Ouroboros opens with a look at what appears to be the survivors of the fallen Flight 462, struggling to keep themselves afloat in the ocean. There aren’t all too many survivors and of the few that remain, some seem to be a little off, in the head. Not that that’s a surprise, given what they’ve already been through. We’ve been wondering exactly where the web-series would lead and now there can be no question: it’s a very direct tie-in to Fear the Walking Dead.
I’m not sure we needed this many new faces to follow. We’ve hardly begun to appreciate and like the ones we’ve grown to know from Fear the Walking Dead. The last thing AMC wants to do is dump more dislikable personalities into a pot that already holds a number of unlikable personalities, unless of course they’re closing their eyes to the negative reviews that have been hurled at Fear the Walking Dead since the early episodes of season one. Perhaps someone is just oblivious… or has a grand scheme that I can’t see clearly, yet.
On Strand’s boat, those we do know – Travis, Madison… Strand, etc. are dealing with some minor problems with the boat. Travis takes to the water to try and resolve an issue – the water intake is blocked, and that’s got the boat on stand still. It turns out it’s the remains of one of the Flight 462 survivors, who moments earlier got himself killed being paranoid about the other survivors he occupied space with on a life raft. Travis yanks the body free, but now he’s staring at a fleshy mass floating precariously close.
Travis makes it out of trouble and back onto the boat to flex his mechanical skills. It’s not a clean job, but he’s working to get it done. He’s also got Strand breathing down his neck, which makes the job all the more pleasant.
Elsewhere we see that Ofelia’s injury has become infected. She suggests seeing Madison to try and get some strong antibiotics. Daniel behaves like a fool, refusing Madison’s help. He’s got the “we’re family, we take care of each other” idea. Apparently he forgot that the world is ending around him. You’ve got to love these bullheaded beliefs.
Daniel eventually lets Madison in on the secret that Strand is headed for Baja. So, of course she gets the nomination to confront the captain about his true plans. But that’s going to wait a moment, as we see that a small group of the boat’s occupants are headed – by raft – to shore to investigate all the luggage that washed ashore from Flight 462. They need supplies and this looks like the best bet.
Travis heads back beneath the surface to continue working on the boat’s malfunction. The group on land don’t control things as well as they could, as Chris, still resilient, rebellious and just plain stupid, wanders off on his own, away from the others. The remainder of the group are gathering, slowly.
Chris finds the bulk of the ruined fuselage. There are some walkers inside, and we’re about to see how, or if he deals with them. He gets busy taking a few out, and he finds a survivor on board.
Finally Madison approaches Strand and demands to know why they’re headed for Mexico. Strand tells her that he’s headed for a place equipped with food, shelter – safety in general. This is a surprisingly peaceful confrontation, given how aggressive these two can be.
Now, back on land we see Daniel being his moody self, and we also see him get his hands on medication for his daughter. Nick sees this and steps up to help, informing him that he’s getting the wrong medications. Meanwhile in the fuselage Chris makes an attempt at saving the plane’s lone survivor. He’s injured beyond repair in this world and he begs Chris to take him out of his misery. Interestingly enough, Chris does it. Is it possible that one of the least likable individuals in the show could blossom into the warrior he’ll need to be to survive, long before all of the others?
We soon see another survivor from Flight 462. She comes launching over sand dunes, clearly running from something. “They’re Coming,” she bellows in Daniel’s face. A large number of walkers crest the hill, shambling toward our survivors.
This could get ugly.
We cut away to see Nick discover a walker, half buried in the sand. Nick accidentally falls into the small pit in which the walker is caught. It’s a scary moment for Nick, but he’s tough, he does away with the nasty quite quickly. And then another walker comes stumbling into the hole…
Daniel is picking off zombies from a distance, headshots aplenty. There are a lot of walkers, and now it’s Nick who is missing from the pack. Back on the boat Travis is still having a nightmare of a time getting the boat up and running, but eventually he makes it happen.
It’s an all-out war on the beach, and everyone is proving that they’ve learned to take care of themselves. There must be eight zombies to every single survivor, but they’re holding their own. Alicia is just seconds away from becoming a meal when Nick makes his triumphant return, completely covered in blood, working his best Hellboy impression, and clobbers the walker who damn near turned his sister into a member of the undead. The man’s a damn beast. He goes complete berserker mode and soon learns that being covered in zombie goo fools the walkers.
Fear the Walking Dead MVP? Nick Clark. No ifs, ands or buts.
Eventually everyone from land, including the few new survivors from the plane crash, return to the boat. But Strand won’t have the two new additions on his boat, though he agrees to tow them behind in a raft. Those on the boat are safe, those on the raft are left to survive as they can.
The episode comes to a close as we see Nick give Ofelia a rosary he found on land. Is there something developing here? If anybody deserves any action in this crew, it’s certainly Nick. Oh, and we get one more quick surprise: Strand storms back onto the dock and cuts the rope that’s hauling the other two survivors.