Remember Flight 462? It is that “Fear the Walking Dead” webseries that you may have had on mute during commercial breaks. It’s actually a fairly solid little product if you view the entire video at once, and on Sunday night the Charlie character from it played a huge role in the story that we had a chance to see.
Also, this may be the best episode of the series to date. For one, we had one of the show’s best “iconic images” that we’ve seen courtesy of watching Nick in the pilot shirt, looking almost like a mad man sifting through some of the wreckage of the plane. Also, we saw him learn the fine art of hiding alongside walkers, which is a move that Rick Grimes and company has known for some time. We’re glad that the show is giving us these little discoveries now, especially in they did so in such a visually powerful, stimulating way in this hour.
Aside from this, we also saw further evidence of Strand’s ruthlessness in this episode, cutting off the lifeboat for some of the flight survivors from the Abigail as a means to preserve whatever sort of plan that he is orchestrating in Baja. He’s a fascinating character getting stronger by the day, and it helps to compensate for us wanting some more for Travis and Madison right now.
The whole show is still, for the most, moving at a pretty slow pace, taking its time on visual moments and giving little nods to the zombie universe that is “The Walking Dead.” Yet, we don’t mind it when they make the most of their setting, introduce familiar characters, and try to create interesting moments with the ones we already know. The idea of a Strand mutiny certainly has potential to make for an excellent story. Grade: B+.
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