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Although a change in format livens up Fear the Walking Dead's midseason premiere, "Channel 4" does little to jumpstart the season's narrative momentum.
Most of the midseason return is us watching the finished documentary. In other words, you're not missing much if you choose to skip over this one.
It's basically an episode of The Office, with zombies added into the mix and all the humor taken out.
Can we talk? Fear the Walking Dead didn't really ask us that in its midseason premiere Sunday, it just dove right in and started yakking, filling I can only guess how many of Al's precious tapes.
Fear the Walking Dead took a wild swing in changing its visual storytelling approach, but I dare say fans will be more concerned with clues pointing to the potential return of Kim Dickens' Madison Clark.
The Fear the Walking Dead midseason premiere helped fans connect with the characters in a way that had been a little lacking in the first half of the season.
It was a clever-enough break from format with a fun action sequence and some nice character development for Morgan, if you can put aside the "what is even happening anymore" feeling that's descended on Season 5.
This felt very well organized, realistically shot, and didn't feature any bumpy, handheld, running-through-the-woods moments.
"Channel 4" wasn't the return Fear the Walking Dead needed as the season continues spiraling along with this uneventful Good Samaritan subplot.
I really liked this episode. We got to hear what everyone was thinking as to why they needed to help others. And how they plan to accomplish their goals.
Mixing together the world of Fear the Walking Dead and a pseudo-documentary format was always going to be an odd fit. Yet you can't help but laud the team for attempting the meld on this week's "Channel 4."
Things are peachy. But it won't last. You know it won't, and the rest of Season 5 will show us how wrong things can go.
This installment was successful in setting up the conflicts for the second half of Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, but it's hard not feel robbed in some aspects.