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Fear the Walking Dead Episode Review: “So Close, Yet So Far”

Fear the Walking Dead

Season 1 | Episode 2 | Aired August 30, 2015

So much happened! Episode two and there’s already so much drama and insanity, I love it! Madison is forced to return to the school to try and find something to help Nick through his withdrawal, Travis is determined to find Liza and Chris before it’s too late, and Alicia is left in charge of looking after her brother while all she really wants is to look after her sick boyfriend.

While Alicia is on her way home from school she stops by Matt’s house only to discover he’s sick. When Madison and Travis get to the house, they find out Matt’s been bitten. They’re not sure what that means, but we all know. RIP Matt.

Travis isn’t having any luck getting in touch with his son and makes the decision to go looking for Chris. Okay, I get it, you need to look for your son. But really? The dead are walking and you guys think splitting up is the right idea? Forget that not working on The Walking Dead, that plan never works in any show or movie.

Needless to say, things don’t go as planned. Travis and Liza manage to find Chris at a protest against cops who shot a homeless guy. They get to him just in time before the police shoot another seemingly innocent person (we all know they’re not innocent nor are they people anymore) and a riot breaks out.

Riot

The three of them take refuge in the shop of the Salazar family who don’t particularly seem to want them there.

While all this is going on Madison is on a mission of her own. To try and prevent Nick from going through a torturous withdrawal, she goes to the high school and manages to get some oxycodone.

However, Madison isn’t the only one at the school. Tobias shows up and asks for his knife back that Madison confiscated last week. Turns out he is there to stock up on food from the cafeteria. Smart kid.

Tobias

Madison makes her first official kill this episode in the form of her boss, the principal of the school, who has turned and tries to attack Tobias. Turns out fire extinguishers make great weapons.

The episode ends with the family still separated and Madison and Alicia having to watch their neighbour (who has turned) attack the family across the road. I think this is something we all knew would happen. When multiple extras are introduced at the same time it’s inevitable that one or all of them will die. And we were introduced to a lot of characters this episode, not all of them extras.

We officially met Travis’s son, Chris, and his ex-wife, Liza. We were briefly introduced to them last week, but that was only for a short phone conversation. This week they were actually key parts of the story. Also introduced this week were the Salazars (not of the Slytherin variety).

So far I don’t really have an opinion on the Salazars. With most characters I tend to either like them or dislike them right away, but I’m not sure with this family yet, mostly because they’ve only have about thirty seconds of screen time.

They don’t seem crazy about Travis and the others, but you can’t really blame them for that. Closing up shop to avoid all the crazy and some of the crazy comes inside and invades your home. Granted it’s in search of safety, but still.

I know we’re only two episodes in, but I’m really liking this show so far. I’ve seen a lot of people saying they find it to be kind of slow, but I don’t think that’s the case at all. It’s the start of the apocalypse so it’s not like we’re going to be seeing death a destruction constantly (though there was quite a bit of that tonight), but it’s been pretty action packed so far.

I’m also really liking the characters. The characters aren’t perfect, far from it in fact. Some shows make characters that are close to being perfect, but then have extreme flaws. Fear the Walking Dead is liking watching real people.

she tried to leave

I especially loved this part. Madison watches Nick crush an oxy pill to take and before she can say anything about it he rats out his sister. It was such a typical sibling thing. “Oh, mom’s giving me that look, she’s not happy about this. Hey, Alicia did this…” It was such a normal thing to happen in the middle of the crisis and I really enjoyed it and I couldn’t stop laughing.

No one’s pretending about anything, it’s a family (now two families) who aren’t perfect and who don’t always get along. Sometimes they hate each other, but the world sucks right now so they’re going to stick together and figure things out because they have to. It’s these little moments that really make a show like this great because it keeps the characters human in a world full of the dead.

Nick and Alicia

I still find it funny that we, the viewers, know what’s going on. We know the guy who the police shot wasn’t just doing nothing. We know the girl we saw them shoot also wasn’t just doing nothing. We know what was wrong with Matt and that the cop who had a bite mark is doomed. We also know the only way for the dead to stay dead is with a headshot (which I think Madison learned this episode).

I feel like these shows are preparing us all for an actual zombie apocalypse. Like, alright, the dead start walking I’m going to need knives and crowbars and fire extinguishers. You always hear about the people who have food stocked in their basements and all this survival equipment and people laugh at them, but let’s face it, if this kind of thing ever did actually happen they’re going to be the ones laughing.

“So Close, Yet So Far” was so good, yet so short. It felt like the episode had barely started before it was over! I always feel like that when watching The Walking Dead though so I think it’s safe to say that means the episodes are really good since they don’t seem long enough.

The characters just keep getting more interesting and the storyline keeps getting deeper. I’m really loving seeing how the whole apocalypse started, but I have to admit, I can’t help but laugh when I think about the fact that all this crazy stuff is happening in LA and Rick is just lying in a hospital bed in Georgia.

The next episode airs in two weeks (so far!) and it looks amazing! I can’t wait to watch it so until then I’ll just have to rewatch the first two episodes and deal with watching the preview which you can check out below!

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