There are solely so some ways to vary up the world of the zombie apocalypse, however World Past manages to discover a wrinkle, not within the tales of the individuals who survived the autumn of humanity, however within the individuals who come of age within the relative peace and safety of hard-won communities. It’s not the survivors, it’s the following technology. These are youngsters who’ve grown into younger maturity behind partitions, who’ve been given the instruments essential to survive the apocalypse however who haven’t been given the chance (or extra precisely, had the misfortune) to train these expertise. From weapons coaching to martial arts and chemistry, the primary technology of survivor youngsters know what to do, they only haven’t essentially needed to do it in a life-or-death scenario. It’s the distinction between e book smarts and avenue smarts.
On this harmful universe, being too e book sensible can get you killed.
At its core, World Past is a younger grownup drama, albeit one in uncommon circumstances. The 4 most important teen characters highlighted within the first episode, Hope (Alexa Mansour), Iris (Aliyah Royale), Silas (Hal Cumpston), and Elton (Nicolas Cantu, who makes a right away impression from his first look), have all grown up within the relative consolation of the Campus Colony, however all of them bear the scars of generational trauma from being elementary college college students or youthful when the world collapsed round them. They’re too younger to actually bear in mind how life within the outdated world was, however bear in mind sufficient, particularly about that one enormous trauma at a vital level of their improvement, to be regularly effected by it even after settling right into a protected, affluent group with sturdy partitions and no actual close by walker risk.
How that trauma results the 4 youthful leads is a significant element of the primary two episodes. The 4 teenagers have all responded to the identical occasions in several methods, which displays of their completely different personalities. They could not know a lot in regards to the earlier than occasions, however the occasions of the autumn have modified them in vastly alternative ways, whereas additionally giving them a shared traumatic expertise to bond them collectively. The present’s older characters, Felix (Nico Tortorella) and Huck (Annet Mahendru), providing a distinct perspective on that day as highschool or college-aged individuals going via that exact same traumatic sequence of occasions. They’re no much less marked, nevertheless it manifests otherwise in an 18 12 months outdated than it could in a 7 12 months outdated, and that’s one thing that the present makes some extent of exploring virtually instantly in its first two episodes.