REVIEW: Fear Itself

Fear Itself
Airs Thursdays at 10 PM Eastern, NBC

I have lately been checking out NBC’s summer series Fear Itself. As a longtime Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents fan, I am always drawn to anthology series with a mysterious or supernatural edge. As the title suggests, Fear Itself is a horror series. So far, episodes have run the gamut between psychological horror and more commonplace blood & guts fare.

Brandon Routh (Clark Kent/Superman in Superman Returns) appeared on last week’s installment, “Community.” This thriller was about a homeowners’ association gone wild, controlling every aspect of those who live within its gates. As someone who feels homeowners’ associations are slowly taking away the freedom of American homeowners, this episode played on one of my personal fears.

Routh did a great job in his role as a husband trying to combat the association. Given Routh’s undeniable resemblance to Christopher Reeve, however, I found the episode’s final moment to be chilling and perhaps even unintentionally distasteful. Despite Routh’s great work, this will not be an episode I will watch again.

Though Fear Itself has been uneven so far, I think it is a great premise for a series, and I hope NBC will keep this one around. Rating: 7 (out of 10).