Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 15 “USS Pennsylvania” Review

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 15 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

The current season of AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead is soon going to conclude. With only one more episode after “USS Pennsylvania”, the group went on a high stakes mission to take down Teddy once in for all. But the mission did not go as planned.

During the journey inside the submarine, Morgan and Strand were at odds as they were getting closer and closer to stop Teddy. They both clearly had different motives that are played out during this episode and It makes me wonder how they will be towards eachother on the season finale.

During the entire time, the radiation levels were through the rough in certain corridors of the submarine. Everyone had to think fast and adapt to another way of getting to the end of the submarine. Throw that in with a few good walker kills and the fact that there is little space to even stretch out, then you got a good episode of Fear The Walking Dead.

But there were some issues that I would like to address. The episode also highlighted something that has really bothered me about this season for a long time. Rather than actually showing us what characters are doing, they tell us what they are doing off screen. During this current season, it has been a common occurrence and I seriously hope this does not happen on the seventh season. Sure, they showed Alicia trapped on the previous episode, but what about the rest of the characters that were not seen at all during this season?

One thing I found laughable, is Dakota. We are supposed to buy into her being a follower of Teddy after just one episode? Good that Morgan knocked some sense into her that caused her to get knocked out moments after Morgan somehow got away from the walkers that surrounded him while he was knocked down by Strand before this even happened? The inconsistency is beyond ridiculous.

In terms of the episode itself, I liked the majority of it up until the end, but then I thought about it, and it all just melted me. Teddy and Riley were let go by Morgan and Strand for what reason again? At least one of them should be dead, and the other should have been interrogated so that they can try to find  out where Alicia is. Much of the dialogue throughout the episode felt stilted in some way, but I guess that’s a hallmark of Chambliss and Goldberg’s writing at this point. 

It seems that the writers do not know how to use Strand’s personality other than to make him do bad things, then spend time trying to redeem him and act like he did it to cover for himself. Colman Domingo can be fantastic whenever he is given the right material, so it’s frustrating when the show doesn’t give him good material.

On the finale, I hope to see where the missile lands and the status of Alicia.

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