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REVIEW: Fear the Walking Dead 1×03 “The Dog”

You know what a zombie show needs? Ten minutes of watching people play Monopoly. That’s definitely what would spice it up! Yeah, I know, we only have an hour this week and another three episodes after this to wrap up the season. Don’t worry, we can definitely waste time watching board games.

Sarcasm is fun!

I’m just getting tired of Fear the Walking Dead. What’s the point of this show? It’s supposed to demonstrate what exactly happened when the zombies took over and Rick Grimes was in that coma. But so far, we’ve barely seen anything. Again, this wouldn’t be as much of a problem if this season WASN’T ONLY SIX EPISODES. You’d think the minds behind Fear the Walking Dead would’ve understood that slowness doesn’t equal good. This mini-season is almost as boring and pointless as the farm segment back on Season 2 of The Walking Dead. Absolutely nothing new is being brought to the table. We’re just watching Los Angeles suffering from riots and fake Johnny Depp going into withdrawal. Is that supposed to be the point? If so, why couldn’t we see it sooner?

Anyway, on this week’s episode, “The Dog”, very little happens, at least until the last five minutes of the episode. Travis and his ex-wife and son eventually make it back home to meet up with Madison and her kids. Travis has also brought along the nice family that protected them at the onset of the riots from last episode. All is well and good. So good, in fact, that we apparently have enough time to watch a scene featuring people playing Monopoly!

Sorry, I’m really hung over this one aspect of the episode. But as I’ve explained over and over, this season has very little time to get the point across. We shouldn’t be wasting time with this BS. They should’ve called this show Waiting for the Walking Dead, because that’s how I’m feeling right now.

Anyway, stuff happens in this episode, and we eventually see one walker get killed courtesy of a shotgun blast to the face. Actually, it was two shotgun blasts to the face, which kind-of confused me. The first shot only tore away the face of the walker, but didn’t manage to defeat it. The only way to stop the walker was with another, point-blank shot right to the dome. What was the point of that? Was it to show off some gore? No, just don’t bother. That’s cheating. One shot to the head. Don’t try to inflate the already-drawn-out episode with a needless aspect like that.

As I’ve said, the most stuff happens in the last couple of minutes to the episode. The protagonists have all decided to pack up and drive east, away from the crumbling Los Angeles. As they round the corner, they see their neighbor come home. Earlier in the episode, they discovered that the neighbor’s wife was “sick”, or as fake Johnny Depp, I mean Nick Clark, put it, dead. Neighbor-guy sees his wife and gives her a hug, but she tries to bite him. Before she can sink her teeth into him, she gets taken out by a troop of soldiers. The military arrives at the neighborhood and begins clearing it out, disposing of infected bodies and marking certain houses with spray paint. All is well and good. The end. Kinda.

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I remember reading about how there was going to be a stand-alone episode or segment (possibly a webisode) that featured a zombie on a plane. There’s a very brief shot near the end of the episode where a solitary plane is flying overhead. Maybe this was a bit of foreshadowing? Honestly, that concept sounds so much more exciting than anything we’ve seen on Fear the Walking Dead so far. I’m just running out of patience with this mini-series.

If you’re curious about why this episode was called “The Dog”, then I’ve got a huge surprise for you: there’s a dog involved! Whoa! No, but really, the dog had little to do with the actual episode. We see it get eaten by a walker. That’s about it. However, there seemed to be a lot of people who were upset about this. Go on Twitter or Facebook and look at comment sections for this episode, and you’ll see so many people whining about the dog being killed. We get it, you’re an animal-lover. I understand. But why is it okay for countless humans to be torn apart by zombies, but the moment a dog is killed, all Hell breaks loose? If you’re okay with all the human casualties from zombies in the countless movies and shows, but you’re all pissy about a dog being killed, then you need to go outside more. What about that horse that was eaten alive back on The Walking Dead? I bet you were okay with that, right? Some people are ridiculous…

I have very little else to say about this episode, or this show as a whole. I’m just waiting for SOMETHING to happen. Please don’t waste any more of our time.

Final Grade: C –

+ At least we finally got some more walker action, even if it was only for a minute or two.


– The episode was boring (what else is new?)

– There was almost no point to this episode besides the family being reunited, and I’m sure that we didn’t need an entire hour dedicated to show this.


Extra Thought:

– I wonder what’s going to happen with the Salazar family; will they pack up and leave with our protagonists, or will they stay behind?


What did you think of this week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead? Have you lost hope for this show like I have? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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1 Comment

  • It was a buckshot shotgun not explosive rounds. Not much penetration to the brain, which by the way is not so soft and decayed like in TWD.