What I Watched Today
(rambling, random thoughts & annoyingly detailed recaps from real time TV watching)
Fear the Walking Dead
Logan sets up a take what you need box. A woman radios, asking if anyone copies. He answers, asking if she’s at the Feedbag. He set that place up. She says her name is Serena, and he asks how he can help. She says she was following him and his partner. He says his partner is on route to where she is. We hear zombie noises, and Logan says, Desert Fox to Polar Bear. Does Clay copy? He gets no response, and asks if Clay decided to sleep in. He tells Serena that he’s coming to get her himself. She says, they’re coming in the back door too, and he tells her, hang on. He’s going as fast as he can. Keep talking, and barricade the door. She says, there are too many; the door’s not going to hold. Logan’s gas gauge shows he’s almost on empty. He tries again to radio Clay, saying, SOS at the Feedbag. The truck runs out of gas, and he jumps out. He asks Serena where she is, and tells her that he’s almost there. He hears the zombies attack her. He runs inside, calling for Serena. It’s quiet, and he finds the zombie’s feeding on her. They see him, and he shoots. He stumbles out, crying, and drops to his knees.
Logan looks up the road, and sees some people on horseback. A woman asks if he’s the man who was trying to help that girl. Their condolences. He says, she is? She says, Virginia. Most people call her Ginny. He asks what they want, and she says, to help. They’ve been watching him; listening. They want the same thing he does, but bigger and better. Together, they can get from yesterday to tomorrow. He says he’s listening.
Dylan picks a rat out of a bunch of them in a box. Max says, don’t worry. They won’t eat him. They put the rat inside of a small cage, and hang it up. There are several rats in cages hung up in a circle, making zombies work a wheel, the same way a carrot is dangled in front of a donkey. (I wonder if a good zombie always goes to the right?) The wheel causes oil to pump out of a pipe. Wen tells Sarah, they’re 3000 gallons ahead of schedule. He tells Luci, this is no place to store the tanker. His pillow looks like the Shroud of Turin when he wakes up. Luci says she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. Wen says he’s not worried about his hands; he’s worried about everything else. They hear a truck approach the barricade. Wen asks if it’s Sarah, and tells Luci, that’s not her rig. They draw their guns, and Logan busts through. Annie tells the kids to get down, and go. Luci approaches the truck.
Wen asks what Logan is doing there, and Logan says, he has to ask? He sees some of his people; he wondered where Clay stashed them. Luci tells him not to move, and he says, no one is firing a weapon. If he was her, he’d stop giving orders and start taking them. She why he’s there. He tells her, like the box says, take what you need and leave what you don’t. And they need it all.
Alicia paints a tree, and asks Victor if it’s too much phoenix. He says, Ross had clouds; she has birds. He notices her radio is on, and he says they won’t be able to charge it. They’re almost out of gas. She says, they can’t give up on him, but Victor says Wen told them he didn’t want help. Why would he want it now? A girl’s voice comes over the radio, saying she needs help, and giving them her location, and Alicia relays the message to John and June. June says, Sarah and Wen were going to the oil field. She thinks Logan found them, and no one’s heard from Morgan and Al. Alicia says she can’t reach him either, and June says they’ll help with the truck stop. They’ve got this. Victor asks Alicia, how do they know Logan isn’t trying to draw them away? and Alicia says, what’s the point of having gas if they can’t use it to help people?
Logan watches the wheel. A worker says, it was Clay’s idea. He wanted to see them do good. Doris hands Logan Clay’s journal, and says, there’s no instructions. Wen asks how he found them, and Logan says he watched their movie. They should have been more careful where they point the camera. As Logan looks through the journal, Luci says maybe he can remember what he used to believe. Logan says, that doesn’t mean he was right, and tosses it into the fire. Doris stops Luci from retrieving it, and Luci goes back with the others. Logan says, smart girl. She doesn’t want to make it difficult. It won’t make a difference. It’s only prolonging the inevitable; the survival of the fittest. Luci asks why he’s doing this, and he says he told Morgan that he was helping people, just not in a way they can get on board with. Wen suggests he try them first, but Logan thinks they’d have no stomach for it. Are they going to give him gas, or what? Luci says, no, and Logan says he didn’t think so. He radios his guys, and says they need to start cooking. The guy Dwight didn’t shoot (whose name I still don’t know) says he’s not as optimistic as he was before; they hit a roadblock. Logan says, unblock it. They’re about to start a new batch.
