Fear the Walking Dead didn’t waste any time in getting things out in the open water in the premiere of its second season, ‘Monster’. From the start, the primary characters were left scrambling to get onboard The Abigail, Strand’s yacht in order to escape from the fiery horizon. Undoubtedly, it was an exciting and interesting way to kick off the new season, even if the rest of the episode was unable to reach the same level of intensity, but it was also a bit strange. Sure, time jumps are acceptable, but one that’s so small may come off a tad unwarranted.
This is only a few days out of the finale of the first season if Chris’s feelings and the state of Liza’s body is to be considered, but the world seems to have gone to hell in these days. There was something missing here. Nonetheless, we move onto The Abigail and we see Strand as a calculating and cold captain. His manner is definitely something that would appeal to fans of the regular Walking Dead series. While others are inadvertently creating trouble because they are fumbling, Strand has a very keen insight into people’s hearts and minds and has evolved into Walking Dead’s season five’s Carol.
The biggest issue with the premiere was that apart from the opening action sequence at the beachfront, the rest of the trouble that occurred was brought upon by the characters themselves. Everything that happened was indeed their fault whether it was Alicia putting her trust into a stranger on the radio or Nick going after Chris after he jumped into the water. Strand is a pragmatist and he had his hands full with what the characters were doing to stir up trouble. Sure, bad decisions can give us good TV, but there has to be a solid reason, especially in the Walking Dead franchise, for anyone to act recklessly.
Unluckily, the characters are still on the edges of the zombie outbreak as designed by the show and they are not just terrified; they are also ill-equipped and too raw to deal with almost everything. The first season of Fear the Walking Dead was structured rather oddly and in a way that there wasn’t a lot of room for the walkers. The second season has returned to the same place. The undead that are seen on the screen in this show come off as unnatural. In fact, it seems that they have simply been incorporated for spiking heart rates and little else.
In addition, the season also reaches a point when the heroes don’t have much fear in their heart for the zombies. Yes, they are aware that these walkers are dangerous, but they are not truly terrified. Maybe, this is due to the overall inertness that we saw in the whole episode. There is no denying that the use of the yacht storyline was quite unique for the show. There is no source material available to Fear the Walking Dead that it has to follow or even deviate from.
This basically means that the show can go anywhere it feels like and this can be both good and bad as well. There is freedom as there is no plot to stick to, but this also means that the show ends up lacking a proper direction. You don’t want to create a contrast to the original Walking Dead series. The whole point is to create a natural journey for fans where they can explore all the locations and plotlines that cannot be incorporated into The Walking Dead due to various reasons.
Regardless, as far as the current timeline is concerned, the ocean seems like an excellent place to be for the group of dysfunctional characters. The problem faced by these survivors is that they have had experiences with awful humans rather than zombies for a change. Moreover, it seems that this cycle hasn’t ended because even unwittingly, Alicia has put all of them in the path of some really violent pirate-type individuals. Right now, the fickle Clark/Manawa family dynamics seem great for the course, which are essentially the season one leftovers.
With the exception of Chris, everyone else argued with Strand about rescuing people while the former was upset about his mother who had received a sea burial. However, things don’t really get too heated as Strand puts his foot down and that seems to bring an end to everything. We did get to see zombies in the beginning as well as the end of the episode, but the real jolt that was experienced was only due to the opening sequence of the episode. The verdict is that the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead’s second season provides the viewers with an exciting and thrilling opening sequence that holds a lot of promise.
It teases about the dangers coming in a very unique and seafaring setting. The only real problem was that the characters were too emotional, which led to plenty of mistakes and the rest of the episode turned out to be flat in comparison to the beginning. Eventually, the audience ended up siding with the group’s sociopath, which may not exactly be the best way to go. The family drama is still holding the show back a bit even with the idea of characters escaping Los Angeles on a luxury yacht is new and something that wasn’t and couldn’t be explored in The Walking Dead series.