5.09 Fear the Walking Dead - Channel 4

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I have multiple issues with this episode.

Time jumps are always challenging and often irritating. Major plot lines appear to have been abandoned, and I am left to determine what happened based on scanty references to things I have not seen.

During the relatively brief break between half-seasons, the Fear Gang beat Logan to his gas supply, abandoned the trucking firm base and took their salvation mission on the road. Although I would love to believe that altruism and cooperation will save the day, this belief flies directly in the face of the primary rule both FTWD and TWD have relentlessly driven home for years: The living are a far bigger threat than the dead.

The kids that the Fear Gang risked so much to save in the first half are now nowhere to be seen. I think that somebody mentioned them being babysat somewhere (tank town?), but I certainly wonder why the showrunners had devoted so much time to them, only to warehouse them off-camera. Does Charlie now serve as the sole juvenile representative?

Warrior Princess Alicia has become a pacifist, taking lessons from Morgan and handing her favorite weapon over to Strand. I wonder how long that will last.

Luciana has swapped her gun for a camera. Did Al really need a second camera angle in her documentary quest? It does give Al the means to add her own story to the collection, as well as a new purpose for Luciana.

I also have a bone to pick with the whole mother and child surrounded by a minefield dilemma. Instead of picking off the walkers the moment they came through the gate, why didn’t they simply let them in to efficiently continue detonating the mines and blowing themselves to pieces until the yard was clear? They could have saved their ammunition for the walkers who managed to make it to the house.

At least they’ve retained a small element of conflict with the revelation that an extremely footsore Logan is still hot on the revenge trail. Sarah’s cackling review of the FG victory may come back to haunt her.

I was half-expecting the noodle-slurping, big happy family supper around the campfire to take a sudden dramatic turn to mass tragedy. I guess they’re saving that for another episode.
 

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Strange episode, I agree the time jump is off putting. If they don't have a base where is Wendell baby sitting?
I kind of like it but was a little put out.

I had a weird thought when we met the motorcyclist, what if he's Morgan's son? Highly unlikely but Morgan said he lost him not he was dead.
 

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I'm sorry I haven't replied. I have been busy with many things. I also saw comicbook.com article on the hate this episode has created. We'll see if the Fear gets canned, or if they'll have a reason to do the B part as a separate story.
 

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I'm sorry I haven't replied. I have been busy with many things. I also saw comicbook.com article on the hate this episode has created. We'll see if the Fear gets canned, or if they'll have a reason to do the B part as a separate story.
I didn't hate it, not as good as what we've come to expect, it did become clearer why they are taping but was slightly annoyed at time jump.
 

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Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Andrew Chambliss says the series’ big change that promises to reinvent the spinoff in its sixth season comes with a new approach to its storytelling.

“It’s something that we’re very excited about, and it’s really going to change the narrative approach of how we tell stories in Season 6,” Chambliss told TV Insider. “I don’t want to give away any more details than that.”

When appearing at San Diego Comic-Con in July, Chambliss and showrunning partner Ian Goldberg teased a season-ending twist that would propel the spinoff into its sixth year, freshly confirmed by AMC over Comic-Con weekend.

“Without giving something away, the world is going to expand in a big way and by the time we get to the end of the season, it’s really going to shake the entire group to the very core and really change the show in a way that will launch us into Season 6, in a really big way,” Chambliss said. “We’re constantly striving to change what Fear is and reinvent it. So just as soon as everyone thinks they’ve figured out what we’re doing, we change things up, and that’s gonna continue through Season 5.”

The “big change” promised for the end of Season 5 is one built off this ongoing season and last year’s Season 4, both under Chambliss and Goldberg’s charge.

“We really see Season 5 as one big epic story, but as you’ll see if you continue to watch, it all builds to an ending which very much sets up what the design of Season 6 is going to be and we’ve been planning it for a while,” Goldberg added. “When you go back and watch it all, [what happens] might seem inevitable.”

Chambliss also teased what’s to come from Morgan (Lennie James) and the series’ newest additions, including Wes (Colby Hollman) and a character played by Holly Curran (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), who joins in a recurring role.

“We’re going to see these characters look inward and deal with some things they haven’t dealt with before. At the same time, we’re going to have some fun,” Chambliss said of the unfolding Season 5B. “We have some fun new characters entering the show, and we also have some surprising characters entering the show. We’re going to expand the world in which Morgan and the rest of the characters are operating.”

Asked to summarize the remainder of the season in three words, Chambliss answered: “Search for home.”
Fear the Walking Dead Will Tell Its Stories Differently in Season 6
 

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In the television world, there is a fine line between reinvention and desperation. I hope that Fear hasn't crossed that line.
 
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I didn't hate the episode, but I didn't like it and @REBerg has pointed out exactly why. I can't fault his analysis here I also hate non-linear timelines and shaky camera shots. The missing kids is a big question left unanswered. I also would question where Logan found his own gang - he is a poor leader and has nothing of value to offer them. "Altruism and cooperation" have not been the best way to survive, but at least the "Fear" gang here have food and fuel. Morgan's son - a great idea but wasn't he the same age as Carl Grimes? Then again, we have no idea how long has passed. Not so long, I think, if Grace is suffering no ill-effects from radiation.
 
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Well, after saying I would try to skip this back half season and just wait for season 6, I finally watched this episode. It was truly dreadful. Handheld camera rarely works well for long sections. There are some exceptions. The film Rec was pretty good. But here they even neutered Daniel's character.

Just keep the memory of season 3 in your mind!
 
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