When this series first started on TV I watched the first two episodes and stopped. To me it seemed like 1) a weak knock-off of TWD; and 2) a soap opera disguised as SF. TWD is spectacular on all levels, incredibly intense. I dislike SF series that have little SF in favor of human family or political squabbles. However, recently noticed that there were 5 seasons available on blu ray. So I thought I'd buy it as a back-up when I got through my blu ray TWD issues. Viewed projected in simulated 3D on a large wall screen (120") with full surround sound turned up high, FTWD is excellent. In its own way, it's as well made as TWD. Plus, the SF (zombie virus, etc.) is at a slow burn that ERUPTS regularly. Also, there were several points in season 1 I felt I knew the predictable, somewhat boring path it would next take only to be totally surprised by a beautifully executed plot twist. it's not quite as brutal as TWD, but it has that same sense of total reality and lurking terror. I'm totally hooked, looking forward to getting into season 2! The background music, characterization, plot twists, awesome background "sets" (particularly of the city), and tension are top-notch. Yes, it was MUCH better than I expected! Bravo!