Fear Itself

Season 1 Episode 7


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jul 24, 2008 on NBC

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  • Nothing Special but not a time waster (mild spoilers below)

    This episode was just average. The problem with fear itself is that they have to cram a good idea into a hour without destroying it. This episode made you ask questions, and of course it didn't give you any answers. The plot had the potential to be good but due to medoicer acting and bad writing this episode passes with a B. The episode was filled with plot holes as well. Why didn't the guy just "go to the doctors" and not return? whats the deal with the people? were they aliens or just weird? anyways this episode was slightly better than the last two but only slightly
  • Great episode! Better if you like zombie movies! Briana Evigan is very easy on the eyes as well. *Spoiler Alert* To have a zombie show from the zombie's POV was so original.

    Great episode! Better if you like zombie movies! Briana Evigan is very easy on the eyes as well (would like to see much more of here in other series / movies).
    *Spoiler Alert* To have a zombie show from the zombie's POV was original. I can't think of anoterh time I have seen this. The flashbacks were a bit 'Lost-esk', but worked very well with the plot. That makes two good eps in a row for the series. As far as the series goes, all pretty good eps so far except for "Spooked". Keep it going writers...time to katch up on the rest of the series.
  • Bottom-line: always read the contract before you sign it.

    "Community" was... almost reasonable. Nice try, but didn't work. Scored 6 just because of Brandon Routh.

    It tells the story of a beautiful young couple in their middle twenties("Superman" Brandon Routh and Shiri Appleby from "Roswell") eager for a child and a house outside of town. They eventually find the perfect house in a very perfect condo with it's very perfect neighbourhood in the suburbs. In their eagerness to move into the new house, they rush to sign the contract without even reading it. Well, from now on i think you can figure what's about to happen: they realize the so-called perfect community is not that perfect at all, and to keep it as it is they play by their own very unorthodox book of rules, and then it all goes awry.

    I found the story unoriginal and bland. Horror fans will dislike it because there's no supernatural element to it. It also fails to build any suspense given it's predictability. The regular "twist" in the end is not "twisted" enough. I must also say i found Appleby's character rather annoying and whiny, not to say totally clueless. Plus, hers was so inconsistent with Brandon Routh's character that i just could not buy them as a happy couple either. But not all that is bad is all bad. Brandon Routh was brilliant and very well-succeeded in portaying the unbearable fear of losing your dearest ones. He really got to it, and held the episode alone himself.
  • A very good episode.

    This episode was one of my favorites second only to the first episode of the season. I really liked the writing and how both Brandon Routh (Bobby) and Shiri Appleby (Tracy) played their roles. I found it interesting how this community was also this type of secret society that had members in many areas of society. It was also nice to see John Billingsley in the role as the neighbor who helps Bobby near the end. He is an excellent actor. Unlike that last episode I really liked the ending seeing how they dealt with Bobby so he couldn't run away anymore. The only thing that struck me as odd was the complete change in attitude of both Tracy and Bobby's best friend that wasn't even explained. This is a must see episode for fans of the series.
  • Bob and Tracy move to the perfect neighbourhood to start their family. They sign the "too good to be true" contract without having read it or getting their lawyer to read it. Problems ensue...

    I loved this episode. The whole "Stepford Neighbourhood" think kicks! I especially loved the fact that Bobby was watching the children reliving the situation at town centre. Seeing his inner conflict for the place and their "values". I do wonder if Tracy and their friend were labotomized, or just simply hypnotized. I think it's pretty awesome that they leave it up to us to decide if the community members killed Meryl or if she was just "sent away". Yes, it was predictable, but for horror fans, what isn't predictable anymore? That's part of the charm of horror - especially on network tv!
  • decent episode

    One of the reasons I heard of this show was from another episode "in sickness and in health" with two actors from PSYCH. i wanted to watch this one because of the actor from Superman Returns. i have to say the basic plot is a little mundane. There have been other movies where a family moves into a new subdivision, where everything is a little too perfect. But the ending was a little more exciting. SPOILER! basically, the couple plans on escaping, so the wife leaves first. The husband begins to follow but their neighbors find out and hunt him down. The husband manages to catch up to his wife and his friend. The only problem is his wife and his friend want to move back.
  • A young couple move into a seemingly perfect neighborhood and discover the sinister lengths the residents will go to in order to keep everyone in compliance with their rules.

    I like this plot, but I've seen it before. A few years ago, I think in '(5, there was a TV movie called "The Colony" with John Ritter and Hal Linden. Same story line, but the movie was better. The synopsis of that movie was when a security systems specialist and his family move into an exclusive gated community, over the objections of his policeman brother, they begin noticing strange behavior in their neighbors. After their daughter finds a computer disc detailing the billionaire owner's murderous... When a security systems specialist and his family move into an exclusive gated community, over the objections of his policeman brother, they begin noticing strange behavior in their neighbors. After their daughter finds a computer disc detailing the billionaire owner's murderous control over his "colony" they try desperately to escape with their lives. I also think this was a book. The show as a whole is a nice summer replacement. I give this episode a 7.
  • Warner Bros. might want to start looking for a new "Superman" after this acting performance.

    This episode was not very well written. We get the usual people who fall into a trap routine with the typical ending that someone else is about to fall into the same trap. At least they could have gave us a surprise ending. A better ending could have been the new couple turning the tables on the people in the community. Like maybe have them be terrorists wanting to blow them all up or law enforcement officers ready to put them all under arrest. And Routh from Superman Returns gives the rather serious acting style again like in Superman Returns. Very little personality.
  • Man and woman move into seemingly perfect neighborhood. Surprise the neighborhood has it's own share of issues as well as neighbors that care a little too much. The man tries to escape the clutches of the suffocating neighborhood but cannot.