Dude says they have no time to find a new route. They have to get these off the road. He starts to move a container, and Sarah pops out, saying, some fellas will do anything to avoid asking directions. Lucky for him, they know the way. Dwight is glad he didn’t shoot dude while he had the chance. Now there’s no way he’s not helping. Dude is hesitant, and Sarah shoots and grazes him. She says, of all the sh*t she’s had to live with, she can’t abide that she killed Polar Bear for nothing. Him, she can live with. He wisely gets in the truck.
In the past, Logan checks his watch, and looks at key points on a map.
Logan asks Luci, what’s the matter? and she tells him, it’s too windy. If the tanker gets too hot, the oil won’t separate. (I guess she’s the Walter White of FWD now.) Logan says that’s why he needs assistance. Here’s his cook now. Sarah pulls up instead. She and Dwight get out of the truck, and Sarah says Logan doesn’t seem happy see her. He says he wasn’t expecting her, and she says she and Dude had a little chat. He picked the perfect day to decide to stop being an a-hole. Watching with June from a cliff above them, John shoots one of the wheel zombies. He radios, that’s a friendly warning. In case he gets an itchy trigger finger. The zombie drags along in the circle, now literally dead weight.
Sarah tells Logan, they can walk their separate ways. These people don’t want no part of this sh*t show. He says, the problem is, the show must go on. They walked on stage, and they know how it ends. She says, do they? Logan says they had the chance to kill him and didn’t take it. That won’t change now. He radios John, saying, John may be a good shot, but this is one he’s not going to take. John cocks his hat, and says, not unless he has to. Logan says he’s bluffing. Sarah says, when he’s right, he’s right. They’re not here to make their iron bark, or to take over the oil fields either. She hopes he sees reason, and stops what he’s doing, or at least gets the point. She can’t undo how she got Clay killed. She has to live with regrets every day. When she saw him in the rearview, she could have stopped, and done the right thing, but she didn’t do jack. Wen says, she’s right. He’ll have to live with his conscience. Logan says he’ll be reasonable. The kids can go, if they can go back to work. It’s a reasonable trade. Sarah says they’ll need a car, and gas. Logan thinks he can spare a few gallons. Annie says she’s not leaving; they can help. Luci says they’re leaving, and Sarah says, the convoy is at the rendezvous. Do they know where that is? Annie says, yes, and Sarah says, skedaddle. Dylan asks Luci, what about the rats? and she says they’ll take care of them. Just be safe.
The girl tells Alicia, they’re starting to build up outside. Alicia asks her name, but she thinks it’s safer for her not to give it. Alicia says she needs to stay calm. Help is coming. The girl says, really? Victor says the inevitable has happened. They’re out of gas. Alicia tells the girl that they’re on their way. Do what she has to, to stay safe. Alicia radios to anyone listening that she can use help.
Oil pumps out. Dwight says the fire is out of hand, and Luci says, it’s too big. Logan says she shouldn’t have sent his cook back. Get back to work. Sarah says, the real truth, what the hell does Logan need the gas for? Logan says she doesn’t need to be concerned. They’re going to help people. It’s just not going to be one person at a time. This mom and pop crap makes people think they have a chance. Sarah is sorry he feels that way, and Logan says he has her to thank. He got a call that someone needed help along Clay’s route. When Clay didn’t answer, he went himself.
We see Logan running. He says he didn’t get there in time. He had to listen to her get torn apart, and there was nothing he could do. All because Clay wasn’t there, because she stole his rig. He’s doing what he’s doing because of her. If she wants to help make a difference – over the radio, Alicia says they’re close – walk away. They’ve already done their part. Nothing they do is going to make up for that.
