San Diego Comic Con 2019 Recap

San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up yesterday at the San Diego Convention Center as many attendees from different fandoms attended the show. No joke, over 100,000 people were there and I thought I would be obverwhelmed with going to different vendors, offsites, press rooms, and the panels this year, but I was not as I stretched out my schedule for press coverage this year. I can say that I am happy with my results for 2019 and here are my highlights below.

HALL H

I told myself that I would never go on very long lines and Hall H is an example of that. I believe that this year’s line was much longer than last year’s as it extended all the way to the IMDB boat. Some of the big panel attractions that were showcased this year were Marvel Studios, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, etc. We got the most news out of Marvel Studios as the Phase 4 announcements light up the room with a huge reception with announcements such as Black Widow, Doctor Strange, The Eternals, Loki, and the biggest of them all, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Blade. It is finally great to see Blade to be added to the MCU as I wanted that for years. DC did not have any panels this year at Hall H, but there was a screening of Batwoman on preview night and soon, you sill read my thoughts of the show. As for the Hall H line itself, it looks very intimidating when you realize that you are looking at the front of the line under the giant tent and it extends way to the back to the point where you cannot see it.

IT: CHAPTER 2 AT THE THEATER

At the theater where the Conan tapings took place during the week of Comic Con, there was a special screening preview of It:Chapter 2. Not only that the entire cast was there, you were able to pick up the exclusive Funko Pops at the end of the viewing. The previews that were shown has made the crowd drop their jaws at every scene that was shown. I honestly cannot wait for the film later this year since I am a fan of the previous film. The entire cast took questions from the fans after the showing and Conan presented the event!

MY INTERVIEWS

My interviews also took place at San Diego Comic Con as I interviewed cast members of Netflix’s The Order. Those included Katherine Isabelle, Sarah Grey, and Louriza Tronco along with executive producers and creator Dennis Heaton and Shelly Eriksen. We all talked about the upcoming second season of the show and it was a blast.

I also interviewed Alison Tolman and Alexa Swinton as we talked about the upcoming ABC series Emergence. I have never interviewed a child before so this was fun to do. And finally, I interviewed cosplayer and make-up artist Meg Wilbur as we talked about her cosplaying as Rogue, her daily routine, the marvel cinematic universe, and much more!

I also attended the press conferences of The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, The Boys, and Dark Crystal, but that will be on a seperate article!

OFFSITES

There were many offistes that happened this year. Although I did not attend many of them, there were a few that I attended. Amazon had their activations this year which showcased The Boys, Carnival Row, and The Expanse. All of them were very fun and what I forgot to mention in my article about the experience is that on preview day at Amazon, Carl’s Jr. had a truck out there and you had 3 options of cheeseburger types along with french fries and a drink and it was FREE! Many people did not know this until after the fact.

The Walking Dead’s Deadquarters had a huge presence once again with their offsite as this time around, it centered around the airplane and treehouse on the current season of Fear The Walking Dead. There were also times that the radaition gas pyrotechnics happened in the area and it looked awesome. The biggest feature of Deadquarters is that there was an area dedicated to the snowstorm crossing that you have seen in the season 9 finale of The Walking Dead. There was a lot of snow brewing in the tent and it was very cold inside. We had to go through the storm to go to the other side. I have seen frozen walkers, and The Whisperers’ border with heads on a pike. After you escaped, you are then in a area where you can try the slots game of The Walking Dead, take a audition animation of the mobile app game The Walking Dead: Our World, and demo The Walking Dead: Onslaught. Very fun experinece and I cannot wait to see what they will bring next year.

I also took the time to play the upcoming Switch port of Yu-Gi-Oh: Legacy of the Duelist as the Link Summoning mechanic along with the VRAINS story option has been added. I talked with the game’s creator about the game along with the rule changes over the years of the Yu-Gi-Oh card game. I am a Nintendo Switch owner so I am looking forward to playing this on the go!

CONCLUSION

I love San Diego Comic Con and this year was an awesome year for the show. I also have to say that the weather was the best in San Diego for Comic Con in years and many other people have said the same thing. I did not have too much time to take pictures of cosplayers, but these two images from the show that I took are my favorite.

Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 8 “Is Anyone Out There” Recap

Danay Garcia as Luciana, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

The final episode of the first half of Fear The Walking Dead is here and with last week’s cliffhanger, how could they follow that up? Will Alicia be dead in this episode? Will Dwight finally find Sherry, you will find out right here right now as I give my review for “Is Anyone Out There”.

The episode starts with a flashback to the factory. We see the beds all made and children’s toys ready to be played with. Morgan sits down at the radio in an upstairs room of the factory. A montage starts of the group individually taking turns calling out over the radio, looking for people to help. [The acoustic version of Depeche Mode Personal Jesus is playing the background.] No one is replying and the group is becoming visibly frustrated. The montage ends with Morgan exasperatedly calling out over the radio as Alicia walks in on him. She thinks there isn’t anyone to help, but Morgan won’t accept it. She convinces him to at least take a break to get some food. Just as they walk out of the room, a voice breaks through over the radio. It is a man calling out for help. Morgan and Alicia race back into the room. Morgan answers the radio and asks his name. He says Logan. The camera pans out the window and looks over the river. When it pans back, you see Logan standing in the same place that Morgan was standing.

The grounds of the factory have been dug up, and all the beds and stuffed animals trashed. Logan is staring at the desk in the upstairs room when a voice beckons him over the radio to come outside. Logan walks out of the room and out onto a platform that overlooks an open area that is pocked marked with shallow holes that have been dug by the group of people who are now standing around. A woman with a shovel informs him that they have looked everywhere and that they are unable to find it. She threatens him that if he doesn’t tell them where it is, the next hole they’ll dig will be for him.

Danay Garcia as Luciana, Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Maggie Grace as Althea, Ethan Suess as Max, Jenna Elfman as June, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC


We see feet standing in a pool of water and blood. It appears to be a shower. It is Alicia. She is washing the blood off her body using the shower equipped on Grace’s truck. Grace tells her the water is almost out and hands her a towel. Grace thanks Alicia for getting the kids. Grace feels guilty that even though she has been in the area for months, she never bothered to go searching for people. She hands Alicia her weapon back, tells her it is clean, and that Alicia will be alright. Alicia doesn’t seem so optimistic, but Grace tells her that whatever radioactive blood got on her cannot compare to the nuclear disaster that will occur any moment now. Morgan is at the far end of the road keeping watch. The walker herd comes over the hill. They haven’t been able to lose them. He calls out to Luciana for a suggestion about where they might be able to lead them. She cannot help him. So he is just going to keep leading them away as long as they can until the plane is ready. 

Morgan, Alicia, and Grace get back in the truck. Morgan comments about the annoying sirens, and Grace tells him that as annoying as they are, when they stop, the danger starts.

