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Saturday, May 21, 2022

[Episode 192] Season 7, Episode 13 of Fear The Walking Dead, "The Raft"

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As things feel hopeless for our survivors, so too have the hosts of your favorite #TWDU #podcast have been feeling (despite a great episode with incremental gains). We vent some personal frustrations/concerns, while maintaining our usual value-based analysis. #AliciaClark & #MorganJones push on, like us, doing things their characters wouldn't normally do, but it's the right thing for the right reason. Like us, Dwight & Sherry surge forward, finding reasons to press on.
We had an incredible pre-show, telling personal stories and great conversation. We edited out some pretty spicy stuff in between and in the post-show banter. If you want the ability to join us during our closed recording sessions, as well as the ability to stream the unedited episode recordings (whether you are able to make the recording session or not) early, before everyone else, support your favorite podcast by heading here:

David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:

πŸŽ–SURVIVORS TIER MEMBERS:
Bridget:
Jasmine:

  •  Dave: Satisfied with the episode, happy with the Dwight & Sherry storyline.

  • Bridget: Enjoyed the episode, but felt it was fairly simple. Is not enjoying the anthology style.
  • Rachael: Enjoyed Sherry's journey throughout the episode and was not annoyed by Morgan Jones this episode.
  • Rachael liked that the opening scene tied in with the final scene.
  • How far ahead is The Walking Dead?
  • Could Maya Vazquez's son, Marco Vazquez, mentioned in this episode be the same Marco (played by Gustavo Gomez) from The Walking Dead?
  • Rachael has a large list of recycled names used in the The Walking Dead Universe!
  • Where is Maya from?
  • What would a post-apocalyptic Disney World look like?
  • What, to you, stood out most during Dwight and Sherry's conversation (at the Blue Diamond Car Wash)?
  • Bridget explains evaporation lines and how waiting too long to view results will reduce its efficacy.
  • ...Could Sherry not really be pregnant, as a result?
  • Check out our interview with Christine Evangelista, where she divulges the difficulties of filming Season 7 (and to know more about her personal life and podcast: Half Naked with Christine Evangelista)!
  • Like Rachael, are you uneasy with calling Morgan & Grace Mukherjee Baby Morgan's parents (her biological parents being Rachel & Isaac)?
  • In our interview with Jenna Elfman, she sneaks in (unbeknownst to us) that Morgan's dam settlement was named Eden (did you spot it?).
  • Are Grace's instructions to Morgan - to keep Baby Mo far away from conflict - jarring? Is it more jarring that Morgan actually follows through?
  • Do a lot of things in season 7 feel forced?
  • Will Morgan ever return to Alexandria Safe Zone?
  • What do you think about where is Alicia Clark at (both, in the world, and mentally)? Could the final scene between she and Morgan be seen a passing of the torch?
  • Will Morgan's extended leave be short-lived or mean bigger things?
  • What did Alicia even use to create the explosion near the impact crater walker pit? Does she have a secret mechanical arm, or did she channel her inner Rosita Espinosa and find a rocket launcher?
  • Bridget liked that Alicia gave Sherry her former weapon: the flash-suppressor sword she originally found in Season 4
  • Is Wes just Howard's replacement (both in demeanor and title)?
  • Remember when Sherrandy referred to Victor Strand as Strando Calrissian (a reference to Lando Calrissian from the Star Wars franchise)? Is Wes embracing his inner Lando (especially with that "cape" of his)?
  • Could Strand still be the one rustling the crater walkers?
  • Could it have been Max, Annie, and Dylan (the kids we/the show forgot about, from Season 5)? Where is Josiah LaRoux? Where is Mickey?
  • What exactly did Theodore "Teddy" Maddox think the effects of his nuclear annihilation plan would have on the walkers (if he even thought that far ahead)?
  • What is the significance of the bullet tied around Alicia's neck? Editor's note: in the scene we discover it, Morgan does notice it's presence, but appears as though he didn't want to press her.
  • Dave notices a lack of scene supervision: mostly background actors/stand-ins just hanging out in the background, where the camera picked them up.
  • Why do you think Season 7 might be a frustrating watch?
  • Rachael feels as though nothing has happened all season.

  • Jasmine feels as though they are recycling character storylines. John Dorie Senior has two episodes where he receives major character development.

  • Sherrandy finds is season stupid, overall, and frustrating to watch.

  • Bridget is incredibly pissed over having to defend the positives and betrayed by the show, lately, after fighting for it for so many years.

