by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
It’s hard to believe it, but we are already halfway through the first season of Fear the Walking Dead. I can’t say I’m totally in love with the show, but it is growing on me. It’s harder for this show to have the same forward momentum as The Walking Dead because we already know what is going to happen. The interesting part will be who makes it and if Fear the Walking Dead will make any direct connections to its predecessor.
What was cool and what wasn’t in Fear the Walking Dead episode three:
”New” walkers: Unlike the walkers on The Walking Dead, most of these walkers don’t have body parts falling off. They are not made of rotting flesh like the ones who’ve been walking around for years now. Judging by the neighbor Susan, it doesn’t take long for them to start looking like the walkers we know and love.
The power goes out: We know everything is going to shut down eventually, but that doesn’t make the lights going out in Los Angeles any less chilling. It’s one thing when there are hardly any people left, but quite another when the city is teaming with confused rioters, just as confused police, and flesh-eating zombies. Finally the show is getting scary.
Travis takes out the garbage: The epitome of Travis’ (Cliff Curtis) denial.
These people don’t really like each other: We’ve got a group of people who are stuck with each other, who don’t want to be, which will hopefully make for some good non-zombie conflict. In The Walking Dead not everyone necessarily likes each other, but they need each other and they know it. This group hasn’t gotten to that point yet. They’re stuck with each other and they resent it.
The plane: Imagining what was happening on that plane is probably worse than seeing it.
The not so cool:
They left the slider open: I really thought Madison (Kim Dickens) and Nick (Frank Dillane) were smarter than that. They alone seem to have accepted the situation for what it is, so what would make them do something so careless. “Mom, there’s someone in our house.” What did they think was going to happen?
The dog: Did they really have to title this episode “the dog.” RIP brave German Shepherd.
The tension level really went up with this episode, which is great. We also saw a lot happen with the escape from downtown, the walker home invasion, the neighbor, and the military showing up. I love that things are ramping up. My downside is that I don’t yet feel all that connected to these characters. Hopefully that will change as we start to see how they handle the downfall of society.