LonelyLiberal

        “Shaun of the Dead” might fit the bill for you. Zombies, plus laughter.

        • Gerry Fisher

          AWE-some movie. Fun!

        • JustDucky

          Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland, and Fido are the only zombie movies I’ve enjoyed. (Fido is my favorite.)

    • ChrisInKansas

      No. I can’t deal with horror/terror flicks/tv. There’s too much awful stuff going on in the real world as it is. I’d rather be entertained with something humorous and informative instead.

    • Gerry Fisher

      We need to wash it away with a “lighter” show right after, before going to bed. (But I love, Love, LOVE zombie shows!)

      The “Walking Dead” shows are particularly unnerving, because of the underlying theme: “Is it really worth it to continue to try to be a decent human being?” That’s more disturbing than the zombies.

    • Octavio

      They’re coming to get you, Barbara.

      • greenmanTN

        Those Cronenberg movies have made you evil, Octavio! 😀

        I love it!

  • BobSF_94117

    16 one-minute episodes?

    I’ve heard of HDTV and 4KHDTV, but this must be ADHDTV.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      The nail, you have hit her!!!!!
      (Oh, I needed that laugh after a very trying … month.)

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  • Todd

    As the episode ended yesterday I realized that I didn’t really care if any of the characters lived or died. I didn’t dislike all of them, but none of them clicked for me. I was also a little annoyed that instead of the series showing us how all of “this” began, we watched a group of people mostly sitting in their houses while the rest of the world fell apart.

    • LonelyLiberal

      Agreed. The series so far hasn’t done a good job of creating much empathy with the characters. The story feels like a scaffold built around the Walking Dead series and meant to do nothing more than hold the audience while we wait for the new season.

      I do think the concept is starting to age a little bit and we’re beginning to lose interest. That happens with almost anything.

      IMDB gives the series a 7.7/10. Personally, I’m ranking it around 5/10. Nothing great, nothing awful, just average.

      • motordog

        I agree mostly. Clearly, with the slow pacing, they were trying to build depth, not speed. Even so, I have trouble remembering everyone’s name. I’m still (mostly) enjoying it, but I can’t really defend it from it’s detractors…they usually have valid points. So far, my favorite characters are this new Strand guy, Daniel the torturer, and the kid Tobias (from the first few episodes…the kid with the knife). Nick the druggie is a bit interesting as well. The other kids can’t be eaten soon enough for me…especially the head guy’s son.

        • LonelyLiberal

          I tend to agree on the character interests.

          In this case, though the slower pacing felt like trying to pad out the series so they could go for several years, dealing only with the first few weeks of the events. Otherwise, it would turn into another “The Walking Dead.”

          Even so, I’m feeling that more fresh blood (hah!) amongst the writers would have been a good idea. We’re already seeing people start to fracture into the familiar group styles from TWD.

          I confess that I relegated the season finale to background noise while I did something else. I was paying about fifty percent attention. I would have found it more interesting to see a story of a community that actually was coming together–something like a beacon of remaining civilization, however faded, that might give the characters on TWD hope that there was some level of safety for them.

          On the other hand, the watchwords on TWD are not only “nobody is safe,” they’re also, “humans completely screw everything up and are pretty unreliable, except for Darryl.”

          • motordog

            I think Carol is pretty reliable…if you need ‘business’ to get done, no matter how unpleasant, leave it to Carol! She’ll get it done and have a have a plate of cookies waiting for you as well!

          • LonelyLiberal

            Unless you’re sick, in which case she’ll burn your ass. Literally. Also, no cookies without threats.

            She’s definitely taken a level in badass, but she’s also added a few points to “insane” in the last few seasons.

          • motordog

            True…but I found it interesting that in the episode after Carol threatens the little kid, who does the brat run to for protection when the fight breaks out? Carol! I think he believed she wouldn’t really have harmed him, and that she was, indeed, a badass.

          • Ian

            Oh God that cardigan she was wearing last season. Dead…All of us!

        • Disqusdmnj

          Agreed… Strand turned out to be the most interesting character. And that voice!

        • AmericanPaPISSED

          You can’t remember anyone’s name? There’s the hot mom, the heroin addict son, the pouty daughter, the minority husband, the whiny son. How hard is that?

          • motordog

            I’m thinking they made a mistake with the guy they picked to play minority husband (Travis? Trevor?). I’ll give him until next season to change my mind, but he’s totally not interesting to me…Rick Grimes he ain’t! Oh, and his whiny ass son has officially taken the ‘worst kid’ title from Carl…so, congratulations, Carl!

