What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Fear the Walking Dead
Victor makes a video. He says if they’re watching this, it means he didn’t make it. Do what he couldn’t, and know that he tried. He gets out of the truck, and starts walking.
He sees a cat, and stops to pet it. A zombie comes up behind him, but gets impaled on a pointy fence. While Victor is looking at it, he feels a presence behind him. He says, take a breath. It’s Daniel. Victor tells him that he might be inclined to pull the trigger, but they can they just take a breath? Daniel says he still talks too much, and tells Victor, turn around slowly. Daniel points out that his kitty, Skidmark, likes Victor. Victor says, he has good taste, and Daniel says, he licks his own ass. Why is he there? Victor knows they parted under difficult circumstances, but things changed. Daniel shoots a zombie ambling up behind Victor, and tells him, come inside. It’s not safe to talk out there.
John tells Alicia, whatever Al came to check out, it’s gone. It must have slipped free. Maybe she’s just out chasing a story. Alicia asks if he really believes that. He guesses he wants to, but honestly, no. Morgan calls to them. They join him, and see the supplies are gone. Alicia says, whoever took Al, took the weapons and ammo, and probably had a vehicle. She says she should have stopped Al, but Morgan says, no regrets. Alicia says she should have known. Some zombies are wandering around, and Alicia dispatches them with her pointy thing.
June tends to Luci’s wound, and gives her something to take the edge off. Luci says she can’t feel her fingers, but June says, it’s normal, and it will take a while for things to heal. Luci wonders when she’ll be able to play the accordion. June is surprised she plays, and Luci says she’s thinking of learning. June tells her, rest. John comes back, and says there’s no sign of Al. They scavenged what they could. He says they found these, showing them some notebooks. Polar Bear might have something they can use. He also found The Little Prince, and tells Luci, any book that can survive a hurricane and a plane crash might be worth hanging on to. I had two favorite books go under water during Hurricane Sandy, and came out totally dry. True story. He says Alicia and Morgan headed north. He thinks they should go in the opposite direction. June says she can’t leave Luci alone, but Luci says she won’t be alone. She can work the radio with one hand. John gives her a gun, and tells her, try to track Victor on the radio, and find out if he heard Al’s message.
Daniel tells Victor not to touch anything, and leads him into a hangar that has a bunch of various vehicles in it. Victor ask where he got all this, and Daniel says he inherited it. Victor asks, from whom? and Daniel says he’s in no position to be asking questions. What does he want? Victor says he was told Daniel may have a small plane. Daniel asks who told him, and Victor says, Al. Daniel says, the journalist? and Victor says that’s how found Daniel. Daniel says, small world. Victor says, and they’re responsible to those who remain. Daniel knows them. Daniel says, Madison? Victor says, she’s gone, but Alicia remains. They need to help their friends. Daniel asks why Victor can’t be honest. It’s for him, and no one else. He knows who Victor is. Victor says Daniel doesn’t have to believe him. Does he have a radio?
Morgan and Alicia come across three cars blocking the road. DANGER KEEP OUT is written on them in red. Morgan says, more radiations signs. Luci radios, and says she knows how to make contact. Morgan says she’ll come through this. Alicia says she doesn’t know what this is, and Morgan says it’s not on her. She says she keeps everyone safe, and he handles the rest. He says she’s the one who decided that, but they’ll all do whatever it takes to find Al.
Alicia goes to a truck and says, this one. It’s loaded with supplies. They walk into the woods. Morgan hears a couple of crows, and follows the sound. They’re in a cage, hanging above two zombies, just out of reach. Morgan taps his stick, then whacks the first one with it. He steps toward the other one, and I say, oh sh*t! as he steps into a trap, and a rope tightens around his ankle. He falls, along with the other zombie, but someone shoots the zombie. A woman in biohazard gear stands over him, and tells him to take off his clothes.
She says she doesn’t want to shoot him. Just do what she says. Talking is bad, and move as little as possible. She takes his stick, and he says he needs to get it back; it’s important. She tells him, remember what she said about talking, and points her gun at him. Alicia grabs her from behind, and gets her down on the ground, holding her pointy thing at the woman’s throat. Alicia asks, where is she? The woman says, who? and Alicia says, a friend. The woman says she doesn’t know, and wants to keep her from losing another friend. Let her help. Morgan agrees, and Alicia releases the woman. Alicia asks, why? and the woman says the coolant system failed in a pressurized water reactor. They tried to keep it humming, but it disbursed dangerous particles. They might be on Morgan, who needs to be decontaminated. Morgan asks, how? and she says she’ll show him at her truck. Alicia says she could be lying. The woman introduces herself as Grace, and says she’s telling the truth. Morgan tells Alicia to let her go. Alicia does, but says she’s keeping Grace’s gun. Grace says she still needs Morgan to take his clothes off.
