‘Fear the Walking Dead’ episode 5 review: What is Cobalt?

fearIt’s interesting that “Cobalt” ended up at one point being the code-name for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” given that on Sunday night’s new episode of the show, we learned precisely that it means something just as dangerous as the zombie apocalypse: A human one.

It took a long time and many questions to learn the truth, but this is an order passed down to basically wipe out a pretty good percentage of humanity in Los Angeles while surviving, non-infected persons within the military manage to escape. It’s taking shape seemingly in the morning, and not everyone knows about it for now.

While we await more news when it comes to the Cobalt operation, some of our characters our clearly still suffering. Nick is spending his time handing out with the ever-mysterious Strand (who seems at least in theory awesome), while Griselda may be our first major character to die. Liza had to witness her dying once, and then the gunshot to ensure that she could not come back. Even in the early days of this apocalypse, people are starting to learn.

For the most part, we do think that “Fear the Walking Dead” is continuing to suffer from pacing issues, but with the arrival of Cobalt and the addition of some other important characters, one thing is becoming all the more clear: Real danger is ahead. How the likes of Travis and company make it through this, if they do, could be one of the key questions the rest of the series.

Also, can we have more of Travis and Madison in general? They were technically the two leads of the show coming into this, but we have not seen much of them lately. Grade: B-.

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