Fear The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 1 “Here to Help” Review

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead Dead is back for the fifth season as many fans has been waiting for the sister show of The Walking Dead to return since last fall’s season four finale. Since Scott Gimple has taken over as the executive producer of this show along with new showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian B. Goldberg, the fourth season has had divided opinions of the fanbase. The start of the fifth season however, has improved over the last season already and it makes me want to come back for more. Here is my review of the season five premiere episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Here to Help”.

The episode starts with two new characters that are kids who are also brothers trying to clear walkers. We learn in a few minutes that their names are Dylon and Max. Dylon’s gun jams as he is trying to shoot the walker approaching them. But moments later, a small airplane made a crash landing infront of them. We find out that Morgan, Alicia, Luciana, June, John, and Althea were in the plane. Inside the plane, Luciana is impaled by a bar, and morgan is hanging, and everyone else suffers minor injuries. I also thought it was cool seeing that one walker trying to grab June’s hair in the same scene as well. Olivia also saves the two brothers by hitting the walkers with the shovel. Alicia also even sets up a small trap for the walkers as well. Morgan also helps Alicia clear the walkers as well. Althea also takes down a walker as well that has gear on, but we will get back to that later on this review. After the group gets Luciana out of the plane in which she still has the metal rod impaled through her shoulder, the group talks about the plane crash and a character named Logan that they have been in contact with on the walkie talkie. Another kid that is driving approaches them and tells them to get in the car.

We find out that the girl that picked the group up is the sister of Dylan and Max and that the plane made a crash landing due to a lost engine. The girl’s name is Annie and her and Morgan talks about why they are contacting Logan on the radio. She also says that the place they are heading to is worse than it seems. They also encounter a few road blocks and signs that all points to them to not cross that area (This is quite similar to when The Saviors kept blocking the road on “Last Day on Earth”). One of the blocked roads has walkers that are tied up with their guts as chains.

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Alexa Nisenson as Charlie – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 5, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Elsewhere, Strand, Charlie, Wendell, and Sarah are also traveling and are also in contact with Morgan’s and the rest by the walkie-talkie. At the same time, Morgan and the rest reached an abandoned place to get the impaled bar out of Luciana and I must say, that was painful to watch. But at least the bar is out of her. The three kids decide to leave as they argued with the group about going to where Logan is since the three kids are warning them that it is not a good idea. Morgan wants Annie, Max, and
Dylan to join them, but they refused. Logan contacts Morgan and the scene here tells us that Morgan should have not trusted him to begin with. While Logan was talking to them, We get a scene of Strand’s group trying to enter the place Logan was at but it was guarded and they were about to get killed right there.Althena examines the video of that armored walker from earlier that day and then Morgan and Althena talked about the tapes as she says that it has not benefited her so far, but they tell a story. In fact, over with Strand, he sees a tape of Daniel Salazar which caught me by surprise as I did not expect to see him on the first episode.

John and June had a nice scene and they talked at night about what they went through before they found eachother again as they kissed after the conversation. Morgan and Alicia talks about her almost dying today and ashe mentions Madison and that she did so much for them in order of them to be standing right there today. Morgan goes on with the “we kill people” speech and he tells her that what he was then is not the same person he is now. Morgan wants to go look for the three kids.

The episode ends as Althena goes to that armored walker location after the plane crash. She unmasked the walker and look inside the pockets to find a map. The logo of the map is the same logo we see from the helicopter people on The Walking Dead with Jadis trading people and Althena gets kidnapped by another armed soldier that noticed it.

This episode opened with a great action sequence followed by character development and the return of Daniel Salazar in which fans have been waiting for since the last season. There were a few head scratching moments plotwise with the three kids, but I think their story will be more fleshed out during the season. I also love the few easter eggs of The Walking Dead that we got in this episode as well. We also got an interesting plot twist that connects this show with the main show in a greater way and I thought that was a brilliant idea. Fear The Walking Dead’s season five opener is awesome and I am looking forward to the rest of the season. For everyone that has tuned out during season four, I will say to tune back right in.

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