Sunday, October 11, 2015
FEAR: The Good Man
The finale for their premiere season ended with a bang!
I apologize that this wasn't posted the same night it aired. I try my best to watch the episodes and share. However, life gets in the way sometimes. Just like in The Good Man, life is definitely changing for all of our main cast. What I appreciate from this series was that they weren't afraid to show the military break-down and the interpersonal relationships... and who else loved that there was a special Talking Dead after the episode.
Luckily though, I took notes so I'm going to share with you what I managed to scribble out about the finale episode. My first note reads: group left neighbors exposed when Travis left gate open! This was when the families were leaving the neighborhood after the military withdrew. Maybe if Travis wasn't so preoccupied with letting their captive go, he would have locked the gate and given the people inside a better chance of survival. Although, I guess they'll have to face the music eventually. Basically, when the families were leaving, they opened the perimeter gate as their vehicles drove through, and Travis was the last one out. Why he didn't shut the gate baffled me. But, like they talked about on Talking Dead and as I've mentioned before, they are just being introduced into this world. We've been following The Walking Dead for five (going on six) seasons, we know the deal, unfortunately they do not.
One of my absolute favorite scenes was with Daniel. The episode before he checked out the arena where he learned a lot of people were left by the military relentlessly. Daniel used this to his advantage. He unleashed the herd and walked them to the military outpost where they wanted to get in to get their people back. The scene was perfection! All you see at first is Daniel walking up to the post as the military people yell at him that he's in the wrong area or something, then he says something really smart like "you should be more worried about them", then he whistles or something, as it's revealed a lot of walkers were following him. It was crazy-amazing!! Loved it.
After the compound is attacked and over-run, the group amazing survives, there were some intense scenes. When the group emerges, it's the dawn of a new day and beautifully shot. The entire group reunites with the addition of the sly Strand and they head to his place on the coast where he assures them he has everything they need. I'm still not too sure about this guy, I think he would sacrifice any of the group to save his own hide... he's a survivor. It'll be interesting to see his perspective in the next season and where all their characters go. We're just seeing Travis start to unravel in this world where moral decisions aren't always the right ones. He's met with the consequences of letting the military guy go and he loses it beating his face bloody!
When they get to Strand's mansion, everyone is dealing and sort of just catching their breaths. Madison notices Liza left the house and heading to the shore. She follows her and finds out that during their escape she was compromised. Travis finds them too and has to deal with pulling the trigger. It's a hard thing and in this world, as we know, it's not easy (to say the least). The women thought that having to end them would in result, end himself. So, we'll have to see next season how this will change him. It was great watching Talking Dead after the episode because we sort of got a tease that next season (if he was telling the truth) the group will be on Strand's yacht and we'll see pirates basically!
Overall, I think this episode was probably my favorite and the best. Usually premieres and finales are the best thought, right? If their episodes were more like this one I don't think they would have had that decline in viewers. It just seemed to be really slow in the middle and hopefully next season it'll pick-up like this one. Until next season!