Daniel: "The gun doesn't care how you feel about it."
Best one so far.
I thought Maddie and Travis would be separated longer, but no. Super lucky that Travis' truck didn't get burned out, huh? That riot was pretty intense, with the extra added freaky danger of walkers among the populace, and I felt for Daniel; how hard must it be to leave your hard-earned business behind to be looted and burned? And Travis was so sarcastic about it. What are they going to steal, combs?
It's probably too late to get out of Los Angeles. There are only so many ways out of town and I bet the major roads are already a nightmare. But what's the alternative? They can't stay, either.
The title of this episode made me uncomfortable because I knew a dog would probably get eaten. And it did. (Flashback to that poor horse in Atlanta.) Fortunately, it wasn't done in a hideously graphic way. Instead, the dog was more of a metaphor for the fact that the Clark, Manawa and Salazar families have to deal with what has just come unexpectedly in the door and into their lives.
Our characters are adjusting to the apocalypse at different rates of speed. Maddie is a real survivor, and she's adjusting the most quickly; I'm starting to like her. She knew that her long time friend and neighbor Susan wasn't Susan any more, and she went outside ready to take Susan out with a ball peen hammer. And Maddie didn't turn a hair lying to the Army ("Our dog died") to keep her family out of quarantine.
Maddie nearly saved Patrick Tran, too. I thought he was done for, since Susan was lunging for his neck; he was very lucky his wife didn't eat him. Except his luck didn't extend to avoiding quarantine. Too bad.
This is a world where you come home and a zombie is eating a dog in your living room. It's also a world where you play Monopoly by firelight; that was a nice scene since it showed how close the three Clarks used to be. But it was frustrating that everyone had a different level of knowledge about what was happening. Nick and Maddie not telling Alicia the truth nearly got her bitten. I was also unhappy that Nick was already breaking into houses for pills, although I guess it was understandable if he's in pain and Maddie gave most of the pills to Griselda.
Travis' ex-wife Liza has turned out to be smart and adaptable too, and I liked the scene where Madison asked Liza to take her out if she turned so that Travis wouldn't have to -- although it felt like that happened too soon in the series. The two of them being Travis' current and former honeys could be an excuse for stupid melodrama, but that would be super frustrating on a show like this. It's already hard to deal with Chris being all Mister Teenage Resentful, giving everyone lip and being difficult. Nick is better behaved and a lot more help, and he's the drug addict.
All of which leads me to the point that Travis is the de facto head of both families and is acting as leader, but he isn't adapting quickly enough. He's still convinced that everything is going to be fine, that the cavalry has arrived because there are helicopters overhead and people in uniforms are Taking Charge and Doing Things. If Travis hadn't stopped Maddie from putting Susan down, maybe they would have gotten out of town. Although I'll repeat that even now, I doubt that they can get out of Los Angeles.
Travis was even upset because Daniel showed Chris how to load a shotgun, and he kept one-upping Daniel about how much they owed each other. Travis needs to wake up and smell the coffee, and stop giving Daniel a hard time. Because I'm not warming to Travis at all, but I'm starting to really like Daniel Salazar. He was the one that stepped up and shot the walker in the face, not once but twice. Daniel has a fatalistic toughness that will undoubtedly serve him well as things get worse. But he may be making a mistake, putting the welfare of his wife Griselda and the desire to return to his family over his daughter Ofelia's desire to leave town with the Clark/Manawa family.
All three families need to sit down and exchange information. (And keep away from the windows, turn out the lights, and be very quiet. Too soon, I know.) They're lucky they have a nurse, but Liza already said that a crushed foot is too serious an injury for her to treat. If hospitals aren't an option, it seems pretty obvious to me that Griselda is going to die and turn at the worst possible time. Their wake-up call zombie, as it were.
-- Eleven states have declared a state of emergency.
-- I like how the lights keep going on and off; it certainly adds to the tension. But would that happen? Wouldn't the grid just fail?
-- Alicia, who nearly broke Chris's nose, was freaking about her boyfriend Matt turning into something like Susan. I kept expecting her to take off and cause even more problems as the rest of the cast tried to retrieve her. Maybe next week.
-- I thought the dog would have been better at avoiding a walker. I bet cats do better. It's hard enough catching a cat even when you're quick.
-- I loved the Tran back yard. I knew someone in the Los Angeles area that had something similar.
-- Did Chris take that straight razor from Daniel's hair salon?
-- As I mentioned in a review I wrote yesterday, I just realized that Alycia Debnam-Carey, who plays Alicia, also plays Lexa the badass Commander on The 100. It immediately made me like her Fear character a lot more.
|And here is Alicia/Alycia. It doesn't illustrate a point or a scene, but I just love this photo.|
-- My friend Dr. Nana Mom, who reviews The Walking Dead, often includes a section called "Things I could do without". This time, it was Daniel taking out neighbor Pete with a shotgun and destroying his face twice.
Alicia: "This game is evil. Kindergarten capitalism."
Alicia: "I can't sleep when I'm waiting for someone to come home."
Travis: "You can stop keeping score."
Daniel: "I was not the one to start."
Travis: "You know what? I'm relieved. I thought it would be awkward, having two wives in the house." That came off as sexist to me, like Maddie and Liza would take the time during a national emergency to squabble over Travis.
Definitely a more intense episode than the first two, and it went quickly. Three out of four stolen combs,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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