Nick and Jake set out to handle a delicate situation while the Ranch prepare for a massive threat.Nick and Jake set out to handle a delicate situation while the Ranch prepare for a massive threat.Nick and Jake set out to handle a delicate situation while the Ranch prepare for a massive threat.
The beginning of the story starts out with Troy surviving in the wasteland, but just when he is ready to give up, he sees a horde of walkers and decides to lead them towards the ranch with explosions made with supplies he found at another homestead. I have a tough time believing that Madison and Taqa thought it was a good idea to exile him in the previous episode, especially when they didn't take him very far and knowing how dangerous and mentally unstable he is. Part of good storytelling is that the actions of the characters have to be believable in their universe. Even if I had never knew about the lessons learned in TWD about the dangers of exiling someone, I would still believe that Madison and Taqa should have known better, it's obvious, especially with someone like Troy.
Troy sneaks back to the ranch at dark, and tells Nick that something big is coming and that he wants Jake to see. Nick waits until morning to tell Jake, and Jake has a good idea of where Troy might be, so they go to look for him. Before finding him, they see a huge dust cloud from the horde of walkers that Troy has put on a path towards the ranch. They see him shooting an explosive, guiding the horde, and confront him. Jake knows he will never change, but Nick wants to talk to him instead due to his guilt and empathy for Troy, as he wrongly thinks that he and Troy are a lot alike.
This is when the writing gets really sloppy - when Jake is getting ready to kill his brother, Nick kicks Jake away, down a hill, where he gets bit by a walker. I can believe that Nick tried to prevent Jake from killing Troy, but when he gets bit by a walker in the arm, Nick gets a machete ready to cut off his arm, but before taking action, he wastes time asking Troy how long it will take for the infection to set in, and Troy doesn't answer so he keeps wasting more time asking- this is not believable, because if Nick knows enough that cutting off his arm could save him, then why ask about how long it will take? What's the point? To remind the audience that Troy did research on this stuff? Then awhile later Jake dies, and turns due to Troy waiting to put a knife in his head, and I have no idea why Nick wouldn't do it, I guess because he thought it was family who should do that. But if Nick thinks this way, then why did he butt in and stop Jake from killing Troy beforehand? Like I said, sloppy writing. Also, it's hard to believe the show killed Jake off, and even more so due to the fact that before writing this review, I have seen the following episodes which leads me to believe that Jake was just a throw away character.
The writing gets worse, when the horde reaches the ranch. If you have seen TWD, then you know what I mean. And I'm taking into consideration the fact that I know more than FTWD characters do because I've seen TWD. Out of all the residents at the ranch, even the 'soldiers', not one of them thought to try shooting guns to guide the horde away. They did have the good idea to line up the RV's, like Rick's group did in Alexandria, but they all just stood behind the wall of RV's with their guns in their hands. You'd think that the writers would at least add a variation to this scene. And everyone followed Alicia's instructions to go to the storage room / cellar, not one person freaked out and tried to run away like you'd think they would because these people at the ranch, except for the 'soldiers', have not had to deal with many walkers at all, especially a herd. Then inside the storage room, everyone was just too calm, especially for people who have never seen a huge herd of walkers.
This series is getting much better, and I do not want to see it go downhill like TWD did. It has so much potential, and it's disappointing to see the storytelling, plot, and character continuity suffer.
- Oct 29, 2017