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Madison springs into action when one of the hotel residents gets violent. Meanwhile, Alejandro shows a darker side of himself at the Colonia.
Fear the Walking Dead is building towards the eventual explosion that’s going to happen and bring together various storylines in this second half of the second season of the show.
There’s a clash coming and it’s been pretty easy to figure out for some time. But, what’s been intriguing was seeing how the various groups might come together and we get our first hints of that in this episode.
While it’s not a great episode, it’s the calm before the storm. We get to learn a bit more about these characters and the world they’re now living in. Some are living in a fantasy land to deal with what’s going on while others are focused on the new reality. The clash of the two is what’s interesting.
The series is a rather uneven one this season, but it’s finding it’s groove and is showing improvement overall. Instead of focusing on dealing with walker directly, the walkers are more of a prop and the real survival is dealing with what amounts to drug dealers. It’s an interesting spin on the world and one that’s slowly getting more interesting overall. The characters are getting some more personality and the addition of some new folks are bringing out what felt lacking the first season.
In some ways this second half of the season has felt more like an anthology series, and now we’re seeing everthing coming together as expected with just three more episodes to go.
Overall Rating: 7.05
NECA has revealed new action figures from Preacher, the hit AMC series based on the cult classic Vertigo comic!
The series follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power: the ability to make people do his bidding with just a word. The assortment includes Jesse and Cassidy (a hedonistic Irish vampire who becomes Jesse’s best friend), both with authorized likenesses of their actors.
Each fully poseable figure stands approximately 6 3/4” tall and comes with character-specific accessories.
Alicia and Madison work to unite two competing factions. Meanwhile, Nick draws upon skills from his past to take on a new role at the colonia.
Fear the Walking Dead has an interesting focus this episode dealing with two aspects of this new world, dealing with others and clearing out the zombies. At its heart, the episode is about team work and community with Alicia and Madison attempting to build a community in the hotel and Nick chipping in at the colonia with some of his skills.
The show isn’t as much about conflict as its sister show, instead being a slow build as these individuals attempt to learn to live in this new world.
What has had the show stand apart some is that this is all new to everyone. There’s no knowledge in how to deal with the walkers. Everyone needs to make it up as they go and Alicia and Madison are showing some interesting ways to do just that.
Then there’s Nick’s story which has him using his shady past to help out his new home. He seems to be fitting into this group who have taken on a cult like presence in face of what’s going on.
The episode is a rather slow one overall, much more of a character study, especially at the end as Strand… well that’s best to be watched on your own. That focus on the characters seems to be resulting in mixed results overall, but episodes like this help make the series stand out a bit and fleshes out its characters, making them somewhat more interesting.
The show is clearly building to some action and conflict, hopefully things can remain interesting.
Overall Rating: 7.35
Travis struggles to connect with Chris while searching for shelter. Meanwhile, Alicia meets a lonely woman with a bloody past.
Fear the Walking Dead splits the episode between Travis and Chris’ journey and what’s going on in the hotel. It’s an interesting episode as it feels like it’s really early during the infection and people are still coming together to figure out what to do and how to handle the new situation.
The episode is slow, but interesting as it is rather slow throughout. It’s an episode that’s about the details, the biggest of which may be below.
Travis and Chris bond and while Chris is still clearly touched and is a bit too easy with the bloodlust, he also seems to be the most willing to deal with the world as is and step up to do what’s necessary, no matter how brutal it is. He’s a realist compared to Travis’ optimism and somewhat naive idealism. Chris wants to join a pack, Travis wants to hold up on a farm. It’s two different views and you can’t help but wonder how much of Chris’ view is his youth.
Back at the hotel, we get some new ways to kill walkers and a new character Alicia meets. Through that new character we get a lot of horribly difficult choices and some back story to see more of the outbreak at the hotel.
But, the biggest revelation of the episode is that we may have a date as to when this all began. In a scene Travis discovers three graves all with the same year of 2010… is this when this madness began? Have they given a date anywhere else? Interesting. Interesting.
The episode has a lot of tense moments, especially the last few minutes as there’s standoffs of a different sort going on.
This is a pretty intense episode with some tough moments throughout. It’s a strong episode focused on tension and having to make tough choices. The series seems to have made some improvements in its break and those improvements seem to be paying off.
