“Look at my works, oh mighty one, and despair!” ~ by Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The end of season 6 of Fear of the walking dead airs tonight. I have already written 51 thoughts on the episode.. But the first thought I had while watching was how absolutely terrible the opening sequence is. It basically sets the tone for everything that follows.
In the opening scene, Rachel, a character with so little screen time this season that we hardly remember who she is, has somehow separated herself from the rest of Morgan’s team and her truck has a flat tire. She is trying to escape with her baby and her hound from a nuclear missile that was fired from a submarine in last week’s episode. There isn’t much time, maybe 20 minutes before the dozen warheads return to earth and burn everything for miles around. *
It has a puncture and despite the nuclear warheads descending rapidly, Rachel decides to stop and change it, although it is clear that she has never done it before. This is the first red flag for the final. Driving with a flat tire is not recommended if you are concerned about your vehicle’s wheels and tires that could be damaged in the process. You will have less control on the road, so it will be relatively less safe than driving with four inflated tires.
However, the risks of driving with a flat tire pale in comparison to a nuclear bomb. In fact, they pale in comparison to changing a truck tire when you clearly have no idea how to do it. Rachel has put the cat in the wrong place. You haven’t raised the tire high enough and she sits there pulling it, which makes me wonder if she has even removed the lug nuts. If you don’t remove the lug nuts, the tire won’t come off. If you don’t lift the vehicle high enough, the tire won’t come off. Pulling on the tire when the jack is in the wrong position could crush your leg.
So naturally, instead of just driving on a floor, Rachel crushes her leg and is forced to create a splint and put on a crutch and then even though the bone was split in half below her knee, she takes her backpack (why?) and her baby (that’s more reasonable) and somehow manages to limp forward, putting most of her weight on her good leg but still some on her bad leg. The leg with the bone protruding through the skin was split in half.
Notice the lack of blood? Despite a bone protruding from her leg, Rachel hardly bleeds. Notice the lack of screams of agony? This would be one of the most painful injuries imaginable. When I broke my ankle in high school, the pain was so intense that I could barely stop screaming and could only walk by hopping on one foot. The breakup wasn’t even as bad as Rachel’s.
She couldn’t walk. That he does not pass out is a miracle. He certainly couldn’t carry a pack and a baby even to the extent that he manages in this opening scene.
The problem with scenes like this is that they don’t make sense. They put a character in a desperate situation that any logical survivor would have avoided. Rachel, we can reasonably assume, is a veteran survivor who has lived so long. She knows the apocalypse. If you didn’t know how to change a tire, you wouldn’t try it. Even if he did, he would surely realize that driving as fast as possible as far as possible to get away from the nuclear blast would be a more sensible option. Any thinking person would realize that it is better to drive on a bad tire than to be cremated.
There are simple ways to avoid this. Simple script changes to make the scene work. Make him crash the truck. Blow up the tire and the truck goes off the road. Break his leg like that. The process of examining a scene like this and checking for plot holes or inconsistencies or small logical flaws may not be as difficult as The fear showrunners make it look like.
So there’s the opening scene and now that you’ve seen it you have a pretty good idea of the rest of the episode and the quality of the writing and narration that follows. My review is on its way, but I’m afraid it will be more of the same. Much of the season finale succumbs to the same kind of nonsense. Poor me.
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