June is busy prepping the plane when Dylan, who is stilling nearby, asks her whether or not she thinks John will get back. She talks to him about how they might have seen a lot of bad in the world, there has to be good as well. June is hoping since they have had such bad luck lately, it is time for them to get some good luck for a change.

Bailey Gavulic as Annie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

John and Dwight are at a used car dealership going through every single car, looking for keys, and hotwiring cars that don’t have keys. John keeps trying to check in with the others over the radio, but they are out of range. John is frustrated, but then he finds a car with a bunch of candies (the same kind of candies he has) in the car. He knows it will work, and it does.

Grace is slowly driving her truck leading the herd of walkers. Alicia is in the back seat. She is upset that she led the walkers away from the treehouse because she was unable to continue killing them. Morgan tells her that she shouldn’t feel sorry and he offers to help train her in the same martial arts that he learned from Eastman. Grace pulls past one of the barriers she had set up (and her and Morgan had opened in her attempt to get the generator back to the plant) and then stops the truck. They lay down to let the walkers go past them back into the radiation zone. But as soon as most of the herd passes them, the klaxon stops. Then an explosion is heard and a large black cloud appears in the distance. Grace tries to back up her truck and spin it around, but it crashes into one of the barrier cars and gets stuck. The walkers have turned back around and are now paying attention to them. Morgan radios back to Luciana and warns her that they are on their way, and a herd will be right behind them. He then grabs his stick, still wrapped in plastic, and takes a few head shots at walkers before he runs to catch up with Alicia and Grace.

Sarah is in her truck, on the radio, asking Wendell about the runway. He tells her “you can eat a Denver omelette off it, it’s so clean.” But Sarah is nervous. She pulls up to the gate of the factory and blocks it just as another truck is leaving. Sarah gets out of her truck as Logan gets out of his. “Mind moving your rig sweetheart?” “Nice shiner. Call me ‘sweetheart’ again, I’ll give you another one to match.” Logan assumes that she wants the factory back and he tells her that they were just leaving. Sarah asks “what happened to taking back what’s yours?” He tells her that he wanted it back so he could try to find something. They looked and couldn’t find it, so they are moving on. Sarah then tells him that she needs something from him. She lets him know that the group that flew over the mountains and crashed their plane to try to find him were able to fix the plane and they are flying it back. They are going to arrive tonight and she wants him and his group to get their trucks out at the runway to help light it up. Logan reminds her that helping people isn’t his gig. Sarah then makes a straight forward plea for his help. She explains how she stole his partner’s rig, and not a day goes by that she doesn’t regret it. If he doesn’t help out the people who went out looking for him he will also come to regret it. Logan doesn’t budge. He won’t stick his neck out for anybody. He gets back in his truck, and starts it up. Sarah swallows hard and goes back to her truck.

John and Dwight are driving down the road. They are about 15-20 miles away. They have plenty of gas, but the car just stops. Dwight says gasoline is starting to go bad. Then, John and Dwight see the black column of smoke rising from the power plant. They are now in range of June’s radio and hear her call. He tells her that they are not giving up, but they might not make it back in time. He tells her it is too far for her to try to come get them. She tells him the plane is ready and they are just waiting for Morgan and the others to return. John wants June to promise him that she will get on the plane when they are ready to take off, regardless of whether or not John and Dwight are back in time. John tells her that she is his reason to live and he wants her to have a reason to live whether or not he is with her. She promises. The radios cut out. Dwight feels bad that he is keeping John from June. He apologizes to him. Then John notices a tree painted with the words “If you’re reading this, you’re still here.” John suggests that maybe Sherry painted that as a message for Dwight. Back at the plane, Luciana checks in on June. She hands her radio back to Luciana. The wind has changed and the radioactive smoke is now heading in their direction. Just then, Morgan comes on the radio. He wants everyone on the plane now. He runs out of the treeline with Grace and Alicia behind him. There is a walker herd not too far behind them. Morgan asks if everyone is there. They tell him that they are still waiting for John. Morgan wants to hold out for as long as they can to give John a chance to get back to them. Back at the arrival runway, Sarah has returned with three flares. Wendell doesn’t understand. Out of the entire factory was that is all she could find? She tells him that Logan’s crew tore the place up and didn’t leave much behind, except for these flares. She isn’t going to give up though. She is going to figure out how to light up the runway for the returning plane. Just then, a truck comes tearing down the runway. Out pops Daniel. Sarah opens up Skidmark’s crate and the cat jumps out and runs up to Daniel. Sarah assumes he is there to pick up his cat. Daniel tells her he heard the chatter on the radio and brought some things from the warehouse to help her.

Back at the departure runway, the walkers are slowly closing in on the back of the plane. Morgan, Alicia, and Grace are staying between them and the plane. Al and Strand are in the cockpit starting up the engines. Time is ticking — between the on coming cloud of radiation from the plant and the engines now consuming a limited supply of gasoline. They have a very small window to leave and it is rapidly closing. Alicia pops into the cockpit to let them know everyone is strapped in and ready to go. Strand grabs her and tells her, “She’d be proud of you, you know.” Alicia smiles, “not just of me.” Strand purses his lips, nods, and turns back to the controls of the plane. The rest of the group is holding back the walkers the best they can. They are getting ready to start shooting them down. June stops them. She says she made John a promise. They need to get on the plane and go now. No more delays. So Morgan tells everyone to make a run for the plane. Just as they get to the back of the plane, a car horn starts honking. Dwight and John drive around the herd and skid to a stop and jump on the plane. Unfortunately, the front of the herd has made it to the plane and some of them are tangled up in the cargo netting that was being used to climb into the back of the plane. The weight is keeping them from taking off. Morgan and John eventually pull all the pins for the netting and it releases from the back of the plane. The nose of the plane pulls up and they are in the sky. The cloud is rapidly approaching forcing them to make a hard turn. But they get past the cloud, straighten out, and they are on their way home.

In the back of the plane, Alicia talks to Morgan about their adventure. She tells him he was right. It takes more than just calling out on a walkie to help people, you have to show people you are willing to help. She asks him what’s next. He tells her that they get home, and keep trying to help people, but this time, they are also going to make sure they keep living their lives as well. Alicia asks him how will that work, and he shakes his head and chuckles, “I don’t know.” Alicia smiles and laughs with him. Grace notices the blood at the end of Morgan’s stick (he had taken the plastic off of it when they were getting ready to defend the plane). She stands up in the plane and stomps on his staff, breaking it in two. She takes the end with blood, tosses it out the back of the plane for good measure, and then hands him what’s left.

June asks John about Dwight. He tells her that Dwight will be okay. They were able to find Sherry’s car, and John thought it was going to be a dead end. But then John came to a realization that there was so much he wanted to say and he couldn’t keep going without saying it. He pulls out a piece of candy, unwraps it, pops it in his mouth, twists the wrapper and proposes to June using the candy wrapper as a ring. She accepts and they kiss.

