Fear the Walking Dead’s “Date of Death” picks up a short while after the final scene of the last episode, with Travis now at the gates of the hotel along with a small crowd of other trying to get in. On whole the rest of the episode is mainly a giant flashback that focuses on how Travis ended up there alone and why Chris is the worst.
Certain episodes are climatic episodes – ones you’ll be talking about for days, weeks – and others are more building-block episodes – ones that get you to the climaxes…Fear the Walking Dead’s “Pillar of Salt” is the latter. It is all about loosely stitching the fractured Abigail crew together and building towards whatever major events are coming next.
More than anything Fear the Walking Dead’s “Pablo and Jessica” focuses on how characters react after the loss of loved ones. Even the opening scene speaks to this as Madison takes a page out of her “lost” son’s playbook in killing and gutting an Infected, then covering herself and Strand in the blood to escape the overrun hotel bar. Once outside they find their truck gone; Strand presumes Alicia and Ofelia fled, forcing Madison to again face the possibility of losing someone she loves. Something she stubbornly refuses to do as she insists that, unlike Nick, Alicia wouldn’t just leave, and is relieved to be proven correct when she finds Alicia (along with Elena and Hector) banging on the other side of one of spa’s doors.
The opening scene of Fear the Walking Dead’s “Do Not Disturb” is a flashback to the wedding the hotel had before the world fell apart. As the bride and her father dance he collapses, dies, then comes back to bite his daughter in the face as she tries to give him mouth-to-mouth. After that the hotel manager promptly locks the entire wedding party and their guests in the ballroom. …Thanks show writers, I needed another reason to instinctually dislike weddings.
The latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead is “Los Muertos” – Spanish for “The Dead” – and it kicks off with just that…the dead. Specifically, a man feeding himself to a pack of them guarding La Colonia while the rest of the community chants and Nick looks on with the man’s daughter. It’s pretty clear, just from that alone, that Nick’s found himself in yet another undead-loving cult. This one may be more dangerous than Cecilia and her fellow house-staff, however, because this one is an entire, functioning, town of filled with the devoted.
Remember when everyone on Fear the Walking Dead was stuck on a boat and pirates were trying to take all their stuff? Or they were all in a villa run by a crazed housekeeper who believed the undead were just the next step in living? Yeah…those good times are pretty clearly over. Everyone’s splintered and if the mid-season premiere is any indication, their lives are going to be a series of terrible experiences from now on.
We’ve seen numerous ways people have lost their grip on reality in The Walking Dead, but now we get to see it play out in the characters of Fear the Walking Dead’s “Shiva”. From the already crazy Celia to the once solid-minded Daniel, a good half of those on the show seem to tip into insanity this episode.
There is no greater sign things are about to go horrifically wrong in a zombie-genre piece than when it opens on children and this episode of Fear the Walking Dead opens on a bunch of them. Choir boys and little girls in pretty dresses all going to church and taking communion along with a priest and small handful of other adults before they all grab weapons and prepare for war. They don’t seem to be gearing up just to fight the undead, but instead they’re after a certain woman, Celia, because of what she’s done. Just as they’re ready a truck flies up and Strand’s lover, Thomas, gets out to beg them not to do what they’re about to do. …Then everyone but Thomas starts bleeding from the eyes.
Due to the fact I had to play catch-up after a personal vacation and the last two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead were so closely connected I’m writing a review for both “Blood in the Streets” and “Captive” together. Now, onto the story of the pirates of the apocalypse…