May 4, 2016
Guys Who Need to Come Out on "Fear the Walking Dead"
The first season was slow and dull and heterosexist, more about family squabbles than zombies, as high school teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) tried to round up his ex-wife and son, girlfriend and her son and daughter, and move them "to the desert" where it was safe.
They took refuge with Daniel Salazar (Ruben Blades), a barber with a Secret Past, and his heterosexual nuclear family, and mostly sat around waiting for the government to come and save them..
But at least there was a lot of beefcake, guys taking off their clothes for no apparent reason, and some hunky recurring characters, like Shawn Hatosy as the clueless Corporal Adams.
1. Strand can be the Skipper.
3.-4. Travis and his girlfriend Madison (Kim Dickens), a rather dim-witted guidance counselor. Mr. and Mrs. Howell, certainly.
5. Daniel Salazar. The Professor.
6. Alicia (Alycia Debham-Carter), Kim's daughter, a former modeling student. Ginger.
Well, let's just say Chris is feminine. Definitely Mary Anne.
The second season is still rather heterosexist -- the first group of survivors they run into is a nuclear family with its own survivalist compound on Catalina Island (which they call Catrina Island).
We're waiting to see if the still to-be-introduced actors, like Daniel Zovatto and Dougray Scott, increase the beefcake potential.
And we're still waiting for Strand, Nick, and Chris to come out. Last Sunday's episode, where Chris buddy-bonded with the survivalist family's teenage son (Jake Austin Walker) over a zombie-killing chore, was close.
On the May 1st episode of Fear the Walking Dead, we discover that Strand is, in fact gay, and guiding the castaways to a rendezvous with his lover.
But Chris indicated that prior to the zombie apocalypse he was dating a girl.
Nick is still in the closet.
See also: The Walking Dead