It is night time at the arrival runway. The runway is outlined with multi-colored outdoor bulbs that Daniel brought. Daniel and Sarah finish putting together the last strands while Wendell is at the other end of the runway looking after the generator and fueling it up. Strand radios down to Sarah and Wendell and informs them they are making their approach and running low on fuel. Then Al and Strand see the lights. Strand calls back to the rest of the group to look out the window so they can see the runway all lit up. They are bringing the plane around to make their landing. Sarah and Daniel are getting ready to head back to Wendell. Just then a walker appears from the tree line on the opposite side of the runway. Wendell leaves the generator and wheels himself over to the walker. He spins his chair around and extends the spikes just as the walker reaches the back of the chair. The spikes miss the walker’s head and now the body of the walker is impaled on Wendell’s wheelchair. Unfortunately, another walker appears on the other side of the runway and as it approaches Wendell it trips over the power cord unplugging the lights from the generator. Wendell takes out that walker with his shotgun. Meanwhile, in the plane, something is happening to the engines. A loud bang is heard, and the plane starts rocking side to side. Strand is yelling over the radio about turning the lights back on. Al has no choice but to start landing the plane with or without the runway lights. Wendell dives out of his chair and starts to crawl across the runway. He gets to the generator just in time to plug in the lights. With the lights now on, Al and Strand can tell the plane’s approach is too steep, so they pull back as hard as they can and bring the plane in for a bumpy, but safe landing.

The group exits the plane and greets Wendell, Sarah, and Daniel. Morgan and Sarah hug. Grace questions Sarah calling Morgan “mo-mo.” Morgan introduces Grace to the others. Morgan shakes Wendell’s hand and then meets Daniel for the first time. Al and Sarah hug. Daniel then jokingly tells Al he told her not to show his interview to anyone. She says she owes him more cat food then. John excuses himself to go throw up. Luciana leads the children off the plane, and Dylan returns The Little Prince to her and thanks her for letting him read it. Luciana and Sarah hug, then Sarah leads the kids away to raid the vending machines in the nearby building. Alicia walks out from the plane and is astonished to see Daniel standing there. She runs up to him and they embrace and laugh. They exchange pleasantries and he tells her he is sorry for what happened. She tells him that they are trying to make better things happen now. She introduces Dwight to Daniel. Daniel suggests Dwight might need a haircut and Alicia explains that Daniel is a barber. Dwight thinks he might take Daniel up on that offer. Charlie runs up and hugs Daniel as Dwight and Alicia walk away. Daniel explains that he needed to go in order to be able to say goodbye to Ophelia and now that he could, he returned (with all the good records). Strand walks up and Daniel admits he was wrong about Victor.

Luciana, Sarah, and Wendell are sharing a beer at the back of her truck. Morgan is out on the runway trying to figure out what to do with half a staff. A woman calls out over the radio. Morgan responds and she asks if it was his plane, and he tells her it was. He wants to know who she is. She tells him that she heard them before on the radio and seen the boxes, but didn’t think it was for real. But now that she knows, she is reaching out to him for help. Logan cuts in on the radio and tells Morgan they need to chat, just as Logan pulls up in a car and gets out.

The group all has their guns drawn on him. He tells them that they should listen to him before trying to help that woman on the radio. He explains because of the hurricane and general wear and tear, it is now more difficult to get around in the world. But Clayton foresaw the problem and set up a group of people that were tasked with cultivating a resource that would help solve the problem. Logan says he is talking about gasoline. Clayton wrote down the location in his journal. Logan thought he could find the journal at the factory. Luciana informs him that she has the journal. He tells them that if they give him the journal, he will take them to the location. But the group is skeptical. Logan then tells the group that if his convoy group knew he was talking them, they would kill Logan and all the others. Then he admits that he has stuff to make up for as well. If the group wants to help people, they have to get to those people. Pretty soon, they won’t be able to do that. So he asks for their help in getting to the location before the other group does.

Ethan Suess as Max, Cooper Dodson as Dylan, Bailey Gavulic as Annie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

After a few weeks of questionable episodes, this episode is very refreshing as it also has my interest for when the season returns in a couple of weeks. In fact, this is my second favorite episode of the season so far as the third episode is my absolute favorite of the season. Having Dwight crossed over to fear has impacted very little so far, but I am hopeful for that his crossover will have a larger impact in thye second half. The scene where the lights of the pathway for thye plane to land coming off for a few seconds did really bought out the tension especially since it is dark in that area. Overall, this was a solid episode!

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 7 “Still Standing” Recap

Jenna Elfman as June, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Let’s face it, last week’s episode of Fear was a big advertisement for beer that was right infront of our faces. It was mostly clunky with some good parts. We are nearly halfway through this season without a character death too, but one in particular could meet their impending doom. Here is my review for the seventh episode of the fifth season of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Still Standing”.

The episode opens with Alicia contacting the three kids as she is infront of the barricaded walkers that we have seen at the end of last week’s episode. After that, Alicia begins to take them out one by one, but before she could continue, Strand begins to shoot the walkers that are near them in that contaminated area. Charlie then tells Strand to get the propeller as she will distract the walkers. Morgan radios in and asked if they killed any of the walkers that was exposed to radaition in which Strand says no. Back to Alicia as she is still taking down the walkers and she notices that Grace is there. June then tells morgan that she will come to the area to help and also that she does not know where John went. But Morgan told her to finish the plane and then Morgan tells Grace that Strand and Charlie crashed into the contaminated area. Morgan told her that he crossed the road block and where he is heading to. Grace then tells Morgan that there is a house near by that has another suit for him to use.

Alicia then sees more walkers and Dylan appearas behind her and told her to follow him since she was going the wrong way. While Strand was dragging the propeller, more walkers that were exposed were walking towards him. Strand tells Charlie to power the balloon to make a wall to prevent the walkers from coming to them. Smart idea.

Alicia and Anne then speak after Dylan lets her inside the treehouse area. Anne keeps telling her that they did not want help and that Alicia was not supposed to be there. Anne asks Alicia about the weapon she uses and Alicia says that it is part of her past too. Alicia warns them that they will die if they stay there and Anne is still not convinced about the plane plan. Alicia says that she wanted to make up for the bad things that she did in the past and then, Anne asks her if she killed people in which Alicia says yes. Anne then says if the plane plan does not work, it will be blamed on her. Althea and June sees that the fuel is leaking from the plane and Althea lets her know that she knows where to get more. Morgan then enters the house to look for the radaition suit. Alicia then contacts Morgan to ask why are they still there and Morgan then says “everything comes with a return”. He then sees a walker on the window part of the door and then tells Alicia that he will get everyone on the plane no matter what.

June asks Althea if she was sure if the helicopter landed on the top of the cliff and Althea says that it did. June tells John that he needs to get back with them soon or else the reactor will melt down. Dwight tells John to leave so he can continue looking for Sherry. John was about to give Dwight the letter Sherry left him, but he put it back in his pocket after Dwight asked him if he would have done the same for June. Strand and Charlie think the balloon will not hold for long and Strand then tells Charlie that at first, he did not believe in the group at first and that they will not stop thinking of giving up. After that, Morgan kills the walkers on the other side of the balloon and he also has the suit on as well. While the kids were talking near the walkers in the woods, the walkers begun to break apart and started to approach them as they run.