June radios, saying she hopes she’s not interrupting, but they have to get out of there now. She looks through the binoculars, and sees zombies walking toward a cliff above where the tanker is. There’s nothing I love more than a zombie walking off a cliff. Unless it’s a whole horde of them walking off a cliff, like in the Grand Canyon episode of Z Nation. < We pause for a moment, and reflect on the passing of my favorite show.>
It’s nighttime, and John is shooting the zombies as the get close to the edge. Doris smashes one’s head. Luci watches the tank burn. Doris says she’s got to kill the fire, but Luci says she can’t; it’s burning too hot. June watches. Tons of zombies go splat below the cliff. Some get up; some don’t. Dwight says they need their weapons. John keeps shooting. June radios that they can’t take them out. They have to clear out of there.
It’s getting pretty messy, and Doris says they have a problem. Logan says they also have company. Someone deal with the dead. Dwight says they need gas, and Wen says, they need to be alive to do what they’re doing. Dwight asks if he thinks the gas in the truck will hold them over, and he, Wen, Luci, and Sarah head for the truck. Doris tells Logan, they need to bail, but he says, no one needs to be bailing. A zombie clutches at his pant leg, and he tells her, don’t just stand there, kill it. It starts crawling up his leg. Doris shrugs, and jets. The tanker burns hotter. Sarah gets in the truck, and looks at Logan. She says, sh*t, and gets back out. Dwight asks, what’s going on? and she says she can’t leave him. Dwight says Logan told them to walk away; he doesn’t want help. Sarah says if she’s not back in two minutes, get in the truck. Wen tells her not to go, but she says, don’t try to talk her out of it. She’s going to do what she should have done back then. Wes says, what they both should have done . Sarah goes into the fray. Man, I hope they don’ kill her off. I really like Sarah.
Alicia asks if the girl copies. She says she’s not sure how much longer the doors will hold. Alicia says there should be a generator, and she can broadcast from where she is. Does she copy? There’s nothing. Alicia and Victor look at each other.
The tank burns. Sarah drags Logan inside. He’s pissed, and says she should have left him out there. She tells him that he’s a real sh*t-ass at thank yous. She just saved him. He says she prolonged the inevitable. If something else doesn’t get them, the dead will. They tried to help others, but no one is coming to help them. She says, maybe he’s right. The girl Alicia was talking to comes over the radio, saying she needs help. Logan says, more people to save, and she asks if anybody is there. Sarah picks up, and Logan says she’s got be sh*tting him. The girl says she’s trapped, and Sarah hands Logan the radio. He asks if there’s an ad for sunscreen on the wall. The girl says Alicia told her that he could help. Sarah asks if Logan knows her, but he says she’s like the one he was trying to tell her about. They’re giving the poor girl hope. He tells the girl, the sooner she accepts this, the sooner she’ll understand what she has to do. She says she can’t kill them; there’s too many. He tells her there’s a gun in there. She sees it, and asks how he knew. He says he left it there.
John keeps shooting, and a zombie comes up behind him. June shoots it, and it looks like there are more coming, but it’s Tess and Jacob. Tess says they couldn’t stay with the convoy, and Jacob says they thought the group might need assistance. John says they need to keep the ones on the ridge from falling in.
She says, there’s only one bullet. Logan says he knows; he’s sorry. She sees the zombies clamoring at the doors, and coming through the trap door below. She says, don’t be. It’s better this way. I heave a huge sigh, along with Logan. She cocks the gun, and closes her eyes. They start to come in. Everyone listens on the radio. Logan says, no, and we hear a shot. Then more shots. Everyone is like, wha…? Sarah asks if she’s okay. Who’s there? Wes takes the radio, and says, the name’s Wes. He heard Alicia on the radio. She helped him, so he figured he’d pay it forward. Sarah looks at Logan, and says, what happened before, she’s sorry, but that’s no reason to throw this all away. They help people. We see clips of everyone helping each other, and Sarah says, they help people. it’s hard to get bigger than that.
Alicia and Victor arrive at the Feedbag. The girl is surprised Alicia made it, and Alicia is glad she’s okay. Alicia introduces Victor. She says she was hoping Wes was listening. Victor asks, what happened to people are people? and Wes says, sometimes they’re not. He wasn’t going to listen to someone die over the walkie. He tells Alicia that he saw her trees. Not bad. He likes the phoenix thing. The girl says they shouldn’t stay. They’ll find her. The place she’s from, there are people she couldn’t be with anymore. She was trying to get out. That’s why she ended up there. Alicia says she’s with them now. Those people aren’t going to bother her anymore. They leave. Victor lingers, but then follows.
