Fear the Walking Dead Season One Review: Why I Felt Disappointed in the End

Fear the Walking Dead
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In an earlier post, I mentioned that my reactions to stories are frequently exactly the opposite from the vast majority.

While a lot of other people thought that Fear the Walking Dead started out too slowly but ended with a bang, I loved the first four episodes–and was pretty disappointed by the final two.


I loved the pace of the first few episodes. Normal life and all its usual stresses being slowly interrupted by weirdness. We know what’s going on but get to watch the characters discovering just how bizarre life is about to get, and trying to figure out how to deal with it.

A lot of the first few episodes centered around Nick. I’ve loved this actor ever since his stint as young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I, and he was just as good in Fear the Walking Dead–even though I missed his British accent. He was crippled by a heroin addiction, worrying over his sanity, but still rising to the occasion when he needed to pull himself together and fight. I thought great things were coming with him.

Instead, in the last episodes, he lay around the house and whined. Disappointment number one.

Then our focus shifts to the military–the evil bad guys. Disappointment number two. I feel like I’ve seen this so many times before in lesser stories, and I expected better–something more original and complex from these writers than just blame the military.

Then, to me, the characters suddenly move from inaction to overreaction without much in between.  Civilization is crumbling to the point that your neighbors may turn into monsters and literally eat you and your family. The National Guard comes to protect you.  They bring in a doctor to evaluate the ill and take some away to a hospital, since in this crumbled world there is nowhere you can drive your loved ones to get help.

And the characters left behind automatically assume this is so horrible–with hidden evil motives–that torturing a perfectly decent-seeming soldier for their relatives’ whereabouts is acceptable behavior?  I felt as though the writers were thinking, “Uh-oh, only two episodes left. We’ve got to kick this thing into high gear!” Whether they had provided enough motivation for such an extreme reaction to make sense or not.

Then comes the final episode, when our group goes to “rescue” Griselda, Liza, and Nick from the base where they’ve been taken. Even though, honestly, Nick is the only one locked up and in need of rescue. During the rescue, this being the high-octane finale, everything falls apart and I think we’re supposed to say, “Yep, see, those evil military.”

But did you notice…the helicopters were coming to evacuate the doctors and the sick people to a safer base, until Daniel released 2,000 undead on them and scared them away.

Again…could it be that releasing 2000 walkers onto this base, soldiers, sick people, doctors and all, might be a bit of an overreaction? Ask Liza, who ended up bitten.

And now, for my final rant…the scene that frustrated me most.

Travis does the humane thing and releases the tortured soldier instead of allowing him to be killed by Daniel. So naturally, in the middle of the mayhem at the base, said soldier shows up looking for revenge for the torture and shoots Daniel’s daughter.

This scene was more unbelievable to me than the existence of zombies.

Again, I felt the writers felt an obligation to include some original Walking-Dead-like development at this point, but they forced it in when it didn’t fit. Yes, several times in the original series, the characters showed mercy to some truly evil person, only to have that evil person show up again and cause more damage–making them face the moral dilemma of whether they have the luxury of showing mercy any longer.

But there were several huge differences in this Fear the Walking Dead scene. The soldier wasn’t an evil man–he was a kid who had been tortured. He had not harmed them earlier. Also, the area is under an attack by 2,000 walkers. Would a badly traumatized young man really try to make his way into the middle of all that to get revenge? Or would he be trying to get as far away as possible to lick his wounds and recuperate and survive the zombies! HIs return–and its effect in turning Travis very suddenly into a fighting machine–felt very forced and unrealistic.

Will I watch season 2? Probably. At least the beginning. It did end on an intriguing note and I’m hoping for better things when they have a whole season ahead of them and can once again maybe slow down and let things develop more naturally again.




Looking back on your earthly years…Living Backward by Angelique Cooper McGlotten launches today!

Imagine looking back on the sum total of your earthly years . . . and realizing that your reasons to rejoice are far greater than your regrets.


Isn’t that a powerful statement!
 Living Backward by Christian author Angelique Cooper McGlotten.
That’s from my friend Angelique Cooper McGlotten, talking about her brand new book, Living Backward:


Living Backward is your invitation to discover the powerful gift of future-oriented hindsight and reap the incredible rewards it offers. As we grapple with today’s fleeting problem or tomorrow’simportant choice, the ability to “live backward” provides us with not only a new perspective on our lives but also a powerful tool for creating true joy by fulfilling God’s plan for us. We desire to matter, and God knocks on our hearts, beckoning us to open the door to a life of eternal significance.


I’ve gotten to know Angelique (at least online) through a writers’ group and an online prayer group and know her beautiful spirit and how much she loves God. So I’m honored to have her here on Launch Day for Living Backward!


I asked Angelique to share an excerpt from Living Backward with us, and she agreed. (And I love that it features a C.S. Lewis quote!)



Each of us is on a path that is taking us somewhere. What path are
you walking? Where are you today as you come to this book? Maybe
you’re searching for the right path. Or maybe you realize that the path 
you’re on isn’t getting you nearer to where you want to be. Maybe you haven’t given much thought to where you’re headed. Or maybe you do recognize that you are not on God’s path for your life. Regardless of which camp you find yourself in, take heart. It’s never too late to discover God’s path. No matter where you begin, you can grow in your relationship with God and start seeking His direction. You have not come across this book by accident or chance; you are reading it by God’s sovereign design. I’ve prayed that God’s gift of encouragement to me and the things He has taught me would bless you.

God extends to each of us the same gracious invitation that He
offered the Israelites long ago: “This is what the LORD says: ‘Stop at
the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk
in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Jeremiah
6:16, New Living Translation). This good way (as another translation
refers to it) is in contrast to the path of our self-empowered choosing.
Therefore, we can heed this verse only after we’ve acknowledged that
the road of life traveled without God’s guidance leads to a dead end. It results in a fruitless, empty, and ultimately bankrupt life. Indeed, this is the opposite of the purposeful and fulfilling lives that we desperately yearn for and that God zealously desires us to have.

C. S. Lewis wisely said, “We all want progress. But progress is
getting nearer to where you want to be. And if you’ve taken a wrong
[turn], then to go forward doesn’t get you any nearer.”
1 So I pray you
will choose to say, Lord, I desire to walk in the good way! I desire the

path that is pleasing to You and that leads to my greatest good. But
I’ve discovered that many sincere followers of Christ have the same
struggle I once had. Namely, how do I practically walk out God’s plan
for my life? What does a Christ-exalting life look like? How do I grow
from who I am into the person God created me to be? And how do I
go about building a life that really matters? My purpose in writing this
book is to address these very important questions.

1. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 2003), 28.

Christian author Angelique Cooper McGlotten launches new book, Living Backward.


Angelique Cooper McGlotten, originally from Liberia, West Africa, holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. Having woven the gift of future-oriented hindsight into her own life, she knows firsthand its power to both shape our purpose and infuse our lives with joy and meaning. Through a variety of venues, the author has mentored (and continues to mentor) hundreds of adults and young adults alike. Angelique regularly speaks at women’s retreats, women’s groups, and conferences on various topics pertaining to the Christian faith. She is also the author of a book of poetry titled The Weaver’s Thread. Angelique resides in northern Virginia with her husband and the three children entrusted to them by God.

By way of word pictures, analogies, and personal anecdotes, Living Backward facilitates head-to-heart understanding, helping us internalize key biblical principles so we can truly experience their life-changing power. Only then can we achieve genuine success, weave enduring significance into our lives, and make the most of the precious time we’ve been allotted.

Keep up with Angelique and her writing at these links: