Fear the Walking Dead S:02 E:04

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Episode Title: Blood in the Streets
Original Airdate: 5-1-16

The consequences of Alicia’s radio hookup from the season premiere come full circle, as the survivors are taken captive on the Abigail by Jack and his group. As the pirate (for lack of a better word) trio await the arrival of their own leader, Travis is instructed to “hot-wire” the Abigail into starting, because Strand jumped ship, with the keys, at the first sign of trouble. Speaking of Strand, several flashbacks peel away a little of his mystery as we learn he lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, then stole $36,000 from a businessman, Thomas Abigail, who eventually became Strand’s partner in various real estate ventures as well as life. Meanwhile, Nick swims to shore on Strand’s orders, to meet up with an associate by the name of Luis, who takes Nick back to the Abigail in time to kill some of the commandeering pirates, but not before their own leader takes off with Travis and Alicia. The episode ends with Madison pulling a near dead Strand out of the water.

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Fear the Walking Dead S:02 E:03

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Episode Title: Ouroboros
Original Airdate: 4-24-16

This episode opens with passengers of Flight 462 surfacing in the ocean. Alex (not Charlie, as I stated in my “462” review yesterday, as that is how IMDb had her listed) finds Jake among the wreckage, but he’s badly burned. They share a lifeboat with two other survivors, who try to convince her Jake is dead weight and will soon die and turn. She ends up killing them when they try to kill Jake.

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Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462

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After Fear the Walking Dead wrapped its first season at the end of September, AMC aired a sixteen-part related short titled Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 during commercial breaks of The Walking Dead’s Season 6. They somehow thought it was a good idea to drag out a fifteen-minute short from October 2015 to April 2016. It wasn’t. Caring what happened to characters we saw for a minute a week didn’t seem possible, so it was far more practical to just wait for the whole thing to finish and watch as a whole online.

Flight 462 follows passengers of a red eye flight to Phoenix at the beginning of the apocalypse. Teenager Jake is talking to his mom on the phone, who didn’t make it onto the plane due to being on standby. Jake hears screaming in the background, but his mother reassures him everything is okay, just before the line goes dead and the flight takes off. Meanwhile, fellow passenger Marcus isn’t feeling too well, but his wife claims it’s a stomach issue, though another passenger, Charlie, seems very skeptical.

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Marcus ends up in the bathroom, but is there so long the flight attendant must intervene. Marcus’s unresponsive body falls out, and when the flight crew tears open his shirt to shock his chest, Charlie sees the bite. She warns them to tie him down immediately, but after a couple of shocks he opens his undead eyes and starts attacking, brutally biting his wife and scratching a flight attendant. The air marshal on board attempts to shoot him, but misses and runs out of bullets. Jake grabs a knitting needle of the woman sitting next to him and Charlie puts it through the back of Marcus’s head, then through his wife’s eye.

Unfortunately, when the air marshal was shooting at Marcus, his arm was knocked sideways and one of his bullets went through the plane’s window. Also during the kerfuffle, Jake noticed the lights going out all over Phoenix, and the pilot reports they will reroute to LAX. The scratched flight attendant confessed to Charlie that it’s not just Phoenix but everywhere, and they have no place to land. Soon the hole in the window turns into a massive crack and breaks away completely. As the plane begins to land (crash?), Charlie confesses to Jake that she got the last seat instead of his mom, who should be there with him instead of her. On the ground, Nick sees the plane overhead losing altitude.

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Overall, it’s not a bad way to spend fifteen minutes, but there isn’t a lot to say about it either.In just a short span of time, I find myself really liking Charlie and want to see more of her. She clearly has some kind of interesting backstory since she is the only one onboard who seems to know anything about the infected and impending apocalypse. Jake’s a bit whiny, but he did save the day by grabbing the knitting needle to kill Marcus, so he’s already been far more useful in a short fifteen minutes than any of the teens on Fear the Walking Dead have been in eight episodes. Thankfully, we will supposedly learn their fate on tonight’s episode of FTWD, so it all ties together.

