Fear the Walking Dead: Things Bad Begun / Sleigh Ride
October 16, 2017 11:42 PM - Season 3, Episode 15 - Subscribe

Strand's motives are made clear when Nick discovers a new threat descending on the dam; Madison faces a horrifying revelation. / Strand's loyalty is tested when the dam clashes with an adversary. The Clark family is pushed to new extremes as Madison reckons with her past.

I know, there’s so much ongoing interest in this show so I’m sure you’re all disappointed that I’ve made one post for the two-episode season finale. Tough.

Remember that cool new character we met last time? Yeah, she’s dispatched pretty quickly. (Maybe not dead, but certainly sidelined and bringing her back will involve dumb contrivances.)

Strand screws everyone. Don’t worry, I’m sure that he will be back next season to do it again.

Jake is finally dead, so these episodes had that going for it.

I really liked Nick’s shopping cart full of walker heads.

I also really liked the actor playing Proctor John when he was on Sons of Anarchy. Presumably he will be around next season. Will the action move to Texas so we can meet up with some TWD characters before they head east?
posted by jimw (5 comments total)
I can’t believe that I forgot to mention that I laughed when Luciana appeared, even if it was just in one of Madison’s Christmas dreams. Props to Ofelia for not showing up in these episodes so that could happen.
posted by jimw at 11:53 PM on October 16, 2017

I watched the first of the finale episodes and FtWD is certainly weirder and flash-backy that tWD. The core family is now spread like dust - Madison is still making dumb decisions, Alicia has become awesome, Nick is a proto-zombie, Travis is on Pandora. But finally they got rid of Troy (presumably).

It's now just one gang taking over another gang's resource, with the walkers adding to the mix.

It looks like season 4 is scheduled. tWD is here in a week - might be time to ditch the whole sorry mess.
posted by arzakh at 4:43 AM on October 17, 2017

I enjoy this show... much more than TWD. Everything is better drawn. The settings have really captured my interest to the extent that when I think about the show, I really "feel it" in my mind's eye, whereas TWD is a muddle. The characters are more interesting than TWD—which has so damn many characters that none of them really seem to have any interiority, preventing engagement. I don't care about any of them (not even Carol any more).

A diverse cast.

People seem to expect a lot from it. I don't care about plot logic here, it's just fun and grim.
posted by sylvanshine at 7:09 PM on October 17, 2017 [1 favorite]

People seem to expect a lot from it.

I'm gonna do that thing where people step in about a show they dropped: I didn't want more from it, really. For most of its run, FTWD has been much better than TWD, or at least more well thought out. They depicted recovering society in more plausible terms and did justice to race issues every now and again. (I'm still impressed with the way they handled the Maori-worshiping survival nut talking to Travis way back when. As a brown guy, I thought Travis' awkward, skeeved out reaction was perfect.)

FTWD did some good work.

I mostly just couldn't stand watching Troy get away with shit. It's 2017 - if I want to watch a spoiled white psychopath murder people and have everyone bend over backwards covering for him, I can just watch the news. Like, it wasn't so much that he killed people, it was that Madison and Nick did everything in their power to protect him from the consequences of those actions. That soured me on the both of them, and the show generally.

I understand he finally bit it in the finale here, but I feel like it's too little, too late - in the wake of that story arc, I no longer trust the show to tell me a story that I can watch without punching something.

(That isn't to say people who are still watching it are wrong in any fashion - everyone has their own personal tastes about this stuff.)
posted by mordax at 7:41 PM on October 17, 2017 [3 favorites]

Yeah no, this Troy shit has me breaking up with the show as well after this season.

White people ruin apocalypses. I'm sticking with Z Nation.
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 9:38 PM on October 18, 2017 [2 favorites]

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