Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead, titled We All Fall Down, where the group hides the yacht in the cove of a nearby island, and meets a family that lives there. Following the recap, both Josh and Violet share their thoughts about the episode.
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Fear the Walking Dead Episode Recap, Season 2 Episode 2: We All Fall Down
Season 2 Episode 2 of Fear the Walking Dead begins with a little boy and little girl going down to the beach to play, when a couple of walkers wash up on the beach nearby. Luckily, it turns out that there’s a fence blocking the walkers from getting to the children.
Meanwhile, on Strand’s yacht, Madison scolds Nick about swimming out to the boat last episode. Travis shows the adults the Captain’s Log book that Nick retrieved from the boat and reports that San Diego was also burned by the military. Strand is skeptical though. However, he’s more concerned about the boat that’s following them. Strand’s plan is to hide in a cove of a nearby island.
That night, as they approach the island, they see a light flash from a house. When they dock, Strand says he’ll stay behind on the yacht, and Daniel says he and Ofelia will stay on the yacht as well. The others approach the house from which they saw the light. The occupants eventually open the door and cautiously greet the group. We see that it’s the home of the two children from the beginning of the episode, as well as their parents.
Travis and George, the owner of the house, have a discussion in George’s study. George tells Travis that napalm has been used on every city along the coast, including San Diego, and that they shut down the border. He goes on to tell him that at least half the country up to Colorado has been taken out.
Meanwhile, George’s wife, Melissa, and Madison talk in the kitchen. Melissa asks Madison about her job before everything happened. Their oldest son, Seth, comes in with a gun slung over his shoulder. Then he heads out and says he’ll be back in a little while.
Back on the yacht, Ofelia talks to her father. She seems to want to stay there, but Daniel says this is only temporary. She doesn’t seem very happy with her father, comparing him to the world: cruel.
Alicia hangs out with the little girl, while Nick hangs out with the little boy, Harry. Harry shows Nick his bedroom, where he has action figures set up who all have red dots on their forehead. He talks about having “power pills” that if he takes, then his family stays together.
On the yacht, Strand is getting impatient. Daniel questions Strand, and wonders who he’s going to leave behind, due to the limited resources. However, Strand denies that he’ll leave anyone behind.
George and Travis continue their conversation. George seems to think this occurrence is the world course correcting. He also guesses that Travis is Maori and praises the culture. George is intent on staying on the island with his family. He agrees to let their yacht dock for the night.
Travis tells Madison what he learned from George. Madison thinks that Melissa turned the light on on purpose and that she wants to leave the island.
Alicia and Nick return to the yacht for the night. Nick is worried about the kids, and thinks that something is off.
The next day, Chris follows Seth, who is carrying a pickaxe. They go down to the beach so Seth can do “maintenance” – kill the walkers who are congregating at the fence. He offers Chris a chance to kill some walkers, and teaches him how to do it right.
Travis heads out from the yacht to look for Chris and finds him as Seth begins to head back to the house. Chris wants to kill one last walker, and refuses to go back to the boat with his father until he has killed it.
Travis goes to talk to George about the walkers at the fence, of which he is well aware. He says they clear out the bodies once a week. Travis takes a ride with George to repair some broken fences. Travis thinks George has given up, with his attitude of staying on the island, but George doesn’t see it that way.
Alicia goes for a walk. She sees a billboard with a signup sheet for a bird watching tour, on which she draws a spiral heart symbol – the same one that her boyfriend had drawn on her.
Nick sneaks into George’s house and goes looking for pills. He finds a small globe with a plastic bag of pills hidden inside. But he is immediately interrupted by the little girl and has to abandon his mission.
Meanwhile, Daniel has not left Strand alone. Strand detects that their “friend” is gone, so they can soon head out.
Madison helps Melissa with some gardening. Madison gets Melissa to admit that it wasn’t an accident that she turned on the light, and it was because she wants Willa and Harry to have a chance at something more out of life. Madison tries to convince Melissa to come with them, but Melissa says she has MS. Madison offers to take all of them, but Melissa knows that George and Seth would never leave. Madison realizes that Melissa wants them to take Willa and Harry.
Madison returns to the yacht and tells Travis, but he doesn’t agree. Madison pleads with him, and he says he’ll talk to George.