You can watch the short in its uninterrupted entirety here:

http://player.theplatform.com/p/M_UwQC/MMOjZwvNwhNj/embed/select/media/Q19CF0tRqiVc?form=html

Fear the Walking Dead S:02 E:02

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Episode Title: We All Fall Down
Original Airdate: 4-17-16

The survivors decided to make port for the night to try to shake the other boat that mysteriously started following them. Travis, Madison and their kids find a family led by a survivalist on a small island. He tells them that all the major cities have fallen. After talking to the wife, Madison is convinced she wants to leave with them. It turns out the wife has MS, but wants her two small children to leave and have some sort of life, whatever it may be. Meanwhile Nick, snooping for drugs, finds what he theorizes are poisonous pills the father is keeping around in case things become bad enough the family can die together. Nick just happens to be right, because as the wife and husband argue over their younger kids leaving, the daughter takes one of the pills, dies and reanimates, biting her mother. The husband tells them to take the younger son and leave, but their teenage son stops them on the dock, as his reanimated mother shambles toward them. He retrieves his younger brother, then shoots his mother in the head as the survivors sail off.

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Fear the Walking Dead S:02 E:01

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Episode Title: Monster
Original Airdate: 4-10-16

It’s back. The prequel spinoff to that really popular show that’s two years ahead of it in the timeline. It’s all very strange when you think about it. Anyway, the second season premiere kicks off just a few hours after the first season finale. With no hope left for LA, the military (we assume) are just bombing the hell out of the city, driving a lot of Infected to the coastline, where the small band of survivors is preparing to sail out to Strand’s boat, the Abigail. They barely escape, with Liza’s dead body, and head for open water, hoping to make it to a naval base in San Diego.

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Fear the Walking Dead Season:01

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Well, it was a bit of an uneven maiden voyage for this spinoff series. I thought things started off well, with a great sense of world and character building as this very serious epidemic started, but too soon it all fell apart. And not only did the story go south halfway through the season, but there was little to glean from the characters as well, leaving one to wonder “Why am I still tuning in?”

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Fear the Walking Dead S:01 E:06

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Episode Title: The Good Man
Original Airdate: 10-4-15

Travis, Madison and Daniel begin packing the essentials to head out to the desert like they initially planned, but not before stopping at the military compound to get their family members. In order to get in, they lead a horde of Walkers to the compound’s front gates (presumably from the stadium where the government locked thousands of innocent people in with the infected that Ofelia’s soldier boyfriend mentioned). Nick somehow managed to get a key to the gate where he and the mysterious stranger, Strand (best character so far), were being held, and escape as all hell breaks loose at the compound. Just as the two are about to become Walker snacks trapped against locked doors, with Madison watching through the window on the other side, Liza saves the day with her government issued key card.

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Fear the Walking Dead S:01 E:05

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Episode Title: Cobalt
Original Airdate: 9-27-15

Everyone is angry. They want their family members back, but aren’t given any information by the soldiers. In an attempt to find out where his wife is, Daniel kidnaps and tortures Ofelia’s soldier boyfriend Andrew. During the torture, Andrew tells of the military’s plans to evacuate the safe zones, but only themselves and not the survivors. The operation also includes the termination of all survivors.

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Fear the Walking Dead S:01 E:04

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Episode Title: Not Fade Away
Original Airdate: 9/20/15

It’s been nine days since the National Guard moved in to clear out the infected. They’ve put up a fence to create a safe zone, promised doctors, medicine, food and eventually, electricity. We know all this because the episode opens with a painful expository scene of Chris talking to his video camera, while hanging out on the roof. At this time, he also glimpses a flashing light reflected in the danger zone, which he believes to be signaling that someone is trapped. Travis doesn’t believe him, but Madison cuts┬áthe fence to go investigate. She sees many dead bodies that have yet to be cleared out and some that were shot in the head that were not infected, but must hide when the Guard comes through and therefore cannot find the light source.

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Fear the Walking Dead S:01 E:03

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Episode Title: The Dog
Original Airdate: 9/13/15

This episode picks up right where we left everyone two weeks ago. Madison and her kids are waiting at their house for Travis to return, attempting to distract themselves with the sounds of horror heard throughout the neighborhood. Travis, Chris and Liza are trapped in a barber shop with the Salazar family of Daniel, Griselda and Ofelia, as the riots become more dangerous outside. They finally escape when the store next door is set on fire. While running away, rioters force scaffolding to topple and Griselda’s foot is crushed. Though they agreed to go their separate ways, Travis returns to carry her to his truck so both families can escape together.

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