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"Is Anybody Out There" proves to be a lukewarm midseason finale, underscoring the series' deflating stakes and tension, although viewers may be pleased by the promise of renewed focus and a change in scenery going forward.
After a slow start to a season that quickly fell back into old traps, this all feels too little, too late.
An intense mid-season finale. The ending was a bit anti-climactic. Felt like there was going to be something bigger. All the same, Father Gore would prefer the huge stuff be left for the actual season finale.
When Strand and Al were desperately trying to land the plane... it was a cheer-worthy moment. It was the reunions and other moments that really made the episode special, though.
["Is Anybody Out There?"] made zero sense, and it ended up being quite anticlimactic because of the writing (and story) issues.
The inane plot contrivances were stacked on top of each other, and the lapses in logic were plentiful. And yet, the episode still mostly worked, thanks to the happy ending the characters receive.
["Is Anybody Out There] was a real diamond in the rough. It proved there was still life yet in this spinoff, and part of the success of the installment was that our heroes finally escaped that horrible location.
It's hard to say why sometimes that Fear the Walking Dead is such a satisfying and exciting show, but "Is Anybody Out There?" showcases that element really well.
Will Fear have danger and deaths and shocking surprises going forward? For sure. But hopefully they hold on to this feeling, this kindness. Because having a sweet, caring zombie show is... Nice.
All of that build up and no drama. These eight episodes could have been covered in four episodes, plus Althea's. The show is avoiding the questions we really want to know.
None of the characters are very convincing in why they're acting so foolishly beyond a means to balance the scales.
Fear The Walking Dead is a pale shadow of its former self, almost a new show entirely, and barely worth watching.
I can't say this unlikely alliance left me on the edge of my seat. But I'll borrow a page from this season's playbook by being optimistic regarding what the future holds for Fear.