(This post was written after watching the first four Episodes of Season One)
Off the ongoing success of The Walking Dead series comes the release of a spin-off entitled Fear the Walking Dead (amazon).
FtWD is set in the same universe as The Walking Dead, namely a world which is exactly identical to ours except they never had any kind of zombie entertainment to warn them of the imminent catastrophe, and a zombie outbreak has occurred.
With the plethora of zombie movies and shows constantly being released, what really helped the Walking Dead Series stand above the trash was the high quality drama combined with realistic, gritty survivalism. I also personally enjoyed the mostly down-to-earth, depth-of-personality characters with proper gender roles (I know there’s a few gays, butt-kicking women, and abusive men, but it’s not saturated enough to ruin the show) constantly struggling to make life or death decisions.
Unfortunately, instead of focusing on telling good stories with realistic characters, FtWD goes out of its way to push the politically correct narrative, especially the acceptance and praise of the regressive, dis-civic theories of multiculturalism and feminism. I was ready for it when I read that the premise of the show was a man attempting to find stability while blending two mixed, dysfunctional families, but I was not at all ready for the utterly contemptible actions of the main character, Travis.
I have to recommend this series (so far) as the best portrait I have seen yet of the walked-over male, surviving purely through placating. Check it out:
Besides deferring to his woman in nearly every situation, the demure Travis is constantly asking the kids for permission and begging that they accept his (joke of a) role. Here he is pleading with his kid:
And, here he is begging his kid to spend time with him instead of simply stating how it will be:
Even worse are the scenes of him trying to establish authority over his Madison’s (his girlfriend) kids. He’s constantly groveling and attempting to appease them. Madison tries to get him to stop being a submissive pushover, but instead he doubles down:
As an aside, just in case the nauseating actions of the main character aren’t enough to convince you of the superiority of women, virtually all the side-plots blatantly reinforce the theme. Here the boyfriend of Madison’s daughter, Alicia, explains how she is just so incredibly smart and he’s dumb:
But anyways, back to Travis’ repugnant subservience:
And, just to top it off, Francis is completely opposed to exercising his second amendment rights, even in a world overrun with zombies:
At this point you must think I deplore this show, but, on the contrary, I think it might be the best setup ever. The reality it presents, this portrait of a submissive man in the middle of two dysfunctional families battling both his women (ex-wife and girlfriend) and the kids (his own and his girlfriend’s) for control is, sadly, the current reality for many men in our much-declined nation. And I can’t wait to see his leftist worldview shatter to pieces once the real shit hits the fan. How’s he going to act all smugly once he has to use a gun to kill a turned love one? Will the kids and girlfriends start to actually respect him when he tells them to shut up and do what he says? This could be the best character arc since Michael Corleone’s in The Godfather. That is, if the writer’s don’t fuck it up.
(At this point, I decided to watch the fifth episode before publishing to see if anything new changed my opinion)
Not much changed in the fifth episode concerning Francis. A military man tried to force him to shoot a zombie, but he couldn’t pull the trigger once he personalized the zombie by reading her name tag. But, there was a glimmer of hope in this new character who already knows the truth of the new reality: