The latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead really didn’t do much for me.
That’s not necessarily the show’s fault, or at least not entirely. As I’ve said from my first review, I didn’t start regularly watching this show until the start of the current (and final) season. As a result, I’m still learning who many of these characters are. Perhaps if I had watched the earlier seasons, I would have been more emotionally connected to Sarah’s search for her brother, Wendell. And perhaps I would have been more concerned with Josiah’s need to get revenge on Morgan.
But, even with all that in mind, last Sunday’s episode was punishingly slow. It felt like a throwback to one of those old episodes of The Walking Dead where some minor character would randomly run into someone and then we’d have to spend 40 minutes listening to them have a conversation about nothing before some random Walkers finally showed up. For lack of a better term, it was kind of boring. For all of the trouble that the episode put the viewer through, it needed a better pay off than “Wendell’s here but I’m not going to let you see him.”
Josiah carrying around his brother’s disembodied heard was visually interesting but, from a narrative point of view, it was pretty stupid and it kind of made me wonder how someone who could be dumb enough to carry around a zombie head could possibly manage to survive in the world of the walking dead. The fact that it all led to Josiah having to euthanize an adorable dog did not help matters. I get that the whole idea behind The Walking Dead and its spin-offs is that the world is a terrible place where terrible things happen but honestly, Josiah was just an idiot. He was probably an idiot before the zombie apocalypse and he’s apparently still an idiot afterwards. My hope is that we’ve seen the last of Josiah because I really don’t want to have to spend another episode listening to him whine about his dead brother. Instead, I hope future episodes will take us back into The Tower and the world of Strand. Colman Domingo only appeared for a few minutes in the latest episode but he owned every one of them.
Finally, it appears that there are still some atomic warheads that were not set off during the previous season. And I guess the Stalkers now have one of them. That’s probably not a good thing.