On Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episodes 9 and 10, “Minotaur/The Diviner,” there is plenty of tension and turmoil, but not a whole lot of fear.
The two episodes are good and each has their shining moments but both also have bits of contrived action and dialogue. As soon as a character has a secret, we know it’s not going to be a secret for long. The predictable nature of that kind of storytelling is not just limited to Fear the Walking Dead, but to lots of TV shows.
It just makes things a little boring.
Perhaps I should get over the fact that Fear the Walking Dead is not really a horror show featuring lots of zombies. I’m disappointed week in and week out that there is not much walker action but I shouldn’t be.
Fear the Walking Dead is more of a Western drama with stark landscapes and tumbleweed mixed in with a soap opera—drug addicted son, neglected daughter looking for love, and a ruthless mother who killed her own daddy.
The Walking Dead probably spoiled me too much by showing zombie hordes week after week. Fear the Walking Dead has definitely done a great job in the past by creating new ways for us to witness the zombie apocalypse, but fighting the dead is definitely not the goal on the show.
The characters are focused on things that matter—land, water, and weapons—however, they’re still trying to claim those things in pre-apocalyptic ways.
The Clarks know what it’s like outside Broke Jaw Ranch. They know what it’s like to kill and to make the hard decisions to survive. A lot of people on the ranch are just now starting to get uncomfortable because they don’t like or trust the Nation.
They also think that they’re thieving water.
If they only saw like a fraction of what the Clarks have, they’d be losing it. Instead, they’re squabbling about the meanies taking the keys to the arsenal. Can you imagine how some of these folks would act if Negan showed up?
I know that both sides have done some bad stuff, but compared to what else is out there, those at Broke Jaw Ranch have got it pretty easy.
There are several things that happen on “Minotaur/The Diviner” that open storylines down the road, reconnect characters, and create drama. So what’s missing?
A major character death.
I don’t think that a character needs to die just to rack up the tension. There are brief moments that I thought that Strand was a goner, Troy was done for, and Nick too. Those deaths would have been shocking, but Strand, Troy, and Nick still have stories to tell.
I appreciate that Fear the Walking Dead isn’t killing characters off for shock value. However, at this point, I’m starting to feel that everyone is just a little too safe.
Wow, how’s that scene between Troy and Madison? It is intense. There is a weird pseudo-sexual vibe between those two and it’s fascinating to watch. We know that Troy will be back. Maybe he’ll go shack up with Lucia and the sewer people.
We know that Troy will be back. Maybe he’ll go shack up with Luciana and the sewer people. I bet Luciana ends up at the dam as well.
As soon as Nick killed Otto, we knew it wasn’t going to be kept hidden for long. Sure enough, Nick tells Troy during a shootout. It is at that point that I thought Nick was going to kill Troy.
It would have been a different look on Nick, a father-son killer, but instead, Troy is banished and the militia look to Nick to be their new leader.
Ugh, the militia. How can Nick spend even five minutes with those guys? I was not liking Nick through most of “The Diviner,” but thankfully, by the end, he redeems himself.
Madison and Walker have gone to look for some water and find themselves at some sort of bazaar where the prices are jacked up and if you can’t pay your debts, well then, you’re zombie food. It’s there that Madison is reunited with Strand.
I was wondering how Strand was going to come back in the fold and I’m so happy that he’s back with Madison. They have great chemistry together.
Also, how amazing is that bazaar? I could happily spend the rest of the season exploring that place and the people there.
Daniel is only on the episode for a moment, but since Madison, Strand, and Walker are all heading to the dam, we’ll see more of him soon enough. There also better be a reunion between him and Ofelia!
Overall, “Minotaur/The Diviner” are good episodes that start off the back end of Season 3 strongly. It will be interesting to see if the ranch devolves from a place of tranquillity to chaos. Will there be a bigger challenge than what we have already seen? Might walker hordes descend on Broke Jaw Ranch?
- Nick’s punishment was way harsh. I can’t believe Madison allowed him to stay in there that long.
- It took Alicia about 30 seconds to tell everyone the water was running out.
- Nick’s white tank top is probably the grossest thing he’s worn. Surely, he can find a better shirt.
- I really like the conversations Nick and Alicia have when Madison isn’t there. They’re very honest.
- Seeing Lola even for just a few minutes reminded me how much I like her character.
- I hope we see the bazaar again.
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Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
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