Episode 2 went down last night and the intensity picked up a couple notches. We saw Tobias again, and as I theorized, Travis went for his ex-wife and son. Lot’s to talk about but first,
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So close, yet so far–an apt name for the second episode in the series. Things are changing and rapidly starting to break down. We start off with Alicia walking down the middle of the street (who does this anywhere?) on her way to find out what happened to her boyfriend. She finds Matt has a 103 degree fever and is bed ridden. Madison eventually contacts her daughter and they head over to pick her up. Shortly after, they discover Matt has been bitten, and they eventually leave him to his own device.
Upon returning home, Travis tries to get a hold of his son, Chris, but can’t. Eventually he takes off to his ex-wife’s place. Nick is in the early stages of heroin withdrawal, which sends his mom back to the high school she works at to get some confiscated drugs (assuming they took from students). Officially, the first run of the zombie apocalypse.
Things really get going at this point. Madison makes her way to the HS she works at. You see the world becoming deserted in some places. The school is eerily silent. After getting some drugs, she runs into a familiar face, Tobias is lurking around. They make their way to a pantry and they load up a cart of canned goods. The second official run of the zombie apocalypse. Things start feeling familiar! The pair stumble upon the principal. He’s not quite his old self, he has been turned into a walker, or whatever they will initially call them. Tobias tries to defend them, but ends up falling down the stairs with the principal on top of him. After a quick search for something in her purse, Madison spots a fire extinguisher and takes it to her boss. After a few good whacks, the head cracks open and the threat is ended.
Travis reaches Liza’s apartment and cleverly calls his son from her phone. After a short conversation he tells Travis about some rally downtown where they are protesting a homeless man being shot by the police. Travis and Liza set out to retrieve their son. They find him just in the nick of time, as the protest starts turning violent. Things are getting broken, set on fire, and cops start getting physically involved. They drag Chris to a nearby barbershop that is closing up and invite themselves in. This is where we get to meet three more characters:
- Daniel Salazar- The Barber
- Griselda Salazar- Daniel’s wife
- Ofelia Salazar- Daniel’s daughter
Daniel begrudgingly offers to let the trio stay in his shop to “ride out” the storm of violence that is erupting. Travis talks to Madison briefly before the connection breaks, he finds out that she is back home with her family. We then see someone attacking a child (Mr. Dawson). Alicia wants to help but Madison makes the hard choice and closes the door. We all know it was probably the wise choice. Our episode concludes with Ofelia blowing out some candles, fittingly.
Questions: Why didn’t Adrian and Tobias take the food they gathered? I get there was a little trauma, but it was extinguished, (you like what I did there?) leaving them all the time they would like to get the cart and push it out to the car. Also, why didn’t Tobias get another weapon? The kid shows excellent zombie apocalypse awareness, but asks Madison to give him back his puny steak knife. You think he would have no less than a couple knives, a gun, and maybe some dynamite. Even though Madison drops him off, I get the feeling that we will see him again. I hope so, the acne-faced teen has won me over. Even though he is just a kid, he seems like he knows what’s going down in the city.
Will the now-separated families hook up? Where will they go? They talk about going to the desert, but I can’t imagine that would be a good idea. No water, no food source, no shelter from the extreme heat or cold. I would imagine they would rather head north to the mountains or along the coast.
Zombie kill of the week: It was the only one, but it was a good one. Madison ends the principal’s young career as a zombie by bashing his skull in with a fire extinguisher. She may be a noob but it didn’t take her long to find her form. I guess it runs in the family!
Unfortunately, we will have to wait two weeks to find out what happens next. Apparently they are giving us Labor Day off to spend outside/with our families. Enjoy the last weekend of summer! I will see you in two weeks.