The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the latest expansion of The Walking Dead Universe that gives us a closer look at the ominous group, the CRM (Civic Republic Military). Those accustomed to the slower pace of The Walking Dead Universe should enjoy the first two episodes. But just because it starts out slow, doesn’t mean it’s not compelling.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond takes place 10 years after the zombie apocalypse began and focuses on the youth who grow up in the apocalypse. This two-season limited series has a connection to the other two TWD Universe series, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, through the CRM. For those who don’t know, the CRM are the folks who took Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) to safety after he blew up a bridge of walkers in TWD season nine. And on Fear TWD, Althea (Maggie Grace) ran into the CRM when she met Isabella (Sydney Lemmon), a helicopter pilot. Isabella took Al hostage and revealed more than she intended too. From that interaction we learned the CRM are pretty exclusive. No one gets in, and no one gets out. And they have plenty of ammunition, food and beer!
The young ones of TWD: World Beyond have memories of the old world. Some of those memories haunt sisters Iris (Aliyah Royale) and Hope (Alexa Mansour), the main characters. Iris starts out as the do-gooder type of teen, and Hope is her rebellious sister. They live in a safe community in Nebraska, that is one of the three communities protected by the CRM. The CRM leader is Col. Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond). It’s hard to read her, so I can’t tell if she’s got something up her sleeve or if she’s just really quiet and reserved.
Iris and Hope’s father is away, sent to help find a cure for the zombie plague. When he goes missing, the girls decide to leave their safe haven to find their father. Now, keep in mind, these girls grew up in a safe community that taught them how to fight off empties, but they have yet to put those skills into practice.
Their friends, Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston), join them for their own specific reasons. The foursome quickly realize they aren’t prepared to fight the empties, so it’s probably a good thing that the girls’ guardian, Felix (Nico Tortorella), and his bestie, Huck (Annet Mahendru), are out looking for them. However, by episode two Felix and Huck haven’t caught up to the kids. They are close though.
As for the CRM, there are some shady things happening. For one, Elizabeth is the one who give Iris her father’s exact location. I would think a high-level official would want the youth of the community to remain safe behind their walls.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond offers a fresh look at the apocalypse through the eyes of the protected. Up until now, we’ve watched survivors struggle to find a safe place to stay, with many dangerous foes looking to destroy that safety. Leaving your safe space is a big deal. And in the time of our own pandemic isolation, their journey could be more relatable than you think.
The coming of age aspect will resonate with younger viewers, but maybe not so much with the older fans of The Walking Dead. The Walking Dead Universe always comes up with new ways to present the dead and innovative ways to kill them, so you should at least watch for that.
I enjoyed the main storyline, but let’s face it, newbies always make a lot of rookie mistakes and that can be kind of annoying to watch. I’m interested in finding out what the CRM are all about and, hopefully, news about Rick Grimes. However, Hope has a secret that could cause the group to split up. I always like good drama. And I’m very interested to find out what Silas did to make himself an outcast. Again, it’s a slow start, with introductions to the characters and their mission, but I have no doubt things will pick up very soon.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond premieres on Sunday, October 4, after The Walking Dead season 10 finale on AMC.
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