A young couple move into a secure gated community and discover its horrifying secret.





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James D. Hopkin ...
Meredith Bailey ...
Meryl (as Alex Fatovich)
Emily Talia ...
Janice Ryan

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Bobby (Brandon Routh) and Tracy (Shiri Appleby) believe they have found the perfect place to raise a family in the secured and closed community ran by Candace (Barbara Tyson). Not long after they moved in, Bobby starts to feel uneasy by the unusual and forced influence of the neighbors on his family life. And he will find out that perfection is unreachable... No matter how hard you seek for it! Written by ricardovs27

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Two of this episode's stars (Brandon Routh as main character Bobby, and Bonita Friedericy as scared neighbor lady Debra Fabre) went on to work together in another NBC series "Chuck" during its 3rd season, playing the parts of Agent Daniel Shaw and General Diane Beckman, respectively. See more »

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Fear Itself has officially turned into a comedy.
24 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Wait a minute. Was I meant to believe that horrible "twist"? Did the writers though it was clever? Did YOU think it was clever? If you say yes, then you probably LOVED last week's episode. Oh, well.

Community has a good premise (that you've probably seen in other movies), and it is intriguing. Not Brandon Routh's acting mind you, but the way the story developed itself was interesting. I thought-- "Gee, today's episode is going to make up for all the really crappy ones!" And it did, actually. Barely, but it succeeded in being somewhat watchable. The director for this episode, Mary Harron, made American Psycho back in 2000. Obviously, this AIN'T no American Psycho. Whatever.

Superman and Liz Parker star in this one, as a couple who want to raise a family. They learn of this community named The Commons that is supposedly, a very nice place in the 'burbs where one can raise the kids efficiently, healthily, and peacefully. Once you see the actual people who inhabit this place, it becomes clear that they are insane in the membrane. What follows are some very efficient scenes, like watching through your TV set a live affair from one of your ACTUAL neighbors, or taking part in some public punishment where the sufferer is wearing a Pig mask, etcetera. Some really, really great stuff much to my surprise. Besides that, the rest of the script is pretty forgettable. The relationship between Supes and Liz is alright, nothing THAT interesting. John Billingsley's character was written well, but his acting in some of the scenes were ridiculous to say the least. The interactions between Supes wife and her newfound friends were a mixed bag for me; the writer didn't know if they would work better being disturbing, or something barely resembling that. And then...there is the last act. The grand Opus.

WHAT THE F*CK WAS THIS? "Wait a minute, I ran out of ideas!" "That's okay, just make it seem as if NOTHING HAPPENED in the last half hour, and you'll be alright. Now, lets go and cash in on that paycheck!"

That was an actual conversation between Kelly Kennemer and his alter ego, mediocrity.

Well kids, this episode ain't no Horror. It ain't even bad Horror. It is merely, a dumb Thriller.

How about it NBC, any more "big" stars next week? Any "good" writing to be found in next week's outing? (if you know what writing means of course) Instead of concentrating on getting one "big named actor", you should concentrate on making GOOD episodes.

At least you made me laugh with this silly installment.

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