For those of you who have checked out of Fear the Walking Dead or are waiting to find out if it gets any better before invest anymore time in it, the good news is that it’s much improved over last season. The last two episodes have been legitimately good, and last night featured honest-to-God humor, an amazing zombie, and actual character growth. Chris is suddenly a sociopath (and much more interesting). Nick took off his old-man jacket , picked up a sledgehammer and crushed some zombie heads. He was a legit bad ass.
The episode also featured one of the squickiest zombies in the history of The Walking Dead universe: Sand Crab Zombie.
Best of all, the series is turning Strand into a legitimate villain, or at least one helluva giant dick. He may be the series’ King Joffrey: A guy we love to hate.
The episode also introduced a new character played by Michelle Ang. She was a huge hit right off the bat. She’s also much older than you might think from looking at her.
Here she is in Xena: Warrior Princess FOURTEEN YEARS AGO. She was 20.
However, the way she was introduced to the series was really irksome for anyone that cares about continuity. The character comes from the Fear the Walking Dead web series, where she was known as Charlie. For some reason on the show itself, she’s been renamed Alex. She’s still listed as Charlie on IMDB, but she’s listed as Alex on Wikipedia. There were a few write-ups I saw this morning that confused everything: Calling her Alex, but the burnt-guy Charlie, when the burnt-guy’s name is Jake (on the web series, at least).
Who the hell knows. That’s still not the worst part. The worst part is this:
That picture is of Nick spotting Flight 462 going down over Los Angeles in the first season, before he’s taken away to the military camp.
Here’s Alex surfacing from the wreckage of Flight 462 in last night’s episode, somewhere closer to San Diego.
In other words, that wobbling plane going down over Los Angeles somehow wobbled in the air for days, if not weeks, before landing near San Diego. In the time that it took for that wobbling plane to finally crash into the ocean, Nick went to the military prison; Nick escaped the military prison; Nick fled to Strand’s beachfront home; they shot an infected Lisa; escaped Los Angeles on the yacht (before the city was destroyed by Operation Cobalt); dumped Lisa’s body into the ocean; narrowly escaped another large boat with someone carrying a machine gun; and docked overnight in the home of survivalists.
That makes no sense, unless Alex is not Charlie. She’s a complete different character from a completely different plane that went down with another guy named Jake and she’s played by the same actress.
Neither one of those scenarios compuete Then again, the Abigail changed between the first and second season, too, so maybe we’re just watching an alternate dimension version of Fear this year.