The family faces their greatest test yet. Meanwhile, Nick, Madison, Travis and others go to great lengths to keep each other close.
Fear the Walking Dead wraps up with a midseason finale that’s all about family and what parents would do for their kids as well as what we do for the ones we love.
We’ve been seeing this farm from hell in which people haven’t quite accepted the fact that people are dead and zombies now. As I said with last week’s episode, it’s fascinating to see religion actually coming into play.
And that idea of religion and the intelligence of the series can be seen with this episode title. “Shiva” could be a reference to the Hindu goddess or it’s a reference to the time people of Jewish faith spend to mourn their love ones.
Everyone has their moments in this episode as each figures out where they stand and what they believe in when it comes to this new world, and in particular what they think of this particular situation. What’s interesting I think is that like The Walking Dead, Madison and her group are a force of destruction much like Rick’s group. They’re just pure destruction and you wonder if they’re worse than what they’re fighting/dealing with. Do they destroy everything they touch?
The episode has a bit of a shocker with individuals dying and others making a different choice when it comes to where their future may lay. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? It’s fascinating and interesting to see because in the end, like a good argument, there’s a lot of gray.
The series returns in August, but it leaves us at one hell of a spot.
Overall Rating: 8.15
Conflict erupts in a final push to Strand’s destination; and Chris makes a decision that shakes the family. Meanwhile, Nick meets a new maternal figure.
Fear the Walking Dead takes its title for this episode from Psalm 42 which debates not being close to God and the pain for being in exile from him.
That concept of being close to God in death is a theme that runs throughout the episode as cast members reflect about the situation about them, and those they have lost.
The episode is an interesting one that explores an almost cult like belief that death is a good thing in that it brings one closer to the creator. We see that in a few ways in the episode as things are slowly revealed throughout the episode.
It’s an interesting philosophical episode that debates what the living dead are in this world. It’s a concept that hasn’t been explored too much in The Walking Dead world, and it hasn’t been explored much with a religious concept such as this.
Each character explores this in some way and many through touching moments that have them dealing with the death of someone close to them.
The episode is the best of the series so far diving deep into concepts that’ll get you to think and debate about this new world. Here’s hoping we see more of this going forward as it’s something we rarely see.
Overall Rating: 8.65
Alicia works to reunite with her family; and Travis meets a familiar face. Meanwhile, Madison and Nick lead a charge to save their family against all odds.
Fear the Walking Dead continues from the events of last episode with folks split and the tension building for the entire episode to what is a hostage negotiation.
The episode actually does a solid job in the opener as we see the fate of Travis and Alicia in a slight twist. But, who gave information to their captors is the interesting one and has a nice sense of actions coming back to haunt the group.
But, the episode is all a build to the final moments of the hostage negotiation. For everyone who things these characters are irritating or unlikeable, this episode has so many of them stepping up. There’s some badass moments as everyone steps up in their own way.
The show has improved in many ways and this episode is a major one where the characters all have their moments, and more importantly, smart moments.
As the tension and threats increase, the episode has seemed to have gotten better. Here’s hoping it keeps up.
Overall Rating: 7.65
A family in distress boards the Abigail; and Strand branches off as his past begins to emerge. Meanwhile, Nick searches for an associate of Strand’s.
Fear the Walking Dead bounces back and forth between the past and the present as we learn much more about the history of Strand.
The episode is an interesting one that ups the tension in many ways in the present as some folks take over Strand’s boat the Abigail and then takes everyone hostage. This is something that’s been building for the last couple of episodes and there’s hints that there’s some bigger threat still out there named Connor. If the episode focused on just that, it’d have been an excellent one. The end of the episode definitely ups that factor of tension as we don’t know what to expect and since no one is the big named character like it’s sister show, it really does feel like anyone
Instead, the episode bounces to the past as we learn more about Strand and a bit about the location they’re going to. That kills the momentum of the episode a bit. But, it does some good and gives us a lot of information about the character.
Things ramp up a bit as we learn more about Fear the Walking Dead’s mysterious Strand, and while not all is revealed there’s a lot that should keep folks intrigued.
I’m still not completely sure what his deal is, but we have more info at least. The show continues to be an interesting one and for once we have some real tension.
Overall Rating: 7.45
The group seeks shelter with a survivalist family; and Madison tries to uncover the family’s true motives. Meanwhile, Salazar works to discover Strand’s intentions.
Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to land in the second season’s second episode and things are really interesting. The episode emphasizes the series focus which isn’t as much on individuals, but instead is about what groups are doing and how they’re handling the zombie apocalypse.
In this case we get a bit of a microcosm of a family that’s holed up and gone a bit crazy. It emphasizes some of what we’ve seen in The Walking Dead, and even Fear‘s first season where we see individuals who commit suicide instead of the prospect of having to live in this world.
The big picture is the focus as plans are made and people are realizing of what this world is like and what is happening.
While the series seems to be focusing on the big picture, it also is about individual actions. Here it’s a son dealing with a mother turning. A mother wanting to save her child. A father not willing to accept reality. It’s a slow build and a slow reveal as to individuals, their motivations, and how they’re reacting.
