Last night’s episode, Blood in the Streets starts out as we see someone emerge from the water and crawl onto shore. It looks like Nick, but why would he be–before we get to that,
We later find out it is a “flash ahead”. I think it is really cool. I also think Nick is a badass ninja in the zombie apocalypse. He might be slight of build, but the dude is smart and resourceful. He proceeds to toy with a walker, then lures him into a tent where he kills him and wears his guts as zombieflage™. That’s right, I am coining that phrase.
Boarding party: We see a small group of people calling out for help on a small raft as they quickly make their way to Abigail and prepare to board. I love Chris asking “Should I shoot them?” Things unfold rapidly there and we find out…
It’s Jaaaaaack! Yes. Alicia’s mysterious radio friend and his 2 buddies. I initially thought the female was “fake pregnant” but we find out she is in fact quite “knocked up”. Much to the delight of Madison, who keeps pushing her buttons.
***** New Characters: Jack, Reed, Pregnant woman* *****
Doubts? If anyone has doubts about the direction of the show, I would like to interject that this episode should assuage those feelings. Rest assured, this series took a major step forward, all in the first 10 minutes of tonight’s show.
Litmus configururation: This is a nice test for our group. Early props to Maddie for her mental jousting, Travis for staying calm and depositing a crowbar into the chair, Daniel for handling things when the situation arose, and Alicia–well she gets her own thing later.
Flashback: We get to see how Strand lost, and regained his wealth. We also are introduced to two new characters: Thomas Abigail, and Luiz. It was neat to see Strand pre-apocalypse. I really dig Luiz too. We see that Strand holds obligation in higher regard than love.
***** New Characters: Thomas and Luiz *****
Alicia is smart: Maybe too smart for someone who was pretty much a bookworm headed to college. I suppose we never found out what her major was, and perhaps she gets that from Madison. It could also be she is able to manipulate Jack because she feels she knows him. He could still be conning her.
Fast and the furious: We see the mysterious leader Conner show up with his little boat party. He leaves with Travis and Alicia in hoods. Things escalate after that as Nick returns with Luiz, in the Zodiac. It seems like we will see more of Conner at some point. They won’t be expecting Luiz though, which should be a huge advantage for our group.
***** New Character: Conner *****
Give Strand a hand: At the end of the episode, we see Madison pulling Strand into the Zodiac. Not sure where his trust level will be since he did dive off the ship. He did make good on his promise about Baja, and Luiz can back him up on that. We will see if they agree to go after Travis and Alicia.
Questions: How did Jack and his crew know the names of everyone on the boat? Alicia only told them so much. One theory is that they came across Alex and she told them about Abigail. This makes a lot of sense. As they mentioned on Talking Dead, this would give some weight to Strand’s decision to cut her and Jake loose.
How will Luiz interact with the group? He seemed to take a liking to Nick and took out the hijackers with no problem. I can see him pushing back on the idea of going after Travis and Alicia though. What will Strand do now that he is with one of his associates?
Zombie kill of the week: There was really only the one. I was a lot more impressed with Luiz’ two headshots on a moving Zodiac. This guy might have some serious military background. Either way, nice shooting!
*Usually don’t introduce characters unless I feel they will at least make another episode or two. I think we might see her again.