There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: What’s Your Story Review – Episode Discussion
There Are Also Minor Spoilers Here About The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Regarding Morgan
So it’s been some time since Fear The Walking Dead has been on air and it feels a long time since I’ve written about and reviewed the show, although with Season 3 of Fear The Walking Dead I was very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed season 3 and its finale. The Walking Dead also today just ended, with our review for its finale going online just a few hours ago. I don’t usually mention the main show in my Fear reviews because mostly they’re unrelated shows, but Season 4 of Fear is different, it’s the first time there’s a crossover between the two shows, meaning that now they are linked.
It seems that Morgan, who is a character we know quite well from his many appearances in The Walking Dead has now left that show, but instead of being killed off, he’s going on a character development journey which leads him to the set of Fear The Walking Dead. Morgan has been quite a conflicted character of late in The Walking Dead and is struggling with all the lives he has taken during his time with Rick and the war with Negan. The character went from a non violent stance, to a very violent one quite quickly and I think it broke him. A few episodes ago in The Walking Dead, both Rick and Morgan killed a bunch of prisoners, who I thought probably could have been saved and it was kind of a bad thing to do. Rick seems to have gotten over it, but I think this moment has taken a large toll on Morgan, especially as we’ve seen him haunted by one of the prisoners a couple times of late.
So basically with all the heavy burdens on his character, Morgan is seen in this episode of Fear The Walking Dead at the dump by himself which is where his time in The Walking Dead ended. We see a couple cast members from The Walking Dead in this episode, such as Carol, Jesus and also Rick try to persuade Morgan to stay and heal with them. But the man is broken, Morgan is lost and needs to leave and he does. He starts walking, running, driving and killing walkers along the way with his stick. All the way until he encounters new characters and eventually the core group of cast members/characters we all know and love from Fear The Walking Dead.
This episode introduces us to a few new characters, most notably Althea who is played by Maggie Grace and John Dorie who is played by Garret Dillahunt. Both actors do a fine job in their first episode and the two drive a S.W.A.T truck and are I guess a bit like Eugene, Rosita and Abraham were in The Walking Dead. They’re trying to survive and they’re on their way just travelling. There’s some rough moments with Walkers and other humans they encounter, but they eventually all join up together with Morgan and wind up finding Alicia on the road looking injured. It’s a trap though and other Fear The Walking Dead main characters are all there and they’re holding guns. Without saying much more other than that there’s dangerous people around, the episode ends and we get to wait for next week.
I thought that overall the plot of this episode was well done. Fear The Walking Dead is a slower paced show than The Walking Dead is and the story of Morgan getting to the main characters from Fear, I think could have probably been done quicker, but for fans of Morgan and his character it is an important time for the character to develop, which makes me glad that it wasn’t rushed at all. I thought that Lennie James who plays Morgan did a fine job in this episode. There was also a little bit of a different look to the episode, it was almost all black and white, but it kind of wasn’t with little bits of colour all throughout lots of the shots. I guess it was a filter on the episode, but it looked nice. Morgan’s story is meant to be a dark one so maybe why the filter was used, but I guess next week we’ll see the Fear The Walking Dead in full colour again. But for this episode was nicely done.
I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next week and also finding out what the characters of the show have been up to and how they got to where they were when Morgan found them. Season 3 of Fear ended with quite the cliffhanger and my only disappointment with this episode was that we didn’t really get to see any of that at all in this one as it was all about Morgan. It’s nice, but I want to see what everyone’s been doing. Next week should give us that, so I’m excited to see. But it’s great to see Fear The Walking Dead back on TV.
Fear The Walking Dead: Blackjack Review
There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: Blackjack Review – Episode Discussion
So the latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead just aired and this one allowed us to catch up with a couple of old characters that have been long absent for many episodes now such as Victor and Luciana. Blackjack also progresses with Morgan’s leadership of his new group and their box maintenance business.
The side of the episode which focused on Strand was all about the character being stuck. At this point it seems that Strand isn’t really going anywhere at all and his character I guess is in limbo right now. Luckily he wasn’t stuck on his own and had John Dorie there to motivate Victor to get back into the main plot of the show. It seems by the time the episode ended the two characters were well on their way to possibly meeting up with Morgan and the rest of the group very soon. I was a little disappointed with the Strand story line in this episode. It was long and stretched out and nothing all that much happened at all.
Luciana gets a bit of a better tale. She ends up helping a stranger who she finds and he’s a little injured. Luciana does a lot of good work in this episode and helps the old man quite a bit. This episode does help the Luciana character a little in that it establishes her as a good person.
Like last week though after June helped a sick Althea, Morgan is heard on the radio. Luciana will likely meet up with Morgan in the future as well and I think the same thing will happen to all characters in the show, even Alicia who is seen for a minor moment in this episode.
Morgan’s side of the story is where things are a little interesting. There’s a massive threat to his group from a single woman who seems to be named on IMDB only as ‘filthy woman’ right now. She’s stolen the SWAT truck, turned a couple of people into walkers and is now opening fire on the road on Morgan’s truck and his group. The episode ends in a cliffhanger after her attack, although I’m willing to bet quite safely that no one dies from the incident as Morgan did yell to everyone to get down.
