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The Walking Dead: "Always Accountable" (Season 6, Episode 6)

Another so-so episode that was largely set up for the future. It partially redeemed itself, however, with an absolutely breathtaking visualization of a burned forest. Only a show this morbid could pull that off.

It's back to Darryl, Sasha and Abraham tonight. Mostly Darryl in quantity and quality. Sasha and Abraham's vignette is a series of blatant gestures that are ultimately boring. Darryl at least has that forest.

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The Walking Dead: "Here's Not Here" (Season 6, Episode 4)

This is why I watch this show. Every so often it produces some truly great television. Tonight it did so as a fable about mercy and the precious nature of life, right smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Go figure.

It's a simple setup, an episode in a bottle. It felt like one of those old Twilight Zone episodes where two people talk a lot. It worked, too, in the same ambling way.

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Fear The Walking Dead: "A Good Man" (Season 1, Episode 6)

Lots of zombies tonight, with the requisite carnage. It doesn't really have much bite, though, because the whole plot is arbitrary and capricious. There is no attempt to make sense out of jamming our disparate clumps of characters back together. At least the end promises to get them out of Los Angeles. That can only be an improvement at this point.

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Fear the Walking Dead: "Not Fade Away" (Season 1, Episode 4)

You know how you sometimes see a zombie movie where they spend 5 -15 minutes showing the world go to hell. That's okay because it's only 5-15 minutes. Heck, even the movie itself is two hours max. But suppose you stretch those 5-15 minutes out to four hours with no end in sight?

That, my friend, is "Fear the Walking Dead." And yes, it's dull.

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Fear the Walking Dead: "The Dog" (Season 1, Episode 3)

The engine's still sputtering a bit, but I think it turned over on this show's third try, an uneven episode that at least has enough going for it to rise above the mundane. Rising above the mundane is a good thing. Keep it up.

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Fear the Walking Dead: "So Close, Yet So Far" (Season 1, Episode 2)

The title of tonight's episode sums up the series to date: a sure-fire hit that everyone's waiting to see rev up. This hour is better than last week's interminable pilot, but it hasn't found its stride yet.

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