          • Phil in Colorado

            One thing that struck me a couple of episodes ago, was that he wasn’t ‘the new Rick’. If anyone would be, it’s Madison. From the time she bashed her beloved principal’s head in with a fire extinguisher, I got the sense she would be better equipped to handle what happens in the future.

        • Ian

          My friend group still call the lead lady “Joanie” the character she played in “Deadwood” because we can’t deign to learn her name and most of us want to see the lot of them “get ‘et”

    • Mora Arte

      Same feelings here and I was excited for the fact it was taking place in Los Angeles. The show took place no near city limits, except in the cemented Los Angeles river, LOL.

    • Brian in Valdosta

      I actually said the exact same thing to my (college) students today, that I while I was surprised that they killed off the mom/nurse character, I wouldn’t have cared if anyone else had died. Not yet, anyway. Certainly not like I felt when they killed off Beth. I cried a little bit that night.

      • delk

        Or looking at his son’s video.

      • AmericanPaPISSED

        I haven’t seen it, but she was a total throwaway character.

    • Stev84

      The first few episodes were pretty good with that IMO. There were isolated incidents of people turning. You see police clashing with walkers and people not knowing what it means. Eventually they panicked and rioted. But then the military showed up and the information flow just stopped.

      What I found annoying was how the parents wouldn’t tell the kids what they knew. Instead of just saying that people are turning violent and are hard to kill (which they had seen first hand), they were all just “Shut up and do what I say”

    • Flashbacks were a big part of the original series for several characters. Maybe we’ll get some of that as the core group meets up with others, giving a more complete picture. I think they gloss over a lot of it, because it’s kind of difficult to explain how the military would actually be overrun EVERYWHERE.

      It might be nice if we saw a pocket of the planet where the dead DIDN’T win, an enclave that’s on the edge of normal, effectively barricaded from the outside world.

    • Guest Guestie

      But such pretty houses!

  • houstonray

    It was a slow ramp up, but if you watch Talking Dead afterward, you got some insight into what was going on and why they chose to focus on a family like that. And I never mad the connection but the first 3 episodes were only the first 48 hours of the ‘apocalypse’ and the last 3 episodes have been about 7 more days. As the producer said, they haven’t even covered 1/3 of the time Rick Grimes (lead on the TWD) was in his coma in the hospital in that show’s first episode. I think it picked up nicely last night and the episode was much more like its more famous sibling, ha. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next season.

    As for this zombie plane ‘series’, I’ll wait until all 16 episodes are together. I watched this one and a half minutes and decided that will be for the birds. I’ll wait.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I like. I like tension without experiencing the violence….yet.

    …and we do tend to watch something lighter (often the British version of “Shameless” before going to bed to wash away the zombie tension).

  • Octavio

    Meh. Nothing thrilling. But if that bitch shut my window blind like that she’d be dead, and not for wanting to such her brains out. Her brains probably taste of cranky that-time-of-the-month tears. Nope.

    • Stev84

      Don’t worry. The blind is open again right after she closes it :p

  • Stev84

    The boy better not be the survivor who joins the series

  • So… we’re talking what’s really just 1/3 of an actual episode, chopped into 16 very small pieces. Gah… I’ll wait until someone collects them all and Youtubes the whole set.

    Also, the kid? Ugh. He’s like Adric, only without any redeeming qualities.

    • motordog

      “He’s like Adric, only without any redeeming qualities.”

      lol…the only things redeeming about Adric that I can recall were his Mathematics badge (he’d never let us forget it) and the fact that he died eventually. XD

      • He could also sometimes almost operate the TARDIS, although Nyssa was much better at it. Plus she was much prettier.

  • Already, I want the zombies to eat his mom, the flight attendant, him, and the bitchy lady. Still not as unbearable as that motormouth lego zombie bullshit from World War Z, though.

    • LonelyLiberal

      The bearded hottie several rows behind the kid, though, I’m hoping they don’t eat immediately. I want to eat him first.

    • motordog

      I keep hearing people praising World War Z…I found it almost unwatchable, and I LOVE zombie movies. I suppose I spoiled myself by reading the book first…that ‘movie’ bears absolutely no resemblance to the book, other than they both have zombies. If you can, get a copy of the ‘books on tape’ version. It’s true to the source material, a lot of fun, and has some great voice acting (lots of celebrities took parts, and they all did a fantastic job).

      • johnnybc

        World war Z was a fun vacation read. It follows (exactly) the same form as And The Band Played On, which was not a really fun vacation read. A must read, nonetheless.