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Althea then looks at drawings of those walkers and asked Dylan if he drew them. Dylan says that he had nightmares of playing red rover before the apocalypse begun and he also states that everything is a nightmare now becuase of what happened. Alicia then brings up her mom and before she could continue, Anne yells and says that the walkers are coming. They got in, and closed the gates and there are now a swarm of walkers infront of their house. Grace is trying to power the generator and she tells Morgan that it could only hold for about 12 hours. Then Morgan tells Strand that he needs to take a shower and for both of them to get back and finish the plane. Althea and June loaded the fuel tanks in the back of the trunk as their mission was a success. June tries to contact John over the walkie-talkie and there was no response. Althea then opens up about Althea to June and lets her know that she cannot tell anyone about her.

Back to Alicia and the kids as they realize that the walkers are about to overrun the place and Alicia comes up with the plan to take them out one by one on the bridge. John and Dwight also runs out of fuel in the car that they were driving and tries to hotwire the truck that they seen across from them, but that did not work at all. John then finally admits that Sherry left him a note in the car and gives it to Dwight. This made Dwight mad as he took the note and left the truck. While that is going on, Morgan and Grace talk about the current situation of the reactor and then, we cut to Alicia as she is continuing to take out those walkers one by one. One disgusting looking walker with it’s eyeballs hanging out of the socket tries to bite Alicia, but she took that walker down. The problem after that, is that the walker was exposed to radaition and the blood got all over Alicia!!. Meanwhile, Anne, who cannot aim at all, starts to shoot down the walkers that were approaching the kids. Anne and Alicia then talk over the walkie-talke as Alicia tells her to leave the place for good or else they will get overrun.

Bailey Gavulic as Annie, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 7 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Later that night, the kids arrive to the area in a van right after Morgan and Grace speak. Strand asks Anne for Alicia as she was not with them. Dwight also came to realize that Sherry does not want him looking for her anymore. But he does not want to give up and is convinced that she is still alive. Alicia then wipes off the blood with the water in the lake and then Morgan asks her over the walkie-talkie if she is okay and she says that she is. Before they could continue, more walkers are seen walking to her location and then the reactor siren goes off as the episode ends.

After we got another cliffhanger last week, we do not need another one. And sorry to say this Morgan, but I will have to take Chris Jericho’s line and say “WILL YOU PLEASE…SHUT…THE HELL….UP!”. It is very frustarating to see him as the voice of reason 3 episodes in a row. And Alicia’s decisions have me baffled as well. The action scenes were also good, but the scripting behind it along with the dialouge was not good for half of this episode. I did like John and Dwight’s interractions along with Strand and Charlie’s as well. The first half of the season is about to end and I hope that the mid season finale leaves off with a bang!

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6 “The Little Prince” Recap

Austin Amelio as Dwight, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Last week on Fear, we got a glimpse of what is to come with the Helicopter Group that is connected with the main show. This week, we follow that up with the group being together at once again without being separated. But how long before they do get separated? Here is my review of the sixth episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “The Little Prince”.

The episode opens with Anne washing her hands while the other kids were watching the 1939 animated film Gulliver’s Travels (I still have this on a VHS cassette tape which is why I remember what film that was). Max was reading the book that Lucianna gave him and asked Dylan for a snack bar. Dylan refuses at first and then asks what did Max did to his sister. Morgan then contacts the kids on the radio and he wants to know if everything was okay. He also lets them know to not get too confrontable with staying there and then Anne tells him over the radio that there are more roads blocked due to radiation. As everyone else comes in with the plane and it’s parts, Morgan gives a speech to the kids about how hard it was getting there and that they did not give uo due to having something to fight for. It is also great to see the entire group back together as well. Lucianna tells them that everyone will fix the plane so that they can fly back across the mountain.

Morgan then contacts Grace and tells her that they are working on their way home. Grace did listen at first, but she then turned off the walkie-talkie and got out the car to head towards the radioactive zone. Morgan then leaves the same channel on and then did some training with the stick he was currently carrying. He then went back inside to make a new stick weapon out of an old mop and him and Alicia had a funny moment as that happened. Max and Lucianna talk and Max said a quote in the book that read “You can only see with your heart, not your eyes” as he puts his glasses back on. The blood from the gruesome walker kills from the previous two episodes is still on the plane as Sarah is trying to clean it off. June asks Anne about her leg since her leg is still not healed from the walker scuffle. June tells Anne that she used to run, but not with a sprained ankle and talks about John as she says “survival starts with socks” as John comes in. John will go out with Dwight to continue looking for Sherry.

Althea got the plane engine to run, but the gear malfunction as the prepeller of the plane also went flying. Good thing that it did not hit anyone. A walker then approaches and Morgan takes it down very fast and swiftly. Grace finally responds to Morgan and warns him that another reactor meltdown will happen if she does not get a generator.

Mo Collins as Sarah, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

John asks Dwight how him and Sherry split up. Dwight gave him a short story and response and John lets him know that he did not give up faith on looking for June and neither should he with looking for Sherry. Grace then contacted Morgan again and told Alicia that she needs the extra generator to buy time to prevent the reactor meltdown to happen. Also, Strand, Charlie, and Sarah look on the map to figure out where they will find another repeller for the plane. They debate back and forth on possible locations until Charlie brings up the brewery hot air balloon on the front of the magazine. They agree to go back to that location, but more on this in a bit.

Grace and Morgan are at the contamidated area and Althea is still trying to fix the engine. June and Althea talk and she brings up the helicopter as she wanted to take it back to them. June suspects that Althea is hiding something from her and June reminded Althea that she let her open up about John and it was finally her time to open up as well. Lucianna talks to the three kids as Anne thinks that the plane will not work as she has zero faith on the group. Dwight then sees a dead body that he reconize and he also tells John what Sherry did to protect him. He also indirectly mentioned Daryl Dixon being the one to send him away to look for her. John then takes down an order reciept with the words “honey” and he also finds more reciepts and used a pencil to see a hidden message.

Alicia and Anne talk and Anne is not convinced that her mind could be changed about the plan. Anne also tells her about the camp that they used to live at along with her parents. She goes over what they went through, how the walkers came from the power plant to overrun the camp, and about her parents getting sick due to the radaition after they killed those walkers. Alicia also wonders if she surrounds herself with the dead to protect her brothers, or because she does not want to be around other people. Alicia does understand why the kids cannot leave though and Anne gives her the key. Dwight then finds a car that might belong to Sherry. As Dwight goes back in the house, John finds a note with the infinity symbol and John reads the note and realizes that it was the last letter Sherry left. Sherry says in the letter that she killed the man that they both seen that was already dead. She also wrote it in a way for Dwight to no longer find her.

