“The Little Prince” collapses under the weight of its own stupidity, leaving behind almost nothing to like.
This recap of Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6, “The Little Prince”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
There are levels of stupidity. When Fear the Walking Dead is working — not at its best, since those days are long, long gone — its stupidity is an inconvenience. Think of it as a pothole. They’re annoying, and you definitely don’t want to hit too many in a row, but you’ll still get where you’re going, bumps and all. The stupidity in Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6, “The Little Prince”, isn’t a pothole. It’s a devastating multicar pileup. The stupidity is so baked into the show, into its very premise, into every character, plot beat and idea it has, that the stupidity is all there is.
There’s a fair amount happening in “The Little Prince”, and virtually all of it is happening for no good reason. The main group is repairing a plane, which nobody is really able to do, but it’s just as well because nobody knows how to fly one, either. Morgan and Grace — the power plant lady — decide to do… something, though I’m genuinely unsure what, other than it’s a good excuse for Morgan to make indescribably tedious speeches about atoning for one’s mistakes and finding something to live for and staring lovingly at his wood. Whatever Grace is doing will apparently buy the group more time, but for what I couldn’t honestly say.
What a totally underused plot point that’s been, by the way. Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6, like several before it, has repeatedly made ominous reference to radioactive zombies and lingering fallout and other such things, but it hasn’t amounted to anything at all. Even Morgan’s warnings on the radio — everyone has radios, which is a ridiculous thing that I think I’ve failed to mention thus far — is totally unclear. “Don’t get the blood on you or you might… die.” Well, thanks for your eternal wisdom, Morgan.
Meanwhile in “The Little Prince”, the creepy roadblock kids are just present, not really up to much, until they disappear apropos of virtually nothing, and for some reason, Alicia just cannot relax without taking care of all of them, even if they don’t want it. John and Dwight go off on a little buddy adventure to find Dwight’s missing wife — I have all kinds of questions here, but I’ll leave them alone — and John inexplicably lies about having found the one piece of concrete evidence relating to her survival, which makes absolutely no sense and is, in fact, a complete and total betrayal of his characterization thus far. Eventually, Strand and Charlie turn up in a hilariously fake-looking hot air balloon shaped like a bottle of beer.
I’m aware that most of this sounds like I’ve made it up for giggles, but all of it is genuine stuff that happened in Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6. It’s nonsensical. And what’s really grating is that it’s all an outgrowth of mind-numbingly stupid decisions that are right at the show’s core, such as the inexplicable decision to turn everyone into busybody do-gooders, and to expect a presumably reasonable audience to buy into the idea that an area is somehow only accessible via air travel despite the fact there are roads and cars everywhere.
Sometimes stupidity is harmless or funny, but the stupidity of “The Little Prince” and of Fear the Walking Dead, in general, is borderline offensive. The show’s path to get here has been an interesting one, but it’s stuck in such a rut at this point that one can’t imagine it’ll find a route out; it’s spinning its wheels in radioactive muck, pelting innocent bystanders with the debris and wallowing in its own utter idiocy. The only consolation is that I don’t see how it can get any worse.