The Walking Dead: World Beyond returns for their second episode this week. After CRM massacred Campus Colony which has a little over 9000 residents, Iris, Hope, Silas, and Elton go on a adventure to find Iris and Hope’s father. With that out of the way, here is my review of “The Blaze of Glory.”
What I like most about the episode, is Felix’s backstory. Before the apoclapse, he was living with his parents. But his parents did not accept his sexuallity at all. This got really heated when he came out to them and that they kicked him out of his home. Felix also struggles with his memories about this and when he went back to his home with Huck later in the episode, he seen his parents as walkers.
Now how often he goes to his former house to see this is a question in the air, but I thought the way they had his scenes blend in with his younger self was really good. It added to Felix’s mental state at the time when he and Huck were opening up to eachother. Also in his backstory, there is one scene that got my curious mind open during the scene at the start of the apoclapse. When he was running and trying to call his mom, the airstrikes happened. This also happened on The Walking Dead back in season 1. It made me wonder how many other cities had endured this at the start.
Nico Tortorella did great with the character Felix on this episode and he is slowly becoming my favorite on World Beyond.
If there is a group of people that are not prepared to take on the outside world, it is Hope, Iris, Silas, and Elton. I know that it will take time and that they are teenagers in the apoclapse. How much they learned while they were being taught by Felix has not been put to use yet for them. Their inexperience is really showing when they encountered empties. But I believe that they will be more experienced down the road. But it was also good that they acted in stealth mode to avoid the empties later on until the action begun.
What i found some resemblence of normal teenagers on this episode, is when they played monopoly in the treehouse. I know that World Beyond is supposed to have a dark setting, but once in a while, we have to remember that the characters are young. Monopoly can be played by all ages, but I think it works here for the four characters. A scene like that cannot happen on Fear or on the main show because it would really not fit the same situation. Also, bonus points for that walker taking a bowling ball hit!
Towards the end of “The Blaze of Glory”, I was puzzled by the last few minutes. And I think it is because I have family members who are firefighters that might think the same thing as me. Why would all four of them decide to sleep in an area with all of that heavy smoke from the tire fire? For any normal person at that age, they would have been dead or severly suffocating being near all of that smoke for no longer than an hour. Watching all four of them not even having breathing problems at all the whole time when they went to that area is just not realistic.
Overall, this episode is a slower than last week, but I enjoyed most of the character development from everyone. Felix’s scenes with Huck and his flashbacks are a huge highlight. I am looking forward to next week’s episode.
If you have not seen it yet, check out my interview with Aliyah Royale as we talked about the first two episodes of The Walking Dead: World Beyond.