Morgan gets in a portable shower. Grace tells him, scrub down, but not hard, and don’t forget to get under his nails. He also has to take off his wedding ring, and rinse each foot before it hits the ground. She’s sorry about the selection of clothing. Laundry day is next week.
Grace wants her gun back, but Alicia still wants to hang on to it. Grace asks, what happened? and Alicia says their friend went missing. Grace says she can help them look, as soon as she take care of him. She indicates a corpse in plastic. She looks at some bagged cylinders, and says they’re dosimeters. They measure the exposure to radiation. Alicia asks if it’s safe to be there, and Grace says, on this side. Alicia asks if she’s responsible for the roadblocks, and she says, the signs, but the dead on the side of the road aren’t hers. She stays away from him, and they should too. She says they must have come from the plane that crashed, and Alicia says they handled it. Grace says it must have attracted zombie attention, and asks how many they killed. Alicia says, too many to count. Grace says they need to go to the crash site; it could be contaminated too. So could their friend.
Morgan calls John and June to tell them about the contaminated radiator, explaining about the zombies wearing dosimeters around their necks. John says, this place keeps getting friendlier. June says that’s why they need to be there, and John says, a little bit of sunshine in a dark place. They see a sign by the side of the road that says Camp Cackleberry, and June says it was on the car the kids were driving. It’s where they’re from. Maybe they went back.
They walk until they get to the camp. June calls for the kids, but John says, they don’t want be found. She says maybe they do. When she ran, she hoped he’d find her. John asks why she ran in the first place. She says partly because she was scared he wouldn’t come. It was easier keep moving than face the possibility that he wasn’t out there. They find tons of shell casings, and June says, someone called this place home. They hear a sound like someone banging on something. They keep walking, and see some cabins. They look inside, and zombies clamor at the window.
Victor tries the radio, but nothing. He tells Daniel, the signal isn’t strong enough. They crashed on the other side. Daniel asks why Victor wasn’t with them, and Victor says someone had to clear the runway. Daniel says the selfish someone had to be him. Victor says he did it for his friends. Daniel says the last time he heard that, he got shot in the face. Victor says he’s not the same man he was in Mexico. Daniel says he does have a new haircut. Victor asks if he doesn’t think a man can change, and Daniel says, some men. Victor knows he’s done terrible things, and might not be able make up for them, but he’s trying. He hopes Daniel can believe that. Daniel says, let him do that, and takes over the radio.
Grace’s dosimeter goes off, and she tells Morgan and Alicia to leave the plane. A lone zombie comes by, and Morgan says he’s got this, stabbing it in the eye. He says, about his stick, but Grace says he can’t have it back. Wood is porous, and there’s no way to clean it. She says they should keep moving. She has no traps over there. It’s the only thing keeping the zombies from crossing over. She says they have to put up more fencing, but Alicia says she’s wasting time chasing the dead. Their friend is alive. She says it’s not safe there, and Morgan says they don’t have time for this. They decide to meet at the truck, and Grace tells Morgan to grab some tape.
Zombies fall in the mud, and writhe around. Alicia says, sh*t, which is what we’d all say. She can’t tell which ones are wearing a dosimeter, and Grace tells her, get away. Morgan duct tapes the cuffs tighter on Grace’s suit. Alicia stabs each zombie as it comes forward from the mud. Ooh two at once. Nice move. Grace asks for her gun, and Alicia tosses it to her, but then slips in the mud. Alicia tangles with a zombie, and yells for them to hurry. Grace shoots the remaining zombies, and Alicia gets the one that’s grappling with her in the neck,
The road is littered with muddy downed zombies.
Grace says Alicia could be exposed, and she has no more water. Alicia can’t decontaminated. She knows they want to find their friend, but their friend wouldn’t want her to get sick and die. She picks up a dosimeter, and puts it in a bag. Morgan says she knew them. She says she worked at plant, and when things went south, they kept the thing running. The employees brought in their families when things got worse. They had supplies for months, and the place was designed to keep terrorists out. When the cities fell, and didn’t need power, she couldn’t see things going back to the way they were. She should have evacuated then. Morgan asks, how many are still left? and she says, sixty-three. She couldn’t take care of them then, so she has to now. John radios Alicia. She tells him not to touch anything. They’re on their way.
