Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 11 Review: The Code

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Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Texas anymore.

The hurricane that whipped through The Lone Star state was the least or Morgan's worries on Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 11, as he found himself in a strange new locale, and in the company of some crazy mother truckers.

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"The Code" picked up right where Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 9 left off, with Morgan giving chase to Alicia as the destructive storm approached, and seeking refuge in the back of a semi hoping to ride out the storm.

Morgan didn't expect to ride away from the storm.

While I'm glad the beginning of this episode acted as a direct follow-up to Morgan's, I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't get to see much of Morgan's encounter with the storm.

It was surprising how insignificant a role the hurricane played in this episode, as Morgan woke up and found himself 600 miles east of Texas.

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We've all had those nights of passing out, waking up somewhere else and not knowing how you got there, am I right?

It would have been fun to see what challenges and hazards Morgan could have potentially faced during the storm, but after watching the episode, I can understand where the show was trying to go with Morgan's arc.

Morgan: What is it? The code?
Sarah: You gotta help people when they need help.

Morgan waking to find himself at the truck stop felt a bit bizarre, but I enjoyed how that transition to the new setting was handled, with Morgan awakening and just as confused as the viewer with trying to figure out what in the blazes was going on.

It's always fun when the audience can relate to what a character is experiencing during a particular moment.

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Did anyone else get a bad feeling when Morgan walked into the convenience store that was stocked with supplies? The seemingly overly friendly voice on the radio telling Morgan to take what he needs only added to my suspicions.

We've seen similar scenarios such as this play out time and time again on both shows. When something seems too good to be true ... it usually is.

And this episode was no exception to that rule.

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While Wendell initially appeared to be a bit hostile, Sarah seemed like a friendly face who merely wanted to help.

Once they told Morgan about the severity of the hurricane, in typical Morgan fashion, he opted to go back to help his friends. So, like seemingly good samaritans, they gave Morgan directions, loaded up his car with supplies, gave him a pat on the back, and sent him on his merry way. Easy enough right?

Not quite.

Now, I don't know about you, but I got a really bad vibe from these two at the onset. Their whole story about delivering the supplies to numerous places across the country didn't fly with me. It was the same sick feeling I had when Morgan woke up at the truck stop.

Something was obviously askew.

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When Morgan made it to the bridge but decided not to cross it and heard the voices, I thought to myself "Oh oh, crazy Morgan is emerging." It was a surprising moment to learn that Morgan second-guessed himself on returning to Texas.

Although, it all became clear once Morgan came clean to himself about fearing that he couldn't be what Alicia and the group needed him to be for them.

When Morgan ran into Jim in the field and rescued him from the walkers, that was another thing that didn't seem quite right. Nothing was adding up, and sure enough, it was revealed that Jim had just escaped captivity from the very same people that Morgan had just encountered.

Always trust your gut.

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These two played Morgan for a fool and watched him every step of the way, knowing full well that the bridge was fine. They wanted to find a new settlement, and the way Morgan was hyping up Alexandria, it sounded like the perfect place to go.

During the truck ride with Morgan, Jim came off as a pompous, cowardice, and selfish fella who is only concerned about looking out for himself. Oh and he also knows how to manufacture a specific and valuable commodity.

Sound like somebody else we know?

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The parallels between Jim and Eugene's character on the Walking Dead could not go unnoticed. This guy is basically Eugene, but instead of ammo, Jim makes beer. I'm just going to call him "Brewgene" from now on.

Brewgene might have initially seemed like he's only looking out for himself, but after hearing his story that he told Morgan, I have a bit more empathy for his character. The guy was so close to finally having his ship come in by landing a brewery deal, only for it to crumble.

Nothing like the dead getting up and walking around to put a damper on your big payday.

We've all had our fair share of failures, but one of the worst kinds are where you have something in the palm of your hand, only for it slip through your fingers.

It's a deflating experience, to say the least, so you can understand why Brewgene has this seemingly huge sense of entitlement.

History is built on beer.

Jim

The guy is just trying to find value in himself in this new world, which is what everyone else is trying to do by figuring out their purpose --even if selfish reasons motivate that purpose

I wasn't surprised that Sarah left Morgan trapped on the truck surrounded by walkers, but we know Morgan well enough to know that he would rather die than put his friends at Alexandria in danger.

So it was easy to see that he was giving her false -- and very convincing -- directions.

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Eventually, Morgan was able to escape a seemingly inescapable situation by taking a literal leap of faith and jumping over the walkers like some type of post-apocalyptic American Ninja Warrior obstacle.

As luck would have it, the box of supplies that had been left at the mile marker ended up being Morgan's salvation.

Which is what later inspired Morgan's to leave supplies for other people, in case they find themselves in need of help. Even Brewgene showed a kind act by slipping one of his brewskies into the box, in case someone is ever in need of a nice beer after a long hard day of fighting walkers.

Either that, or he's just trying to promote his new Oktoberfest brew.

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Now that Morgan has his priorities in order, it's back to Texas we go. However, getting back there is half the battle, as he'll still need to locate the scattered group. It will be interesting to see where Morgan's journey back to Texas takes him, now that he has Sarah, Wendell, and Brewgene in tow.

To be honest, I really can't understand Morgan's reasoning behind leading these people to Alexandria. Does he actually trust these people enough? The same people, mind you, that left him for dead moments earlier?

It's not like Morgan would feel guilty leaving them behind. Sarah and Wendell were seemingly doing very well for themselves before Morgan came along.

Wendell: All my life, people like you been using stalls for people like me. I never asked the question, but I'm gonna ask it now. Why?
Morgan: I'm gonna be honest, it always seemed like a little apartment.

Maybe it's just me, but Morgan's reasoning seems a bit foolish and out of character for someone who has seen the worst in people and what they are capable of.

Rick literally just put an end to Negan and the Savior's reign. Is bringing this shady group through Alexandria's gates a risk Morgan is willing to take?

"The Code" wasn't the most cohesive episode this season, as the whole trucker story and Brewgene's introduction did seem to come out of left field, I wasn't a huge fan of the decision for Morgan to head back to Virginia.

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However, now that he's heading back to Texas for his friends should make for an interesting journey, and if anything, this episode set up a new potential threat for our survivors back in Texas.

Who was that woman listening to Morgan's radio transmission at the end? It didn't sound like the same woman talking to Morgan on the radio in the convenience store.

Could she be the owner of the truck that Sarah and Wendell stole? And what was the deal with her writing "take what you need, leave what you don't" on that walkers face?

Regardless, I'm on board to see where Morgan's road trip back to Texas will take him and his new traveling companions. And there's bound to be many more bumps in the road along the way.

Just keep on truckin', Morgan.

Now it's your turn, Fear Fanatics!

What did you think of "The Code"? Did Morgan make the right choice in going back for his Texas friends? Do you agree with his decision to lead Sarah and Wendell to Alexandria? Who do you think the woman on the radio was and what could her intentions be?

Hit the comments below and let me know.

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The Code Review

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

Wendell: All my life, people like you been using stalls for people like me. I never asked the question, but I'm gonna ask it now. Why?
Morgan: I'm gonna be honest, it always seemed like a little apartment.

Morgan: What is it? The code?
Sarah: You gotta help people when they need help.