Fear The Walking Dead Season 4: The positives and negatives

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Jenna Elfman as Naomi, Kim Dickens as Madison Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

POSITIVE — The First 5 Episodes

Season 4 got off to a brilliant start and kept its momentum all the way up to episode 5, “Laura.”

There were many positives to get excited about: Morgan ditching out on the horrors of his past to find a new friend in John, the mystery of the Vultures and their numbered flags draped around the area, the potential plot twist of having the original characters from past seasons as antagonists. Their ambush on Morgan, John, and Al on the road at the end of the premier was quite unexpected.

The first two episodes were very good. Even the creative decision to change the cinematography from bright and colorful in the past scenes, to gray and gloomy in the present was a nice touch.

It was all fun, intriguing television.

The introduction of the Vultures felt fresh and kept things interesting. Although Mel didn’t turn out to be a very threatening villain, he was charismatic during the first 5 episodes before we realized he’s a big coward.

I’m a bit disappointed that the Vultures were killed off so fast. From their laid-back nature to the flamboyant way they dressed (not to mention playing frisbee in the parking lot), it was all pretty funny. Unlike The Walking Dead, “villainous” characters do not last very long on Fear.

Laura” was an especially fantastic episode. Finding out how John and June’s relationship began and how they parted was gripping to watch. In my opinion, it was one of the best episodes of this entire show. One of the reasons being how well acted and written it was.

While the leaps through time weren’t my favorite form of storytelling, I found myself not minding it as much in the first couple of episodes.

During this roll of excellent T.V., each passing week made me excited to write, read, and talk about the show.