Fear the Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 2 Review: Six Hours

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 2 Review: Six Hours
Fear the Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 2 Review: Six Hours

Which brings us back to Morgan and Grace, Mo’s adoptive parents. If the apocalypse taught us anything about families, they’re no longer nuclear, if you’ll forgive the pun. (Damn, even the Clarks and Manawas were a blended family, right?)

While it’s understandable that a stranded nuclear submarine isn’t the most hospitable nursery, it sure beats braving the harsh elements outside its walls. That is, until the group’s rations get dangerously low. Even if baby food can be found, it is highly radioactive. So into the wasteland, the trio sets out in search of something that may no longer exist – at least outside of Strand’s thriving enclave.

But that’s easier said than done. There is a limit to how long a person can tolerate such high levels of radiation — six hours to be exact. This hasn’t stopped Grace from looking for supplies, though her motivation to do so stems more from the survivor’s deep guilt and trauma of losing her baby, Athena. Little Mo was not the answer to her prayers; indeed, what Grace wants is to die and leave her pain and misery behind. Why else would she say to Mo, “You didn’t ask to be here and neither did I”?

Kudos to Morgan for acknowledging Grace’s misfortune. He suffered a similar trauma himself after losing his wife and son early in the apocalypse. He understands the kind of desperation that darkens her forehead and weighs on her broken heart. So he came up with a plan: a kind of road trip, in a modded Mad Max-style ride, no less. And who doesn’t love a road trip?

I have to admit, I like the general direction Fear the walking dead has won this season with its hybrid end-of-world scenario. After six seasons, our heroes had become quite skilled zombie killers, robbing the undead of their bite, if you will. Layering the more immediate (and invisible) threat of radiation poisoning, suddenly just going outside requires a whole different level of preparation and fortitude. Plus the muted, mustardy palette is reminiscent of Denis Villeneuve’s ruined future Blade Runner 2049. (Interestingly, Lennie James has a small role in that movie.)

Still, this atmospheric, apocalyptic aesthetic isn’t enough to salvage a rather complicated episode rife with contrived dangers. It’s no surprise that their car would break down, setting Morgan’s ability to find a replacement part against that relentless six-hour countdown.

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