It's usually accompanied with some banal dialogue about "making up for what we did" even when the characters in question haven't done anything that bad. This horrifically cheesy premise hit a boiling point in the Season 8 midseason premiere, which was all about the group of survivors filming a public service announcement documentary about helping people so that other survivors would know what they were about and contact them if they needed help.
As noted above, how this was accomplished is beyond me. While we don't get to watch the entire finished product , what there is of the video is painfully cheesy. I'm embarrassed for all the actors this season. Then there are the trees Alicia finds, which so enthrall her that she's out painting trees of her own instead of, I dunno, helping refine oil into gasoline or at least protect the people sweating away in the hot Texas sun doing it for her.
Pretty much everything about Morgan has become cheesy, with his endless preachy nonsense. Al is also a one-note character at this point, so obsessed with taping everything that it's like she's forgotten why she's doing it in the first place. I was going to do a separate bullet point on how all the characters are terrible now, but I'll just wrap it into this one.
And on and on like that. Ultimately, everyone just feels the same. They're all out to help people. This robs us of any potential conflict between main characters and makes the show even more boring. Sure, the show pretends that gas is scarce and then sets up the oil fields conflict around that, but as noted above, gas isn't really scarce. Nor are many other things, including:. The story itself has been really tough to follow this season, partly for all the reasons listed above, but mostly because of strange narrative decisions.
For instance, we learn about the oil fields at the end of the first half of the season, but by the start of the second half of the season Morgan's group has a functional oil refinery in operation. Logan's motivation has never been particularly clear, and it wasn't really until Episode the one in which he dies--that we learn enough backstory to really start to understand his character.
Why wait so long to give us this information? So sure, the beginning of the season starts with them crashing a plane, which is an exciting way to start a season, but then we never really fully understand why they needed the plane to begin with except for flimsy stuff about "roads being out" when we're talking about Texas, which has multiple roads to get just about anywhere. We also don't know how they got a plane to begin with. The oil fields stuff , and the entire conflict with Logan, is where the show really fails to explain anything, however.
And since Logan and his thugs never do anything actually bad beyond shooting up a motorcycle, it's hard to really understand what's going on. I could probably go on and on and on, as I've been feeling pretty bitter about the way this show has betrayed its audience. It was never the greatest show on TV, though it did have a terrific third season. But at least in Season 1 and Season 2, the frustrating stuff was offset by some truly interesting characters in interesting conflicts and cool locales. The group moved from a Los Angeles on fire to a swanky yacht and water zombies to a villa in Mexico that had some deep dark secrets lurking beneath, to a Mexican hotel, to the Otto's ranch and then finally to the dam and the showdown there.
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Suddenly the entire storyline has shifted from a very odd conflict with Logan to this new group of cowboy types I'm calling the Pioneers. I have very little faith that anything will improve in Season 5, and without some serious changes, Season 6 promises to be more of the same.
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What a shame. That show went from an interesting story about a group of rugged survivors, to a show bogged down in intra-community strife. So once again, our heroes emerge unscathed, nobody dies, everything is fine. Everyone has the same motivations, the same desires, the same outlook on the world. I write about video games, TV and movies. Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin. Credit: AMC.
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