Overall Rating: 7.95
After the fall of the compound, Madison, Strand and others forge a tenuous path forward. Meanwhile, Nick is recruited for a perilous assignment.
Fear the Walking Dead splits its story focused on Nick as well as another group featuring Madison and Strand.
Nick’s story is interesting as we get a glimpse of what the world has turned in to when it comes to people trying to survive. There are people who have decided to act as warlords, hording goods to trade.
Then there’s the group Nick is with who has an extension of the outlook of death we see in events like Day of the Dead. They don’t necessarily worship death, but they’re very accepting of it. It’s not quite a death cult, but it’s one that’s too accepting of the world that now exists.
Madison and Strand’s group look for Nick, but give up after a while and decide to seek shelter in a hotel. This story takes a bit more of a traditional route as their antics cause zombies to eventually pay attention and attack. It’s interesting watching this a bit as Madison and Strand drink their sorrows away and we get some more of what they’re thinking. What that results in is so familiar there’s a shot that’s straight up from Shaun of the Dead.
Splitting the episode makes it a bit more hit and miss. Nick’s story is actually interesting as we’ve seen what’s stepped up to fill the vacuum, while Madison and Strand is something we’ve seen before over and over.
For the many steps the show took forward last week, this episode takes quite a few back.
Overall Rating: 7.85
Nick’s steadfast search for answers leads him into a deadly dog-eat-dog landscape; and a dark piece of his past is uncovered.
Fear the Walking Dead is back kicking off the the second half of the second season with an episode focused completely on Nick. Yup, other than some new characters, everyone else (for the most part) is absent other than walkers.
The episode is a fascinating one and the strongest of the season so far. It actually makes the case in many ways that the series should drop every other character and just focus on Nick’s survival on the zombie apocalypse.
So what do I mean about “for the most part” when it comes to the other characters? There’s flashbacks that involve Nick and his mom is present. That’s the extent really of major characters from our survivor group.
But, back to Nick…
The episode adds a hell of a lot to the character who has up to this point has been the drug addict who seems to have more going on than folks give him credit for. We see him survive hoards of walkers, dogs, and humans intent on killing anything that moves. It’s an interesting focus on survival and seeing the growth of skills.
There’s also very interesting new dynamics added as new characters are introduced and a we’re left with a new location as the episode wraps up. Hopefully we see more of this focus, because this really was one of the best episodes, if not the best episode, of the season and possibly the series. It’s very character driven focused in on just one and for that it’s stronger in many ways.
The first half of the season was ok, but this start of the second is heads and above better than what we’ve seen so far.
Overall Rating: 8.65
Kick off the new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead with new Mopeez!
Choose from Hershel, Michonne, Tyreese, Rick, Daryl, and Glenn.
Collect them all this September when Mopeez: AMC’s The Walking Dead are released by Funko.
Want to know what to expect during the second half of Fear the Walking Dead‘s second season? The cast and crew discuss what you can look forward to when the series returns when the show returns August 21 on AMC.
Preacher wraps up it’s first season with a rather bizarre episode that has Jesse racing against the clock to get things settled before the showdown at his church.
Before that, we finally find out the deal with Carlos and the whole “Pulp Fiction” time of Jesse and Tulip. That may be the best part of the episode.
There is some sort of resolution as Jesse, and his congregation, get some answers from Heaven. It’s all rather a bit weird and feels like it’s just the beginning of the show. And that’s part of what’s odd about this first season. These ten episodes have acted as a decompressed version of the comic stretching out things quite a bit.
This finale isn’t bad in any way. The ending takes a shift that I rather enjoyed after first disliking it. Fans of the comic series should be satisfied. While this is a final episode of the first season, it feels like the beginning as Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip begin their real journey, whatever that might be.
The acting as usual is entertaining and everyone is talented enough to keep watchers entertained and wanting to come back for a second season. No one really jumps out, but everyone is really solid. What does stand out is everyone’s ability to bring humor in even serious moments.
Some will likely be unhappy with this finale as it isn’t a finale at all, it’s a beginning, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes us from here. The first season leaves things in a rather strange spot as far as where things stand, one that’s very different than the comics. For better and for worse.
Overall Rating: 8.15