‘Fear the Walking Dead’ S2: E10 ‘Do Not Disturb’ Review

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Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has to find a way to get herself out of trouble as zombies descend on the hotel. Travis (Cliff Curtis) struggles to connect with Chris (Lorenzo Henrie) while they try to find shelter and survive without the rest of the group. 

 

**Spoiler Alert**

This review contains spoilers for S2E10 of Fear the Walking Dead. If you haven’t yet watched, read at your own risk.

 

The Good

The opening scene. Unlike the mothership series, Fear seems to be hit or miss when it comes to opening sequences, but I loved this one. I loved watching the events of the wedding play out, knowing that something had to happen to introduce the happy time considering that shows like this love a good tragic death.

Chris learns to drive. It might not be a skill that you’ll need in the throes of a zombie apocalypse when the fuel runs out, but you never know when it might come in handy. After all, The Walking Dead was still using vehicles to herd zombies in season six. Chris seems to be a fast learner and he seems to be doing better when he’s not surrounded by the family members he’s jealous of. It’s just a shame that Travis doesn’t understand just how ruthless you have to be in the new world.

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Alisha is developing better survival skills. Not only do we see Alisha kill a few walkers on her own, but she also dives into an elevator shaft and climbs cables to avoid getting bitten. She negotiates with Elena to get help finding her way back to her family, and her negotiation includes offering up her friends and family to help take on a dozen guests. She’s got guts and she’s willing to do what it takes to keep herself and the people she cares about alive. She’s getting better at strategizing as she goes. It’s entirely possible that she’s the one on track to becoming this show’s version of Rick Grimes.

Elena. Another great female character introduced on the show. I loved Luciana as we got to know her a little bit last week, and I’m loving Elena this week. Elena locked an entire wedding party in a room to die when she realized that the bride’s father had the rumored “sickness” and was already going after guests. It’s tragic, but it’s necessary when you consider that what she did was cut off the entire rest of the hotel from a possible zombie infection. We don’t know much about her yet, but that bit of information tells us that she can make the hard choices, and the sadness in her as she recounts the story lets us know she isn’t a bad person because of them.

Chris’ new friends are like baby Negans. Travis is right about not wanting to trust the three young men. It’s obvious that there’s an undercurrent of something sinister in everything they do. They’re enjoying this new world. They’re impressed by killing. They see the value in taking things by force. But they also see the value in someone who is able to take something from them. They feel like the kinds of guys who grow up to lead a gang of violent thieves who are ready to kill without a second thought. Remind you of anyone?

No Nick. After having a season premiere that was all Nick and spending time with him last week as well, the audience needed a break from him. I’m glad we got to focus on other characters tonight.

 

The Bad

The bride’s father turns very quickly. In what seems like seconds after his heart attack (I think?) in the opening sequence, he’s suddenly growling and biting his daughter. Any other time we’ve seen someone turn after their death, it isn’t immediate. It’s almost as though it takes time for the virus to “activate” or something more medically accurate.

Travis still doesn’t see what’s right in front of him. I get that Travis wants to hold on to his morals, and I applaud him for that. But he didn’t realize that he was outnumbered by the three spring breakers and his son until watching Chris shoot someone, and you have to wonder how he doesn’t come up with better arguments for Chris other than “we can’t trust them.” How does he not see that Chris is rapidly becoming just like these kids?

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The Questions

Where is Ofelia? Another week where we don’t see her, and the hotel is rapidly filling with walkers, or wasted as they were called this week. There was no sign of her with the guests who had taken Elena’s nephew. Elena hadn’t seen her either. Just where did she disappear to? If she’s alone in an infested hotel, chances are, she might find that she’s made of stronger stuff than we thought.

How did Madison and Strand survive? Last we saw them they were completely surrounded, and yet, they managed to open a locked door to bring Alisha, Elena, and Hector into relative safety. I will buy into a lot of things on a zombie show, but this is something I might need to see.

Is Chris getting too dark, too fast? He willingly picked up a gun and shot the farmer, whose land they were on, point blank. He even seems to relish the game of survival. Now, the farmer had just shot one of their party, but the farmer was also outnumbered and alone. On the one hand, Chris seems to be diving head first into the deep end and heading for Negan territory in terms of willingness to pull the trigger. On the other hand, Chris seems to be getting a better read on situations than Travis is. The next few episodes will likely be crucial to his development.

 

Grading the episode: The season is on a firm upward path. While I wasn’t crazy about the midseason premiere, last week was an improvement, and this week kept me on the edge of my seat nearly the entire hour. Much better. B