Karen David as Grace – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Van Redin/AMC

Morgan and Grace are about to enter the area and Morgan then finds his old stick in the back of the van as Morgan brings up the guy that trained him and also changed him. Grace then thanks him for helping with the road blocks and she does not want Morgan to come since she cannot rick another person getting killed. Strand then gets on the walkie-talkie and tells the rest of them that they found prepellers. Strand and Charlie are on the beer bottle hot-air balloon returning back. Alicia tries to get the kids to see this moment, but they are all gone. Dwight tells John that he found food and he is hopeful that Sherry is close. John also hid the fact that he found the note as he did not tell Dwight about the letter. But I have a feeling that Dwight will find out soon.

The episode comes to an end as the balloon runs out of fuel and lands at the area that is radioactive. Alicia then comes across walkers that are stuck together as Morgan tells them to not kill any walkers or they will die due to them being contaminated. Strand and Charlie are also surrounded by walkers as this is the final scene of the episode.

This episode moved much faster than last week’s episode, but I am still puzzled to why those kids are a central plot of this first half of the season. They jump back and forth whether if they want to leave with the group or not. I also like that Dwight has more hope than ever finding his long lost wife Sherry and that John is keeping that faith alive. Th hot-air balloon scene might look cheesy to viewers, but it made me laugh before the fuel ran out. This is another strong episode, but I feel like Morgan needs to stop trying to save everyone and everything and start being more of a leader. I still love Morgan, but it is time for a change in him again. I hope that the plane is fixed by the mid season finale.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 5 “The End of Everything” Recap

Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

It is finally here, we will find out who the Helicopter Group are and what they are doing with Rick Grimes….Sort of, but not yet. After Althea got captured on the season premiere, we get some answers to the group with more questions still rolling through my head. Here is my review and recap of the fifth episode of season five of Fear The Walking Dead titled “The End of Everything”.

The episode opens with the scene that we have seen at the end of 501 as Althea gets captured by the armed soldier representing the “CRM” group. that scene continued as Althea wakes up to see the armed soldier signaling the helicopter with a flare. Althea then quietly walks away from the soldier to hide and she encounters a few walkers in which she takes down in easy fashion. A few more walkers appear as the soldier took them out and then proceeded to knock Althea to the ground as the helmet comes off. We find out that the soldier is a woman (more on her name later in this review). The woman asks Althea for her camera and then asks her for the tape and Althea says that it is in her boot. In the morning, we see that Althea is locked inside a car and her hands are tied. She tries to escape, but that was not working at all. She then opens the door with her foot and attracts a walker towards the car. First, she kept kicking the walker to get the barbed wire that is attached to the walker. Second, she cut herself free from using that same barbed wire. After that, she repeadly shuts the car door on the walker to put it down in gruesome fashion. A whole lot of blood to see there.

Sydney Lemmon as Soldier – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Althea then finds the three-ring logo helicopter and tries to contact Morgan. She wanted to take the helicopter, but it is out of fuel. The woman soldier then takes Althea out of the helicopter and tells another soldier on the radio about the fuel. Althea then asks her “what’s a reclimation team?” and she did not respond. The woman then threatens her after knocking Althea down and proceeded to interrogate her about the tape as that is important to her. Althea says to her that she should not break her leg and that she wants a story before she gets the tape. While they plan to get fuel, the drive to the location and in that car, Althea asks about the three-ring logo, and the map along with her name and the woman refuses to speak again so Althea calls her “happy”. They arrive to the large cliff that they have to climb as the soldier tells her to put the suit on or else she would get bit but Althea tells her that she does not follow her orders. A walker then fell from the cliff to where they are at and the soldier puts down the walker with the blade of the gun and then a huge boulder falls on the car. Althea had a close call with a walker as the walker bit the arm part of the suit she was wearing and she was unaffected. The soldier finally then watches the tape as it shows a woman talking while gunfire is heard in the background. The soldier tells Althea that if she sees someone with the same jacket that she has on, then she should be afraid.

They both then go back to the car and talk about camping for the night and for Althea to get her foot better for the next day since they will have to climb. They are finally in the tent and the soldier begins to talk about why she killed her partner. Another smart thing that they did was hang the tent in the air while they are in it. I never knew tents could be done like that so that was new for me to see. In the morning, they both begin to climb the clif and they also see that a walker is stuck up there hanging as well. They almost struggled getting to the top as the soldier fell, but was still attached to the hiking equipment line. While that happened, Althea tried to help and the walker that is hanged tried to attack Althea. Al then started reaching the blade that was visible on the walker and finally got it to take the walker down. After they both reach the top, The soldier talks about the reasoning of the supply trade and also mentions that the radaition killed her partner. She then shows Althea a helicopter pad and a walker falls over. Althea then takeas her gun and interrogates the soldier and the soldier tells Althea that she cannot tell where she is from. The soldier also tells Althea to not try to find her and that nobody cannot ever see her. She also then finally says her name which is Isabelle and she is from Idiana. She asked for the tape and then she burned it too. They both kiss after talking and they both parted ways after it.

Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

We also find out here that she is the one that flew the helicopter everyone seen at the last episode and we also found out that she was the armed soldier that the the kids seen taking down the walker in the last episode as well. Althea contacts Morgan and then they meet up to update eachother on what happened. Out of the blue, Althea tells Morgan and Alicia her last name and about her parents. They walk off as the episode ends.

This episode is far better than last week’s episode, but we did not get enough of the Helicopter Group/CRM but hopefully, we see them again a few episodes from now. The episode could have been much better if some of the adventure was cut down, but I see why it was included since she was not with the group for three days. I will be back next week for another Fear The Walking Dead review!

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 4 “Skidmark” Recap

Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Cooper Dodson as Dylan – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Last week’s episode, we seen the debut of Dwight on Fear and it is one of my favorite epiasodes of the series for reasons I explained on my review of last week’s episode. How does Fear follow that awesome debut one week later? By having an episode that is very puzzling and good at the same time. There are moments that will have your head scratching at least seven times during the episode, But it is up to you to judge when that happens. There is also an awesome moment as well, but I will save it for now as I deep right into the fourth episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Skidmark”.

As you know by now, Skidmark is the name of Daniel’s cute little cat and the episode begins as he and Skidmark are shown bonding as Daniel puts on a record player and also puts the colar on him along with him taking down a few walkers in one area. Then while he is at the abandoned supermarket, he sees a door gun trap at the front of the supermarket that is inside. He triggers the trap and he is lucky that the machine gun did not get him. He also takes down another walker after the trap triggered. He then enters the store to take the supplies and guns and marks down the traps on the map. He also says that there are three more traps too. After he puts the guns and supplies away, he makes himself dinner which is tomato soup.

