“Fear The Walking Dead,” AMC’s highly anticipated prequel to “The Walking Dead,” excited fans of the zombie genre when announced, but it also drew skepticism from many who feared the prequel wouldn’t do the original justice. Although the new show has some flaws, it still managed to hook viewers with its Aug. 23 premiere.

“Fear” gives viewers a fresh take on the origins of the zombie apocalypse with a cast that includes Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Ruben Blades.

The prequel centers on Madison (Dickens) and her dysfunctional family with her new boyfriend, Travis (Curtis), who has a strained relationship with his son from his previous marriage. When Madison’s son, Nick (Dillane), discovers his friend eating someone he gets in an accident and is labeled insane. But Travis decides to help Nick and discovers that he was right and things start to escalate in the city of Los Angeles. So Travis, Madison and her family must survive together while in the midst of this mysterious outbreak.

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Kim Dickens (from left), Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Frank Dillane star in AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead,” the prequel to “The Walking Dead,” which premiered on Aug. 23.

The first episode takes awhile to really kick into gear. It takes time to set up the characters, but the episode makes it seem as if something is about to happen but quickly fools the audiences. Thankfully, the show does pick up in it the last 30 minutes and second episode as viewers witness Los Angeles starting to go downhill because of the outbreak. Curtis, Dickens and the cast all give strong performances.

Despite a slow start, “Fear The Walking Dead” is worth seeing when it airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on AMC. It’s getting better with each episode and it should give fans their fix until October when Season 6 of “The Walking Dead” premieres. If you miss an episode it is available on iTunes, Google Play and AMC on Demand.

Jonathan Garcia

Jonathan Garcia is the Entertainment editor for the Del Mar College Foghorn. He has been with the Foghorn since 2012 as one of the paper’s entertainment writers. He is currently a journalism major but after receiving his degree, Jonathan hopes to become a critic for movies and video games due to his incredible passion for both. You can reach Jonathan at jgarcia@foghornnews.com or follow him on Twitter @jonathan10894.

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