Fear The Walking Dead’s current season has been excellent so far. The structure of an anthology season really works three episodes in. We have seen a reintroduced Morgan, and Strand, Alicia, Charlie, and Daniel in a sticky situation. What made those episodes great, is how they made the previous episode matter and connected to the next episode.
This week, Fear focused on Dwight and Althea. They both have an adventure and a motive. For Dwight, he is still looking for Sherry. For Althea, she hopes to see Isabelle again. When they both entered the building, they were in for something that has yet to be seen in the universe of The Walking Dead. And that is, a plague. Just the thought of a plague during a zombie apoclapse is interesting.
When Dwight and Al went through a weak wall to go to the other side, there were many rats and mice. I had to turn away for a split second because I do not like them with a passion. But the sequence demostrated the fear and urgency that these two had to get through to go to the roof. Austin Amelio and Maggie Grace’s chemistry on this particular episode is something that I did not know that I wanted. And I like their chemistry as friends as it felt organic and natural.
What I found sad when I watched “Alaska”, is everything that had to do with Nora. Nora explained that the walkers that were in that building were all co-workers that she worked with. The gut punch happens towards the end of the episode when we see that the state ID Al found on a walker resided from Alaska. And that person was one of Nora’s friends as well (named Mark Jackson). Nora brought out an emotion out of me to appreciate life because it can be taken at anytime.
CRM killed Mark Anderson from the top of that roof. And I believe that this happened based on what happened involving them on World Beyond. Even though Isabelle of CRM given Al the supplies and medicine to take care of the sick patients, they are not to be trusted. Also, did anyone make a connection to Andrea’s walker bite reveal in the comics to Dwight’s infection reveal?
The best moment of “Alaska” is the reunion between Dwight and Sherry. This was a long time coming ever since she disappeared back on season 7 of The Walking Dead. I can say that I was extremely happy when they reunited and I am looking forward to see what happens next with the two. Al believed that Dwight would reunite with her. And that moment is a memorable one. Now we can hope for Isabelle to reunite with Althea.
It has been a while since Fear The Walking Dead has had three straight episodes that are great. And each episode brought something different to the table. Of the three episodes, “Alaska” is my favorite so far! I also have to say that Fear The Walking Dead has filled the empty void on Sunday nights. “Alaska” is a contender for one of the best episodes of Fear and it is totally worth it.
This week’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Welcome to the Club”, is a much different episode than last week’s premiere. This is because Alicia, Strand, Charlie, and Daniel are in one of Virginia’s communities. The episode is focused on these four characters as they learn to adapt to The Pioneers’ way of living. Here is my review of “Welcome to the Club.”
It is career day for the four characters. But before that happens with them, a group of prisoners are tasked with killing walkers in a storage unit. What sounds easy on paper, is difficult in practice. That is because inside the storage unit, the walkers and the floor is covered with molasses. What I like here, is how the molasses is used during this deadly situation. I also thought it was clever on how the walkers grabbed and devoured the prisoners and that guard too. Sanjay was the only survivor there that survived.
What made me sad, is to see Daniel with memory loss and his mental state. Even though by the end of “Welcome to the Club” Daniel seemed to be in his normal state when he seen Morgan, How we see him before that moment is heartbreaking. He did not remember anything at all. Virginia had him under her complete control and I really felt for Alicia and Strand when they tried to speak with him.
Charlie was the one to finally trigger something in Daniel. When she played the same song that he taught her, I was thinking to myself that he has to come through now. Whether if he was acting or not the entire time, is up for debate.
Dakota is Virginia’s sister. I just also realized that their names are based on the states in this country. So far, I like what we see of Dakota and she proves to Alicia and Strand that she is a valuable asset. But she also slightly gets them both into trouble while they were doing their task. The task for Alicia and Strand, is to clear the walkers that the prisoners could not do. The difference here, is that Virginia told them both if they complete the task, there would be something inside for them. We also got to see what happened if they tried to escape as it happened right infront of them when a prisoner tried to escape. And that is, death.
So not only did Alicia, Strand, Sanjay, Dakota, and Charlie cleared the walkers, they came up with a smart strategy. The action really picked up here and I love those gruesome walker kills. The strongest dialouge on this episode is between Alicia and Strand. They both went back and forth about why they should not take orders from Virginia and lead their own way. Alicia is the voice of reason in this scenario and even her plan about escaping is far better than Strand’s plan. But the truth comes out as Strand secretly made a deal with Virginia.
That deal is for him to give her the map in order for them two to be kept together. This also escalated later on when Strand was given a key from Virginia. Virginia sees a leader in Strand and the first thing Strand did, is reassigned Alicia. This means that the two are splitting up. Strand wanted Alicia to forget who he is from this point on.
