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Old 05-01-2016, 01:36 AM   #1
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SOAK: Fear The Walking Dead - no spoilers

Is it worth watching this season? Bought last season in Amazon and it was just OK. Did it get any better this year?

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Old 05-01-2016, 02:39 AM   #2
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It has not gotten any better.

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Old 05-01-2016, 06:17 AM   #3
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I stuck with it, hoping it would get better. Last week was my last viewing. I can't watch anymore it is so bad.

Some folks in the weekly thread seems to enjoy it it though.

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Old 05-01-2016, 07:35 AM   #4
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It has gotten substantially worse.

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Old 05-01-2016, 07:52 AM   #5
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So it's not just me. I've got last week's episode along with Talking Dead still on TiVo and I can't even muster up enough desire to try to watch it. These characters and the cast just don't compel me, nor does the storyline. I never thought I could stop caring about anything associated with TWD but I think I have.

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Old 05-01-2016, 08:12 AM   #6
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A lot of people seem to hate it (apparently) and even more than hating it, they love to talk about how much they hate it ...

- but I LOVE it and think it keeps getting better with each episode.

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Old 05-01-2016, 08:23 AM   #7
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This is a tough one for a TCF consensus. As you can see from the varied responses already, mixed feelings.

I gave up last week too. I don't love talking about how I hate it, I'm not a threadcrapper. I can discuss why a show I've watched from the beginning finally drove me away. Isn't that part of a civil discourse here?

Like the OP, I thought the first season was ok. Not TWD great, not so bad as to give up. I had issues with the writing, I felt they had characters make decisions that didn't make sense under the circumstances. Also felt the pacing was an issue.

A no-brainer to try the second season, when many shows of this nature start to take off, and the concerns mentioned above get worked out.

And it's worse, not better. Characters have become even more stupid, not less. I find myself muttering "no one is that stupid" all the time. Pacing is still frustrating. You get the feeling the story is moving in circles, with no real progress, instead of forging ahead. Even on TWD (which I eventually quit watching for different reasons), while I often didn't agree with the characters decisions, the story moved.

On FtWD, these people are surrounded by moving dead people, yet time and time again stand around talking or hugging or moping, when they should be doing something. Anything.

I moved on. YMMV.

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Old 05-01-2016, 08:29 AM   #8
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I'm still ok but disappointed in it.
However I watch it because I DON'T like TWD and it continues to be different enough I watch, but I was hoping for more fall of civilization, the 6 characters in search of an exit.

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Old 05-01-2016, 08:30 AM   #9
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I still like it, and there seems to be a few of us on the episode threads that do. However it does seem like the majority do not and keep going on and on about how it's gotten worse. I'm not going to do painstaking research, but it feels like these are the same people who didn't like it from S1 so you may want to take their views with a grain of salt.

It really comes down to whether or not you want to watch it and if you'll enjoy it if you do. While I use reviews and other people's opinions as a point of reference, if I want to watch something I will.

EDIT: When I say a majority do not like it, I mean a majority of the people that post on the episode threads. For all I know a majority of the people watching are enjoying the show.

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Old 05-01-2016, 09:00 AM   #10
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A lot of people seem to hate it (apparently) and even more than hating it, they love to talk about how much they hate it ...

- but I LOVE it and think it keeps getting better with each episode.
This...although I wouldn't say I "love" it. I do enjoy it.

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Old 05-01-2016, 10:01 AM   #11
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I'm still watching, but I echo the sentiments of those who say the characters are not compelling and are constantly making stupid decisions. I'm much more interested in seeing how people survive in an apocalyptic scenario than I am in seeing zombies, and it seems the producers are more interested in having the characters make stupid decisions that will increase the potential for zombie interaction.

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Old 05-01-2016, 10:34 AM   #12
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I'm still watching, but I echo the sentiments of those who say the characters are not compelling and are constantly making stupid decisions. I'm much more interested in seeing how people survive in an apocalyptic scenario than I am in seeing zombies, and it seems the producers are more interested in having the characters make stupid decisions that will increase the potential for zombie interaction.
THANK YOU! That's exactly what I've been trying to say but haven't yet come up with the correct analogy, that's EXACTLY my complaint!

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Old 05-01-2016, 11:27 AM   #13
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I wouldn't PAY for it! But I'm a zombie/Apocalypse junkie so I enjoy it

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Old 05-01-2016, 11:52 AM   #14
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I'm still watching, but I echo the sentiments of those who say the characters are not compelling and are constantly making stupid decisions. I'm much more interested in seeing how people survive in an apocalyptic scenario than I am in seeing zombies, and it seems the producers are more interested in having the characters make stupid decisions that will increase the potential for zombie interaction.

Sums it up for me. I'm a bit of an apocalyptic movie buff (started back with Night of the Comet, I think) and I find it more more interesting to explore how humans interact with each other and the environment than I do zombie gore which gets old quickly. But these characters seem vapid. I've watched every episode so far except for last week and the characters still haven't become "household names" to me like TWD cast has.

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Old 05-01-2016, 01:11 PM   #15
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I'm still watching, but I echo the sentiments of those who say the characters are not compelling and are constantly making stupid decisions. I'm much more interested in seeing how people survive in an apocalyptic scenario than I am in seeing zombies, and it seems the producers are more interested in having the characters make stupid decisions that will increase the potential for zombie interaction.
Yes, I think the big difference between this and TWD is that TWD has some pretty compelling characters constantly making stupid decisions.

Had they been that stupid from the beginning, I don't know if it would have caught on for me. Perhaps the Asian woman from the plane will join the cast; she seems capable of bringing some intelligence (at least in the sense of information, and hopefully in the general sense) to the proceedings.

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Old 05-01-2016, 07:30 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone, I'll wait for Netflix

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Old 05-02-2016, 08:03 PM   #17
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I'm still ok but disappointed in it.
However I watch it because I DON'T like TWD and it continues to be different enough I watch, but I was hoping for more fall of civilization, the 6 characters in search of an exit.
You just described why I gave up on it halfway through its first season. I wanted to see the fall of civilization. Instead, we saw the initial outbreak and then jumped ahead to when civilization had essentially already fallen. Add in the fact that I really disliked a lot of characters, and I couldn't come up with a reason to watch it. I want to be able to root for someone to keep surviving, not hope that they finally get eaten.

FWIW, I don't watch TWD any more either. I know it's good, but I've lately been shying away from shows that are tense.

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