Warning: This post contains spoilers for Fear the Walking Dead season 1 and episodes 1-3 of season 2.
I know, I know. Fear the Walking Dead premiered back in the beginning of April, but I only just got around to watching the first three episodes. The fourth episode wasn’t yet available onDemand though it premiered on Sunday. (Update: #4 is available onDemand now, and I’ll be watching it next week back-to-back with #5).
So when last I saw these people:
They had just arrived at Strand’s beach house and were planning on boarding his ship, the Abigail. In episode 1, the group abandons land for life at sea on the Abigail. But being at sea doesn’t insulate them from the dangers of the dead… or the living.
Let me start with the tension. Amidst the inter-personal conflict between Strand, the group, and the family members, there’s an ever-present theme of not being able to trust anyone outside your group. Strand gets mad when Alicia gives their location to a stranger on the radio; Daniel Salazar tells his daughter not to ask others for antibiotics because they can only trust family; Strand cuts loose the boat and survivors from the plane crash that’s being towed behind the Abigail. This suspicion works really, really well. Especially with the looming threat of the boat that appeared to be following the group and the questionable motives of the Geary family on Catrina Island. Plus Strand’s clearly up to something. As to what, I’m not quite sure yet.
Speaking of Strand, I like him as a character. He has questionable intentions that might be good or might be bad. Despite claiming to own the multi-million dollar house on the coast and the Abigail, there’s a pretty good chance he doesn’t. He’s also in communication with someone via satellite phone. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Abigail’s arrival to wherever Strand’s mystery friend is located won’t be all sunshine and roses.
Strand isn’t the only character with compelling depth. Nick, Alicia, Daniel, and even Chris have me on the edge of my seat as they face off against the zombies. I may or may not have said “Nick better not get bitten” during a particularly intense scene.
I haven’t made up my mind about Ofelia Salazar (Daniel’s daughter). She hasn’t had as much screen time as the others, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt for now. But Madison and Travis grate on my nerves. Yes, they’re useful to the group. Travis understands how engines work, and Madison works as a mediator between Strand and the group. But they just don’t have personalities like the others.
My plan is to watch episodes 4 & 5 back-to-back next Tuesday. Though I’m not sure if I’ll be able to hold out and not watched #4 until then. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what happens next.