OK, They Get it Now

Cider

LA

On the top of my list of Cities I Would Not Want to be Living in When The Zombie Apocalypse Happens, I’m pretty sure L.A. is right up there.

I really liked this episode. I mean, it scared me and made me very anxious the entire time, which means they are doing it right.

At first, in the opening scene with the principal walking the deserted school I wasn’t clear on what the time frame was, but then when we got to Maddie and Travis in the truck with Nick, I realized that we had lost really no time since the end of the last episode, and I remembered that the school closed early and that’s why it was abandoned (for now).

I like that now that Maddie and Travis know something is very wrong they’re not wasting time trying to explain it away or figure out why or what, they’re just like “We need to get the eff out of here right now.”

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I could not possibly have been more anxious when Alicia was wandering slowly into Matt’s clearly not-quite-right home. Even though I don’t like her yet (I hope I will) I don’t want her to be eaten by her zombie boyfriend on the second episode. It might bother some people but I appreciate the suspense the show is building by doing things like they did with this scene, where she found something that we couldn’t see and then they cut away so we have to wait to see what it is.

Now that things are really going downhill quickly I started to find myself expecting a zombie around every corner again, which was the scary kind of thrill I used to get all the time at the beginning of The Walking Dead. Which, by the way, I’m not faulting for adjusting their focus from zombies to their fellow man. But it is exciting to be back to that early sense of panic and impending doom.

Some of my favorite moments in this episode are summarized below, in no particular order.

  • Maddie telling Nick, “You saved us. Thank you.” Yeah he did, give the guy some credit! He’s pretty messed up but he still came through. You’re welcome, doubting Thomas.

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  • Liza getting a glimpse of the homeless man supposedly shot “for no reason” by the cops, where her son was protesting and, I assume, having some medical training as she does, deciding something was very wrong. Immediately turning to Chris and saying, “Listen to your father” with resolve. That was her moment of OK, we need to get out of here.
  • Poor Tobias showing up at the school, and the look he and Maddie exchanged that was just kind of like “Yeah, we both get it.” ?
  • Maddie dropping Tobias off at home and saying, “You can stay with us, there’s room,” and when he refused the look they exchanged.

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  • Maddie bashing Art’s head in with a fire extinguisher. Future bad%#$ in the making.
  • The sad reality of how quickly looting and mayhem descends on downtown L.A. I mean I’ve seen ridiculous behavior in my own city in celebration of a sports team winning or losing. Let’s certainly not pretend that we wouldn’t almost instantly descend into utter chaos in light of something like a zombie apocalypse.
  • The open trunk and only partially unloaded luggage at Matt’s home in the driveway in a quick follow up shot near the end of the show, complete with open front door.

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  • I actually liked that Matt told Alicia to leave with her family. He knows what’s up.

The only thing I can really find to complain about in this episode is the fact that so far they literally have killed off every black man in the show. I know we didn’t see Matt’s death but his fate is clear. It really is lazy or weird casting to let this trend continue. Let’s be smart, guys, and not keep it up. It’s upsetting to viewers and utterly unnecessary. Even if you want to kill those characters, how about you cast differently then? Just make better decisions.

Here is a pretty good article about the episode on Vox.

You can always come back to the Fear the Walking Dead tag on this site to read everything we’ve written about it, and remember to come back each week for a recap by yours truly!

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12 Comments

  1. Joey “Grappling Hook” C
    August 31, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I understand why they started the original TWD a week after, with the sheriff waking up from a coma.

    YAWN! I want some ACTION.

    Of course, I do understand that I am not only biased and spoiled, but a rotten person in general.

    i will continue to watch the show…. FOR NOW….

    • Cider
      September 1, 2015 at 8:27 am

      I like it because it’s more suspenseful. You don’t know when things are going to get bananas. But I have seen and heard a lot of similar complaints Joey so I won’t fault you. Yet.

  2. Chikuba Kyojin-Shu
    August 31, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I just realized all you Boston Zombies are going to come try and eat my brains after you clean out the city.

    • Cider
      September 1, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Forget being a Boston zombie. As soon as I hear there are zombies I’m picking up my backpack and heading directly to Baxter State Park to live out my last days there. I’ll shoot myself in the head the first time I see a zombie in those parts. I won’t eat your brains Sangy.

      • Chikuba Kyojin-Shu
        September 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

        We’re all heading to Fort Knox with a boat standing by for when it inevitably gets overrun. (Because it always happens in the movies) Now are these zombies underwater walkers? Should we just go out to the Islands? OTOH the guy in charge of Baxter doesn’t like rowdies on the Appalachian trail so he’ll probably ban zombies too. (Can you believe that guy?)

        • Cider
          CiderReply
          September 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

          No, zombies can never walk or swim through water, that is their one weakness. I’m glad the Baxter guy bans rowdies. I like it nice and quiet there.

  3. Bigscrod wants cake
    August 31, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Right from the start I want to say -- I am a large, confident adult man, but if I EVER walk up to someone’s house and the front door is open, there is no circumstance that has me walking in that house. None.

    • Cider
      September 1, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Truth. I am absolutely never walking into a house with the front door strangely ajar.

  4. Bigscrod wants cake
    September 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Now that I have finally watched the entire episode:
    Tobias will not last long. I would not be surprised to see him later, cowering in some corner, but that’s about it. However, as much as he knew what was seemed to be going on, he still didn’t get the whole stab in the head thing right away.
    Nick is already showing that he will be a liability. Not because of the DT’s, but because he is a needy little momma’s boy. Did you catch the “she tried to leave, but I stopped her” comment. Yeah, you stopped her by having a huge seizure, asshole. May I say, I have known a couple Nick’s in my life. Some aspects about them never change. He won’t change ( and I believe that their commitment to reality will make him turn out the way I think).
    And how in denial are you when the world is falling apart, Los Angeles is plagued with riots and you set up a bouncy house and throw a birthday party?
    How far is that POS pickup truck going to get (if it hasn’t already been destroyed by the rioters)?
    So many questions. Worth sticking around to continue watching.

    • Cider
      CiderReply
      September 6, 2015 at 10:49 pm

      Yeah poor Tobias. I don’t know if we’ll even see him again at all. It’s not going to go well for him.

  5. robreed
    robreedReply
    September 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    ??

  6. robreed
    robreedReply
    September 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    ????????

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