A zombie climbs out of a ditch, and Jacob pikes him with his trusty bayonet. John stomps another one’s head. Sarah and Logan come outside. Sarah says, this sh*t is worse than a tequila hangover. They all meet, and Logan says he recognizes Tess from the movie. Jacob, not so much. John says he couldn’t have cleared the place without him. June says these are people they helped. What’s left of Logan’s guys come out with guns. Logan tells them, guns down. There’s been enough horse sh*t already. Doris tells him that he said they’d take it all. Logan says he thought they needed it. She says he claimed it was their ticket to the Promised Land, and he says, it still could be – if they put the guns down. Doris lowers hers, and the rest follow suit. John says, okay, and they all lower their guns. Logan says, sh*t happens. Then more sh*t happens, and it makes you start to doubt what you’re about. double Some people do better with a partner. Clayton never did. He may have burned Clayton’s journal, but he didn’t snuff out what Clay was trying to do. Shocking us all, someone shoots Logan in the head, and then picks off the rest of his group. John and the others draw their weapons. Ginny rides in with a few people, and a bunch of others ride along the ridge above, and wait there.
Luci says she killed Logan, and Ginny says they had to do this for a reason, and don’t take it lightly. She then says something in Spanish. She says they all know Logan was a liability who couldn’t be trusted. June asks what she knows about them, and Ginny says they’re not exactly hermits. They’ve been watching them for a while, on and off screen, and like what they’re doing so much, she thinks there’s a way they can all help each other. She gets down from her horse. She says their biggest weakness is, they think too small. Their convoy works – mostly – but mostly it doesn’t. Luci says, who is she to tell them how to help? Sarah says they don’t take tips from a killer. Ginny says think of them as pioneers. Settlers, settling everything, everywhere. It’s no different than what they’re doing with the outposts, but it’s bigger, and if she may, better. A hundred years from now, people might look back and think their methods are ruthless and unkind, but there will be people to look back. They have people everywhere, and they can help each other. She says, Dwight. If his wife is still alive, they can help him find her. June. They can help find her the sweet little place she’s looking for. She looks at Sarah and Wen, and says they need someplace to brood. They can find that too. They brokered a deal with Logan to help expand on what they built; to help keep it going. There’s no telling what they can offer each other. Sarah says she can take her offer, and shove it straight up her poopshoot. June says, Sarah is right. They saw what Ginny does to people who take her deals. Ginny says they only eliminate what’s not essential. That doesn’t describe them. Dwight says, they’ll take their chances, and Wen says they can cook for themselves. Ginny says, leaving them high and dry, without what they came for? That makes them less essential. She raises her hand, and her people raise their guns. John and the others raise theirs, and John says, don’t. Everyone freezes.
Luci says, wait. She can stay. She tells Ginny, let them go. She can help make it. John says, they can get out of this. They’ve gotten out of worse scrapes. Sarah says, no, but Luci says, this way , they can keep everyone going; keep them alive. Ginny says, sounds like a deal to her. Luci tells her to give them a tanker of gas, and Ginny says, they can do that. Luci tells June, use it. Everyone leave, and then prove them wrong. Ginny doesn’t see that happening, but if they change their minds, do reach out. At the rate they’re expanding, they won’t have a hard time finding them.
The tanker pulls out, along with the other cars, leaving Luci behind. Ginny smiles.
Next time, Al and Morgan meet a group while on their way back to the convoy; Daniel says it’s him, Grace, and a cat with serious behavioral issues; and Ginny says someone knows how to make an entrance.
😱 It’s Déjà Redrum All Over Again…
I need to hurry up and finish the book before the movie comes out. Even though it’s the sequel to The Shining, IMO, it stands on its own. I’m hoping the movie doesn’t disappoint – it looks promising.
👹 Nothing Better Than a Good Monster…
And a good quote. What’s scarier than a regular shambling zombie? Zombies that can run real fast.
🚶 How Does It Happen…?
Here we are again.