We are now past the halfway point in season 1 of “Fear the Walking Dead,” a show that has certainly has spent a lot of time building up steam and slowly evolving to the point of where it has come now.
For the first half hour, we have to say that we were very much on board with what we were seeing. The presence of the army made for at least something compelling, since we were seeing an actual attempt by the United States government to contain some human survivors. Also, we were getting some real news from the outside world for a change.
Then, things started to slow down … as in, really slow down. We spent a lot of time dealing with Nick and his addiction struggles … which in turn led to the military deciding to try to take him away. This was something that we saw coming as soon as the doctor came in, but for the most part, we really didn’t find that we cared all of that much.
The biggest mistake that we feel like “Fear the Walking Dead” has made over the past couple of episodes is really drift more from the family. It is the job of “The Walking Dead” to have a million or so people running around. We liked this show when it was much more focused, and did not have as many secondary characters. After some detours, the show focused back on Travis and Madison in the end courtesy of Nick’s capture, which she feels is a result of Liza’s meddling.
While the pacing at this point seems clearly off, at least there were some great surprises at the very end, plus some great character stuff. It’s clear at this point that Madison’s go-to crisis move is freaking out. Meanwhile, the move for Travis not doing enough. Grade: C+.
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