Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What I’m Watching: Fear the Walking Dead (Season Finale)

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Good Man” (B)

It’s good to know that, even after the zombie apocalypse has hit, there will still be debates over which freeway is the best to take to avoid traffic (or zombies) in Los Angeles. This show’s short first season comes to an end with this decent hour which brings everything together and officially evacuates the metropolitan area. With that departure, this show comes much closer to being like the original for which it serves a prequel, finding its characters constantly in caravans permanently on the run. What I find most interesting is seeing how the characters respond to each situation, either holding or to or losing their humanity as the world around them becomes less and less human. To me, the best one to watch was Dr. Exner, who understood the reality of the situation and was still actively trying to help people, but didn’t want to leave with our merry band because she didn’t believe that there was anywhere to go. Andrew was smart to appeal to Travis for his release, arguing that Madison didn’t do anything to stop Daniel from torturing him, and obviously Travis regretted that decision when Andrew showed up and shot Ofelia as punishment. Strand is another magnetic figure, well equipped with a home on the water but not ready to stay there or let anyone else stay because he wants to stay in constant motion. Liza getting bitten and shot by Madison offscreen was a melancholy note on which to end the season, a finite reduction of the show’s cast that is surely going to leave a mark. I’m more enticed by the season premiere of the original show this Sunday than season two of this show, but I think I’ll return to watch it next year.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Sandrine Holt as Dr. Exner

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