We’re seeing small changes in everyone as the series shifts from that big picture to more about the individuals.
The episode also gives us more information about the situation that is the West coast, and elsewhere. We find out as much information as the individuals see or hear, something that is sure to irritate some viewers, but also makes decisions in the first episode more clear.
The episode is an interesting one as we see the characters come more alive and we see how different individuals are reacting to the end times.
Overall Rating: 7.35
In the second-season premiere, the families flee a burning Los Angeles on Strand’s yacht, as Strand remains mysterious. Meanwhile, the group encounters danger at sea.
Fear the Walking Dead kicks off the second season picking up rate from where the first season ended. The Manawas and Clarks are heading to Strand’s boat after the death of a family member.
With the first season a short one we were given the basics of the characters and the fall of Los Angeles, but we also didn’t get to know the characters very well. This episode attempts to do that a bit and also give us a direction for the season.
The episode is an interesting one as each character is given a bit more in their personality and their altruism when it comes to the zombie apocalypse and where they stand with helping others versus helping themselves. It’s an aspect we’ve seen a little of in The Walking Dead, but not one explored super well.
Some of this aspect is seen in Alicia’s talking to a mysterious individual and Nick’s actions at the end. The act this is playing out all in the water is even more interesting since it adds a factor we haven’t seen.
The characters still totally don’t have their footing, and Strand’s mysteriousness is a little annoying already, but the episode does a great job in setting up that things are already falling apart in society and there’s new rules not everyone is following.
The end of the episode sets up the initial villain, and it at least looks original.
The best thing about Fear the Walking Dead is the unknown. Between that and seeing how things fall apart will get me coming back for more. While nowhere near perfect, the show at least gives us the unknown.
Overall Rating: 7.1
As civil unrest grows, and the dead take over, Travis and Madison try to devise ways to protect their families.
Fear the Walking Dead’s sixth and final episode of the season sees all hell breaking loose as the Salazars/Manawas/Clarks decide to assault the military base to free their family.
The episode is an interesting one in that it was both predictable and the directing wasn’t all that great. There was a big battle, the hoard of zombies was used, people were freed, some people were hurt… predictable.
And the directing for most part was odd too. Usually we can expect lots of action, but in this case we see lots of choppiness, and the lights going on and off, obscuring what we see going on. It’s lazy in a way, and we’ve seen so much better for the series.
From all of that action we get this reflection in a way as well, a quick deceleration that was a bit too abrupt and calm considering what they went through.
The choppiness I described also applies to the story itself, which had weird cuts, weird time shifts, and some movement of the characters that didn’t make sense at all, creating a flowing episode whose flow had strange jumps. That jump also applies to the previous episodes as well. Why was Strand being held for instance?
Overall, the episode was rather predictable and attempted to wrap up too many plot points, many foreshadowed. Its result is a rather weak ending that should have had much more emotional punch.
Overall Rating: 6.75
The National Guard’s plan for the neighborhood is revealed; Travis and Madison make a difficult decision.
Fear the Walking Dead’s fifth episode dives deep into the military take over of the area and their battle against the undead. We learn a bit more as to what’s happening with the people black bagged by the military. What is “Cobalt”?
But, how everyone reacts to the military is a bigger thing. Travis, Madison, Daniel, and Ofelia, all of their reactions. Daniel, and what he’s willing to do to get his wife back, that’s the most amazing of them all. This leads Daniel to open up about his past life, and what he experienced. We suspected that he saw some crazy stuff, but…. yeah, he’s broken.
And I think that’s the point of this episode. What will this situation do on the average individual? We see Daniel breaking down, soldiers having issues, Chris and Alicia having a meltdown. The episode emphasizes what this will do to people, and the pressure of what’s happening is getting to them.
With one episode left, there’s lots happening!
Overall Rating: 8.5
Don’t miss the next episode of Fear the Walking Dead, Sunday, September 27 at 9/8c.
Madison and Travis see different sides of the National Guard’s occupation in their neighborhood; the family tries to adapt to the new world.
Fear the Walking Dead’s fourth episode has seen some time pass since the previous third episode. The military has set up a safe zone, and those within are dealing with their new reality.
Things seem stable, but something is clearly not right, but is that our paranoia, or is it reality? The military is being coy, which doesn’t help matters at all. We don’t know how much we can trust them, and what they’re really up to. Communication has been cut off, and there’s evidence there’s things not on the up and up.
That has Madison to go out exploring which does find things that adds to the facts not adding up.
This leads us to the main theme of the series “fear.” Daniel gives an amazing speech about his past, and how the government acts on fear, and when it does, it does so quickly. He’s not so trusting, but hasn’t played his hand as much as others.
The Walking Dead does the calm before the storm quite often, and this episode feels exactly like that. It’s slow, and focuses more on the drama aspect, which makes it really good and adds a very interesting layer to the story and short season.
The ending, gives us a good idea as to who we should really fear.
Overall Rating: 8