December 19, 2018

Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 12 Review: Weak

Slowly but surely, we're one step closer in getting the band back together.

On Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 12, Morgan continued his trek back west in hopes of helping his friends. Meanwhile, June and Althea were trying to recover from the rampage of the storm.

It took three episodes, but we were finally able to check in on Al and June, who were left having walkers hurled at them from the approaching hurricane on Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9.

June watching John's video repeatedly was so sweet. She can try to play it down all she wants, but the feelings she has for John are self-evident.

These "stories" that Al has captured have proven to be useful in tough situations.

Alicia needed to watch Madison's video on Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8. It was her darkest time and provided her with some much-needed closure.

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June watching John's interview provided her with similar comfort. Since she couldn't physically talk to him, that video was the next best thing. In fact, June watched it so many times that she killed the battery in the camera.

You could tell that Al was clearly pissed about the dead battery, but she also understood June's position. Al has spent so much time and effort documenting everyone's story that she's come across. So if one of those captured stories is able to help just one person, it's been well worth it.

Not Running Away

It was nice to learn that vehicles actually DO run out of fuel. Over the years — on both shows — it has seemed as if fuel is readily available in abundance to the survivors, so to actually see June and Al scavenging for Diesel was a welcome change. But low gas wasn't the only issue the duo faced.

When Al's van ended up getting stolen, my initial reaction was complete disbelief.

Althea is a smart woman, so why in the blue hell would she leave the freaking keys in the dang van? I simply could not wrap my mind around that decision. Especially given the fact that all of Al's videotapes were in there, which we know holds significant importance to her.

If you leave your keys in a vehicle, you're just asking for trouble.

And lo and behold, that's exactly what happened when fellow survivor, Quinn, decided to take the van for a joy ride. Fortunately, he didn't know it was dangerously low on fuel and didn't make it very far.

Now I don't know about you, but checking the gas gauge is one of the first things that I do when I turn on the ignition. The last thing I'd want is to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.

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Admittedly, I was a bit concerned when Al fell ill, as those symptoms seemed all too familiar.

We've lost too many characters this season already; I'll be damned if we were about to lose newcomer Althea! Not that I had any say in the matter, but it would have been another huge blow in a season that has had a penchant for killing off its main cast.

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June was concerned with getting Al proper medicine, while Al was more concerned with simply getting the van back, which supposedly contained said medicine.

June's reluctance in leaving Al behind was expected, as she's had terrible experiences in similar scenarios. You can tell that June is trying so hard to be a better person, a person that we all know she can be. Case in point with June trying to convince Quinn that there is a way to help each other and coexist.

Old June would have simply fled the moment she left Althea. She's definitely grown significantly over the last handful of episodes.

June: Where is the medicine?
Althea: There isn't any. I just wanted to get the van back.

In the end, there was no medicine in the van after all, as Althea just needed a good excuse to have June reclaim the van. I don't blame June for being upset, but at least now she knows what it feels like to be on the other end of deceit.

One thing that made me roll my eyes was learning that the bus which was overturned 20 feet from the van, just happened to have the proper meds to treat Al.

That's one hell of a coinkidink, isn't it?

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The good news is that Althea will recover, so because of that, I'm willing to forgive that quick and convenient resolution.

More good news? Just when all hope seemed to be lost, Morgan's radio transmission was able to aid June and Al in finding him.

With all of the positive outcomes during this episode, the same can't be said for the closing moments, as Quinn came face to face with the Filthy Woman's pet walker.

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The whole duplicate mile marker twist surprised me, but not in a good way.

Did the Filthy Woman just change that one sign since she knew the number of the real marker that June was waiting at? If that's the case, how did Quinn not realize that the mile markers leading up to 27 weren't going in sequential order?

Obviously he was looking at the previous markers, it's the only way he'd find the one he was looking for. You know very well that the woman wasn't changing every single mile marker.

Ain't nobody got time for that!

I don't know what to make of the Filthy Woman. She feels like bizarro Michonne, as she has a pet walker, but instead of using it for protection, she uses it against others.

Filthy Woman - Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 12

What's most interesting, is that she discarded her old walker, Purvis, for a fresh walker. It was like trading in your car after the lease is up.

Why switch up the walkers? Is there some rationale behind it? Do they break down after accruing a certain amount of mileage? What gives?

Sure, the mile marker ruse was a neat twist that showcased what this woman is capable up, but it had more holes in it than a bullet-riddled walker.

Morgan: Things are tough out here, I know. That box, what's in there… it helped me. It could help you too.
Filthy Woman: I don't need any help. I'm not weak.

So now that this woman has commandeered Al's van, what is her plan? Not only is she in possession of the videotapes, but she also has those big ass guns!

That's sure to be an issue for the group.

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To be honest, I expected a bit more out of this episode. I wanted to enjoy it, but it felt a bit dull. Sure, it reunited part of the group, but the path to getting there felt a bit monotonous.

Dorie and Strand are two of the most enthralling characters on this series, so let's hope that the upcoming situation those two get thrown into will make for a more entertaining episode.

Now let's hear from you, Fear-natics!

What did you think of "Weak"? What could the "Filthy Lady" have planned with Al's van? Now that Morgan, Althea, and June have found each other, will the trio be able to track down the rest of the group?

Hit the comments below and let me know!

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Fear the Walking Dead returns with a new episode on Sunday, September 9 at 9/8C on AMC.

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