Fear the Walking Dead is getting the band back together. “La Serpiente” continues the reunion that started with the midseason premiere. Come hell or high water, Madison is going to cross paths with Victor and Daniel because apparently the plot demands it. Last week, Madison discovered that the range was critically low on water. She and Walker went to bargain for H20, but ended up buying Strand’s freedom after bumping into him by coincidence. Better still, Strand knew where they could find plenty of water because he had been to the dam Daniel took over in the first half of the season.
Fear the Walking Dead is back and dumber than ever! Having spent the summer basking in the weirdness of Twin Peaks, I didn’t recap much of the first half of the show’s third season, so let’s quickly get up to speed. Madison and her family were taken prisoner by a military psychopath who was killing people for “science”, but mostly for fun. They joined forces with the little lunatic at his daddy’s survivalist ranch. Surprise, surprise, daddy was a casually racist gun not of the Cliven Bundy variety.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m still processing last week’s trippy episode of Twin Peaks. Okay, I get the impression most of you aren’t watching David Lynch’s revival on Showtime. Fair enough. It’s not for everyone. But trust me when I say it is unlike anything else on television. Since Twin Peaks is taking the holiday weekend off, I figured I’d take the opportunity to check in on this season of Fear the Walking Dead.
In a crowded summer movie season, Ridley Scott’s latest entry in the Alien prequel series has gotten squeezed out at the box office despite decent reviews. What does that mean for the future of the Alien franchise? It’s hard to say at this point, but it seems like as good a time as any to rank the Alien movies from worst to first.
The stakes were sky high for the season finale of The Walking Dead. No, not so much for the characters. They were just involved in a poorly plotted skirmish with Negan and the Saviors that wouldn’t actually resolve much of anything. No, the real stakes were for the show itself. The sixth season finale ended with an infuriating cliffhanger that alienated much of The Walking Dead’s loyal fanbase. Since then, AMC’s crown jewel has been shedding viewers. This season needed to end with an episode that didn’t send viewers into a rage. The result was an overlong episode that mostly chased its own tail but at least it didn’t actively troll its audience. That counts as a win, right?
When the Oceanside community was introduced, it was obvious that sooner or later Rick was going to show up and take their guns. It was the only reason for them to exist. Episode after episode, we were reminded that Rick needed guns. Conveniently, here was a community with guns to spare but without the will to use them. Sure, Tara promised not to reveal their location. But that promise was never anything more than a stalling tactic. She may as well have promised to keep their location a secret until the penultimate episode of the season.
Well, at least we got that out of the way. Ever since The Walking Dead arbitrarily created the Sasha-Abraham-Rosita love triangle, the show set itself on a path towards an episode in which the two women work through their feelings. It all feels less urgent since the meat in the Abraham sandwich got his brains splattered all over Negan’s bat in the season premiere (which feels like a lifetime ago) and the truth is this story arc was never that interesting to begin with. But at least the show’s writers have played it out and we can theoretically all move on to not caring about Enid.
It’s appropriate that an episode titled “Bury Me Here” includes a couple of characters dying. I’ll hold off revealing their identities until after the jump. One of these characters went to the trouble of digging his own grave in advance and posting a sign so as to make the purpose of the hole clear. Signs are a theme of the episode as Morgan flashes back to the days when his grief turned to madness which resulted in him posting warning signs all around him. The writers of The Walking Dead have been posting signs too. Every episode is loaded with signs spelling out exactly what is going to happen before the season finale. If anything that happened in this episode surprised you, you haven’t been paying attention.
It’s date night on The Walking Dead. For Rick and Michonne (“Richonne”), that means hanging out at a nearby fairground with Greg Nicotero and a bunch of extras in zombie make-up. Wacky, gory hi-jinks ensue. The show’s writers managed to milk an hour-long episode out of that thin premise. Let’s see if I can get a 500-word article out of it.
Since I saw a trailer for Get Out back in October of last year, I’ve been looking forward to Jordan Peele’s contribution to the horror genre. Knowing his background in comedy (he’s half of the duo Key And Peele, who had their sketch comedy show on Comedy Central) I expected a horror film with some humor. What it turned out to be was even better.
Imagine a TV show based on the Wizard of Oz. On this hypothetical show, the audience watches the Cowardly Lion overcome his fears and cheers as he discovers his courage. Almost immediately afterwards, the character reverts to being a sniveling coward seemingly at random. Viewers watch the Lion repeat the same story beat over and over again. That’s what’s happening on The Walking Dead with Eugene playing the role of the Lion. He even has the mane.
The Walking Dead has been ridiculous for a long time now. But lately, the show seems to be in on the joke which has made the last couple of episodes much more enjoyable than the first half of the season. When The Walking Dead takes itself seriously, it just keeps hitting the same depressing notes over and over again leaving viewers little choice but to focus on the glaring flaws in the narrative. But when you’ve got an episode focusing on a group right out of Mad Max complete with a Thunderdome battle between Rick and a zombie in spiky armor, there’s enough entertainment value to not sweat the small stuff.