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Fear the Walking Dead #104 - Not Fade Away

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The National Guard continues their occupation.

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On this week's episode, everything jumps ahead 9 days and the military has fenced in the neighborhood; however, the power is only running at certain times of the day. Tension is getting a little high in the household as Travis and Madison argue like everything in the world is perfectly fine. Chris spends time on the roof and thinks someone is alive outside of the neighborhood, even though the military says everyone is dead.

Travis is ordered by the military to go check on his next door neighbor, Doug, who has locked himself in the bathroom. He's not doing the health screenings required by the military. Travis gets him to cooperate. Meanwhile, Nick is stealing painkillers from his dying neighbor. Ofelia is using someone in the military, who has a crush on her, in order to get medicine for her mother.

Doug ends up disappearing one night. Travis heads out to try and find him. Travis finds his car abandoned. The military guy in charge is little to no help. Doug was brought to a military facility for help. Travis mentions the light his son saw and again, the man is no help.

Madison decides to take action into her own hands and heads out to find who is behind the light. She stumbles upon quite a few dead bodies, all shot in the head.

Madison returns and talks to Daniel. Madison tells him about all the dead bodies, which were shot in the head. Daniel explains when he was young, the government came to town and took people away. Daniel found the bodies, all dead, in the river. Daniel says he's going off with his wife to the military run facility so she can get help. Daniel says if he doesn't return, Madison needs to take care of Ofelia.

Madison finds Nick looking for drugs and gives him a good smacking. The military shows up to take Daniel and his wife away. Daniel isn't allowed to go with them though and they're taking Nick instead. Liza chooses to go with the military to help at the facility. Madison sees Liza go and blames her for Nick being taken away.

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Solid opening to the show this week. It feels like everything back to normal. We've jumped ahead 9 days, since the military came in and took control of everything. Travis running around the block, with the music playing over everything is a nice way to start everything up.

This episode really looks at both the good side and bad side of the military. Sure, the case could be made that they're more bad than good, but the whole point that seems to be made is that they're trying to maintain order and keep everyone in that area safe. Other areas aren't so lucky, as there's an obvious shoot to kill order going on. More than anything else, you'll be wondering why is that area safe? Why do they get to live while others die?

Having Madison go out into the world reinforced the idea that the military is keeping everyone safe, and it also put the "fear of god" into her and everyone watching the show. There's a large element of mistrust between the people and the military. They seem to be working in this grey area for the greater good, but it's just so hard to place them as the good guys or bad guys here, except for the head military officer Travis talked to. That guy was a complete jerk.

The moment of the episode was Nick being taken away by the military, simply because he's an awful person in the world and an awful character on the show. His story, on the surface, struggling with drug abuse, seems it would work, but it falls flat and becomes merely a frustration for the episode. The execution of Nick's story simply doesn't work and it hasn't worked since the beginning of this series.

The biggest bummer of all of this is learning that this season is only 6 episodes long and that the whole fall of civilization aspect of the show feels glossed over since this episode jumped ahead 9 days, when a lot the area has been cleaned out.

This episode of the show is solid. It's not amazing, but it does build the world up pretty well. We don't need to see zombies to enjoy the show because the show isn't about zombies. Almost everything in the episode works exceptionally well, except for Nick. He's the worst. Overall, the show continues to be surprisingly solid and it's a little bit of a bummer this is only going 6 episodes for the first season.

Questions of the Week:

  • Why does Alicia keep going out on her own?
  • How long before this quarantined area falls to walkers or people just fed up being trapped there?
  • Is Nick the least likable character in the history of television?
  • Why is that neighborhood so important that the military isn't shooting everyone?

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the_stegman

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I legit want to figure out why the military is doing what they're doing, cause right now it makes zero sense and they are just being A holes.

Also, I still find this ENTIRE family unlikable for different reasons.

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I legit want to figure out why the military is doing what they're doing, cause right now it makes zero sense and they are just being A holes.

Also, I still find this ENTIRE family unlikable for different reasons.

Have to agree with you.

Naturally it was rather convenient having Madison "escape" and cut through the fence despite the Military presence. Um...yeah.

Reuben Blades' character seems to be the only one I like but he will probably no longer be around. Blades is also probably the best actor on board, everyone else just seems like they're blank slates. Maybe it is the characterizations. I don't know.

Kind of slow and boring. Sorry but I do want to see some zombie action. Yet I'm still watching it.

