Maggie Grace as Althea - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Review l Fear The Walking Dead 5.1 l Two Steps Forward, One Back

Crash, boom, bang! “Fear the Walking Dead” is back for Season 5 with a plane crash and a rifle shot.

The rifle shot was clean – deer down, done! No lingering mystery.

The plane crash, not so much. Not only am I still wondering why Victor wasn’t piloting that plane, there’s a_lot of mystery around the crash site itself.

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Daryl Mitchell as Wendell  Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

And, did anyone figure out the time jump, what was in all those boxes and why Al couldn’t wait til morning to go back to the crash site? I’m confident all will be revealed in time with lots to love, laugh about, and – yes, for some of us, I’m sure – lines or scenes that evoke a “Really?!” along the way. In that spirit, here’s my LOVED, LOL and REALLY?! moments from the Season 5 premiere.


First of all, I loved and am most appropriately thankful to watch the Zombie Apocalypse from the comfort of my sofa. As opposed to our Walking Warriors, I have everything I need nearby – snacks, hot shower, comfy bed and an electronic device and network that connects me to everyone I love in this world. Love my friends and family and love that many watch FTWD, too.

Next, how about those effin’ cool black uniforms on the mystery soldiers?! Cool, yes, but sorry – they were insufficient to save them from joining the growlers.

Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Who are these folks and, more importantly, WTH did they do with Rick?! They’re wearing the same emblem we saw on the helo that whisked him away on “The Walking Dead.” Surely one of them knows something! Alicia, you bad-ass goddess of protection, please don’t kill them all before we can find out. Love that we now have a few breadcrumbs to follow.

Moving on, who doesn’t love John and June? Anyone? I thought not. Anyone else still call her Dharma? Man, I loved that show! Just like Dharma and Greg, June and John win cutest couple every episode they’re together, doggonit. When he said they got all the luck and she said you made me believe, my eyes leaked, uh, a_lot. You’re killing us with your love story, J&J. Love that you’re keeping the faith!

Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie, Jenna Elfman as June – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Lastly, despite all the s**t that hits their collective fan, our Walking Warriors keep their priorities straight. Morgan is right, helping others in this crazy, mixed-up world should be hard, but building a trusting community is absolutely the right way to go. If they can’t do that, humankind bites the dust. Love that they had each other’s back and were all still standing when the smoke cleared.


Granted, FTWD doles out the humor in small nuggets but I usually find some glint of humor in every episode. I understand that likely means I have a warped sense of humor and I’m absolutely OK with that.

The top premiere LOL spot for me came after the plane crash. When the “camp counselor” van came careening in with the young girl behind the wheel, I immediately thought about all the counselors over time who rescued camper after camper. I found that role reversal, with the “camper” turned rescuer, extremely humorous.

Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Another LOL moment came when they rolled up to the truck stop. I can’t tell you how many of these oases I’ve visited over my lifetime and they’re always what we call a good stop. Fill up the vehicle, hit the restrooms, grab a snack and back on the road in 15 minutes. The best one in the US was in North Carolina and had quite the assortment of high-quality coffee beans to grind and brew to drink with your Krispy Kreme doughnut. The best one overseas? Found it in my favorite country of Scotland. Aye, they had Scottish items for sell from Marks & Spencer but, guess what? Along with gourmet coffee, they sold Krispy Kreme. Recalling those and many other stops over the years, and the dichotomy of how bad it was probably going to go for our Warriors, brought a hearty warped laugh. Wasn’t it ironic, don’t you think? Yes, I do, Alanis!

One other thread throughout became humorous about the third mention. It seemed everyone was wary of Logan yet they kept pushing ahead. How many red flags before it is dangerous – not just hard, Morgan – but truly dangerous. They’re lucky they didn’t lose anyone, right? I must have yelled “trap” at least five times before they connected with C&L Logan via radio. The moment it moved to humor was when Alicia went off on Logan. For some reason, feeling her anger made me laugh like I often do when I’ve been driving for hours and move from tired to slap happy. Just look at her, she’s magnificent!

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC


There were other lines and scenes of note for me but those were the highlights. It was a pretty tight episode, right? So tight that I only had two “really” moments.

First, how many times did the camp counselor van driver say something along the lines of ‘just wait and see?’ I got the message from obvious signs like those uniforms, the “Talking Head Tree” and the “Intestine Chain Roadblock.”

Bailey Gavulic as Annie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Last, did Logan really mention a denim factory? Where did that come from? Maybe it will have future significance but he’s just walked through a “Beds R Us” and is looking out over a dam. D**n, where does denim factory fit in there?!

Matt Frewer as Logan – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC


Overall, I think it was a well-done premiere. It took us forward in time, brought new characters and plot lines and made us love our Warrior band even more. Two steps forward, one step back? Still progress.

Do you ever think about what you liked, what made you laugh and what you could have lived without?

Would love to hear your thoughts!

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