REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead 2.02 ‘We All Fall Down’ is back on calmer waters
Please be aware the following post contains spoilers for Fear The Walking Dead 2.02 ‘We All Fall Down’, which aired on AMC at 2am last night. Click back if you are waiting for the 9pm repeat.
After last week’s epic opening act, Fear The Walking Dead is back on calmer waters (or land actually) for a quieter, introspective look at the zombie apocalypse.
In ‘We All Fall Down’, the group are forced to moor on the coast of a small island in order to prevent another larger boat from tracking them. While there, they meet a family that lives alone on the island. They have put up fences to protect from the threat of the washed up dead on their shores, but seem lonely. They help Travis and Maddy identify where not to go next (San Diego is burnt, and other cities have been overrun too), while Nick indulges in his playful side with the young children and Chris gets a lesson in zombie pest control from the family’s eldest son.
Fear is keen to break any fan’s belief that there are places they would be safe in a zombie apocalypse. After stamping dead our plans to head out to sea in a luxury yacht last episode, ‘We All Fall Down’ strode to show us that not even being alone on a deserted island is safe. However, in classic Walking Dead style, the main horror of the episode was caused by the father of the other family. Even this early in the apocalypse, it is still other humans that are a greater threat than the walking dead.
The family, ultimately, do not want to join our group on a luxury yacht (which is a good thing, because the mysterious Strand is not accepting passengers). They would prefer to be together, and live out the end of the world alone. It is not the story of survival we have become used to in the world of Walking Dead, but an examination of probably more real scenario – losing hope in what seems an impossible situation. Yes, The Walking Dead has covered it before to some extent, but it has been a long time since Rick’s group have encountered people who don’t want to survive (because in general, those people are all dead).
We learn a little more about Strand this episode – he misses a beat and implies he does not own the Abigail, something that the suspicious Daniel picks up on instantly. Daniel later picks the lock of a hidden safe underneath a sofa to find heavy duty weaponry. Strand seems less and less the city w***** that he seemed in season one, but it looks like the reality of who he is will be drawn out.
‘We All Fall Down’ was certainly a step back from the thriller that was ‘Monster’, but it was also more human. It was thought-provoking. And it caused us to re-think, yet again, our zombie apocalypse action plan.