Why? Why do we keep getting characters who have no ounce of self-preservation? Episode 1 was going so well… heck, even though I didn’t have any emotional attachment to the characters yet, I wasn’t that pissed off at any of them. Why couldn’t the show at least give us 5 episodes before we want to pull our hair out?! Don’t get me wrong – viewing the episode in the grander scheme of things, it wasn’t bad. Shit is going down fast – there’s chaos, looting, rioting and confusion; people are trampling over one another, and people are scared as hell. You can definitely feel the tension in the air, but good lord, can the mother of this show be any more annoying?!?!?!
I’m so sorry, I don’t even know this woman’s name. In this episode I just got so angry at her half-ass handling of the situation that every time her face was on the screen, I’d just go “ASDFGHJKL; HULK SMASH!!!!” She really annoyed the heck out of me and it’s not even because she was bland as fuck or had limited facial expressions on her face – but simply because her character was the epitome of someone who had little to no self-preservation.
The things that pissed me off:
1.) Parents, if your kids aren’t answering your calls or are ignoring them, SEND THEM A TEXT MESSAGE. Okay, this tidbit is probably very nitpicky and not even remotely substantial in the grander scheme of things, but boy, did it piss me off (I am easily pissed off, do you not see?). So, these parents just encountered a real-live zombie – Nick’s “friend” from last episode who he killed in self-defense, who reanimated to a flesh-eating abomination right in front of them. So taking this into consideration, plus the facts that things are getting shadier and shadier, one can put the pieces together and conclude that yep, something is going on and we need to pack our bags and get the fuck away from here.
Obviously, the mother’s boyfriend (Travis) isn’t going to do that just yet because his biological kid (who he has a strained relationship with) is still out there, at god-knows-where, and he can’t possibly leave town and abandon him and his mother behind. So he tries to call him… and gets promptly ignored… he tried to call him again… and gets ignored… and I’m like DUDE, JUST SEND HIM A TEXT MESSAGE!!!!
Smartphones nowadays, someone sends you a text message and the message pops up without having to go to the inbox to check it out. You can even reply immediately, for crying out loud. Just one message, “Son. Things are becoming batshit insane in this city and it’s getting dangerous. Just encountered a live zombie. Picking you up in 20.” could have easily solved it. Okay, maaaybe it wouldn’t have been easily solved especially if the son swipes his message away without a second thought, BUT AT LEAST THAT FATHER TRIED A VERY EASY ALTERNATIVE AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE BELIEVABLE. Okay, “zombies” and “feasibility”? I know these two words don’t belong in the same sentence together, but I just want my characters to not be fucking stupid. I would have appreciated this better if the dad called and got ignored, then sent a message to be ignored again, rather than calling and calling and then not trying other alternatives to reach him easily.
2.) Parents, knowledge is power, okay?!?! TELL YOUR KIDS WHAT’S GOING ON. I know; I know – sooner or later the kids will know and see for themselves, that this will be all sorted out later on, but good god, this never fails to make me see red. I really don’t get why the parents in this show decided to continue to shelter their kids about what’s going on instead of being direct and forward with them. By not telling them, mother, you are basically setting them up for doom… or in modern internet speak… for #FAIL. Someone’s getting eaten outside, Neighbor A versus Neighbor B, and you’d rather stay silent about it when your grown-up daughter is asking you what’s up?!
I’ve always believed that knowledge is power. By informing your kids and your neighbors (take note, the mother didn’t even want to warn her neighbor about this situation at first… her son who she dismisses so much because of his history as a drug user has so much more empathy and compassion than her D:), you’re actually making them more prepared, making them better equipped to handle what is to come. I would have appreciated this episode better if she just told them, whatever consequences telling them may bring, rather than “protecting” them this way. One could argue that she may be in denial and can’t believe it, or that she’s still hoping this is some sort of temporary thing and that tomorrow things will go back to normal, but her son nearly died from a zombie thing later that day, and who knows if her daughter might get killed because of her lack of knowledge, too, so yeah, there is really just no excuse.
