Things are getting exciting!!!! I knew that they wouldn’t let us down, even though I doubted everything last week! The second episode of Fear The Walking Dead “So close, yet so far,” delivers the frustration that would be associated with the title. But it’s so worth it.
There are more “homeless” people being shot down on the news and the validity of the original video is being questioned. The “virus” plaguing L.A. seems to be picking up and Alicia can only think of finding her boyfriend, who hasn’t responded to text messages from the day before. She decides to pay him a visit at his home and finds the front door wide open. Was I ever that dumb and in love?
The house looks a little wrecked and she finds Matt somewhere doing the whole walker moaning. Later we find out he hasn’t turned yet, he just has a high fever and is experiencing the symptoms of the “virus”
Meanwhile, Travis, Maddie, and Nick are in a race to get everyone together and out of town. They know that this little flu epidemic is more than just a fever, after witnessing Calvin turn. For reasons that could only be associated with increasing the frustration of viewers, Maddie can’t get her daughter to listen or even understand the gravity of what is happening. Alicia tells her mom Matt is sick and that she will be tending to his needs, instead of escaping with her parents.
Her mom must have told her a billion times to get away from Matt before they head over to pick her up. This is when the sirens in my head would have been going off. I would have thought that Matt had some type of disease similar to Ebola, and I would have been taking care of him behind rubber clothes, face mask, and a good supply of disinfectants. There’s some virus going around in the news and her mom is showing great concern, why not take some precautions?
Matt’s parents are not home and are returning from Las Vegas that afternoon. Unfortunately, Travis discovers that Matt has been bitten on the shoulder. His parents will have quite the surprise when they return. After a lot of convincing, Maddie manages to get her daughter to leave with them, although she hates them for not letting her stay with Matt. She’ll get over it when she realizes that Matt could have been the last guy she ever dated.
They reach their home and are packing to leave, only Travis’ extended family poses a problem with safety. His ex-wife is as oblivious as Alicia and his son has not returned from school, due to the traffic and heretics that are running the streets, as the zombie apocalypse settles in. Travis HAS to get them. They are too dumb to realize whats going on before it’s too late.
Speaking of dumb, the neighbor across the street is having a birthday party for their child, complete with outdoor inflatable bouncy house, as if there isn’t an epidemic running the streets of L.A. If the news didn’t alert them of what was going on, then the empty front yard should have said something. The next door neighbor, however, has packed up and is ready to leave the city. Although he has the right idea, it’s a little too late for him, he’s already coughing and fevered.
Once Travis makes it out to get his son and ex-wife, Maddie and the rest, realize they have to deal with Nick’s upcoming withdrawal. If Nicky doesn’t get any of his goods he’s going to be really sick. Maddie heads to her school to look for drugs to keep Nick functioning. Alicia reluctantly remains with Nick and tries to go back to Matt’s house, to bring him some chicken soup. The level of dumbness here is staggering.
Nick goes into full withdrawal and Alicia is forced to stay and make sure that Nick doesn’t choke on his vomit as he convulses. Alicia hates Nick too.
Earlier we see a glimpse of the empty school front being guarded by Artie. The school is a ghost town when Maddie arrives. She manages to score some of the confiscated narcotics in a locker but is caught by Tobias. The same student she told needed to get back to studying, instead of preparing for the attack he knew was coming. Tobias is back at the school to get his knife. He may be well-informed about the zombie apocalypse but he still thinks like a teenager.
Maddie gives him back his knife. (It’s the least she could do.) Tobias shows her where the food is stashed in the school and packs the food up to take home. That’s when Artie finds them. Artie is officially a walker, but we could have guessed this, on the grounds that we saw a little foreshadowing last episode.
Maddie uses her nonsensical logic again and tries to talk to Artie and even lets him approach her. At what point Maddie is going to realize that the undead beings are not willing to make friends, is beyond me. Tobias tries to rescue Maddie and ends up on the floor with Artie trying to sink his teeth in him. Maddie grabs a fire extinguisher and knocks Artie out, saving Tobias’ life. At least she had that much sense.
She makes it back home and Travis isn’t back. In the heat of the night, the walkers begin to rise and their neighbors across the street realize why it wasn’t a good idea to throw a party. As usual, Alicia can’t understand why her mother won’t let her cross the street to save the neighbors. She hates her mom. She hates everyone. Etc.
On the other end of town, Travis encounters so much traffic, I don’t even know how he made it to his ex-wife’s house. Their son was on a bus home, but is distracted off the bus by a mob that is forming, claiming police brutality on an “innocent homeless person.” This innocent is a walker and this scene is so relevant.
Travis’ son decides to record the police while they try to hold off the mob that is becoming increasingly hostile with their chants of abuse and civil rights. Travis uses his ex-wife’s phone to call his son, but a la Alicia, blockhead son is determined to stay in the crowd and not listen because he’s doing something important. I’ve never seen so much stubbornness in a group of people who are facing a crisis. Stubbornness and pure dumbness.
Travis and his ex-wife find their son, but it’s too late for a clean escape. The police come in to take care of the crowd and a riot breaks out. Travis and the family realize they won’t be able to leave without getting caught up in the drama, and they sneak into a barbershop. Ruben Blades is the shopkeeper, and as far as he is concerned, they are not welcome. Ruben plays Daniel Salazar and I’m super excited about his character. He always plays ballsy characters with a lot of mouth and Daniel doesn’t seem to be any different.
After closing down the gate and hearing the riot roar outside, Daniel’s wife welcomes the family to hide out till it clears up. Travis finally reaches out to Maddie and they realize they can’t make the escape to the desert they planned. Maddie will wait for Travis and Travis doesn’t know when or how he will be able to make it back.
Alicia doesn’t understand why her mother is crying and all I want to do is enter the TV screen and slap her.
That elevated quickly. Do you think Travis will be able to escape? Will Maddie and the kids be able to hold up at home till he makes it back? Comment below.
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