  • Dave unquestionably loved the first half of the season, but has some concerns over the gamble the writers are staking on the episodes in the season's back half.
  • Jasmine is worried because she is bored. She stops watching shows for less.
  • Could it be that the showrunners hoping the return of Madison Clark will "save" the narrative?
  • Equally, would they immediately kill-off Madison (much like The Walking Dead did with Morales, by bringing him back at the start of  Season 8?

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

[Episode 191] Season 7, Episode 12 of Fear The Walking Dead, "Sonny Boy"

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Despite there being noticeable movement in the story arc, frustrations are bubbling (some regard this as welcoming, others not so much): We lose Howard, just after gleaning more of his background, along with #JohnDorieSr as he finally forges a path that give him a sense of closure (doing the right thing for the right reasons... because "it's not too late... it's never too late")
We had to cut out major chunks of this conversation that actually do expand on some of the conversation that we had, but didn't make the final cut. There are also a ton of laughs in the pre-show (which you sort of catch the tail on on into the actual episode intro, if you look at everyone's face as I forge on). Get your hands on this and future unedited episode recordings, along with the ability to join the conversation in our closed recording sessions by supporting the best #TWDU #podcast out there! Head here:

David Cameo:
Rachael Burt:
Sherrandy Swift:

πŸŽ–SURVIVORS TIER MEMBERS:
Bridget:

  • Sherrandy: Favorite episode of the season (and not just because it heavily featured June Dorie).
  • Bridget: Sad to see John Dorie Senior go, but felt he had a fitting end.

  • Rachael: Also sad about JD Senior, but even more upset over Howard's wasted potential.

  • Dave: Relieved that Howard's character had enough nuance to make it ok for him to be yeeted off the roof.
  • Are we seeing a lot of wasted potential in The Walking Dead Universe, in characters such as Howard, John Dorie Sr., Arno, Paul, and Leah Shaw (the last one, from The Walking Dead).

  • Does Strand's Tower change people?
  • OK, but in what way did it change Howard?

  • Is Wes pulling a fast one on Victor Strand or is he all-in on what Strand's dishing out?
  • Sherrandy: Let June be a stand-alone character; Stop pairing her with Dories!
  • Could another member of the Dorie family be out there, like John Dorie's long-lost twin? Perhaps his mother, Dawn Dorie? πŸ˜…
  • Dave: Are JD Sr & Daniel Salazar make it up to their lost family (John Dorie, Jr & Ofelia Salazar, respectively) buy building a better future for their found-family (Baby Morgan & Charlie, respectively)?
  • Could gutting-up have been safer and, perhaps, allowed JD Sr to survive?

  • But where is Baby Mo safest: Inside or Outside Strand's Tower?

  • What will Strand do now that Baby Mo is gone?
  • Sherrandy: What does the concept of a legacy matter in a dead world?
  • Has Strand inadvertently made it so that The Tower residents are frightened that they, too, will eventually be yeeted off the rooftop?
  • Was June able to build a resistance because of all of the rooftop yeeting?
  • If so, just where is June getting all of these walkies?
  • Is it remotely possible that Howard could have planted some of the walkies or was he truly invested in Strand's vision for The Tower?
  • Did Howard allow Victor to assume ownership over The Tower or did view their relationship as more of a partnership?
  • What does it say that, even after his death, we still question Howard’s true feelings/intentions?
  • Even if it's a very small part, do you feel sorry that Howard was yeeted?
  • Why does JD Sr spare Victor's life when he had the perfect opportunity?
  • Dave & Sherrandy discuss the musket-ball-stopping bible that's on Howard's desk? So is it supposed to represent Sam Houston's or Charles Merril's?
  • And, of course, among Howard's historical antiquities is (Fear The Walking Dead historical canon) Deadeye Driscoll's boots. Driscoll was shot and killed by John Dorie II at Blackwater (and even got his picture in the paper).
  • How do you feel about Wes' behavior throughout this episode?
  • What are Wes' intentions?
  • Victor Strand should hire Kim Wexler (Better Call Saul) to defend him in court (charged with Crimes Against Humanity). (Un)fortunately, the prosecution is represented by none other than Saul Goodman.
  • Call Dave Crazy: Did you hear a man yelling "Help!", twice: first, as JD Sr is about to hand off Baby Mo to Adult Morgan Jones, then second, as Baby Mo is physically handed off? This reminds us of the Yanny vs Laurel aural phenomenon.

  • Was JD, Senior’s storyline originally intended for JD, Jr?

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