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"Blood in the Streets" finally sheds some light on the enigmatic Victor Strand as it ups the interpersonal stakes and high seas thrills.
Finally there's a greater sense of desperation for our heroes that basically forces them to be proactive if they hope to get the rest of their family back.
Overall, Fear the Walking Dead is still feeling like a cleaner version of its progenitor, but the interpersonal tensions that made the first season distinct are beginning to come through in some intriguing ways.
Just when we were sure that we had Strand figured out, kaboom! Fear the Walking Dead torpedoed our misperceptions this week, revealing that we didn't know diddly about the Abigail's enigmatic captain.
In the show's first ever experiment with flashbacks, Strand was given a great background arc.
So Strand's big mystery is he's a con man who fell in love with his mark?
Suddenly, everyone on Fear has clear goals beyond basic survival, which means the flashbacks and familiarity of "Blood in the Streets" were more than worthwhile.
"Blood In The Streets" reveals almost all about Victor Strand, except of course, his fate.
Series writer Kate Erickson handles the Jack problem in an admirably curt fashion in "Blood on the Streets," an episode that juxtaposes his group of business-minded pirates with Victor Strand and his mysterious patron, Thomas Abigail.
Fear's second season started out slow, but is quickly gaining momentum as it adds more pieces to its already thousand-plus puzzle.
For the moment anyway, this show is actually exciting. And if there's one thing we should learned from the Deads, it's to savor the good. It'll all be gone before we know it.
It's not the most subtle approach to storytelling, but pleading for a coyote to smuggle a group of people out of the country and into Mexico was still a satisfying inversion.