by Sherry Lipp

Fear TWD S1 Ep5 Alicia


Fear TWD S1 Ep5 MadisonLast week I thought Fear the Walking Dead might be headed in an exciting new direction, but this week I couldn’t help feeling like they were just filling time to get to the finale. Granted we learned a couple of important things, but the true meaning of “Cobalt” (also the title of this episode) isn’t exactly a big surprise. They’ve been hinting at it the whole time.

What I am having the hardest time with is connecting with these characters. It’s hard to root for them because they are not all that likeable. Because of that, this episode was all the more distasteful. I just wasn’t seeing how skinning someone’s arm is a justified means to an end. Daniel (Rubén Blades) already knew the writing was on the wall. It seemed more like he had revenge on his mind. Revenge for the past, revenge for the fact that the American dream isn’t everything he thought it would be, and revenge for the loss of his wife.

The most interesting part of the show was in the base camp hospital and holding cells. What was with the guy in the cell with Nick (Frank Dillane)? Everything is so corrupt already. While I can understand that at the camp, I’m not sure I bought it from Madison (Kim Dickens). She has sunk low pretty fast. Then again she’s one of the only ones to have had an up close and personal confrontation with a walker.

What’s cool:

Travis (Cliff Curtis) gets a dose of reality: I think it’s finally starting to sink in for him.

The zombie-filled arena: I think we all know where this is headed – and I mean that in a good way.

Nick’s new friend: I’m not exactly sure what this guy has in mind, but I don’t think it can be good. However, it will probably be interesting.

Fear TWD S1 Ep5 Travis and Chris

The not so cool:

Daniel goes too far: His sadistic methods just didn’t work for me. I think we just don’t know these characters well enough. Maybe we’re supposed to hate them.

Please let’s get out of this neighborhood: I thought this show was going to take place in the big city, but this neighborhood could be anywhere.

What about the person signaling them?: It wasn’t even mentioned.

Final thoughts: Next week is already the season finale. While I think this show has potential, I wish I was more excited about its future. That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing how this season wraps up.

Fear the Walking Dead images: Justina Mintz/AMC

Sherry Lipp
Sherry is a writer/blogger specializing in entertainment and food writing. You can find her gluten and grain-free food articles at

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