3.) Mother, if you see someone manifesting zombie behaviors, 9 times out of 10, it’s a real zombie. SO WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!?! Okay, now this one pissed me the fuck off – big time. We all know that in the previous episode, the mother saw a zombie for the first time, and was thankfully saved from that monstrosity by Nick (who killed it the second time by trampling it with a car). I’m sure these people read and watched zombie stuff, too, so that means they know what a zombie looks like, what a zombie sounds like, and what a zombie acts like, so why the heck did the mother, upon encountering her second zombie, start talking to it like a fucking dumbass? This really made me utterly flabbergasted because just a few hours later she saw a zombie and now seeing another zombie, goes, “We can talk about this! Can you hear me?” as the zombie is walking slowly towards her, gnashing its teeth.
I mean, the zombie was OBVIOUSLY not looking well, so why, mother?! Where did your sense of self-preservation go?!?! While watching this scene as she tried to “reason” with the zombie, I kept internally screaming, “STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! SOMEONE TURN ON HER BRAIN SWITCH!”
(Some may call me being unfairly nitpicky about this because the zombie was someone she knew, but hey, the first zombie she encountered was a friend of Nick’s, so that only goes to show this disease… or whatever it is… chooses nobody.)
4.) You prohibit your daughter from staying with her dying friend for her safety, but refuse to leave the town for safety because your boyfriend isn’t there yet?! WHAT THE FLYING HORSESHIT IS THIS?! AHHHH! This woman drove me batshit insane not just once, not just twice, but three times here! At the beginning of the episode, the mother and her boyfriend decide that it was best for them to go to the desert and wait until this whole shitty situation passed, because 1) their lives are in danger; 2) they have kids to think of, and a zombie-apocalypse-waiting-to-happen is not safe for them most of all. The guy unfortunately got stuck deep in the city because he had to fetch his son, and urges her to go on ahead of him because it wasn’t safe, but the mother fucking refuses to leave him despite the fact that she has to think of TWO FUCKING DEPENDENTS WHO RELY ON HER.
I mean, god. Seriously.
Call me heartless or a bitch or whatever, but this just didn’t make sense to me. If I were a parent, I would prioritise my kids above all else, even before my own. If my boyfriend were stuck in a city that’s knee-deep in chaos and looting and rioting, AND TELLS ME TO GO ON BECAUSE HE’LL JUST CATCH UP, you bet I’m going to take his offer because I’m responsible for other lives.
Then again, this mother has shown consistently that she has a pretty misguided judgement (as far as I can tell).
The things that weirded me out:
1.) Lexa’s gloves. I’m not sure if it’s because she has The Flash’s super speed, or because there was a problem with this episode’s continuity, but it weirded me out when one second, Lexa was aggressively taking off her gloves (and consequently telling Nick she hates him because of his drug addict ways), and then the next second, she has them on again. Totally weirded me out. Probably a blooper they didn’t notice?
2.) WHERE ARE THE GOODS?!
Another continuity problem in this episode that made my eyes twitch even more. So, the mother went to the empty school in order to search for meds for her son who was having withdrawals. While getting the medicine, she chances upon Tobias (the kid from the previous episode who she stopped because he was carrying a knife for self-defense), who went to the school to raid the cafeteria. They talk about how important it is to stock up on food for the long-term, because this is probably something that won’t be going away for a long time (well, Tobias mostly; the mother was obviously not wanting to think it that way). They have a cart full of canned tomatoes and strawberries and soups, and they were pushing them through the hallways, when GASP! ZOMBIE!
Obviously, they kill the zombie, but this wasn’t what made me want to bang my head onto a wall. It’s the fact that after they fucking kill the zombie, they exit the school WITHOUT THE CANNED STUFF THEY RAIDED JUST EARLIER.
Like… what??? Just…. what?!?!?!
You exert so much effort to get these things out of the school and into your own pantry for your long-term survival, and leave without them?!?!
We need to talk about your show’s consistency, man.
All in all, a pretty frustrating episode to watch. I like the tension and the gradual falling out of civilization, but good lord, please give me rootable characters or else I’d be jumping ship, and fast.
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