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FEAR Season 1 Episode 2: So Close, Yet So Far – Recap and Discussion

Hey gang! Brian here! We are through 2 weeks of FEAR THE WALKING DEAD! Hope you guys are digging it. Feel free to let that feedback fly down in the comments section. And now, with your recap and discussion, heeeeeere’s Johnny! (I’ve been holding on to that one for weeks).

So Close, Yet So Far

Madison’s daughter Alicia begins looking for her boyfriend, Matt, whom she’s recently lost communication with. After searching through his house she finally finds him…on the couch…wheezing…because he’s…SICK (you thought we were going to say turned).

Panicked, Alicia calls her mom (who’s still with Travis and Nick) to come check on Matt. Only an hour after discovering a jaw-less Calvin, Madison is cautious about Alicia being around her boyfriend. They drive to Matt’s house and Travis notices Matt’s been bitten (time to throw away your Team Matt shirts) but Matt tries to convince Alicia everything’s going to be fine (oh Matt, if only you knew).

Being that it’s the second infected person she’s seen in an hour, Madison suggests Travis to go get his son Chris. He agrees and promises to be back in an hour and a half TOPS (LA traffic in the beginning of the apocalypse? Good luck with that). While Travis is stuck in traffic (we knew it) he notices a cop stocking up on water (not doughnuts??). He finally makes it to his ex, Liza’s place, who explains that Chris is on a bus. Liza is completely out of the loop on recent events so Travis explains the crisis and that people are getting sick and things are “getting worse.”

While Chris is on the bus, a stranger walks on and yells that a homeless man got shot 20 times by the cops nearby. Outraged, everyone exits the bus to see the crime scene up close. Chris joins them and begins filming as he approaches the dead man. Police have barricaded it off and are catching heat from the crowd, who claims the police shouldn’t have shot an unarmed man. The crowd is in full protest mode. Travis calls Chris from Liza’s phone and learns that he’s downtown in a protest.


Travis and Liza make it downtown and locate Chris. When they get there, they witness police shoot a woman in the head. It’s all out chaos in LA as Travis, Liz, and Chris try to find a safe place to hide. They approach a barber, Daniel, and ask to ride it out in his shop. He reluctantly lets them in as rioters start banging on their garage. Daniel’s shop is also his home, where he, his wife Griselda, and daughter Ophelia live. Ophelia persuades Daniel to let them stay. Confused by the pandemonium outside, Liza asks Travis what he’s seen and he tells her, “People don’t die, they come back. We have to get far away from what’s outside.” No kidding.


Back at the Clark’s house, Nick is relapsing HARD and Madison can’t reach the doctor for his prescription. Out of options, Madison leaves to go to the high school to search for medicine. Nick looks like Jamie Foxx in that scene from Ray where he’s… well, relapsing from heroin. Despite the fact Nick is in the worst shape of his life, Alicia decides to leave to check on her totally doomed boyfriend Matt (priorities). Nick starts yelling and says Matt will try to kill her, but she doesn’t understand. As she leaves the house, Nick’s screams abruptly stop, prompting Alicia to run back inside where Nick’s convulsing. Later, Nick thanks Alicia for staying to take care of him. She dryly states, “I hate you.” Nick knows.


After making it to the high school, Madison breaks open a cabinet in the nurse’s office with a crowbar and finds the prescription. Tobias, the omniscient bullied kid who predicts things before they happen, startles Madison and asks for his knife back, which she returns. While Tobias takes Madison to his food stockpile in the cafeteria, he comments, “When civilization ends, it ends fast.” After hearing a noise on the Principal’s eaves-dropping machine, an alarm goes off and they rush down the hall with the canned goods. Madison spots Artie, the Principal. “Artie?” she yells out from zero experience watching horror movies.

To no one’s surprise, Artie, covered in blood, has turned into a zombie. In disbelief, Madison walks over to help. When Artie tries to attack her, Tobias grabs his knife and stabs him multiple times to little avail (not as easy as The Walking Dead makes it look). Artie wrestles him to the ground and almost bites him when Madison beats Artie repeatedly and brutally with a fire extinguisher. They run away. Madison drops Tobias off at home and offers to let him stay at her place. Tobias says he’ll be OK and walks off. Madison notices a car drive by with little girls wearing surgical masks (the surgical mask market is about to skyrocket, by the way).


