Fear the Walking Dead
Fear the Walking Dead, Season One discussion. AMC has announced a 15-episode order for Season 2 of Fear the Walking Dead, which will air in 2016.
In this episode, Madison (female lead) is with her children, Nick and Alicia, while Madison's fiance Travis (male lead) goes to find his son Chris who is with his ex-wife Liza. Travis, Chris, and Liza encounter rioting and hide in the barber shop of Daniel and Daniel's wife and daughter. Meanwhile Madison goes to the school where she works to break in and take drugs that have been confiscated from students for Nick's use while he is weaned off heroin. She meets up with a student, Tobias, who knows what's going on (zombie illness, etc.) and has come to the school to scavenge for food in the cafeteria. The principal, Art, has inexplicably become a zombie and Madison is forced to kill him with a fire extinguisher. Travis, Chris, Liza, Daniel and his family must leave Daniel's shop due to rioting and Daniel's wife is injured while they are running. They all end up back at Madison's house.
I get the “slow burn” concept. However, in order to identify with the characters, I need to like them and three episodes in, I don’t. Hopefully that will change. After watching Episode 3, the only one I like is the barber, Daniel Salazar. Nick, the addict, is rather appealing; I love the way he runs like hell from any threatening incident he doesn’t understand. Good survival instinct. Tobias is the only one with a clue (except for Daniel). Will Tobias show up in later episodes?
Travis. Heavy sigh; I can’t understand some of what he says; he means well but he’s weak and if he doesn’t “man up” he’s not going to survive. He’s trying, but no one likes him except Madison. Not his ex-wife, not his son, not Madison’s two kids, nor Daniel. Travis has seen the blood and guts in the church, heard Nick's story about Gloria eating everybody, saw Nick's drug dealer get run over several times after being fatally shot and then saw him get up and come after them, and lived through the riots and saw police killing patients at the hospital. Yet he explains Susan next-door-neighbor-turned-zombie, "Susan's just sick." He tries to hug a neighbor who is eating a German Shepherd. He objects to Daniel training Chris on how to use a gun. And did Madison confide in Travis that she had to bludgeon the principal to death to keep him from eating a student? Travis would surely begin to figure out that they need to at least be cautious?
Madison projects an attitude that I can’t quite identify yet. She looks like she smells something bad most of the time. She shows promise at being able to survive, though. She certainly reacted more logically than Travis when he tried to hug the neighbor who was eating his dog. Her instinct to kill Susan with a hammer was spot on, but she allowed Travis to stop her. Her conversation with Liza bothered me; she says, if that (becoming zombie) happens to me, promise me you'll kill me and not leave it to Travis to do. I waited for her to say, "and I'll do the same for you." But she didn't. Travis’s son, Chris, well, he’s an insufferable asshole. Alicia, I’m on the fence about. But if she got into Berkley, she’s smart enough to be told the truth.
I’m fed up already with the emo angst-ridden teenagers but their attitudes are understandable; just hope they adjust their attitudes soon. Alicia is kept away from her boyfriend Matt, who she loves and who is ill, yet Madison doesn’t give her any explanation, but is more like “Because I said so.” Madison suspects that Matt will soon become a zombie but she doesn't even try to explain to her daughter that she fears for her safety. Travis's son Chris is angry over the divorce and doesn’t answer his father’s phone calls and doesn’t understand the danger they face, so when he’s rescued he gets the same kind of treatment: "Get in the truck, we're leaving! Because I said so, that’s why!”
I noticed that Nick was annoyed when he realized that his mommy didn’t have much of a stash of drugs to wean him off his heroin addiction; that was kind of ironic on his part.
Things I noticed on last night's episode:
- The bites sustained by Matt the boyfriend and Art the principal weren’t explained. It appeared that Art was in an empty school.
- Madison and Tobias saunter out of the high school after she kills the principal turned zombie and they don’t take the food with them that Tobias came for. If they ran out or staggered out crying and shaken up, then it would be understandable that they forgot the food.
- Did Madison even mention to anyone that she bludgeoned the school principal to death? It seems that would be the first thing she would tell Travis. Did I miss it?
- Madison refuses to give Alicia any information for some reason. Travis and Madison both work at the high school. Don't they know that knowledge is power?
- If you are barricaded inside a shop or home with the blinds closed, is it smart to shine a flashlight out through the blinds to check on what’s going on outside? Won’t the bad guys (looters) or in this case zombies notice the light?
- Travis’s pickup annoys me; why did they choose a vehicle with one seat for a group of people to ride in? It is jarring because it’s not the typical configuration of a pickup; most people started buying 4-door pickups way before the year this show is set in. Is it a plot device forcing them to take two vehicles to the desert? If so, that wasn’t necessary. It would make sense to take both vehicles anyway if you are getting out of Dodge. You would have gas in both, you can fit in more people and supplies, and one is a backup if the other one quits running.
- Shouldn’t Madison be rushing about packing lots of necessary stuff for the escape to the desert, like bottled water and food? Instead, she brings out the Monopoly board and they banter back and forth over which tokens to use.
- The way the bed of the pickup is “packed” for the trip to the desert is laughable. Check out the knit afghan piled loosely in the front corner; it will blow out when they reach a speed of 30 mph or less.
- What’s with the complicated wooden “maze” thingie that they have to negotiate in order to get to the house next door to steal the shotgun?
10. Of course, they forgot the ammunition and the daughter goes back alone into the scary house to get it.
11. Did they leave their own house wide open when they went next door, and did a zombie get in? It was confusing but I think neighbor Peter is now a zombie and eats the dog and when Travis walks in on that scene, he tries to reason with Peter and is saved by Daniel with the shotgun. Would you try to reason with someone who is eating a dog?
12. They are about to leave their house (where there is food, water, shelter, doors they can lock and windows they can barricade) and run to the “desert” where they will be safe (so apparently Travis vaguely realizes they are in danger) yet he strongly objects to his son learning how to use a shotgun (the one Daniel just saved Travis with).
13. Suddenly the neighborhood is under military occupation so I guess they won’t be going to the desert, at least not right away. Clueless Travis says “The cavalry has arrived. It’s going to get better now.” But Daniel knows differently.
14. The best and the most subtle scenes were the fake paneling bubbling in the barber shop (because the rioters and looters set the block on fire) and the lights of the city failing, section by section.
Who has the potential to become West Coast Rick? My money is on Daniel. What say you?
And now we come to Episode Four, where it hit the fan. I think Travis has finally seen the light. Madison has it all figured out and she is ready for anything. Nick is paying for his drug-induced selfishness and who knows if he will survive -- he's been hauled off by the National Guard, supposedly to receive medical help, but I don't think so! What did you guys think of Episode Four? Only two more episodes in this season. Wow, can't wait for next Sunday night!