Daniel goes snooping around on the yacht and finds a secret compartment – with an assault rifle inside, as well as a map of Baja, Mexico.
Meanwhile, Strand is talking to someone on a satellite phone. He tells the person on the other end that it’s all clear, and asks what’s the latest they can push it. The answer is sundown. He says he’ll be there.
Nick returns to the yacht and tells Travis and Madison about the pills he found. He thinks George is going to use them to kill his family.
Travis, Madison, and Nick go up to the house to collect the children. As Melissa is giving some last minute advice about the kids, George walks in. Melissa tries to justify her actions to George, but just then Harry comes downstairs and says something’s wrong with Willa. Melissa goes upstairs and sees that Willa is laying unconscious on the floor. Harry tells Nick that Willa took her pill. Melissa realizes that Willa is dead and holds her, crying. Madison tries to warn Melissa, but Willa takes a bite out of her mother. George tells Travis to take Harry, though he refuses to go himself.
When they return to the yacht with Harry, Strand says they’re not taking him, because kids are “dead weight.” However, Madison puts her foot down and says they’re taking him. But just then, Seth comes in and points his gun at them, demanding to have Harry back.
As Seth and Harry walk back on the dock, their mother, now a walker, comes walking toward them. Seth has Harry turn around and wave to goodbye to everyone on the yacht as it drives away and as Seth shoots their mother.
Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2 Episode 2 – We All Fall Down: Her Review
Ummm, yeah, so this episode was a little weird. They want to take someone’s kids away from them? What? The way I see it, this family has everything taken care of, and is probably better off than most people in the entire nation. They have plenty of supplies, not a lot of other people around, and have a system set up for keeping the few walkers out that might show up. They also grow their own food, so even if they run out of material supplies, they’re still taken care of. Granted, I hope they have other plants besides chili peppers that they’re growing, because that probably won’t sustain them… Anyway, I’m with Ofelia. I would want to stay there. It seems safer there than anywhere else, especially now that we know pretty much the entire West Coast, and essentially the entire half of the country up to Colorado, is gone. However, Daniel says they could only stay if they were invited. And that’s that.
However, Madison and Melissa seem to both be of the opinion that the family is only “biding their time” by staying on the island. But I agree with Travis, that who’s to say that their own group isn’t also just biding their time? I mean, they just narrowly escaped from a boat that was chasing them down to do who knows what to them (probably kill them and take their supplies), so why is their way of life necessarily a better way of life than George’s family? Yes, there were the pills, but it seems like the pills were supposed to be a last resort kind of thing. As in, better to take a pill and die a quick death than face a more painful death if it came down to it for whatever reason. This whole episode was just… very odd.
Yet again, Strand is the most interesting part of the episode. Who is he talking to on the phone? What’s in Baja? Is he actually going to be able to make it where he’s going before sundown? What is he going to tell the others? I hope something exciting happens, because so far I am having trouble getting on board with Fear the Walking Dead.
Fear the Walking Dead, Season 2 Episode 2 – We All Fall Down: His Review
So far, I am still not “in” for Fear the Walking Dead. “We All Fall Down” seems to be a phrase applicable to any group of people the main characters meet. This family was doing perfectly fine until Travis and the gang show up.
Nick seems to think that the dad was planning to kill the family, but I don’t think that was the case, based on the conversations he was having with Travis. He has his son working the fences to keep the walkers out, he has a planned route where he goes out to patch the fences, and he seems to have accepted the way the world is. Sure, he is a little nutty in his demeanor, and his theory that this is the way the world is going is natural, but I do not think that he had any intention of checking his family out until things were too close to the end. If I am incorrect, and the father did have the intentions of killing the family, then the writers did not do a good job of conveying that to me.
We now know that Strand does have a plan for something in Baja, but still not sure what that plan is. I am curious to know if this plan was something in place before or after the apocalypse. I guess it would be after, which does make me a little more curious, as I wonder what could be so important to travel to Baja for.
Daniel seems to be onto whatever Strand’s plan is. Things will be coming to a head between those two very shortly I think.
But again, these people leave death and destruction in their wake. It is very hard for me to root for them. I guess we will have have to see what happens next.
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