Friday, April 15, 2016

MY THOUGHTS: Fear the Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1 - "Monster"

About the Show:
AMC's Fear the Walking Dead returns at sea, aboard the Abigail. The group is unaware of the true breadth of the apocalypse; they assume there still a chance that some city, state, or nation might be unaffected, some place where infection has not hit. Abandoning land, Madison, Travis and Daniel gather their grieving families for ports unknown. But the respite of Strand's ocean-side home is short-lived. They will discover that the water may be no safer than land.

Television Network
AMC

Created by
Robert Kirkman

Spin-off Series from
The Walking Dead

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Cast:
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, Elizabeth Rodriguez & Patricia Reyes SpĂ­ndola.


Here's a Season 1 recap

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Episode 1 Synopsis:
The families flee a burning Los Angeles on Strand's yacht. Strand remains mysterious. The group encounters danger at sea.


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*My Thoughts*
This first episode of this new season starts off in the midst of chaos as Los Angeles burns. The city is overrun with the dead, and they flee onto Strand's yacht. For now, they seem to be safe on Abigail as they search for anywhere that is "safe." Chris mourns his mother...and carries the anger that his father killed her. She was infected! He had no choice. Although Chris knows this, he still is angry...of course, he's been angry with Travis for some time now...killing his mother just added to his resentment.

Tension rises as they set out to sea. As they move further away from land, they pass other survivors needing help. The need to help themselves and their families overrides the need to help others. It's survival mode now. Will the situation put more strain on Travis and Madison's relationship? No one likes the situation, but they have to do what they have to do to survive.

Alicia strikes up a conversation with Jack over the radio. While Strand avoids contact with other people, Alicia continues to converse with this person, and, eventually, revealing their location to this guy.

Moreover, Liza, Chris's mother, is laid to rest at sea. As Travis delivers a brief eulogy for her, Chris's resentment boils over and he abruptly ends this funeral at sea. Travis doesn't know what to do and asks Madison for help with Chris. Madison seems to be able to say the right words to Chris...and it seems to have sunk in.

They have their suspicions about Strand, but he did help them. However, it doesn't mean that Strand isn't keeping something from them. But, it doesn't hurt to be cautious...and that what he is doing, especially when they run into a capsized boat and its passengers floating dead in the water. Maybe there is a reason to his madness. But, Strand does seem to know more than he's letting on.

As they spend time on the yacht, we see how each of them deal and process what has happened as they try to figure out what to do next. Their world has been turned upside down, and now, they have to rely on each other to remain safe and alive. They are also learning about each others strengths and vulnerabilities. I can see that there is more about them that we don't know.

Season one created the world and introduced us to these characters. Now, in Season two, we will see the beginning of how they deal with their situation; and how they deal with other survivors.

Well, it's only the start of their survival. We will have to see where the ocean takes them. Are they any more safer at sea than on land? Is there a safe place to go? Or is there really "No Safe Harbor?" They will soon find out.

Until the next episode!

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Here's a sneak peek of Episode 2 - "We All Fall Down"


Fear the Walking Dead Sundays 9/8C on AMC


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