The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series: New Frontier Episode 3 Above the Law Review
Above the Law picks up right where the second episode ends, you and your friends from Prescott are at the gates. David brings in Kate and Gabe while the rest of you are placed in a holding cell. In the holding cell Javi, Tripp, and Jesus discuss the situation. Eventually, Javi is brought to see Kate and then meet with all of the leaders of the New Frontier, David, Joan, the Doctor, and Clint. Javi, Tripp, and Jesus are exiled for the time being, as David says he will work on the situation. David gives you directions to a place to lay low and survive until he can make things right. On your way to David’s hideout, Clem returns and you find out why Clem hates the New Frontier. At the hideout, you discover that David’s men have been stealing and hoarding supplies from the neighboring settlements. After a battle that results in you deciding the faith of Mariana’s killer, you, David, Tripp, and Clem make your way back to New Frontier to confront Joan on her dirty dealings. Before the confrontation, you set up plans with Kate and Gabe, and then confront Joan in front of the New Frontier leadership Council.
The third episode of The Walking Dead – The Telltale Series latest season, New Frontier, gives us an in-depth look into the New Frontier group that Javi’s long lost brother, David, is a leader of. The big realization that it was David’s group, and that he was specifically in charge of the men, that killed Mariana seems to be glossed over rather quickly. Even after the reveal that David’s men, and the one who specifically killed Mariana, are doing dirty deals, it seems like the situation affects Javi a lot more than David. Granted it has been years since he’s seen his daughter, but in a time where killing is second nature and David is known for is angry outbursts, I though it would have been an opportune moment for him to avenge his daughter.
Clem’s story is still the most interesting of it all. You find out her history with the New Frontier, and somewhat what happened to AJ. It also helps give David a more fleshed out character as he was a large part of Clementine’s exile. You also learn more about Tripp and his relationship with Eleanor. Giving him something to live for, and something you hope he lives for. Sadly, Jesus leaves the group to do his own thing, but can’t expect a main storyline character to stick with the game characters forever.
Overall, Above the Law is everything you expect and want from a Telltale Game. There was nothing particularly unique or stand out about this chapter, but it was the perfect dose of Telltale that fans craved, especially after two months of waiting from Episode 2. Great story development, fast life altering decision making, beautiful expansion of The Walking Dead universe, and amazing interactive storytelling. The only downside, which isn’t really a downside, is there wasn’t anything that was game changing. It had some unexpected moments, but it falls in the expected unexpected area, not unexpected unexpected. That is some confusing wordplay, but after you play the episode I think you’ll see what I mean. The episode was perfectly crafted, and it masterfully meets expectations in its unexpected aspects. It just doesn’t have that, Lee arm chopping or Kenny’s life decision aspect, and it’s also only the third episode.