Against my better judgment, I gritted my teeth and stayed up late one night to finish watching Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead. It does at times seem like filler between seasons of The Walking Dead.
The characters aren’t particularly compelling, even after two seasons of development. The show doesn’t really have anyone to invest in. Season 2 of The Walking Dead produced a lot of higher drama and character development that Fear the Walking Dead seems to lack, but maybe I’m just spoiled. A quick skim through the Wikipedia page on The Walking Dead season 2 shows just how much happened that was not only pivotal to what came after but also very clearly important as it was happening. A few thoughts:
Madison can be a calculating and decisive leader one moment and a complete buffoon the next, as when she lights up the hotel sign after dark or barges in on Marco as he is interrogating residents of the Colonia.
Victor Strand is cool and clever, and it has been fun to see him become less opportunistic and selfish as the show has gone on.
Drug cartels are relatively well-positioned to take charge and become pseudo-governments when the zombie apocalypse happens. I think they could have done a lot more to develop this angle rather than having Marco and his gang arrive to take over the Colonia only to be overrun by walkers.
I was very surprised they ended the angle with Chris so quickly. It would’ve been interesting to see him progressively losing his humanity and perhaps being redeemed eventually–or perhaps in a confrontation of sorts where Travis decides he has to kill him to protect the rest of his family.
It will be interesting to see where they go with the camp just across the US border. It looks like Nick and Luciana have gone from a bad situation to a worse one, and it’s a good cliffhanger on which to end the season.
I’m also intrigued by the fact that Travis, Madison, and Alicia all have blood on their hands. I expected them to reunite with Nick at the end of the season, but it looks like we’ll have to wait until Season 3 to see that.
Thomas Sowell’s series of articles inspired this post. Here are a couple for your perusal: