The series is ramping up. I get the feeling that episode 5 was part of the season finale, which is next week. A lot to get into, but first…
***** Spoiler Alert *****
“Cobalt” starts out with the introduction of Strand, a smooth talking dude who gets Doug Thompson to break down and ultimately, have the guards cart him off. This was the guy who would not come out and Travis had to talk him out. Then he eventually took off with his muscle car. He was brought to the medical center, where tonight’s action kicks off. Later on in episode 5, we see more of Strand and his persona.
Ophelia stands just inside the safe zone, where a guard station is set up. The sergeant there is about to have her carted off when Corporal Cole convinces the Sgt. that he can handle it. He eventually convinces Ophelia to take her home. Which was really a bad move for him.
Travis goes to talk to Lt. Moyers about Liza and Nick’s whereabouts. After Travis convinces him it would be in their best interest, Lt. Moyers takes Travis “downtown”.
Madison stumbles upon Daniel and Ophelia keeping Corporal Cole hostage in the neighbors basement. How she gets there is a little funky, I swear, for people with not much going on, you think they would notice every little thing. Like where did Chris and Alicia run off to? Anyways, Daniel tells Madison not to let Ophelia come back into the house. He is obviously getting ready to do some bad things to the corporal.
We get to see another side of Daniel and how he is so perfect for the zombie apocalypse. His character is so interesting. I’m not sure exactly where I would categorize him (vs TWD characters) but he seems so far ahead of where anyone was at the same point. Maybe an older version of Shane. Daniel prepares to “interrogate” Cole as he gets out some sharp instruments.
On the way to the medical center, Moyer and his squad spots a “skin bag”. They stop to take care of it from long-range with a .50 caliber rifle. Moyers tries to get Travis to shoot the walker who is 900 yards away in a donut shop. After a brief instruction, Travis looks in the scope and takes aim. He sees it’s Kimberly. I vaguely remember he might have bought coffee there in episode 1. Travis cannot pull the trigger. Moyers pops the walker and they receive news that a squad has been pinned down in the library and need help.
Back at the medical center, some freshly wounded guards come in. One has bite marks. They back off that one and let someone else handle him. In some very subtle foreshadowing, he takes out some kind of compressor.
Also in the medical center, some guards come by with a temporal scanner and scan Strand and Nick’s temperatures. Strand is normal, but nick has a slight fever going. Strand eventually barters a pair of cuff links in able to keep Nick with him.
As the “interrogation” continues, we learn that Cole was at an arena when some of the 2000 residents started rapidly turning into walkers. People were trying to jump over each other in order to get out. They could no longer contain the situation nor could they tell the infected from non-infected, so they locked them in. Cole admitted to putting chains on the doors.
The situation at the library is handled as Travis stays in the military vehicle. However, Moyers, “doesn’t make it out”. We don’t know if he got taken down or his own men, who seemed on the verge of a mutiny, turned on him. One of the men say they will drop Travis off, within a couple blocks of the safe zone.
Travis comes back and learns what “Cobalt” is: The command code to initiate EVAC from the LA base which includes the “humane termination” of civilians. This apparently is going down at 0900 hours the next day (9am in military time). Apparently Daniel’s interrogation tactics are pretty good.
Strand reveals his plan to Nick and tells him he could use a man with his talents. I’m not exactly sure what talents Nick has at this point. Especially trying to kick heroin. Nevertheless, Strand shows nick he has a key and will be “making a move” soon, as the soldiers are preparing to leave.
Liza finds Griselda who is in the last stages of septic shock. She and Dr. Exner wait as Griselda seems to babble incoherently. She claims to see visions that were prophesied at some point. It’s actually some really good acting on Patricia Reyes Spindola’s part. Eventually she passes away and Dr. Exner lets Liza know everyone turns, no matter how they die. The only way to stop the turning is traumatic injury to the brain. Exner produces the same device a soldier was about to use earlier on the guard who was bitten. Liza is handed the “gun” part of the device and fires a bolt into Griselda’s forehead.
The episode ends with Daniel walking up to the arena Cole spoke about. He sees that the doors are chained and are buckling under the press of “humanity” behind it. Seems like it will only be a matter of time before those chains break. This explains one of my questions from last week: How does the military get overwhelmed? Rapid turning of the infected in areas where a large number are being held.
Questions: We got a lot of answers this week. There was a lot of action. Main question is: Do they get Liza and Nick back? I can see Nick splitting off from them for a while. Liza is going to want to go back to her family. I don’t see the military letting this happen. Maybe she gets out with Strand and Nick? Do they let Cole live? It seems like so far, Daniel just took some skin off his right arm. Is Lt. Moyers really dead? The IMDB page says he is only in 2 episodes, so probably so.
Tobias? I think I mentioned it before, he could become this series “Morgan” in a sense that we may see him down the line. Hopefully not crazy. Maybe a little more grown up and battle seasoned. Finally, will Fear The Walking Dead get a proper theme song? Their current one doesn’t do it justice. I know they are already funded for 15 more episodes, so why not?
Zombie kill of the week: Head shot of Kimberly with the .50 caliber rifle. Wasn’t a lot to choose from.
Cobalt was great. A nice ramp up to next week’s season finale which should be really good. Episode 6 was probably my favorite of the original Walking Dead series, and was also the final episode of season 1. After the season finale, make sure to catch Talking Dead which follows immediately after. I’m sure there will be a lot to talk about. See you next week!