I can say that Morgan was not the only one that is in for a change this season. Strand also changed too. Especially when he got Sonjay devoured by walkers later which was part of his plan. Alicia tried to knock some sense into Strand and it did not work at all. Also, bonus points for the scene between Virginia and Dakota. I can tell that sisters around the world will also feel that because you would not want anything to happen to your younger sibbling.
Overall, I like the episode. It reminded me of “The Cell” on The Walking Dead back in season 7. I said this because everyone that is in that sugar factory had to adapt to the working life under The Pioneers including the prisoners. And on “The Cell”, Daryl seen first hand what is life under The Saviors like. Just like that episode on The Walking Dead, there are rules everyone has to follow and there are consiquences if they do not follow them. So far, the anthology structure is working. Morgan appearing at the end of the episode makes it connected to the ending of the last episode and I hope to see that in later episodes of this season.
Next week’s episode titled “Alaska” is focused on Dwight and Al. You do not want to miss that one!
Fear The Walking Dead returned tonight to kick off the sixth season. If you recall, the fifth season ended in a cliffhanger that was panned by critics. We got our question right away on the status of Morgan Jones. And that is, he is alive!
“The End is the Beginning” is the title of this episode and it matches how we view Morgan during this episode. With that out of the way, Here are the best moments from today’s episode.
The Callback to “Days Gone Bye”
I noticed this good easter egg as soon as it happened. Morgan walking into the abandoned town mirrors when Rick Grimes first entered Atlanta on The Walking Dead. The atmonsphere and mood from both scenes are exactly the same, except that Morgan was badly injured in this sense. Bonus points for Morgan getting that gun from the police car because that had to be a slight nod to Rick Grimes. I will add more to this on the final moment.
Everything with Emile
Emile was great on this episode. Actor Demetrius Grosse played a very convincing villain. Although he was killed at the end of this episode, he will remain as one of my favorite characters on Fear regardless that he only lasted one episode. He is the bounty hunter for Virginia and he did not hesitate to take the heads off of people with his big boardaxe. I just wish that he lasted much longer. I also liked the fact that he took down that water tower that Morgan slept in. Must have been a bad wakeup call for him.
I love the cinematography throuought the episode. It really brought out the mood that this was going to be like a western film from the last century. Mix that in with the apoclapse, you are in for a treat on the way most of those outdoor scenes are filmed.
Sending a Message to Virginia
I found this funny that Virginia wanted Morgan’s head in a box. But what she wanted, did not turn out excactly what she hoped. She did get a nice box with Morgan’s name on it. But the head in there was Emile and Morgan sent her a clear message that they will see eachother again.
“Morgan Jones is Dead”
This is one of the best lines I have heard Morgan say and Lennie James really delievered this line very well. It signifies that the old Morgan is done and the new Morgan is here. No more “Clear” or “All Life is Precious” Morgan as those days are far behind him. To me, it is the reinvention of the character and he did that in a life or death situation.
Which is why I brought up the police car as Rick Grimes life as a sherif was long behind him the second he entered Atlanta as to Morgan when he entered the small town. When this line is heard, you think back to this episode to see the changes of the character. Issac tried to bring out that old Morgan, but he is “dead” now forever. This is a memorable line that will be remembered and Virginia now has to watch out for him.
This is a really good episode to kick off the sixth season. I know that it will take some time to gain back the interest that was lost due to the season five finale. But this episode is worth the wait. Fear The Walking Dead is back on AMC Network and it is a spectacular ride!
Fear The Walking Dead will return in a few more weeks to premiere its sixth season. After Virginia had her pioneer members split up the group in different locations, she is on the hunt for Morgan. Speaking of Morgan, we last seen him at the closing moments of the season five finale as he was fighting for his life.
That last episode of season five drew a widespread backlash in The Walking Dead community. What everyone hopes to see is if there will be an improvement on season six. I seen the first three episodes of the season, and I will share you my thoughts of the first three episodes and what you could expect from this season.
601: The End is The Beginning
We find out that this episode picks up six weeks after the season five finale. Morgan is still hiding from Virginia and The Pioneers after all this time. There is even a bounty hunter named Josiah LaRoux that is looking for Morgan during the episode. They both do actually meet in this episode, but I will not spoil the outcome. But during this episode, he briefly befriends someone and is tasked with a small mission that he does initinally do not want to do, but he does it because the person reconized him from the tapes.
What I like about this episode, is how Morgan changed from the previous two seasons of Fear. The Morgan that you know when he wanted to go around the country to find everyone, is gone. He is a completly different character from this point on and still carries that badass nature that came with him on the main show. I also like the structure and the visual setting that is displayed especdially towards the second half of the episode. It made it seem like an old western when you piece everything together.
