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I thought the 2nd episode was considerably better.. I also noticed all the cell phone use.
I did like the idea that very few people were paying attention to what was going on ( People being shot 20 times without going down.........etc. ). The Tobias character was very good, he was ahead of the curve.. He had the best line "Can I have my knife back now please"
I thought it was scary. The idea of trying to retrieve your kids but then being cut off and separated from everyone else, pushes buttons. "I will meet you in the desert"... Sure you will. Maybe by season three.
If I watch it again before next Sunday maybe I'll add some details, but my main issues were...
1) They did that thing where a character keeps information to themselves for no good reason. Ok, maybe sometimes there is the worry that the person you say it to will think you're nuts, but if that's the case you could at least tell half of it or something. There were at least 2 or 3 instances of this in the episode. I thought the one with Travis and his ex-wife was the most annoying. I was ready to yell at my screen: "Travis! She has said 17 times now something about parental rights and court ordered stuffs. Would you please tell her that it's a life and death thing having to do with a virus outrbreak!?!?" Another example, though a more understandable one, was when Travis called his son. Another example when the daughter was with her boyfriend, though again that's an example where telling the full story would have probably caused more trouble than not saying.
2) I did not find the scene where the main actress (name?) saw the zombie version of her colleague Art at all convincing. Admittedly they asked her to pull off a difficult task. First we as the audience already know what things are like and what the future holds, so as much as we try to suppress that and see things from the apocalypse-newbie perspectives of the characters, it's difficult. Second, this scene was, if I remember correctly, mere hours after she saw what happened with Mr. Smooth Drug Dealer (man, I need to learn these names). They need to get out of town! Quick! ZOMG! Warning warning Will Robinson! Danger! ... . . and yet, she sees Art and it's like, awww, poor Art, we're gonna get you some help, mkay? Oh, hey, let me get right up on you for a closer look at your zombie eyes and the blood splattered all over you.
Meh. To pull that off they would have had to convince me that something else was there, like she was in shock and just couldn't believe this was happening, especially to someone she cared about (similar to how some people won't accept the news a loved one has died when they first hear of it). Something. I dunno. But that's hard to get across in a TV show, especially one where we're only two episodes in and thus have very little understanding of the quirks and tendencies and desires and such of the characters. Plus... I just thought the acting was plain bad in that scene.
3) After the first episode, some critics said that Travis was boring or too vanilla, but I mostly disagreed. After this week I still think there's potential there, but I'm much less optimistic/certain.
4) Tobias. I don't mind the character, I'm just confused about what he was doing at the school. Do I have my timeline completely messed up? Wasn't the woman there, and Tobias found here there, like that evening? So did Tobias go back for the food and just happen to see here there? Or also for the knife? Was he going to break locks and door and such? What is so special about that knife? You can't pick one up at Walmart or something?
Anyway, that's what comes to mind. I still have good hopes for the series...