Perhaps there's an analogy between Nick's drug addiction and fans of The Walking Dead series? We're having to stave the cravings off by watching this show for now?

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I'm too busy to get into another zombie show. Is the teen aged girl's "black boyfriend" dead yet, or were a lot of fans proven wrong?

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@decept_o:

I'm only watching this show because literally nothing else is on.

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I'm too busy to get into another zombie show. Did the teen aged girl's "black boyfriend" dead yet, or were a lot of fans proven wrong?

Well they never go back to him and the city went to hell, so we can assume he dead. But black people from premier episodes of zombie apocalypse shows tend to not stay gone for good. Maybe he'll make a grand re-entrance in a couple seasons.

Nah. I'm sure he gone.

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@the_stegman: Same here.

I really didn't want to start watching it because one zombie show was enough for me but I thought I'd give it a go.

I guess it won't run for long but we may be surprised...by something.....maybe.........

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@thelurker said:

I'm too busy to get into another zombie show. Did the teen aged girl's "black boyfriend" dead yet, or were a lot of fans proven wrong?

Well they never go back to him and the city went to hell, so we can assume he dead. But black people from premier episodes of zombie apocalypse shows tend to not stay gone for good. Maybe he'll make a grand re-entrance in a couple seasons.

Nah. I'm sure he gone.

Well dang! I hope the rest of the show isn't so predictable.

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I have the feeling that this military group has no orders from anyone and that they're just a National Guard unit that's taken it upon themselves to put themselves in charge and that everything has already broken down everywhere else like no Government broken down....like these guys are proto Governors

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Didn't even bother watching..... Does anyone really like any of the characters on this show?

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The military are getting rid of the weak to save resources dang

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Losing interest

And half the crap is making no sense.

~MiB

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I really hope the last 2 episodes of this season offer something compelling because the sum of these first 4 episodes is more meandering family drama than survival horror.

We went all the way back to the start to see the outbreak....and jumped forward past the first 9 days of the outbreak, all in apparent service of the central theme of denial among the initial survivors?

Weird choice imo.

In that almost singular thematic focus, seems like they may have forgotten a few elements like having characters who do things that make sense or are likable.

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Hate Travis.

Hate the daughter.

Hate both the sons.

Hope the walkers eat most of the family. Too bad that won't happen...

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This show is a abomination. It turns ppl away from something so spectacular as the walking dead comic

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I had a feeling that one Walking Dead was enough.

I am bored with "Fear" and it looks like some others are out of patience.

The main problem is that they don't have enough fresh zombie gags for the main show so they drag out all this character stuff. So now they have two shows that they don't have enough fresh zombie gags for. Just save it all up for Rick's Rangers.

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when I saw that the release dates for this season were only for 6 episodes I thought they were going to do a mid-season brake while the main show is on...why are they only doing 6 episodes...it was kind of obvious that this show would be a success rating-wise...so why not just order a full season?

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While I really enjoyed the show so far, there is one thing that really bums me out...it seems like they kinda allready know about the whole"everybody is infected"-thing...How are they going to explain that this would be a huge reveal for team rick? I mean, I get that the military is cutting off all communications, but some of them must have noticed similar things happening.

That is something that wasn't really explained in the comics as well, but kirkman kinda got away with it by just not going further into the outbreak story.

but because the tv twd-universe chose to put more focus on the outbreak they have to come up with an explanation for this.

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My did not record...bummed

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I feel like we missed an episode or two, it's like their has been a jump forward in time and I didn't want that.

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I don't understand why this show exists. This will be my last episode.

If they wanted to show us the beginning of the ZA they should have just done flashbacks on the main show from all the different characters the same way Lost did in the first couple seasons. I have a hard enough time giving a damn about the characters in Rick's group because they're so bad at character development, but Fear is even worse in that department.

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Geez that episode was boring!!!

NO Zombies

"Dad, I see something!" ... "I don't have time for this, son!!"

"What's this doctor doing here, treating sick people??? GET OUT!"

"I'm gonna cut a hole in the fence, go for a bit of a walk and go home."

"I can't tell the military about the shining light. They won't believe me!"

"I'm gonna get out of this old, dead man's clothes I stole ... have a swim in the pool ... then put them back on!"

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The show has a great platform but some of the players need to go starting with Nick. He is annoying beyond just his bad acting. His voice is like nails on a caulk board. Travis is living in lala land like nothing bad is going on. My thoughts on the town thats fenced in is to keep "test subjects" safe.