Fear the Walking Dead: Season 1 ep 5 “Cobalt”

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This week I am back for the fifth episode of Fear the Walking Dead “Cobalt.”

Cliff Curtis as Travis - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC
Cliff Curtis as Travis – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

The episode was lacking in the zombie division, but I think it is necessary to establish other fears. The fears that are mounting in the human race, in addition to the rapid spread of the zombie virus.

In the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, the military has gone nuts. LITERALLY. It’s all about survival of the fittest, but the army men have been working on some weird terms. There is no consideration for humankind, and some of them act like it’s all fun and games. Just another mission. Their gated holding cells have many people, one of which is a man in a tuxedo, that looks like they picked him up after he had just left a black tie affair.

Tuxedo man is mentally manipulating what seems to be a drug user of some kind with a beard. Making him feel guilty for his needs and letting down his family. Tuxedo man is a closer. He can sell water to a well. Somehow, he’s going to find a way to manipulate this situation and get free. I don’t understand why they arrested him, to begin with, but I really like him. The bearded man is crying hysterically, and the military men remove him from the cell. Tuxedo man relaxes as if his job is done here.

But all I can think is: Did I miss something? What the hell is going on here? What was the point of that?

Two seconds later, he’s asking Nick who he is, and you can imagine what that conversations going to be like.

Liza is one of a tiny group of nurses. She is there to do a job, and no one cares about connecting her to Griselda or Nick, who are both somewhere within her perimeter. The best she can get is news that Griselda’s foot had to be amputated and is in recovery. Nurses are treating wounded soldiers and those bitten are directed into another direction, where a gun-like instrument attached to an oxygen tank, is prepared. Liza finds Griselda, whose recovery is not going as planned, and witnesses her passing. Liza takes out Griselda with the gun instrument because thankfully, L.A. became aware that everyone turns into zombies, a lot faster then Georgia did.

Daniel is going to go nuts.

Shawn Hatosy as Corporal Andrew Adams and Mercedes Mason as Ofelia - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC
Shawn Hatosy as Corporal Andrew Adams and Mercedes Mason as Ofelia – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

Ophelia is upset they have taken her mom, and she ends up at the army gates protesting and throwing things. The civilian neighbors watch from their windows curiously, but end up going into hiding, when she calls out to them to help stop what they can all see is happening with the military. She is the only one willing to stand up to them. One of the army guys decides he’s going to “handle” Ophelia, but Andrew steps in to protect her. Thank god her dad wasn’t around to witness this, because he would have had one hell of a bitch fit.

Maddie is trying to figure out what the next step would be in finding her son. Travis is trying to figure it out, but his jealous son storms in and starts a fight over his fathers supposed new family. The argument is complete nonsense since what is really bothering him is that his mom openly volunteered to join the medical team and left him. Maddie and her family didn’t influence that, but Chris seems to be in a similar rebellious phase as Alicia.

Which brings us to their union. Alicia and Chris seem to have some strange step-sibling attraction. They head into rich people homes and trash the place. That’s a great way to get rid of all that angst.  Chris watches with some desire, as Alicia strides around in a fancy off-the-shoulder dress and she looks like she’s into him liking it.

Cliff Curtis as Travis - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC
Cliff Curtis as Travis – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

Travis heads out to find his ex-wife and Daniel’s wife, by negotiating with Moyer’s. This is when we see how the survival tactics are skewed when it comes to morality. Moyers agrees to take Travis to the location of Nick and Griselda, only after Travis slightly threatens Moyers. Moyers forces Travis to take a shot at a nearby zombie with a sniper rifle in return. Travis has not crossed that barrier, where he could quickly take the life of a zombie knowing that it is no longer a human. Rick was once at this crossroad. It takes a while for them to release their morals in exchange for survival. So, shooting down a zombie right now is the equivalent of taking down a neighbor for no apparent reason.

Travis can’t do it, and a soldier gladly takes the shot. This seems to be all about control, but I can’t understand why these military men can’t grasp that everyone is just scared and confused at what is happening to the world.

Who cares if you’re calling the shots.

Karma seems to be working her magic, because when they make one final stop, before heading back to headquarters, Moyers is lost with a few others, in a heavily zombied pickup point. This may have also been a wake-up call for Travis. Kill or be killed.

Meanwhile, Ophelia has lured Andrew’s home, hoping they can barter her man for the safe return of her mother. Ophelia, however, doesn’t really know her father, because his intentions go far beyond that simple plan. Maddie finds the tied up soldier, father, and daughter, in the basement, after looking for Alicia. Daniel asks for her assistance in keeping Ophelia away from the area as he intends to extract info from the reluctant soldier. Maddie’s so desperate to get Nick back, she agrees, knowing well, that he plans to torture the innocent man.

Shawn Hatosy as Corporal Andrew Adams, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Kim Dickens as Madison and Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar - Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC
Shawn Hatosy as Corporal Andrew Adams, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Kim Dickens as Madison and Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar – Fear The Walking Dead _ Season 1, Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

Daniel takes out a razor and sharp object kit and gets to work on Andrew. Ophelia catches her father in the mix and runs off upset that Dad decided to cut up her love like a good slice of cheese. By the time Travis returns, empty-handed, Andrew has divulged that COBALT is code for an evacuation plan that includes extracting military personnel mostly, and terminating all remaining humans.

COBALT is what happened in the remains surrounding McGrady hospital, back in Atlanta (The Walking Dead). It’s a method of controlling contamination that doesn’t succeed in the end.

Cobalt is to take effect the next day at 9 AM and the group only has a few hours to recapture their loved ones and figure out what they’re going to do.

On their way back, Alicia and Chris spot military vehicles rushing through the streets.

Tuxedo man barters his jewelry in exchange for Nick. The military had unknown plans with him, but Nick could be an asset to Tuxedo guy. Don’t know how much help a withdrawing heroin addict can help a closer, but thanks for that, eh? Tuxedo man has a plan. He has a hold on a key and Nick will fit well with his plan.

Using all the info that Andrew said, after a bowl full of blood loss, Daniel finds the facility housing Nick, Liza, and Griselda. Here’s hoping that Travis and Daniel have devised a plan that can save their family’s because they only have a few hours before extermination!!

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