      • The “Newsflesh” series (Feed being the first) by Mira Grant was a pretty good read too, with the whole thing set several years after the zombie outbreak, showing what daily life would be like after we acclimate to a world with zombies in it. It fixes a huge problem with TWD world, as I see it: if bites are toxic and kill you, how is it that they’re able to be slathered in zombie blood and guts, and not get sick? In the Newsflesh world, blood tests rule the day. And the characters are genre-savvy too, naming characters after George Romero.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    I’ve never watched this series, so I’ll ask my dumb question:
    In that clip, who were the deadies? The flight attendant had weird eyes, so I’m guessing she’s one of them.

    • LonelyLiberal

      None of the above. The Walking Dead are essentially mindless, hungering killing machines (that are pretty easy to defeat with a blunt weapon or gun when in a one on one situation).

      This was just the intro and we haven’t seen any walkers yet.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Thanks, LL.
        So just like in every other non-sitcom TV series since 1951, the solution to every problem is a gun. No wonder this country’s nuts.

        • LonelyLiberal

          Darryl’s answer to every problem is a crossbow. 🙂

          Like most other series or movies of this ilk, it’s essentially a fantasy where the external problems are solvable with extreme violence (and no other solution is possible). In this case, the internal problems…well, they’re frequently solvable with extreme violence, but this isn’t presented as the only possible solution, nor necessarily the best one.

          The walkers are essentially the equivalent of the weather, the volcano, etc., in any disaster film or series. They’re no more personal than the above, they simply retain human form (more or less…as the series goes on, less).

          Honestly, that’s why zombies scare us. They look like humans. From a distance, anyway, and you could be fooled. But essentially, they’re not humans, they’re utterly impersonal, they’ll kill you, and unlike you, they never sleep.

          Here, the human factor is actually scarier. People have, predictably, lost their veneer of civilization. Even our group leader, Rick, is on a slow descent into instability and walking the line between a dictator and a mad king.

          • johnnybc

            Nicely put.
            The real problems on this show is other people, season after season.

            That and what is refreshing with Zombies (vs ghosts, vampires, werewolves…) is that they never get better, never get a soul or feel regret . They just our enemy, and not even bad

        • m_lp_ql_m

          Lassie?

        • Arrows, bats, machetes. . .whatever works. In fact, the guns are often not used, because the noise attracts the dead.

      • motordog

        Mindless, hungering killing machines…so, teabaggers?

  • motordog

    If you have 7 minutes to kill (bwahahaha), here’s a great little zombie movie called “Cargo”…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gryenlQKTbE

    • LonelyLiberal

      I liked that!

      • motordog

        IKR? Gave me the feels…and the two guys at the end were kinda hot, too!

        • LonelyLiberal

          One of them looked a great deal like Colby Keller.

          • motordog

            lol…indeed!

          • CityWOOF

            Well, Johnny Hazzard and Charlie Harding have both broken into feature films, along with a couple others, so….

    • CityWOOF

      Wow. That was fantastic, and had more power, emotion and suspense than the entire season of Fear The Walking Dead!

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    I thought Fear the Walking Dead was okay, but the botoxed lead actress bugged the shit out of me. She had the same blank, frozen expression playing Monopoly as she did while watching someone get eaten. And tell me the rich guy is not going to be wearing a suit and tie for the whole apocalypse!

    • LonelyLiberal

      Just because it’s the Apocalypse is no reason to be sloppily dressed. Honestly, people. Would it kill you to put on a little makeup?

      • motordog

        I’d like to see a zombie movie with a fierce drag queen as one of the survivors…just hope no zombie snatches her wig, because then it would get reeeaaal ugly!

  • johnnybc

    2 things about it drove me crazy: That nobody listened to the radio, watched tv or looked at the internet for 2 days (other than some kids and a viral video), and that 1/2 the school was “out sick” (the principal knew about a sick out among students and faculty) and there were no questions asked (or explanation why there was a sick out before the biting and panic started)

    That said, slow to boil but intentionally so. I loved the riot/social unrest as a predicate to civilization going to hell. The dissolution of the Armed forces was fun. The junkie sunning in the detritus filled swimming pool was funny…

    I can’t see how this will be wildly different from season 1 of Walking Dead by 1/2 way through next season, but I’m in for the ride, for sure.

    And there was also a series of shorts that went along with WD Season 1. they were fun,

    • I think with different casts, locales and scenarios, they can keep the two series different enough to keep them interesting. The weakest part of most zombie stories is the ending, because it’s always so bleak. With ongoing series, they don’t have to worry about that until they get to a series finale. So I think they can just keep going. It’ll be interesting to see how dry heat zombies differ from the southern/humid variety. Zombie jerky!

