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WILD WILD PODCAST #29: Fear the Walking Dead Begs the Question, “Would a Zombie Apocalypse Improve Los Angeles?”

Welcome to LA, the only city where property values go up AFTER the zombie apocalypse.

 

Welcome to the WILD WILD PODCAST #29

Be afraid, be very afraid. Geek Outlaw and Spunky Destructor share their thoughts on the highly anticipated premiere of Fear the Walking Dead while also celebrating the Destructor’s 21st birthday.
(Her lawyer requested we use that age.)

(WARNING: There are some MINOR spoilers within the Podcast!)

LISTEN HERE! —>  Wild Wild Podcast #29

 

Dr Ray Stantz: “Every ancient religion has its own myth about the end of the world.”

Winston Zeddemore: “Myth? Ray, has it ever occurred to you that maybe the reason we’ve been so busy lately is ’cause the dead HAVE been rising from the grave?”

 

Wait, don’t say it… I know what you’re thinking: Is Geek Outlaw really going to attempt to connect the world of Ghostbusters to AMC’s new series, Fear The Walking Dead? (Paul Feig isn’t the only one who can attempt to make an unnecessary association between his reboot and the ultra popular zombie franchise.)

 

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“He came, he saw, he bit his neck!”

 

Clearly, the subject matter at the core of each property is of somewhat different sci-fi fare. Given the closest scientific evidence we have of either phenomenon, the reanimation of dead beings and the spirits of beings deceased are located in two relatively different ballparks (assuming you believe either one is, or ever could be a possibility).

What the two do share is their proclivity for apocalyptic end-of-humanity type scenarios. Despite crossing the streams, Ghostbusters never officially crosses over to the other side of the doomsday situation. On the other decrepit undead hand, The Walking Dead franchise not only crosses that line, it leaps over it like an Olympic kangaroo on Red Bull.

 

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I think someone needs a lesson in lipstick application, no?

 

Even though The Walking Dead is currently my favorite show on television, one of my only qualms with the series (and the comic book thus far) is the extreme lack of info given about the root cause of the zombie apocalypse and why it is everyone and their mom will become a flesh connoisseur once their vital signs go flat. Being I’m a bit of a science geek – albeit far from an academically licensed expert in the field – I love knowing the science (or fake science) behind what makes properties within my favorite genre tick. I like to think of myself as the Dana Scully of sci-fi fandom – minus of course the red hair and heels. (I only wear those on Sundays and special occasions.)

 

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Nothing like a nice romantic walk on the beach and then grabbing your date for a bit to eat… literally.

 

Seeing as our Atlanta survivors are going to have their hands full with other more pressing issues for the foreseeable future, Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) and AMC have decided to grace us with a spin-off prequel series ambitiously named: Fear the Walking Dead. Unlike its big brother, The Walking Dead, the characters and stories of the brand new series have no connection to any previously written comic book material. Fear is meant to provide a different prospective of the same Walking Dead walker apocalypse from a different set of eyes, starting at a different point in time, in a totally different location.

 

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Fittingly, the locale where this series starts is Los Angeles, which already looks like it’s halfway to Armageddon without the assistance of a deadly undead virus. As exhilarating as it will be to watch Los Angeles’s living population rapidly dwindle – arguably for the better – unfortunately, Kirkman has already informed us we still won’t learn what officially causes the madness in his walker infested universe. He’s hinted in the past that nugget will most likely be revealed towards the end of the comic’s run.

Another fun teaser was the revelation some of The Walking Dead characters may crossover into the spin-off series. It was also eluded to that Fear may eventually catch up to the original series, assuming viewers turn out in The Walking Dead-esque numbers.

 

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Will Madison be the west coast Rick? If so, she better start working on that beard ASAP.

 

For my money however, the real draw to Fear is the opportunity for viewers to witness the zombie outbreak at its infancy in one of the most populated cities on the globe. The morbid fascination with the deterioration of humanity’s self-perceived infallible infrastructure is not a concept I can claim sole ownership of – as evidenced by the popularity of disaster and end-of-the-world fiction that remains a healthy part of Hollywood’s profitable diet.

 

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The sun sets in the west… and it’s looking like civilization will as well.

 

On the non-fiction side of the equation, there are indeed some scientific experts out there who feel the breakdown of civilization as we know it is one nasty supergerm away from folding like a house of dollar store playing cards. The existence of the Wild Wild Podcast may be proof the apocalypse is already upon us.

 

Be afraid, be very afraid. Geek Outlaw and Spunky Destructor share their thoughts on the highly anticipated premiere of Fear the Walking Dead while also celebrating the Destructor’s 21st birthday.
(Her lawyer requested we use that age.)

(WARNING: There are some MINOR spoilers within the Podcast!)

LISTEN HERE! —>  Wild Wild Podcast #29

 

 

 

 

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