Later in the night, Strand, Wendell, Sarah, and Charlie are back at Daniel’s location as Charlie tries to infiltrate the area. She is almost caught, but she ends up in Daniel’s car and hides there. No luck for her as Daniel decides to drive the car that she is in. In the morning, Juliana gives Dylan Breakfast as Morgan contacts the rest of the gang. Dylan begins to talk to Morgan and the rest as Morgan assures him that he does not have to be afraid of them. Dylan asks them if they will leave once they get the plane as we then transition to Strand and the rest as they plan to hijack the plane that they found. Unbeknowist to them, Daniel knows that they are taking the plane as he left a note on the window. Strand and Daniel then talk on the radio as Daniel says that he will make his promise if Strand and the rest are still there when he comes back. Sarah then tells Daniel over the radio that he should just give them the plane and they will leave afterwards. Daniel then tells her to stay away from him and he also says that “he sent a child to do their dirty work”. He even says that he will save Charlie from Strand. Strand, Sarah, and Wendell try to come up with a plan to get Charlie back and Daniel tells Charlie that he will not hurt her at all and she also sees the map of the trap locations and she asks him if he set them up in which he replied by saying that he did not.

  Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Back to Dylan and Luciana as they talk about the book she wanted him to read and gives him an explanation of the book. After she leaves the area, Dylan contacts Max and Annie on the radio as we see more walkers tied together for a road block. It was also there that we see one of the helicopter group’s members (now known as the initinals CRM) taking down walkers as Max and Annie hide. Daniel and Skidmark are at another store that is not only full of walkers, but also by another machinegun trap. Charlie tells him the plan of how to get the gun without getting caught by the dead. She sounds very resourceful so I will give her that. Her and Charlie also talk about the place and then proceeded to their plan as Skidmark attracts the walkers at the window as Daniel and Charlie try to open the back door as the gun trap goes off. They left the area once the windows got shot out as the walkers walk out of the store.

Daniel tells her that they will lead the walkers to a location and take them down one by one. And then we go back to Morgan as he takes down a walker that was attracted by the caged pigeons. Dylan tells them to go away from the forest and also admitted that he lied to the group because he and his brother and sister is scared. Max and Annie also had a close call with walkers and they leave the area as well. Daniel and Strand are on the radio as Charlie also tells them that there is a herd behind them. Daniel then tells Charlie to drive and to take the plane and leave. Charlie then gives the items needed for the plane to Strand and Strand apologizes to Daniel for what happened at the damn a few seasons ago. Charlie then says to the rest that they cannot leave him there by himself trying to take out those walkers.

Max and Annie had another close call with walkers until Morgan and Alicia finally saves them. After that, more teenagers surround the both of them. At the same time, Daniel is still walking with the herd behind him as the music from his radio is attracting them. Sarah tells Daniel to get in the van as the walkers are about to take him out. Sarah tried to do a rapid fire of machine guns from the van but it did not fire at all and then Daniel crawled under the van. Strand then attracts the walkers to the spinners of the plane to chop them down and this scene was gory and also fun to look at as those walkers were chopped to bits and pieces. Daniel finally gives in and tells Strand that he will not shoot him in the face.

Bailey Gavulic as Annie, Ethan Suess as Max – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 4 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Annie then contacts Dylan and the rest of the teenagers put their guns down after Annie convinced were convinced that they are not bad people. before that continues, Daniel tells Charlie, Strand, Wendell, and Sarah that they can stay over there until the plane gets fixed. Morgan also talks about his wife and son to Alicia in a heartwarming conversation but before they can continue, the episode ends as everyone gets on the ground to see the helicopter and the kids are also aware of the group as well.

Although there were good moments on this episode with my favorite parts that involved Daniel and Strand and the gory walker kill montage, and the ending, the story has not moved much. The three kids can begin to get annoying to the viewers and I can see why since it has turned into a cat and mouse game since the first episode. I did liked the episode, but I felt underwhelmed with the plot. Hopefully, we get to find out the idenities of the Helicopter Group very soon as well.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 3 “Humbug’s Glutch” Review

This week’s episode saw the debut of Austin Amelio reprising his role as the former Savior lieutenant Dwight as he is the second major character to cross over from the main show. Did his debut episode deliver? Or did it fall like a walker after being put down. Here is my review of the third episode of the fifth season of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Humbug’s Glutch”.

The episode begins where the group are taking down walkers that are tied together like the ones that were seen on the previous episodes. We go back and forth in between the group clearing walkers, and Luciana marking X’s on the map from where they put down those walkers. John and June also do the same thing in a different area until an unseen shooter tries to shoot to kill them. They had a small shootout until John and June escaped with their van. John and June drives to an abandoned western style town. I must say, I love the scenery of this abandoned town as it fits John perfectly. John and June explore the place and they go to a locked cabinent. John was about to use his last bullet to open the cabinent, but June opened it. Once that happened, they find a large stash of guns and ammo and they took all of it.

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Danay Garcia as Luciana, Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Alicia and Luciana talks about what happened the previous night as they both apologized and wanted to move forward. While they are talking about the plane, Alicia lets Morgan know that they are coming back. The three kids intercepted the radio and Alicia responds to all three of them to let them know that they are looking for them. Back to John and June, a sandstorm is brewing at the abandoned town that they are in and June tries to contact Morgan. After the reception got messed up, John tells June the history of the place that they are in as he tried to play it off that he did not take part of the entertainment that used to happen there. While they are talking, the unseen shooter strikes again and then we get another shootout outside. John with his swift gun skills, shoots the shooter at the arm. He also shoots down two walkers until we find out that the unseen shooter is Dwight! Dwight asks John where is Sherry and before the conversation continues, June knocks him out. They take out his belongings from his pockets as they realize that he has been looking for her for a while. When Dwight wakes up, he angrily tells John to put his belongings down.

Back to Morgan and Alicia, they were on the radio trying to contact John until their car crashed off the road. They both get out the car to investigate what happened and they both noticed the that their tire was blown and they also see a spike car trap (like the ones the police use). John and June cannot stay at the place too long as they both talked back and forth on what to do and Dwight tells them both to take his car and leave him. John tells Dwight that they are in a similar path and he once shot a guy’s middle finger. Ouch!

After that, they finally introduce themselves and John gives Dwight’s gun back to him. For them to escape, they play music to attract walkers inside the place that they were in as John, Dwight, and June escape from the top window. Dwight decides to jump down (while he is still wounded may I add) and lands on the ground. He had a close call with a few walkers until John and June save him. As more walkers were coming, the three of them go to their opposite cars. At this point while they were talking back and forth on the radio, we learn that Dwight has been looking for Sherry for a year ever since Daryl exiled him. Dwight also said that she has left him notyes across the country for him and although some were dead ends, they all lead him to where he is now. He also has not found another note from her in months and he tried to kill John and June because he thought that they have done something to her. June tries to give him hope because John found her when they thought that they would never see eachother again.

