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A few thoughts on 'Fear the Walking Dead'

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Zombie Mondays

An inauspicious beginning to the second season of Fear the Walking Dead! I honestly had higher hopes for this series that, despite what I felt was an extremely decent first season, has spent the first two episodes of season two boring the hell out of me.

SE2 EP1 ended on something of a cliffhanger. The party had come across a wrecked sailboat that had capsized, the hull bottom ventilated extensively by heavy machinegun fire. Moreover, Alicia’s radio buddy has given an indication that he and his group had something to do with it. With only Daniel’s over-under and a handgun to fend off an attack, they turn tail and hide at one of California’s coastal islands.

They’re taken in by a local family (man, wife, two boys, and a girl) who have set up a fenced in compound of sorts. Strand and Dsnirl stay on the boat. Strand likes his solitude. Daniel doesn’t trust Strand. Their host’s number one son taken Travis’s boy zombie killing. They use a pickaxe—something with some oomph behind it. Sal starts digging around in Strands possessions and discovers charts and a sub-machine gun. Maybe the man is not the savior he presented himself to be?

Meanwhile, Nick goes looking for a hit, and discovers a stash of capsules he believes to be poison—a clue to what their hosts’ ultimate intentions are. Their benefactor’s wife confides in the group, asking them to take the children with them. An argument ensues and is cut short when the family’s young daughter poisons herself with one of the capsules that Nick left lying around. She turns, serving as undeniable evidence that the “virus” is carried by everybody—you don’t need to be bitten to turn. Then she bites her mom. Things generally degrade after that.

The heroes (are they heroes? They screw things up wherever they go) take the younger son and try to leave, but are stopped by the older brother. They relent and return the young boy and depart, leaving the shore side family to their ultimate fate.

Funny how this episode is a repeat of a common theme of the original Walking Dead. The characters come across a community (in this case, a family) for whom things are going relatively well. But, due to the “heroes’” interference, everything goes to pot. Our heroes leave, and everyone else dies.

Honestly, things better pick up soon or I may just pick up a book or something.

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