AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead were really the only TWD content for some time. So when The Walking Dead: World Beyond came into the mix, we were unsure how well it would fit in with the growing universe.
This is especially true considering the premise was a group of young teens with no outside world experience dealing with zombies, venturing out of the safety of their home, because of a hunch regarding two characters’ father. With that said, it was obvious that TWD: World Beyond was going for a coming-of-age themed story, as each character, even the adult chaperones, all had larger stories that would come into play.
This was the first time audiences would see the CRM in action, and they are just as bad as you’d assumed they’d be. Remarkably, this would be the first time audiences would get to see a rather large sustaining community, as The Commonwealth was still seasons away on TWD.
To be honest we were quite impressed by the size of The Campus Colony of Omaha. And although everyone stayed within the walls for safety reasons, while complying with the CRM, this was as close as one could get to living a life before the apocalypse, with zombie killing training exercises as well.
What went wrong in The Walking Dead: World Beyond season 1?
But where the show simply fell flat, at times, was the plot. This isn’t restricted to The World Beyond, every show in existence has this issue at least once.
However, we are still scratching our heads at how, much like The Walking Dead: Dead City, the master plan falls on the reliance that this one particular person will be alive and able to do what the bad guys want. For Dead City, all of The Dama’s hopes of uniting and conquering New York relied on The Croat successfully retrieving Negan and having him agree to it.
Even though ruling a community or in this case a literal city and its neighbors, was not what Negan wanted anymore. For the case of The World Beyond, Hope was the mission since the beginning.
The CRM wanted her and minds like her to work for them, going as far as allowing the countless hundreds to perish just so that this one person was brought back to them alive. You honestly mean to tell viewers that in a community of 9,671 people, Hope was the only one you felt met your requirements?
The show would have benefited if at least three of the main characters fit this extreme requirement, then it would feel a little more believable and the reveal would sort of become a plot twist. Criticism aside, the show’s strength, aside from a few select characters like Huck, Silas and Felix, really resided within how much is revealed about the CRM.
Although we do not see nor hear of Rick Grimes, it truly allowed viewers to see how seriously in trouble the rest of the living world will become because of this organization. Walkers were bad enough.
Bad people you meet on a run was bad enough. But this was something far bigger and far worse.
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