Zombie Round Up: Fear The Walking Dead Episode 2 – “So Close, Yet So Far”
Another Sunday, another night full of the dead rising up again. After last week’s hour and a half long series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead I was left pondering a lot of unanswered questions. Where did the infection originate? Is everyone already infected? How will our group move on after seeing what happened with Calvin? What happened to Alicia’s boyfriend? When are people going to man up and realize that they are in the freaking zombie apocalypse?!?! I only had a few of these questions answered, but boy do I have a lot of opinions to share about this week’s episode.
We start off right where we left off: by Calvin’s reanimated body that just got pulverized by Nick ramming it with a truck, yet it still moves. Rather than realize what they are up against, they leave his poor body behind so that he can probably go on and infect others. And naturally they take off trying to find their remaining family members. But what do Madison and Travis fail to do? Tell their goddamn families what is going on!!! Instead they call frantically for them and just tell them to obey their orders to stay put or come home. Cause that’s what works best with teenagers…
Once again the only one with half a brain seems to be the heroin addict as he comes off his high. He says exactly what I’ve been wondering all along in the first five minutes of the episode: “Why isn’t this all over the news?” Which leads to my theory that this is all being covered up…of course I might be asking too much of this show to actually address or explain this conspiracy.
One of my other questions was answered next: what happened to Alicia’s boyfriend Matt? Well, he’s been bitten. It’s been a long time since I have seen someone turn from the infection and then being bitten since those of TWD are so far advanced in to the apocalypse they either amputate or kill people before they turn once bitten. And what do Alicia’s parents do when they arrive at the house to get Alicia? They just tell her to get away from him without any explanation, treating her like a 3 year old rather than the near-adult that she is.
They convince her to come back home with them, leaving poor Matt behind (again, another freaking zombie for them all to battle down the road) and rather than have a well-needed pow wow with the family, they continue to just order their adult children to stay in the house and explain nothing! And thank you drug addict for once again being the only one to talk reasonably when he tells his mother they should be warning their neighbors and friends of what they have witnessed. But wait, why haven’t you told your freaking daughter?!?! I mean, how did they handle the sex talk, or did they just skip all aspects of important communication when it comes to parenting. Seriously, Travis and Madison deserve the worst parents of the year award! I think I want them to be killed off more than I did Lori in the second season of TWD, and well that’s a whole new level of disgust for me.
I almost got my wish when Madison went to the abandoned high school to steal drugs for her son to help him with his withdrawl. We run in to Obama-principal and not surprisingly he’s been turned. (Why not surprisingly? That’s another complaint I have- so far all the zombie scenes have been shown in the previews so there have been little surprises there). What does she do? She approaches him to ask if he is ok and needs help, despite the slack jawed, glassy eyed, blood stained appearance of him. God how I wish she had bit the dust right then and there. Instead her student Tobias nearly kicks the bucket when he bravely tries to rescue her. If only Tobias had shoved her to her doom.
Meanwhile Travis has taken off to find his ex-wife and son, who just happens to be filming a riot in downtown LA over the cops fatally shooting a homeless man. But as expected the dead start to rise and cops, civilians, and children alike are at risk. How does LA respond? With a full on street riot tossing cars, looting shops, and setting fires. Brings back memories of my college days when the Red Sox won the World Series and makes me proud to be a human being, cause we deserve to survive. Actually, this is probably pretty realistic, but just like the aftermath of Atlanta in TWD the city center is the last place you want to be during the outbreak, which is exactly where Travis and his family are stuck. I can only hope that they get killed and we get to follow some more deserving family for the rest of the series.
My final frustration came at the end of the episode when Madison returns home from her successful drug run to help her son, and tries to hide her blood stained jacket from her kids. She holes herself up in the bathroom and washes her jacket in the bathtub. Who does that?!?! Don’t you have a goddamn washer? It was obviously for the dramatic effect of blood being washed down the drain. But it just pissed me off through the roof since she is likely causing her family more harm then good while keeping them in the dark as to what is happening around them. How are they going to survive if they can’t communicate to each other or work together against this zombie outbreak? And why isn’t anyone calling them what they are: zombies?!?! Say it with me folks: ZOMBIE. It’s a zombie, and that’s ok! It’s not a bad word…I mean, I go for a run and see some old senior citizen with a limp and start giving him a wide berth expecting him to be undead, and you’re telling me people in this show see bloodied, broken, glassy eyed monsters and don’t think zombie? They must have grown up in a bubble!
Ok, sorry for all the ranting, but so far I am really unimpressed with this show. I had pretty high hopes, and they have been dashed every step of the way. No big reveals on the origin of the outbreak yet, and I am rooting for the death of the main characters. It’s like I want to ask George R.R. Martin to make a guest writing appearance to give these parents the brutal death they deserve. The only likeable one so far is the heroin addict.
Now the quick glimpse of next week’s episode (in two weeks) looks quite good, but by now I know not to get my hopes up. Instead I will just relish in the fact that there are great commercials for the upcoming TWD season on TV while I watch this show, and contemplate how much better prepared and kick-ass I could be in the real zombie apocalypse. See you in two weeks dead-heads.
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