mostly follows Nick and his experience in the community he was taken to in E8. Here we see what this new sect of Christianity is all about, and, let me say, it’s pretty crazy following a doctor that claims he was bitten and has yet to turn (which we later find out in the end of the episode to be true). They believe that the dead are not dead at all, simply vessels for the souls of their previous lives, and, as a result of that, they find death nothing to fear, yet also not something to pursue, as the doctor tells Nick, which, in my opinion, contradicts the scene of the man giving himself to the dead and the rest of the community cheering him on.
Nick and Luciana, one of the three who took him to the community in E8, set out to a nearby drug cartel, which, without any law enforcement, has increased their power to military grade proportions. Nick’s hand is about to be cut off after attempting to steal a name brand Mexican treat. He makes a deal, saying that his community would give them the oxycontin they desperately need in return for a second shopping cart filled with supplies.
Strand, Madison, Alicia and Ofelia finds themselves at a hotel. A horde of walkers swarm in and traps them behind the bar counter. Why? Well, a drunk Strand and Madison play tuneless piano and starts hitting glasses against a wall. Meanwhile, Alicia and Ofelia meet Elena, a hotel manager who has continued to keep the hotel running, in a fashion, of course, after the collapse of civilization.
I found the scenes with Madison and Strand especially aggravating. You still remember that there are zombies in the streets no matter how drunk. You’ll remember to keep quiet. It was completely out of character for maybe not Madison but definitely Strand. He was the suave, cool, calculating ex-insurance agent. The entire first half of S2 has spent showing how much of an intelligent survivalist he was. Madison, however, was always a generic mother in my eyes, tough from living in the slums of Los Angeles yet still sensitive enough to collapse under the stress of the apocalypse.
Also, I have to beg the question: do resorts have no fire escapes?
So who’s trapped? No other than Alicia, Ofelia and Elena. This is because the stairwells that were congested with walkers. But were there were no other ways down? Now, I know what you might be thinking. Does it really matter? Yes, it does matter. I’m a nerd, and as a nerd I obsess over film, television video games and books. I am not the type of person to just “enjoy the ride”. I want to care about the characters. I want to feel for them. Perhaps that is why I give Fear the Walking Dead such a hard time. It focuses more on humanity as a whole. Thus, its characters are no more than cardboard cutouts. For example: Travis coincidentally being a “gearhead” so he was able to get the Abigal back running in S2E3.