Alicia contacts Dylan, Max, and Annie over the radio and then Morgan shows up and asks her if they responded. Alicisa tells the three that she lost her mom (Madison) and her brother (Nick) and that she knows how hard that they are hurting and that they do not want them to be alone. Alicia also wants the three of them to give them a chance as well. None of them respond. Back to John/June/Dwight as it is time to clear the walkers surrounding the car Dwight went inside before they separated. June’s gun gets jamed during the attempt and is almost taken out by a walker. Then, we get to see John’s badass revolver skills as he takes out walkers left and right. Then comes one of the coolest looking walker kills I have ever seen. John tells Dwight to hold up the hatchet with his injured arm as two walkers were approaching him. John then shoots his gun at the hatchet as the bullet splits from the hatchet to riccochet into the two walkers. Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear series would say “You’re Pretty Good” if he seen that because that was straight up awesome. John said that it was only the second time he has ever done that trick.

Later in the night, John tells Dwight that Sherry must still be out there and that the car is his due to the registry. Morgan and the rest meets up with John and June and it was right there that Morgan and Dwight reunites! The reunion did not last long as Max finally responded on the radio as he tells Alicia that they are on thyeir way to the truck stop. After they cleared out walkers, they go to a van to see Dylan covered in blood. It was here that we realize that Max and Annie trapped them as the episode ends.

Of the episodes I have seen so far, this is my all time favorite episode of Fear The Walking Dead. Although there were pacing issues with the three kids, the plot with John, June, and Dwight made up for this episode as most of this episode was dedicated to those three. This episode did not disappoint at all and John is the star of this episode. That bullet trick he did will have the world talking as it is one of the best scenes in the entire Walking Dead universe. I can also say that I compare John and June’ relationship to Maggie and Glenn at this point as their chemistry is very good and it shines the most on this episode. I want to also see more of Dwight on Fear so I am looking forward to the upcoming episodes.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 2 “The Hurt That Will Happen” Review

Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

For the second Sunday in a row, Fear The Walking Dead has made me look forward to the next episode. We had a schocking plot twist at the end of the last episode that connects with The Walking Dead and now that Althea is kidnapped by the helicopter group, the group now searches for her. What are my thoughts of the second episode of the fith season? I will let you know right now as I give my thoughts of the brand new episode titled “The Hurt That Will Happen”.

The episode opens with a recorded video of Strand giving a message to Sarah, Wendell, and Charlie as if he was giving them a final message. Right after that, he shuts the camera off and gets out of the truck. He then walks alone to a gated area to see a cat and then one walker approaches him and falls straight through a sharp bar. After that, Strand realizes that Daniel is behind him pointing a gun and Daniel asks him why he is there. While Strand is telling him, Daniel shoots his gun. I liked how they made it seem like Daniel shot his gun at Strand only for the next shot to be seen that he shot a walker. Daniel tells Strand to come inside with him as it is not safe outside to talk. He even tells the cat to go inside with him as well.

Jenna Elfman as June, Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

John and Alicia are on the radio talking about Althea as they are searching for her and Morgan alerts them and shows them that all of the supplies and guns are missing as well. Alicia takes out three walkers after that and I must say, I like the weapon she has now as her signature weapon.

June takes off the bandage that Luciana has to check her nasty wound as John walks in to let them know that they have not found Althea. Back to o Daniel and Strand, Strand wants to know if Daniel has a small plane and Strand tells him that Althea is the reason he went to look for him. Strand also updates Daniel about Madison and Nick being gone and Strand asks Daniel if he can borrow one of his airplanes. Daniel does not trust him at all. Back to Morgan and Alicia as they see a road block with “DANGER KEEP OUT” written on all of the cars with radiation signs on them. Morgan and Alicia debate about going through the barrier. They also investigated the forest area until they are in trouble with a few gross looking walkers. I thought nothing of this initinally until a few miniutes later when a woman in a full body suit saves them.

The woman tells Morgan to take off all of his clothes. Alicia comes to stop the woman from shooting Morgan and interrogates her about Althea. The woman, who we now know her name is Grace, tells the both of them a reactor melted down a year ago and most of the area is contaminated along with the walker that they just killed. Grace says that Morgan needs to take a shower or else it will get worse for him. Can I also say that there are two crows in a cage above them? That might be some foreshadowing. Grace tells them that she seen the plane crash from a distance. Alicia questions if the area is even safe based on the information Grace tells them and Grace even tries to ask Alicia “the questions” about how many she has killed.

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Jenna Elfman as June – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

John and June goes to a house full of walkers and Strand tries to contact them by the radio in which he did not get a response since the signal was not strong with them. Strand tries to convince Daniel that he is not the same man from Mexico and Daniel made a funny comment about his haircut (I wonder who is the hair stylist of the apoclapse hehe). Grace does radaition testing of the area as Morgan kills a walker and I laughed when Morgan had on a shirt that said “Don’t Mess With Texas”. We also find out that it was Grace that set those traps for the walkers in the previous episode. More walkers come in and one of them is affected by radiation. A few of them also gets stuck in the mud. Alicia clears the walkers in fashion and one of the walkers try to bite Alicia and while I wqas watching this scene, I thought the whole time why didn’t Grace help her from the start instead of focusing on the radaition. Alicia could have died right there if she did not help her sooner. Grace also mentions that she used to work at the radaition power plant and told them about why she left and what she went through. John and Alicia are on the radio and Grace tells them over the radio to not touch anything. They go to the house that are full of walkers and Grace thinks that the walkers inside could have been people who were affected by the radaition meltdown before they turned.

Luciana contacts Strand and she gives him her location. She also tells him that they cannot stay there for long and the wind took down the attena so their contact has been cut. John and June (Also, my favorite couple of the show so far) tells her to stay inside, but Luciana refuses as walkers are approaching. She tries to shoot them with her working arm but that was not happening. Luciana returns and shuts the door. Alicia and Morgan talk about the three kids being right about Logan. Here comes my favorite dialogue of the episode and that is between Morgan and Alicia as Morgan talks about what he went through a few years ago. I also thinks that Morgan’s stick should never go missing at all from now on. Grace tells them that she cannot risk anymore people to be killed and tells the group that she will leave. Morgan tells her the walkie talkie channel as they part ways. After that, the group sees more walker heads under a billboard as they realize that someone knows that they are there. The episode ends as Daniel wants Strand to leave as he is not giving him the plane. Strand walks away from Daniel and Daniel told him the next time he comes back, he will kill him.

This was a great episode with a few head scratching moments such as Grace not helping Alicia sooner qand Luciana trying to kills walkers while she is very injured. I want to also say that Grace’s intruduction was handled greatly well and she did not seem like a random character at all. I believe that Grace will be a big part of the season when she returns. John and June’s chemisty on this season so far reminds me of Glenn and Maggie’s chemistry on the earlier seasons of The Walking Dead and so far, I am loving it. I also wonder when we will see Althea again after last week’s episode. I will be back for next week’s episode for another review!

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 1 “Here to Help” Review

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead Dead is back for the fifth season as many fans has been waiting for the sister show of The Walking Dead to return since last fall’s season four finale. Since Scott Gimple has taken over as the executive producer of this show along with new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian B. Goldberg, the fourth season has had divided opinions of the fanbase. The start of the fifth season however, has improved over the last season already and it makes me want to come back for more. Here is my review of the season five premiere episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Here to Help”.

