Fear the Walking Dead S1 Ep2

Well, that escalated quickly.

It’s only the second episode and already the story’s picked up the pace. We’ve gone from whispered rumors and ominous sightings to full-blown riots and random zombie attacks. Granted, it’s still not yet on the same scale as The Walking Dead and people are still not quite sure what’s going on, but there’s a lot of panic and that doesn’t bode well for anyone.

Adorably ominous

Adorably ominous

This episode also saw our main characters becoming more proactive. After what Nick, Madison, and Travis saw last week, it would be irresponsible of them not to take some measures to protect their family. Though they are also uncertain about what’s causing the mass panic, they have had a glimpse of the horror and are at least acting accordingly.

Travis immediately sought to bring his son and ex-wife to safety, despite the protests of Chris, who was too busy trying to be an amateur journalist to realize the danger he was putting himself and his family in by participating in the riots. Speaking of the riots, these scenes hit a little close to home considering what has been happening in the news lately, and the scenes of people protesting against police brutality were painfully familiar. In this case, of course, the police were justified but it was still unnerving to see such things play out on television, even for a genre show.

Madison took action as well, trying to get her son some drugs and then bumping into an old friend (who is no longer who she thinks he is), while Alicia reluctantly stayed home to tend to her brother. Considering what Madison, Nick, and Travis saw in the previous episode, it seems strange and impractical for them not to let Alicia in on what’s happening, especially to convince her not to go tend to her wounded boyfriend. We know the danger but she doesn’t and maybe if someone explained things to her, she would be more reasonable. But at the end of the episode, when Madison prevents her from helping their neighbor, it seems like she will demand more information that she knows her mother has.

somebody didn't get his flu shot

Somebody didn’t get his flu shot

Surviving in a zombie apocalypse is all about prioritizing. And so far, it looks like only Madison and family (and Tobias) are making preparations. The most compelling characters in The Walking Dead are those who we see step up to the challenge and actively adapt to the situation. In this episode, we’ve seen Madison’s character grow in such a way. After encountering two zombies, she has quickly determined that she must do everything she can to protect her family, even if it means not helping others (like her poor neighbor). She might have tried to help her friend Artie at the start but when he attacked Tobias, she immediately took charge. She’s become more badass in the span of one episode and it’s exciting to see how much she changes as the series progresses.

This kid will survive the apocalypse

This kid will survive the apocalypse

Travis’ plan of them escaping to the desert, however, is far from the best idea under the circumstances. Why do they think that fleeing to a place where there are very limited resources will help their long-term survival? But perhaps they don’t think that this terrible situation will last very long and they are still hoping that it will eventually blow over. They’ll see the error in their reasoning soon enough, though I hope they even survive that long.

Or maybe not

Or maybe not

And speaking of prioritizing, I am rooting for Tobias to survive this. The kid knows way more about the current crisis than anyone else and has shown presence of mind and resourcefulness. He’s done his research and has taken advantage of the situation of the better prepare himself for the days to come. He even stocked up on canteen food! (Such a good idea.) But maybe he still needs to work on his fighting skills.

I was hoping that he would take Madison up on her offer to stay with them as I believe he would be an asset to their family. Here’s hoping he survives long enough to join them later on.

How subtle

How subtle

The episode likewise introduced us to the Salazar family, who sheltered Travis, Liza, and Chris as all hell broke loose in the city. It’s nice to see the cast expanding and the Salazar family already look like they will be interesting additions to the group.

Equal parts creepy and chaotic, the second episode of Fear the Walking Dead really throws us into the fray. Anyone who has been following the main series knows that the worst is still to come, but even just seeing these early stages of mayhem is engaging. The main characters are quickly learning that they will have to make hard decisions if they want to protect the ones they love from the nameless horrors that have begun plaguing their world.