*SOME SPOILERS AHEAD*
After introducing the newest additions to Fear the Walking Dead in the season four premiere, ‘Another Day in the Diamond’ lets us all take a deep breath and relive what happened to get the group to this point. Suffice to say, we don’t get all the information but it goes without saying that the little community they created didn’t last long, thanks to a bunch of strangers in a lot of cars that have a secret weapon no one would have guessed.
We find the Clark family, along with Victor and Luciana, in their new digs which happens to be an old baseball stadium. Making repairs, tending crops, building something, it all seems so domestic and tranquil and you knew it was never going to last. They have taken in a young girl and on an exploratory mission to try and find her parents, they bring back a woman named Naomi (Jenna Elfman, who I didn’t even recognize at first) who might turn out to be useful with her background in medicine.
Nick is still traumatized by last year’s events and won’t even leave the stadium grounds, and when he finally does it really doesn’t go well for him. Upon dragging his car back inside bad news shows up in the form of many, many cars, trucks and RVs, parking and making themselves at home. It seems they know everything about what is going on inside, to their crop problems, low ammo and number of actual people. Someone has been feeding them intel and what they learn tells them this stadium and everything inside is ripe for the picking.
One of the things that bothered me was how there were so many similarities to The Walking Dead in this episode. I know you can’t avoid some things but there seemed to be quite a few this week and it just felt weird. The new bad guys, for instance, they just smell like an offshoot of the Saviors while I’m sure there would be many of these groups in a post-apocalyptic zombie world, I wish they came out the gate a bit differently than they did. That being said, they’re laid back, hang out in lawn chairs drinking approach was kind of funny.
Madison, while still the backbone and driving force of the group, is also displaying all the classic symptoms that Rick Grimes showed before he went off the deep end. Single-minded, stubborn, blinders on so to speak…these are character traits that are going to get someone killed along the way if someone doesn’t call her out on her crap. It might be Alicia, who at one point last season I was just begging to be killed off but has recovered nicely as a character. Nick seems to be too deep in his trauma to do much and Victor is always well, about Victor, in some way, shape or form.
The episode ended the way last week ended, with the new group of characters captured by some of the old characters, with some key people missing. Obviously, there are a lot of pieces to this puzzle that are still missing and I am enjoying the whole idea of the jumping back and forth in time. If this is done correctly it could be a great thing but if the showrunners get slack with it, it could become simply an anchor that weighs the show down. Two episodes in and Fear the Walking Dead has established that it is willing to take risks and so far it is paying off.
Four stars out of five
- Bouncing back in forth in time is working very well so far
- Love the new digs at the stadium
- Damn, little girl....
- New 'bad guys' are refreshingly cool but far too similar to The Saviors at the moment