“Fear the Walking Dead” S02E12: Pillar of Salt

What’s up, Grue-believers, how was your weekend? Over the weekend, I kicked off my annual haunted attraction addiction by attending The Haunting at Gravity Hill in Jackson, NJ. It was a 25 minute walk-through for fifteen dollars and was very fun. This weekend, I will be attending one of the best I’ve ever been to: Shocktoberfest in Sinking Springs, PA. I will include the website links at the end of this review. You may be wondering why I am talking about haunted attractions instead of Fear the Walking Dead. Well, I’ll enlighten you. There’s not much to talk about because last night’s episode was boring further establishing its inferiority to The Walking Dead.

Last week gave me some hope that there was going to be a turnaround, but, yet again, the old banana in the tailpipe trick was pulled. Most of the characters are uninteresting which establishes a disconnect from the start, it is abundantly clear when you are cheering on the walkers.

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Last night’s ode to dullness began with a family escaping from Colonia. Francisco (Alfredo Herrera), Ana (Denitza Garcia) and their little girl make their way through the streets after using a walker to bloody themselves up but they are quickly caught by Marco’s (Alejandro Edda) supermarket gang who recognize him and demand oxy. When he can’t produce, they are taken hostage. Meanwhile, at Colonia, Nick (Frank Dillane) and Luciana (Danay Garcia) quickly have to get dressed due to a knock at the door. Reynaldo (Cuauhtli Jiménez) is there to let Luciana know that his shopping partner Francisco and his family have split and he is in need of a new partner. Once Alejandro (Paul Calderon) is alerted to this news, he holds one of his cult gatherings speaking of unfaithfulness to his cause. Alejandro refuses to let Nick and Luciana accompany Reynaldo, so Nick makes plans on the side with him to go at night. While Nick is contemplating his best laid plans, he notices Marco off in the distance watching Colonia through binoculars.

Meanwhile, at the Rosiarito Beach Hotel, a nice little celebration is happening due to the exterminated infestation and the discovery of the working generator. There is a knock at the hotel room door as Strand (Colman Domingo) opens to answer he is greeted by a knife to the stomach from Ilene (Brenda Strong). Ilene is none other than Jessica’s mom. You know, the corpse bride that Strand “helped” last week. Strand is tended to by the crew with Alicia (Alycia Debnam Carey) being left in charge while Madison (Kim Dickens), Elena (Karen Bethzabe) and Oscar (Andres Londono) head out to get supplies to treat Strand. Hector (Ramses Jimenez) did not want to go due to his brother Antonio (Ruben Carbajal) abandoning him to be a part of Marco’s gang. Upon arrival, only the girls are allowed inside and Madison overhears Francisco and Ana being grilled about the straggly haired stranger who supplies the oxy. Putting two and two together, Madison runs in and questions them as to the stranger’s name. She is forced out by the gang and Antonio ushers them out exchanging the supplies for fresh fish and ice then warning them not to come back and stating that they won’t be there much longer.

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When they make it back to the hotel, the supplies are brought to Alicia and Strand while Madison decides to light up the hotel like a bat signal to Nick. Alicia rushes down to chastise her mother about putting their lives in jeopardy by attracting unwanted attention putting them and the hotel in jeopardy. The argument gets deeper as Alicia pulls a Chris (Lorenzo Henrie) a brings up some daughter/momma drama. Before she turns off the power, the lights did catch the attention of someone. As the camera pans up we see Travis (Cliff Curtis) who makes his way towards the hotel.

Lost in this mess of an episode was Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) who shows up at an abandoned restaurant where we find out via flashbacks that this was where she got engaged. We later get another flashback to a conversation about true love between her and her mom.

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Pillar of Salt was written by Carla Ching and directed by Gerardo Naranjo. I am glad that there are only three more episodes left in this season. Last night’s episode was so uninteresting to me that I questioned why I put myself through it and then I remembered my love for all you Grue-believers. I just have to keep telling myself that there are only three more episodes and that October 23rd will be here before we know it. I will also continue to update you as to the haunts I visit and hey if you’re in the NY, NJ, PA, DE area come on out and join me.

Shocktoberfest info can be found at: http://www.shocktoberfest.com/

Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 12 “Pillar of Salt” 1 Stars (1 / 5) on the Thug Meter

JJ Fitt
I live in the coal region of Northeastern PA with my beautiful wife Mary and our French Bulldogs Watson and Xander. I'm a huge fan of all things horror, I can't explain why especially since I was afraid of everything as a kid. When I'm not working I'm usually watching the latest horror movie or show, at the gym with my wife or taking in a sporting event, Eagles! My all time favorite horror movie is the original Halloween, still effective to this day. Hit me up on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or drop me an email, let me know what's awesome.