|Fear the Walking Dead episode|
|Directed by||Adam Davidson|
|Written by||Dave Erickson|
|Original air date||April 10, 2016|
|Running time||43 minutes|
"Monster" is the second season premiere episode, and the 7th episode overall of the post-apocalyptic horror television series Fear the Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on April 10, 2016 in the United States.
The group evacuates to the Abigail as the military bombs Los Angeles, in an attempt to contain the outbreak. Out at sea, the group comes across another boat full of survivors, but Strand refuses to pick them up. Strand informs the group they are heading to San Diego. Alicia mans the radio, only to hear distress calls, and she strikes up a conversation with another seaborne survivor named Jack. Travis notices Chris and Daniel bonding over their losses. Madison becomes concerned at how Strand refuses to sleep, and Daniel tells her he is suspicious of Strand's motives. Once they are far enough out to sea, the group holds a funeral for Liza and buries her at sea. However, Chris reacts violently and blames Travis for her death. Alicia learns from Jack that his boat is sinking, and he asks for help. Strand rejects her plan to help Jack and threatens to throw overboard anyone who disobeys him. As the group prepares for dinner, Chris leaps overboard, and Nick joins him, only to find walkers floating in the water from a capsized ship sunk by gunfire. Nick recovers the ship's logs, but Strand warns that another ship is fast approaching them, most likely a hostile ship.
"Monster" received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it garnered a 73% rating with an average score of 6.95/10 based on 22 reviews. The site consensus reads, "Swimming zombies, a unique ocean-escape narrative, and improved character development overcome the sluggish pace of "Monster.""
Matt Fowler of IGN gave "Monster" a 6.7/10.0 rating stating; "Fear the Walking Dead's Season 2 premiere gave us an exciting "Escape from LA" opening sequence, a unique seafaring setting, and teased some interesting dangers coming our way. But the episode itself was flat and filled with highly emotional characters making poor choices/mistakes. Which then only causes us to side with the sociopath of the group."
- Fowler, Matt (2016-04-10). "Fear the Walking Dead: "Monster" Review" (in en-US). http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/04/11/fear-the-walking-dead-monster-review.
- Porter, Rick (April 12, 2016). "Sunday cable ratings: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season 2 premieres to series low". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2016/04/12/sunday-cable-ratings-april-10-2016/. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- Porter, Rick (October 6, 2015). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Fear the Walking Dead' finale leads night, plus 'The Strain' finale, 'Rick & Morty,' 'Kardashians'". TV by the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/10/06/sunday-cable-ratings-fear-the-walking-dead-finale-leads-night-strain-finale-rick-morty-kardashians/476968/. Retrieved October 6, 2015.