As far as the Morgan arc is going. I am not too sure I like the angle they are taking with the villain. It makes no sense to me that she would be that triggered by the boxes Morgan is leaving around. Although this may be explained later, but for now it seems far fetched to go to all these lengths such as attacking Morgan’s group which is armed and everything else she’s doing so far. I’m curious to see where they are going with this arc, but so far to me she doesn’t seem to be a very strong villain as villains go in Fear The Walking Dead.
Overall this episode did quite a bit to bring more characters into the Morgan leadership arc. There’s a villain after his group and they’re having trouble with her as Morgan hasn’t really done anything at all to strike back yet. I’d be interested to see what happens when Alicia meets up with everyone else as she seems to be the most ruthless of our heroes at the moment.
Fear The Walking Dead: Weak Review
There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead: Weak Review
So the latest episode of Fear The Walking Dead just went to air and this week our characters who have become separated from each other in recent weeks continue to try to find their way after the hurricane. This episode also further introduces us to some of the newer characters.
One of the interesting parts of this episode was the development of Althea. I feel like that out of the characters introduced this year, this is the character that’s been focused on the least, but probably has a lot of potential to be interesting. In this episode the character becomes sick and someone steals her SWAT vehicle. The vehicle is quite precious to her and she can barely handle being without it.
One of the opportunities that I felt was missed out on with this episode was that really they could have used Althea’s moment of need in this episode to further develop her character. The show has been quite known recently to use flashbacks to earlier times to tell the story of a character’s past, but this didn’t happen here at all. We could have just got a little monologue about why the SWAT vehicle was so important to her, but we didn’t. I felt it was just a big missed opportunity to develop her character and the importance of the vehicle to her.
Much of the episode had focused in on Morgan, the new characters from last week and Althea and June. These two groups are separated and are hearing each other on the walkie talkies. The episode did a lot to reunite the two groups together. By the end of this week’s episode, it seemed that Morgan was starting to emerge as the leader of this new group of people. I’ve been noticing that his character is developing or moving towards leading and advising rather than following and advising. This is a nice direction for the character and I look forward to seeing Morgan’s character arc progress in the future.
Towards the end of the episode we see what appears to be the mid-season villain take out a minor character that caused June some trouble early on in this episode. The main reason this ends up important is because the woman now possesses the SWAT vehicle, which is armoured and has mounted guns. This would be a massive threat if used against Morgan and the rest of this group.
What I missed this week was that we didn’t get any new details on what Alicia is up to. Also where in the world is Victor Strand? What is he even doing? It was overall a good episode, but one that I felt missed quite a few opportunities to develop characters further. It mainly acted as an episode to reunite characters who were separated after the hurricane happened. Hope to see something more next week.
Fear The Walking Dead – The Code Review
There Are Spoilers In Our Fear The Walking Dead – The Code Review
Apologies to many readers as I was a little behind on Fear The Walking Dead episodes these past two weeks, but have now caught up and have watched the latest one today which aired not long ago.
As a general comment, as I didn’t review the last two episodes on the site. I wasn’t a big fan of the mid-season premiere but thoroughly enjoyed last week’s episode and I think it might be the best episode of the season so far.
This week in The Code, the episode is entirely focused on Morgan (Lennie James). The character has become a little lost due to the massive hurricane and is completely separated from the group. It seems to be a bit of a character trait for Morgan to do a lot of travelling in both this show and in The Walking Dead. This episode is no exception and has Morgan travelling massive distances like no one else before him.
This episode I feel gives us a chance to possibly see and predict what’s to come for the second half of this season. During Morgan’s wandering about he comes across a group of people who leave messages around the place and in different locations. It basically says to take what you need and leave what you don’t. These stations act as a supply point for groups in the area but Morgan doesn’t really know who is running it. What bothers me about this story and Morgan being involved in it is that he’s been in 7 seasons of The Walking Dead. Surely he would know that a group who can do all this with all these supply points must be organised in some way and if they cover that much land surely they should be dangerous and be approached with caution?
Eventually Morgan comes across two survivors who at first seem to be the ones doing it all and they seem like great people! But actually they are quite deceptive and dodgy people to deal with. These two new characters are Wendell (Daryl Mitchell) and Sarah (Mo Collins). My impression of these two characters is that while they are a bit dodgy and don’t have the best motives, I feel that they might not be as bad as the person we see at the end of the episode. Now I didn’t catch her name but there’s a woman we see in the final scene that was listening to Morgan’s messages on the radio and is now coming to get him. What this person is I have no idea, but she might be the lead in to some greater danger for our characters later on. I guess we’ll have to wait for next week to see that.
Overall as an episode I like what was happening here with Morgan’s journey. We are now set up with a couple of new and interesting characters which could lead into something very interesting in the next episode. What I’m hoping for the rest of the season though is that they don’t sideline Alicia’s (Alycia Debnam-Carey) character in favour of the new ones as keeping her out of things too long won’t be great at all for the show. Alicia’s really one of the few remaining originals left and I want to follow her and those original characters journeys the most (RIP Madison and Nick).
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