Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 5 “Cobalt” (C)

There’s just one episode left in this season, and I’m hoping that it will end on an intriguing note that will compel me to come back and watch the show when it returns for its second outing. While “The Walking Dead” shows how far people have come due to the nature of their circumstances, this show finds them already at a point of base humanity before they have any apocalypse to justify their behavior. Lieutenant Moyers handing his soldier a tissue when he raises a legitimate concern about 50 hours of being awake was cruel enough, but forcing Travis to shoot a walker as a test of his loyalty and sanity was excessive and unnecessary. Daniel was also way too ready to set up and torture the soldier that he and Ofelia kidnapped and had in the basement, and Madison didn’t object nearly as much as expected. That said, the information that they learned from Andrew is immensely troubling and shows how bad the situation has gotten. Evacuating the soldiers and not the people and humanely terminating the patients is a disturbing plan, and that has to lead to an explosive finale. Strand is an intriguing new addition who has Nick’s back, but I’m not sure how that’s going to play out. Chris and Alicia bonding by trying on rich people’s clothes and breaking their stuff is hardly a productive use of time, which makes just five hours so far already feel like too long to get to this point. Griselda didn’t last long, and it seems that Dr. Exner was well aware of the fact that this contagion affects anyone no matter how they die.

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