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Variety: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Premiere Recap

Emphasizing suspense and atmosphere over action and gore, Sunday’s 90-minute premiere of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” begins with a slight variation on the memorable opening moments of “The Walking Dead.” At the start of that series, Sheriff Rick Grimes awoke in an abandoned hospital after being injured in a violent shootout. In tonight’s episode, 19-year old junkie Nick Clark (Frank Dillane) wakes up in an abandoned Los Angeles church and gets rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car while fleeing from a hungry zombie.

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Variety: ‘True Detective’ Season 2 Finale Recap

For a series named after a lurid men’s crime magazine, the second season of HBO’s “True Detective” was woefully short on pulp, and tonight’s feature-length finale was no exception. While last week’s ungainly info-dump managed to unmask the killers of both Caspere and Stan, expose two conspiracies, introduce a love story and kill off a main character, tonight’s underwhelming conclusion barely had enough plot to fill up 30 minutes, let alone 90.

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Variety: ‘True Detective’ Recap: The Walls Close In

Though it probably wasn’t enough to change the minds of frustrated viewers whose complaints about the second season of “True Detective” prompted HBO’s president of programming to publicly defend the series earlier this week, tonight’s penultimate episode, at the very least, tied up several loose ends.

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