    This episode was pretty good, well thought out, good acting, nothing too cliched, as well as no mind-blowing plot holes exposed in the last 5 minutes. The issue I have with this episode, much as I wish I had none (Oh Brandon Routh, how I wish to molest you) is that it wasn't scary at all. Disheartening, oh yeah. Sensible, certainly. But not scary. Fear Itself is turning into a huge drag. The episodes aren't scary and I find myself becomming more bored with the entire premise. Is there no more intelligent drama on tv? Or do I need to become a gum-chewing idiot to enjoy anything on tv anymore.
  • Which such a great premise this show is going downhill every time.

    A newly copuple wants to start a family and they found the "perfect" community to do so. But as you know things are not what they seen. The "perfect" community becomes a "nighmarish" one, the "prefect" marriage is under the gun and a "perfect" series' episode became a punishment for whoever sat down to watch it.

    This episode was boring, predictable and bad acted. With a plot that we have seen hundreds of times, and the ending that you can predict from the beginning of the episode. And last but not least Brandon acting...I'd seen better acting in porn movies.
  • I'm never moving to that neighborhood.

    This episode deals with a couple (Bobby and Tracy) moving into a community with strict guidelines such as airing your problems out in public, in return for being able to live in a wonderful, peaceful place. I have to say that contract they signed was pretty outrageous! I would have gone over that thing with a fine tooth and comb before signing, I mean that's what you are supposed to do anyway but still. I liked the betrayal at the end of Bobby's best friend Scott and Bobby's wife Tracy, coming back and ending Bobby's running forever. The community seems to be all about let the punishment fit the crime, so I believe that's why they cut off both of his legs. Something I really wonder too, is if the child at the end and the one Tracy was pregnant with there were really Bobby's children or not. That's something I am going to wonder for a little while, at least till next week's episode comes on.
  • A couple wishing for a better house so they can start a family moves into the "perfect" community only to discover it's dark secrets.

    Bobby and Tracy are a couple who wish for a better life complete with kids, but they live in a bad neighborhood and cramped apartment. At a dinner party their friends Scott and Meryl tell them about a great community called the Commons. The only reason they didn't choose to live there is because Scott didn't like the snobbish neighbors. When they go to check it out Tracy is immediately smitten with it: the posh houses, the well-dressed people, the friendly greetings, etc. Bobby is concerned with not being able to afford it. The head of the community explains some of the rules and how they came to be, expressing several times that they are all happy neighbors who look out for each other. Thinking they'll never be accepted let alone afford it, they fill out an application. Low and behold, they're accepted and quickly move into their new home (which surprisingly came fully furnished because the previous owners had to move overseas suddenly). They settle in and Tracy is just beside herself with how wonderful everything and everybody is. She makes new friends who tell her to do anything possible to keep the house (and that means hurry up and get pregnant). Bobby is slower to settle in, and has a growing feeling that somthing isn't quite right. This is amplified by several incidents involving their neighbors including a TV channel that seems to suggest there are cameras in everyone's house. Soon enough, they're informed that part of their agreement included getting pregnant within 6 months of moving in. Offended, Bobby suggests they leave but Tracy doesn't want to. Bobby calls Scott who tells him that the agreement is legal although bizarre and encourages him to grab Tracy and run. Bobby has Scott check into the previous owners' whereabouts but he comes up with nothing: they either died or have gone into hiding. Just when Bobby decides to take Tracy and leave she discovers that she is pregnant. Now the real fear begins when they realize that their house is bugged too and they are informed that they cannot leave. Several more incidents within the community convince them to hatch a plan to leave while under the guise of a hospital visit. Bobby has Scott take Tracy to a safe house and comes back to the community with Meryl in disguise. Their ruse is discovered and Meryl is taken away while Bobby is drugged and questioned. He manages to escape and makes it all the way to the highway when Scott and Tracy pull up in a car. He runs to them expecting them to all make a run for it, but Tracy and Scott instead help the community recapture him, explaining that the community is their home now and soon he'll be happy there. He screams in terror as they drag him back into the community and the gates lock. Some time later (maybe 5 years?) Tracy is talking to a newlywed couple hoping to move into the house of their dreams and start a family. It just so happens that they have a house (fully furnished!) available and the previous owners had to move overseas suddenly. Tracy is standing next to her young son and is pregnant again. She tells them they'll love it here, it's a perfect place to raise a family. The last shot is of Bobby in his house staring out a window at Tracy and the new couple with a look of fear, misery, and sadness. When the camera pans down we see that Bobby's legs have been cut off and he is in a wheelchair.
  • So there's this community.

    This episode wasn't the worst episode of Fear, Itself that I have seen or the least imaginative, but it definitely wins the award for the most boring. Nothing happens for the first 20 or so minutes other then a couple looking for a house, a really boring couple with cliched friends and cliched pregnancy problem looking for a house. Then as the 'drama' begins there is nothing scary or intriguing about what happens next. And Brandon Routh can't act, it doesn't help that he was given such a one-dimensional character to play, but still he was awful and his character's reaction to the pig stoning was really not enough. He was just like 'oh, that's odd' maybe I'll call up my friend. The chase scene had overly dramatic music to cover up that the pitchforked town wasn't at all scary and the whole episode was just ridiculous. And here's a weird idea, call the news, because maybe you signed a contract, but they can't kill you if everyone in the world knows who you are and who your neighbors are. A boring piece of crap. If it wasn't for Shiri Appelby this episode would be a complete waste of brain time.