Well that was a pretty terrible episode of Fear the living dead. Not terrible in the sense that so many episodes from last season were terrible, but it comes close to that area.
One of the main reasons this season continues to drag, even as it improves from last season, is the villain. Ginny just isn’t a terrifying figure. Its organization isn’t particularly scary compared to various other nefarious factions we’ve come across in all of these shows.
And like the main show, I’m kind of exhausted from all of these factions at constant war with each other. In the main show, once our heroes got to Alexandria, everything started to go downhill. Much of this was due to the expanded size of the cast and the reach of the world itself. Alexandria was joined by Hilltop, Oceanside, and the Kingdom. There were wolves and saviors, then whisperers to contend with.
Safer Fear we’ve gone from a pretty interesting and much more organic dispute over water rights between a largely white colony of survivors and a Native American tribe (real-world, logical-rooted factions) to a parade of villains from cartoons like the group that “besieged” the stadium, the mad black lady who poisoned people, Logan’s group of “are they really bad guys or what?” and finally Ginny’s Pioneers who somehow weren’t there for the previous stuff but are now everywhere and can find you wherever you go. Oh, and there are the folks looking for the key Morgan has that spray paint “The end is the beginning” here and various.
Top it all off with Sherry’s new rebel group. They wear spooky masks that could have been used in a much more interesting way, but which only serve to conceal their identities from Ginny’s Rangers. Sherry made contact with these people and failed to mention it to Dwight, instead letting them kidnap him and bring him back to their HQ.
What follows is a whole bunch of melodramatic, teary guts. If you were hoping for an interesting, or maybe just happy, reunion between Dwight and Sherry, I’m sorry to say you’ll be disappointed. Sherry doesn’t seem to care about Dwight at all. She starts off while essentially lying to him, puts him in huge danger, and then cuts him off when they go to murder Ginny. When he goes to arrest her later, she gets angry and starts crying and hitting him, shouting “Why do you always have to make things so hard !?”
What the hell, Sherry. Dwight just followed you across the country and finally found you and is that how you treat him? Finally, she tells him to go. It’s more important for her to kill Ginny than to be with her ex-husband. She feels guilty that she didn’t shoot Negan when she had the chance. She fears that Dwight will become the man he was when he worked for Negan.
In other words, this is another great example of people in Fear don’t act like real people. If they really love each other, they won’t let this stupid group of mean cowboys step in. And no one in the real world talks about other people like they’re going to “become the man you are” blah blah blah. Leave me alone. All that “I’m going to stop you from turning into something horrible” shit is just as bad as Morgan’s insistence last season that everyone make up for the bad things they did to redeem themselves. ‘one way or another.
Everything is so blatant and exaggerated. In the real world, people just don’t talk like that. They don’t explicitly tell themselves that they should avoid going back to what they were before (while also mentioning how they now remind them of how they were before. even further in time).
So Dwight only reunites with Sherry for a hot minute before things turn bad and they’re torn up again. I’m not sure they can even have sex – this show, and really The walking dead usually have something like an allergic reaction to sex and romance. The first is barely mentioned and the second is always foiled and annihilated for stupid reasons. Like when Al met the CRM chick and they just kissed and didn’t make it through. Why? Here we are in a zombie apocalypse where physical intimacy is incredibly limited thanks to a dearth of potential mates. I don’t think people will be very restrained when the opportunity arises.
Morgan shows up, of course, because Texas is a small state where it’s very easy to meet people and walkie-talkies can reach every corner (but you also need a plane to get to certain areas for a ride. any reason). He wants the Masked Marauders to cool their heels and not try to take Ginny down right away because they have people who could be retaliated against (although that would be the case if Masked Bandits killed her is beyond me. ). Dwight is really excited about committing the murder until Sherry has him locked up with Al and Morgan, then he changes his mind and goes to arrest him. The characters’ motivations spin like coins in this show.
In the end, Ginny is not killed and our doomed lovers are at odds again. I have the impression that Sherry would have preferred never to be found, even if it’s because it’s the truth or because the series fumbles badly, all of that is less certain.
The only thing I liked about this episode was that Morgan admitted that he tried to get everyone to do what he thought was the right thing before and that it was wrong. Of course, I’m going to blame this whole approach on the bad writing rather than Morgan himself. For some reason, they thought everyone turning into a mini Morgan last season was a good idea. And we still have characters uplifting by watching their little PSA at a gas station this season, which just brings back the bad memories.
We’re not at that horrible level, but this episode felt incredibly weak, even weaker than Episode 3 which was Season 6’s first real low point. Dwight and Sherry’s reunion is a disappointment. . The conflict continues to seem artificial. Ginny continues to hold an important place for the characters on the show as audiences scratch their heads and wonder what the problem is. I’m sick of all factions. I’m sick of the decor. The plot feels like surfing water at best, and the season, while improving overall, still looks extremely patchy.
PS I forgot to mention the scene where they take over Al’s SWAT van. The plan is apparently to take him down with horses, then get on and overpower the driver. Somehow the horses manage to keep up with the armored vehicle when it is, you know, a vehicle that can do at least twice the speed of a horse. The driver uses the machine guns to try and shoot the runners even though they are too close to the van to actually be in the line of sight. He could have easily crushed them by pulling hard to the left. It’s a completely ridiculous scene that doesn’t make any sense.
You can find my reviews of past Season 6 episodes below: