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Thanks for your feedback, I'm definitely glad you enjoyed it I can definitely see why you may be disappointed I cut that scene, and it was actually one that I liked. I think the reason was purely so that the way Rick meets Glenn was more in line with the comic, and it would stretch the runtime out a few mins longer. I hadn't really thought about Fear The Walking Dead until this point. I think my focus is going to be on the main series, but I'll certainly have a think about what I could come up with!
Thanks Zamros, look forward to seeing what you think of it! It's funny you should mention it, as 'Miles Behind Us' is exactly what I was going for
I'm looking to start an IN-THE-WORKS thread for the next instalment in the next day or so. I've made a stat but it still has a little while to go.
As someone who's always kept up with the show (for better or worse) I definitely agree that it's using the same sort of formula over and over. It's become pretty repetitive and contains waaaay too much filler. Hopefully if I get around to it, my fanedit would try and fix as much of it as I can.
If you haven't already, watch this movie like now. Like, right now. Not when a Day Goes By. Now.
This is the best example of a TV-Movie Fanedit I've seen from this site so far. A lot of these types of fanedits struggle with adapting a long form television show into a simple self-contained story with a 3-act structure. Which is only fair, adaptation is difficult. AD_Phoenix has made it look easy.
Being in the Televisual rennaiscance that we are, writers have realised that they can use long-form story telling to slowly develop characters and to tell an expansive narrative. The Walking Dead, despite being a part of the initial rennaiscance, never quite found its footing on this. Many characters were very poorly developed: Shane's arc in The Walking Dead looks less like a slope and more like a side-on view of the Himalayas, and Andrea might possibly be the most inconsistently written character on television. And I like both of those characters. As for an expansive narrative? AMC forcing Darabont to half the budget and double the season length sure put a pin in any hopes of that. Uch. Does anyone know if Mob City is any good?
This film eliminates both of those problems by condensing it into what I think The Walking Dead should have been. A movie series directed by Frank Darabont (Dir. The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist and now: WHY THE FUCK DID AMC FIRE THIS GUY?)
The characters now follow a clear arc throughout the time frame of the film. It begins with Shane desperately trying to save Rick. He shows a mixture of shock, delight and fear at Rick's appearance. Then Lori shuts him down, in a fit of rage he goes overboard beating Ed and threatens his life (The first time we've seen him like this). This slow development, minus a scene of Shane fantasizing about killing Rick, and we are all the more shocked when he tries to rape Lori (Whose relationship is only hinted at) and when he flips out in the computer room forcing Rick, for the first time, to physically confront his best friend. This. Is. Fucking. Perfect. This is exactly how Shane's character SHOULD have developed, but instead they made his character so whacked out from the start that what happens at the end of season 2 was obviously inevitable.
As for Andrea. Say goodbye to her bipolar character. One that demands to be taken seriously, yet is constantly screwing up, freaking out or being generally incompetent. That strips away leaves someone that takes themself seriously and isn't afraid to stand up to people. So when her sister dies and she's distraught, it's much more internal, hence why she says nothing to anyone about staying, she just does. This also gives more time for her and Dale's relationship to shine through. These two actors are Darabont regulars, so have the chemistry and acting chops to pull it off. We don't get one of the worst written scenes on the show between her and Amy, just to telegraph that one of them is going to die. Andrea cares about Amy, and that's what matters. Her relationship with her sister never developed in the show, whereas her relationship with Dale did, hence why it should be given more screen time.
Also Lori isn't constantly shooting off mixed messages which is nice.
I can't wait to see where these characters go in Miles Behind Us. The other main characters are mostly the same as their characterization wasn't truly awful in the show.
The main theme of this film is clearly family. And not in the Suicide-Squad-Sense. Rick wanted to find his and did. Shane felt like he lost his own family when Rick returned. Andrea loses a sister but gains a father. The whats-their-faces family leaves to be with their family. Etcetera.
By really focusing on certain personal moments, the film develops a feeling of closeness between the characters that the movie never did. I never thought at any point whilst watching the show that Jacqui had any personal relationship with Jim until he got bitten, but as that's the focus of their interaction here, we see a connection between them. Hence his acceptance of death resonates with her at the climax.
There are a few cuts and minor details that need to be ironed out. For example: the new title sequence, while cool, goes on slightly too long; there is a discrepancy of shots during the inter-cutting in the finale that is quite noticeable; in Atlanta every single gun shot sounds the same regardless of the setting or what fired it. Also, the grenade is now not set up at all. If possible, it'd be cool to composite the grenade into the shot of Rick clearing out the police station armory.
These are really all that is holding this cut back from being "perfect" in a sense. Please somebody send this to Frank Darabont...