Thursday, April 21, 2016

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

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 “Monster” (C+)

I struggled to finish this episode, but I figured that I at least owed it the whole hour. I feel like this is a show I should be watching because it’s popular and I don’t want to miss out on being part of it, but I also just don’t think it’s all that interesting. It got renewed for a third season already, which suggests that it might go on forever, but in the grand scheme of things, I watch twenty plus shows at a time and probably over fifty throughout the year, and if this show just doesn’t cut it, why should I stick around? I also feel like there’s something about the Georgia setting that gives the original series in this television franchise a particular appeal, whereas the suburban feel just doesn’t have the same effect. This whole episode being at sea reminded me too much of “The Last Ship,” another dystopian series about a few survivors against a harsh new world that never lived up to its potential. The characters here are not all that great, and separated from the rest of society, they’re becoming even weaker. Alicia did an impressive job of giving away as much information as possibly could about their whereabouts despite being explicitly warned not to, and anyone who thought that taking a swim in the treacherous waters even without knowing there was a walker hanging out in there is pretty dumb. Strand is becoming less appealing as a character by the minute with all his stringent rules, and I just don’t think he’s all that trustworthy despite all the things he’s done for everyone so far. Unfortunately, I just don’t care what’s going to happen, so that’s it for me and this show.

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