There is also a small easter egg from the very first episode of The Walking Dead that I noticed too when Morgan was walking to the small town.It reminded me of when Rick Grimes first went to the city as both scenes had no music and if you compare the two scenes, it is nearly shot the same way. Also, Morgan goes inside a police car to get a gun and that had to be a Rick Grimes easter egg since he was a sherif officer when they both first met.
There are a few moments on this episode that did made my head shake in a bad way. One in particular, is when Morgan was walking through the walkers while he is still bleeding from his wound. I find that very inconsistant and jarring when you put in the thought of how walkers work in that universe. My other problems with this episode, is that even though Morgan explained to a former Pioneer member how he was saved, we do not actually see who saved him. And finally, I feel that Josiah should have been used better on this episode and you will find out why I said that.
I believe if this episode started from where the finale left off to show us how Morgan survived and then continue the story with the short timejump, this episode would have flowed much better. But I also love the badass line Morgan says at the end of the episode. To me, The End is The Beginning is the reintroduction of the Morgan character and Lennie James really pulled it off from start to finish.
602: Welcome to the Club
Welcome to the Club focuses on Alicia, Strand, Daniel, and Charlie. One thing that caught my attention was the mental state of Daniel. There is something really wrong with him during this episode and I wanted to figure out what Virginia did to him. I will not tell you what happens at the end of the episode, but it is something to think about.
As far as Alicia, Strand, and Charlie go, Virginia tasks them with a mission to do inside the factory. This mission is supposed to be beneficial for them according to Virginia. But the mission itself, is very tricky and you will see that at the start of this episode. Other prisoners tried this early on, but it did not work. You will also see what happens to one prisoner that tried to run away and it is not good.
Virginia’s sister Dakota, is charming and she sees the good in Alicia, Strand, and Charlie. She helps them during a crazy sequence that involves a lot of walkers. The other takeaway I have, is the debates Alicia and Strand have over why they should not listen to anybody anymore, and why they should be leaders to themselves. There is something about Alicia being the voice of reason in the right place at the right time and that is also showcased too.
I would compare most of this episode to The Walking Dead’s The Cell as I thought that one was an underrated episode. I feel the same for this particular episode too as I believe it will be one of the more underrated episodes of the season. There is a ton of action on the second half so be on the lookout for that.
Alaska is my favorite of the three. Austin Amelio and Maggie Grace nailed it with the chemistry between Dwight and Al. The unique surprises here will be the highlight of this episode. One surprise is that the building that they both need to go to for something that is CRM related, has residents that are infected by a plague. Another surprise that comes at the end of the episode, will be heart warming and satisfying. It is something Dwight fans have been waiting for ever since the main show.
About the plague, there is one scene that you may want to turn your head away the second you see it. I did that because I was disgusted. If you have a certain phobia, then this scene may not be for you. You have been warned.
When you find out the reason why this episode is named Alaska, you will most likely be sad. It is a dark backstory and it makes you think of life and how it can be taken without notice. It is also related to what Dwight and Al does during this episode from the start that gives it the name too. Dwight has been one of my favorites since the main show and Al is starting to reach up there on Fear The Walking Dead right next to Alicia, and John.
I wish that there is more for me to share about Alaska, but it would cross the spoiler territory and everyone will have to wait until they see it.
Fear The Walking Dead is currently producing the sixth Season and the season will feature the long awaited return of Sherry. Christine Evangelista will reprise her role for the first time since Season 7 of The Walking Dead.
Sherry was last seen on the eleventh episode of Season 7 as she escaped The Sanctuary. Sherry then left Dwight (Austin Amelio) a note explaining why she left and has also left him notes to find her. Dwight did exactly that after he was exiled by Daryl at the end of Season 8. His journey of finding Sherry begun from there and it led to him all the way to Texas (Which also lead to Dwight crossing over to Fear The Walking Dead) and he has been getting closer to finding her throughout Season 5 of Fear.
Christine has been spotted in the Austin, TX area not too long ago and AMC wanted to get ahead of the speculation and straight up shared the image on Twitter with the line “Is this a dream, or a reunion? #FearTWD” earlier today and compared to her last appearance, her look has entirely changed. Scott Gimple was also interviewed by EW as well this week and he mentioned that the sixth season of Fear will have a time jump as he said “We’re going to see a lot of time pass” which could also factor on when she would appear in the season. I also interviewed Colby Minifie (Virginia) last year and asked about Sherry and Colby teased that it could happen at the time.
What do you think about Sherry crossing over to Fear The Walking Dead?
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