Monday, October 3, 2016

TV Show Review: Fear the Walking Dead (Season 2.2)

The second half of the second season of The Walking Dead spinoff continues the story of a family and other survivors as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse. The first half of the second season saw the characters trapped on a boat heading south toward Mexico then finding themselves in a compound. The midseason finale ended with the compound in flames and the family split up traveling in various areas. The different tactics of survival and routes to safety lead each of the characters to a different part of Mexico, though the communities they find are connected.

Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) wanders through the desert covered in zombie guts to ward off the undead with the horrid scent. He survives like this drinking his own urine and nearly being captured and killed by the cartel until he finds a new community. He falls in under a religious leader who claims to have survived a zombie bite, but the community is under threat by their trading partner, the gangster cartels.

Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) and his son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) drive off for the other members' safety as Travis knows that Chris is not a safe person to be around. Chris is full of anger at his father and anyone around, but when they encounter young American teenagers that have a tendency towards violence, Chris feel right at home while Travis has doubts. 

Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Victor Strand (Colman Domingo) stumble upon a hotel and work to make it a livable environment, discovering other survivors in the process. The hotel residents also trade with the cartel but when the power comes on they become a beacon for refugees not always attracting wanted attention. 

The zombie action is always a bit subdued in Fear the Walking Dead though it goes place that the original did not, like the ocean and another country. The Walking Dead took several seasons to really excel so I'm willing to wait for Fear to improve in the future. It looks like there could be more drama as the characters slowly lose hope in a deteriorating world. It's hard to make an even comparison when the original is at such an exciting point and this spinoff is still building up steam. 

The show still has a long way to go to match what inspired it, but it is decent entertainment for the summer and has shown popularity on social media. I think the appeal and terror of zombies could definitely carry this show into new, interesting territory and eventually could connect with the other show to much excitement. 

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