They go to the cabins, and Grace measures for radiation. She sees that bodies had been burned asks if they touched anything, or breathed in any ash. They could be sick. Morgan asks if fire doesn’t get rid of the radiation, and she says it releases it into the air. Grace looks inside. Morgan say she doesn’t have to do this. She could be contaminated. She says that’s why no one else can kill them. These people were exposed when they thought they were protecting themselves. The people inside who were exposed thought they were protecting themselves.
Luci asks if Victor copies, but gets nothing. She finally gets through, and Victor asks where she is. She says a truck stop. She was hurt in the crash. Al is missing. They found someone there; people they tried to help, but this place… They can’t stay long. Victor says he found him. She knows him. Alicia knows him. Suddenly, there’s only static, and they get cut off. Luci hears or feels something, and she gets up. Victor asks if Daniel believes him now. They need help; it’s worse than he thought. Daniel says, they do. Follow him.
Luci goes outside someone. She asks if someone is there. She walks out a little ways, and looks around. I ask, why are you doing this? She sees the radio tower has fallen over.
June gets in a car. She tells John, it has a lot of seats; room for kids. Luci radios, and tells June that Victor got the message, and he’s getting a plane. The wind took out her antenna though, and they got cut off. June asks if she’s outside. She shouldn’t be on her feet. She tells Luci, get back inside, and lock the doors. She says she’s heading back. Zombies start to appear, and Luci gets out her gun, but she can’t focus. They come closer, and she shoots until she’s out of bullets. I’m freaking. She runs, barely getting inside, and slamming the door. She locks it, and slides down next to it. The zombies scrape at the door. Luci waits.
Morgan asks if Alicia is okay. He says he used to think killing was the only thing he could do. She says it is the only thing she can do. She hasn’t helped anyone. She hasn’t found anyone on the tapes. She couldn’t stop Al from going missing. Everyone she kills is a help. Morgan says it used to be like that for him. He was lost; stuck. You don’t know until someone tells you. So he has to tell her. He’s sorry he didn’t say something before. Things have not always gone the way he’d hoped. He tells her that she’s not locked in. The door opens. There is a way out. She says, to what? He says there’s no way to really protect people. You can’t put a weapon between you and losing people. He tried, but the way out is opening the door to people, to possibility, to the hurt that will happen. That’s what he did. Then his life started again. Hers will too.
Grace says she going to the caverns near the plant, and burying the bodies there. Morgan says she’s taking his stick, and she says she is. She tells them not to stay long. it’s not safe. Morgan says they can help her find the rest. After they find Al and the kids, they’ll come back. They have a plane coming. She says she can’t. After the accident happened, she went back into the plant. She was careful, but she was still exposed. She’s not risking anyone else’s well-being. Morgan asks how long she has, but she doesn’t know. He says if she changes her mind, they’re on the other side of the walkie on channel seven. She says she’s on the other side too, and she leaves. Alicia tells Morgan that he said it was going to be hard. He says, he did, and they watch Grace drive off.
June finds Luci. Luci asks, where are they? June says, who? and Luci says, the dead.
Outside, the zombies’ heads are hanging from a billboard, teeth snapping. Luci says someone is trying o scare them. June thinks they must be close to something. John says when the plane comes, they’ll find Al, find the kids, and get home.
Daniel and Victor walk outside. Victor asks where Daniel got the plane. Daniel says it’s time for Victor to leave. Victor doesn’t understand. His friends need help. Daniel says, they do, but not from him. Victor says Daniel heard Luci. Daniel says Victor told him the reason he wasn’t on the plane was because he was helping his friends, but it doesn’t look that way. They’ll manage. He’s not giving Victor the plane. He’ll just make things worse. Every time he helps, he ends up hurting the people he’s helping. No one knows it better than he does. He opens the gate, and shoots the gun in the air. He says if Victor comes back, the next one will be in his face. Victor walks out.
Gee, thanks Daniel.
Victor sees zombies in the foggy distance. He grabs a rock, and smashes the closest one’s head to a pulp. He keeps walking toward them.
Next time, Luci says they took action, a new town, and June discovers the roadblocks form a pattern.
👯 Because It Premiered Tonight…
I haven’t seen it yet though. I’m not sure if I can.
👶 Million Dollar Baby…
Mazel to Steve!
👑 The Final of the Final Words…
I can’t believe I’m still reading about that coffee cup.
🚴 Here We Are Again…
The beginning of another week.