Madison makes it back home to Alicia and Nick, but not Travis. She hands Nick the prescription and advises him to ration it (right). Nick rats Alicia out on trying to leave (as you would with someone who just saved your life) but Madison has more important things to worry about. Locked in the bathroom, Madison starts crying as she cleans Artie’s blood off her coat (not as effective as burning). Travis calls her and catches her up on his situation of being stuck downtown, which has only escalated. Travis instructs her to take the kids and head to the desert. The call non-conveniently cuts off as Madison hears gunfire from Travis’s end. For the cherry on top of this nightmare day, Madison and Alicia hear a scream outside and notice a (turned) neighbor biting another neighbor. Alicia tries to run outside to help but Madison prevents it. They’re on their own, and judging by what’s outside, they’ll have to get accustomed to fending for themselves.



So with a second episode in the books, what do you guys think of FEAR so far?

Is it reasonable that high-schooler Tobias seems so in-the-know? Isn’t this a world without zombies?

Predictions for next week? Will anyone make it to the desert? Should they?!

  1. rarrow70 August 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    So far, so good. I was hoping for a bit more walker action tonight but the build-up is very well constructed. Looking forward to all hell breaking loose.

  2. Werwolf96 August 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I was disappointed that they didn’t show news report on television about dead coming back to “life”.

  3. carlyyougoonie August 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Tobias seems like the kind of kid who spends all his time in a dark room with the glow of a monitor across his face–so no, I don’t think it’s unreasonable for him to know what’s up. If strange occurrences were happening across the world and not being covered by mainstream media, SOMEONE would be covering it and Tobias and all the other lonely guys in their mom’s basements would be soaking it up.

    Also, hello new Morgan.

  4. carlyyougoonie August 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Also, pretty sure the desert is this crew’s Ft. Benning. They are going to make the journey but arrive some place else. What about if we go to a nice vineyard instead of a farm house? In vino veritas!

  5. BASTET. August 31, 2015 at 6:00 am - Reply

    This ep had a certain doomed feeling to it. I’m feeling it!

  6. carlyyougoonie August 31, 2015 at 6:17 am - Reply

    Brian & Johnny, here’s a poll I want to see:

    Is Nick a:
    A.) Master manipulator
    B.) Dumb junkie
    C.) Both

    I’m feeling like he is a master manipulator and not necessarily in a bad way. He seems to know how to play every situation to get what he wants (like a good addict I suppose), but not in a purely selfish way.

  7. Dwad8 August 31, 2015 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I totally see Nick becoming a Daryl-esque character. Social outcast with animalistic survival instinct, but soft at heart. He’s cut off from the excess of modern living, and had apparently found community with others like him. Channel all of that ‘heroin-junkie’ energy thru an apocalyptic situation, I see Nick eventually taking the helm of things.

  8. Dead666 August 31, 2015 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Funny that I find myself yelling at the TV/Monitor head shot, head shot!”. I thought the story would be told through the eyes of the main couple, but it seems Nick has a major role in the storytelling. Probably Tobias will also be part of the main group, survival and storytelling. I enjoyed when he tried to stab Artie in the head, but the knife broke/slipped. Does he know that a head shot stops them? Does the number 13 in the police officer’s car trunk have any significance? It seemed the camera stayed with it for longer than needed. Nice reference to “we are all infected” by Alicia. Is Nick manipulating everyone around him? Yes. Is he doing it for personal gain? I do not think so, more of survival instinct. Liked the episode, wanted to see more after it ended. So far so good.-

  9. Tonnie2NA August 31, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    I’m getting the strong feeling that this overall story is gonna mash up the Lilly Caul / Woodbury stories (specifically the dealings with the military) with Kirkman’s original story arch about the school. But I ain’t gonna say much else for those who don’t know. Excited to see how it plays out.
    Fucking love Nick already. PLEASE DONT DIE

  10. MikeLacey September 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Don’t know if Tobias is in more episodes, but he should be… #TeamTobias

    Oh – and Frank Dillane is so convincing as a junkie that you just want to slap him all the time!! If Nick survives and they allow his character to grow (big ifs, I know) then he’s going to be awesome

    Thing to take away from the episode? Don’t let your mum throw you a birthday party as the apocalypse is starting, it’s bound to take the shine off the day when a neighbour attacks and eats her.

  11. JoshW September 3, 2015 at 6:26 am - Reply

    I really loved this episode…and the thing that stuck out to me the most was the scene where the family across the street has set up for a birthday party with the jumphouse and everything…still unaware that shit is going down in other parts of the city. That’s the idea of this show that I like the most…watching people leading their normal lives and suddenly this wave of horror hits them. It helps heighten the anticipation when you’re waiting for a character or characters to figure out what’s going on and then see them in their “oh, shit……I get it!” moment.

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