We are introduced to a ranch that even with a missing father, has an entire different group of problems. Tensions between the sons and the friend, who might be cheating with the mother are rising. The show is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone with its attention to detail and great effort put into establishing the backstory.
While the episode was exciting, there were points where it was slow-moving. Some of the acting was weak and the "monster" inside took a long time to truly come out. When it did though, boy did it come out. He did come off as too horror movie killer-ish though, with the slow way he plotted his attack. Still, the ominous presence, dark music and general aura of the show is exciting and makes the viewer feel young again, like the first time they saw a true Sci-fi classic. They kept me on the edge of my seat at the end. The rush when the son dropped the bullet was incredible. Nice work Fear Itself.