Didn't look like there was a thread for the new series yet, sooooo....
New spinoff of a highly successful series. So you've got good name recognition....and that's about it.
You can't "fear" something that's hardly ever seen. While I understand this is the beginning of the zombiepocalypse, if they want to keep viewership up, they need to get some more walkers in there.
The opening scene in the church was very well done. It reminded me of the opening scene in the parent series, right up until that last bit where he gets hit by the car, people swarm in, and the camera pans up to the teeming city...
That being said, I find the drug addict character to be pathetic and unlikable. Although he did show a gleam of potential in the tunnel at the end. For now, however, I'm still hoping he gets eaten.
Same for his parents and sister (as far as the gets eaten goes). The sister I found to be annoyingly self-centered, and your typical obnoxious high school student. The step-father was kind of ok, until he went into the known drug den where people may or may not have been eaten by himself and unarmed instead of calling the police and reporting a potential murder. How f@*@ing stupid can you get? The mom- I was completely indifferent, not caring whether she lives or dies.
The same is true for most of the other, peripheral characters they showed. Principle of the school - meh. Step-dad's ex-wife and son - meh. Daughter's boyfriend - actually, I kind of liked him, and look forward to seeing the daughter's horror when she finds him in an undead state.
In the end, I had almost no empathy for any of the characters. Maybe it was the acting? Andrew Lincoln and Lennie James, two of the first people introduced in the parent series, are wonderful actors. I found myself sympathizing with them from the start. Not so these people.
They did make sure, it seems, to include as many Hollywood clichés as possible: The broken (but mixed) family, the drug addict, the daughter who's really smart and pretty, the teacher who CARES SO MUCH, the poor outsider geek student who KNOWS WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON!!!
I do think the show has potential, but they've got to find a good rate of acceleration in the breakdown of society and rise of the new world order.
Plus, it's L.A. Does anyone really care whether it get's eaten or not?