The episode starts with two new characters that are kids who are also brothers trying to clear walkers. We learn in a few minutes that their names are Dylon and Max. Dylon’s gun jams as he is trying to shoot the walker approaching them. But moments later, a small airplane made a crash landing infront of them. We find out that Morgan, Alicia, Luciana, June, John, and Althea were in the plane. Inside the plane, Luciana is impaled by a bar, and morgan is hanging, and everyone else suffers minor injuries. I also thought it was cool seeing that one walker trying to grab June’s hair in the same scene as well. Olivia also saves the two brothers by hitting the walkers with the shovel. Alicia also even sets up a small trap for the walkers as well. Morgan also helps Alicia clear the walkers as well. Althea also takes down a walker as well that has gear on, but we will get back to that later on this review. After the group gets Luciana out of the plane in which she still has the metal rod impaled through her shoulder, the group talks about the plane crash and a character named Logan that they have been in contact with on the walkie talkie. Another kid that is driving approaches them and tells them to get in the car.

We find out that the girl that picked the group up is the sister of Dylan and Max and that the plane made a crash landing due to a lost engine. The girl’s name is Annie and her and Morgan talks about why they are contacting Logan on the radio. She also says that the place they are heading to is worse than it seems. They also encounter a few road blocks and signs that all points to them to not cross that area (This is quite similar to when The Saviors kept blocking the road on “Last Day on Earth”). One of the blocked roads has walkers that are tied up with their guts as chains.

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Elsewhere, Strand, Charlie, Wendell, and Sarah are also traveling and are also in contact with Morgan’s and the rest by the walkie-talkie. At the same time, Morgan and the rest reached an abandoned place to get the impaled bar out of Luciana and I must say, that was painful to watch. But at least the bar is out of her. The three kids decide to leave as they argued with the group about going to where Logan is since the three kids are warning them that it is not a good idea. Morgan wants Annie, Max, and
Dylan to join them, but they refused. Logan contacts Morgan and the scene here tells us that Morgan should have not trusted him to begin with. While Logan was talking to them, We get a scene of Strand’s group trying to enter the place Logan was at but it was guarded and they were about to get killed right there.Althena examines the video of that armored walker from earlier that day and then Morgan and Althena talked about the tapes as she says that it has not benefited her so far, but they tell a story. In fact, over with Strand, he sees a tape of Daniel Salazar which caught me by surprise as I did not expect to see him on the first episode.

John and June had a nice scene and they talked at night about what they went through before they found eachother again as they kissed after the conversation. Morgan and Alicia talks about her almost dying today and ashe mentions Madison and that she did so much for them in order of them to be standing right there today. Morgan goes on with the “we kill people” speech and he tells her that what he was then is not the same person he is now. Morgan wants to go look for the three kids.

The episode ends as Althena goes to that armored walker location after the plane crash. She unmasked the walker and look inside the pockets to find a map. The logo of the map is the same logo we see from the helicopter people on The Walking Dead with Jadis trading people and Althena gets kidnapped by another armed soldier that noticed it.

This episode opened with a great action sequence followed by character development and the return of Daniel Salazar in which fans have been waiting for since the last season. There were a few head scratching moments plotwise with the three kids, but I think their story will be more fleshed out during the season. I also love the few easter eggs of The Walking Dead that we got in this episode as well. We also got an interesting plot twist that connects this show with the main show in a greater way and I thought that was a brilliant idea. Fear The Walking Dead’s season five opener is awesome and I am looking forward to the rest of the season. For everyone that has tuned out during season four, I will say to tune back right in.

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Julian’s Thoughts: The Avengers: Endgame Review

The wait is over as The Avengers: Endgame premieres in theaters this week and I must say, It is worth seeing. After what happened at last year’s Infinity War, we see the aftermath of Thanos’ wrath and how our heroes grieved with being defeated in such a large fashion. Without going too further, here is my review and there are some spoilers ahead!

I really liked how they structured the story. Things are not okay between Steve and Tony, the defeat of Thanos is brief and anti-climatic, and then life moves on and suddenly it’s five years later and then the story really begins. Love Scott Lang’s part in solving the problem. I never really thought much of his character, but I liked him in this one. Loved the whole getting the team together sequence, and Thor’s physical and mental decline was equally hilarious and sad as hell.

The time heist plot worked for me. When I first heard rumors they might use time travel in the plot, I was both excited and anxious, because it’s easy to mess this kind of plot up. But thankfully that wasn’t the case. The whole New York scene was delightful. Steve fighting himself, Loki taking off with the space stone, ‘hail hydra’, Tony’s run in with the Hulk, the brief return of Pierce and Rumlow, the Ancient One…it all left me giddy. Clint’s and Nat’s scenes were tense (knowing one of them was going to have to die) and I honestly thought it would be Clint. Thor seeing his Mom again made me choke up a little. And Nebula accidentally giving the game away to Thanos was a very exciting little plot twist. Tony talking with Howard and Steve seeing Peggy was some well deserved fan service.

The third act was sublime. When hulk snapped his fingers and fixed the vanishing, I was ready for a lot of things, but Thanos blowing up the entire compound wasn’t it. I literally gasped and clapped my hands over my mouth during that scene. The following battle scenes are probably the best in the MCU. Steve, Tony and Thor taking on Thanos together, Steve picking up Mjolnir, Steve as the last man standing against Thanos’s entire forces (which was also an amazing shot that we see him standing in front of Thanos’ army), and then…then EVERYONE returned. It was one of the most poignant moments in the entire MCU. Holy crap, seeing that gave me goosebumps and made me tear up. So many awesome moments during that battle. Spiderman and Tony hugging, Scarlet Witch vs Thanos, Captain Marvel taking out the ship… so much awesome stuff. And then Tony wielding the stones and dusting Thanos and co. What a moment. Going to miss you, Iron Man. Also, I’m so thankful that they waited all these years to give us the Avengers Assemble in that specific scene.

I’m glad they took their time with the ending, letting all the main characters have a little moment in the spotlight. Tony’s goodbye, Thor’s choice to join the guardians, and Steve allowing himself a simple life with the woman he loves. They all deserved these moments and I’m glad we, as fans, got to see them.

I was a little worried about the 3 hour run time, but I didn’t even notice it during the movie. Time flew by and I wasn’t bored for a single moment. I’m glad they took their time and didn’t rush things. And I’m also glad they did not give things away in the trailers as I believe the trailers of the film were pretty much the first 15 minutes of the film. Such restraint! Well done, Marvel. It was such a treat to go into this movie unspoiled and completely ignorant of the plot details and to just let the story unfold.

Overall, I loved this movie and I think it is a worthy end of an era. Goodbye, Tony, Steve and Natasha. It was a pleasure knowing you.

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