This is a Thug review of Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3 titled “Ouroboros” so be prepared to be more spoiled than your significant other could ever hope to duplicate.
We left last week on a high note. We had an interesting story line with characters we could actually care about and my boy Nick was making things happen. Time to see if we are keeping afloat or are we sinking slowly.
Do all of you remember the cute little “Flight 462” commercials that were shown during The Walking Dead? You know the ones that were apparently building to some story line that was going to intersect with Fear The Walking Dead? Well, we finally got our “pay off”. We have seen some things that were building up to the moment like the plane going down in last season’s finale. This week we started off with some people frantically trying to board a small life raft. The most recognizable is Charlie (Michelle Ang), she is fighting with the others on the raft to save the half burned Jake Powell (Brendan Meyer) who if it weren’t for his “Two Face” looking make-up you may have recognized him from a pretty great movie from 2014 entitled “The Guest”. Charlie wins the argument and quickly after that one guy is dispatched due to his bitten ankle. And as Modest Mouse sings they all “Float On” to the opening credits.
Aboard the Abigail there is some trouble, the water filtration system the helps run the engine is having issues. Travis (Cliff Curtis) is apparently a good mechanic and scuba diver (remember from last season how talented this dude is) and head under to check out the issue. If you guessed it was a swimmer causing the issue well then DING DING DING; you win the dinner with the Thug! Travis screams like a bitch but then does what is needed.
With a stroke of luck the Abigail is down for repairs right near an island where Flight 462 has crashed and all the luggage is strewn about on the beach. Daniel (Reuben Blades) decides to take the kids on the motor raft with him to get clothing and supplies. Daniel does tell Madison (Kim Dickens) of the Mexico plan that Strand (Colman Domingo) has and advises her to have a chat with him. Daniel is worried about Ofelia’s (Mercedes Masohn) wound and the fact she is out of antibiotics. He doesn’t want her asking for help from anyone else because of his us against them mentality.
Madison engages Strand and it turns out he supposedly has an estate in Baja with a store of supplies and a big wall protecting it. The catch is that he doesn’t want any more people coming; it seems as though he doesn’t really want anyone other than himself there meeting whoever he is talking to on the other end of his phone conversations.
Daniel, Nick (Frank Dillane), Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam Carey) are rummaging through the luggage on the beach and Chris decides to wander off. He finds the wreckage along with some dead bodies, walkers and even a survivor he thought was dead. The man begs Chris to help him but when Chris pulls him from the seat we discover his spinal cord protruding from an open wound on his back; nice work effects team. The man gives Chris that knowing look and Chris reluctantly has to bash his head in with this metal boomerang looking weapon. Unfortunately it takes several swings; Chris is already extremely fragile so we will see how this plays out going forward.
Nick is checking out a walker trapped in sand eating crabs as they climb all over its body. Nick falls in and has to dispatch the walker and just as he does that another walker falls in. As this is happening Charlie comes running towards Daniel and tells him to run as a host of walkers is in tow. Chris gets back to Daniel and they along with Charlie and Alisha get cornered as they fight walkers. Just in time, my new favorite character Nick shows up bloodied from head to toe with walker guts. He has discovered that masking himself in that smell makes the walkers think he is one of them. This is apparent when he goes nose to nose with a walker and they both growl at each other and the walker moves on.
Anyhow they all get to the rafts and get back to Abigail. Travis has the filtration system fixed and they are ready to roll. Strand says no way are Charlie and Jake coming aboard. Travis balls drop a bit and he says they cannot come aboard but the Abigail will tow them and drop them off somewhere. As they are being towed Charlie is caressing Jake and telling him that it can only get better from this point. WRONG! Strand comes down and cuts the line, the end.
Ouroboros is directed by Stefan Schwartz and written with the collaborative effort of six writers. Again, this episode was not terrible. We shall see how the rest of the season moves along.
Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3 “Ouroboros” (2.8 / 5) on the Thug Meter