  • delk

    What a bunch of hateful people. First they leave the gate open when they leave so all their neighbors can get attacked.Then, how many people did they get killed ‘rescuing’ a junkie, an already dead woman, and an ex-wife whose time is up?

    • motordog

      Yeah…the gate thing bothered me, too. I mean, couldn’t they just have pushed the button to close it? To be fair, though, they didn’t know the ex was bitten or that the Griselda was dead…and the ex was a pretty good medic/nurse it seemed. Never a bad idea to have a medic on your side during an apocalypse.

    • johnnybc

      Eh, the community was going to be “humanely ” put down by the army in the morning anyway. Give them a night without a gate for a little thrill, heck.

  • johnnybc

    Will we re-meet Tobias in season 2?
    He was a survivor, for sure.

    • motordog

      I was wondering if the directors told Tobias’s actor to lose some weight so he’d look a bit more like a survivor/badass in two or three seasons. As we’ve all learned from reality shows like ‘Survivor’, when there’s no food other than what you can hunt for yourself…when there’s no quickymarts or restaurants…everyone tends to lose a lot of weight. We can’t all be like Hurley.

    • Blackfork

      Yeah, Tobias was cool. I keep wondering what happened to him and his uncle living with him. I expect to see him re-emerge.

  • DN

    86 seconds I can never have back. Why do I ever give AMC the benefit of the doubt?

  • fuzzybits

    A new way to kill walkers(or infected),walk into a helicopter rotor!

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I believe that was done in the movie “Dawn of the Dead” (or was it in “Day of the Dead”?).

      • Yes, the original “Dawn” had a zombie wander into a rotor blade. Much less realistic, but cool for what they had to work with. But this one was a human going face first into the blade. . .I saw it as an homage, but much more effective! And I just love shit like this (The Other Half is just grossed out by it).

  • FilmTurtle

    The first couple of episodes were definitely creepy and unsettling as the characters reacted with puzzlement to the first outbreaks. It’s well-acted, for the most part. But then the patented “Walking Dead” nihilism kicked in. Six episodes was more than enough for me.

    SPOILERS SPOILERS

    They unleashed several thousand infected/walkers into a crippled Los Angeles just to rescue three family members; they didn’t bother to warn their neighbors they were being abandoned by the military; they drove out of their fenced-off subdivision and literally left the gate wide open. (The justification seemed to be, “You didn’t risk your lives to help us when armed soldiers were taking away our family members, so f*ck you.”) You just doomed potentially thousands of people!

    They had one character torture another to get information about the compound where their family members were being held when they already had someone there who could have funneled the information back to them somehow (lazy writing). And the military can’t somehow take down a slow-moving, mindless enemy? With automatic weapons, flamethrowers, tanks and drones?

    I admit I’m curious about the character of Strand, whose attachment to Baby Johnny Depp was never fully explained. The actor is terrific; I half-wondered if it was a sexual thing. And I’m curious about setting out on the ocean in a huge yacht to get away from civilization, but I get it, “Walking Dead”: In an apocalypse, the real monsters are the humans, not the zombies. I’m not sure I need more fictional examples of how horrible people can be to each other.

    • MickinDetroit

      “They had one character torture another to get information about the compound where their family members were being held when they already had someone there who could have funneled the information back to them somehow (lazy writing). And the military can’t somehow take down a slow-moving, mindless enemy? With automatic weapons, flamethrowers, tanks and drones?”

      This is among the so many glaring, screaming, stupid holes in the logic that just rips me out of the suspension of disbelief that gets me into the show in the first place.

      Unloading on a crowd of walkers doesn’t even slow them down? no one hears 2000 walkers grunting and shuffling along until they are 2 feet from the fence? Old many whatshisface can apparently corral them and lead them wherever he wants, but the soldiers are powerless to redirect them? and an observation tower/look out that apparently has no sight lines and apparently can’t see over the building whatshisface meanders out from behind…. until he’s 3 feet from the fence. I mean, come the fuck on. Just ruins the whole thing when that shit happens.and it happens over and over on TWD.

  • WTHella

    I got addicted to reading the books up to the point when the TV series came out and I loved the series too but Fear The Walking Dead doesn’t have the same compelling characters and story. I didn’t care for FTWD, I really tried to care too but I just didn’t. .

  • i sort of like it. it’s a guilty pleasure. but i can’t get my partner to like it, so we probably won’t watch it. it’s very slow; i like that, but not everyone does in this household.

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