Fear the Walking Dead, Season 1
Episode 5, Cobalt
Cobalt kicks off at an offsite camp. (I was wrong, it actually exists. I was pretty sure they just took the fat neighbor guy out and killed him but they actually did take him to a camp.)
Doug (fat neighbor guy) is still alive, but his cell mate is doing his best to push him over the edge. After Doug gets pulled out of the cage the instigator moves on and asks “Who the hell are you?” and the camera pans down to show Nick sitting in the corner.
When we come back from commercial Ofelia is throwing bottles at the checkpoint and the young soldier she was making out with tries to protect her. She’s pissed, she wants her mom. Her boyfriend saves her, but the morale among the soldiers is faltering.
Inside the house Travis, Madison, an Chris are trying to figure out what to do. Chris wants his dad to go rescue his mom. They all fear that something bad has happened, they just don’t know how bad it is yet. Travis goes to talk to the lead soldier while Madison goes to a neighbor’s house. When she gets there she hears something banging downstairs. She’s smart enough to grab a knife and a flashlight at least, but of course the light isn’t reliable. When Madison opens the door Ofelia and her dad have boyfriend soldier duck-taped to a chair. He wants his wife back, she wants her mother back, and it looks like they are willing to get a little dirty to make it happen. The soldier tells the Salazars and Madison everything will be okay. Ofelia is waffling, she is trying to say her boyfriend doesn’t know anything while at the same time is willing to use her boyfriend as a bargaining chip. Mr. Salazar (The Barber) tells Madison to take Ofelia back to her house and not to let her come back. He’s going to make the soldier talk. The soldier tells Mr. Salazar he cares for his daughter. Mr. Salazar tells the soldier he lied to his daughter, he’s not going to let her boyfriend go without hurting him. As he’s talking he’s opening his kit and pulling out his straight razors. When we see the Barber again his shirt has blood on it and he’s cleaning blood off his straight razors. He’s skinning the soldier alive, making him talk.
While Madison is dealing with the Salazar Travis is trying to reason with the soldiers. For the second time the lead soldier mentions he can do what he wants because he has guns. Travis pushes too hard. They are going to take him to see the doctor.
At the medical camp Travis’s mom is actually helping people – but the doctor mentions that they started with seven nurses and won’t say what happened to the ones who didn’t get evacuated. I think the doctor knows.
As they are taking Travis to see the doctor the Hummer stops. There is a walker in a building. They pull out the 50 cal sniper and tell Travis he’s up. He’s got to take the shot. The soldier is pissed that Travis doesn’t want to take the shot. Travis is forced to take the weapon and look through the sights (and poorly – he puts his eye right up to it). He can’t do it through. I think she served him in one of the earlier episodes.
As Travis is rolling to the medical camp his ex wife is finding out what happens when soldiers get bit. As the doctor tries to deal with a bitten soldier Travis is left in the Hummer as the unit he is rolling with steps to help another unit pinned down in the local library.
His escort unit goes in and we hear gunfire and screams. The soldiers come out without their commander and tell Travis they will drop him off within a few blocks of the camp. They are abandoning their posts, they are going to go try and save their families.
Outside Alicia finds Chris and tells him she needs to show him something. She’s found a mansion full of toys and other crap to play with. She plays dress up while Chris plays with a toy drone. When he sees her in a pretty dress he runs. Wuss. They then get drunk and destroy the house. Good ZA survival plan.
Back in the camp the soldiers come back and take Nick. He’s got a fever and the soldiers think it might be the infection. The same instigator who wouldn’t shut up when Doug was in trouble saves Nick’s ass – trading his personal goods to keep Nick in the cage with him.
And then Madison screws the Barber – by falling asleep and letting Ofelia go back to the house to see what her dad did to her boyfriend. To Madison’s credit all she asks is whether they got the info they wanted.
Somehow Travis makes it back to camp without an issue after the soldiers drop him off. He walks up in time to find out from Ofelia what her father is up to. Which transitions us to the Barber questioning the soldier who is now spilling his guts. The soldier tells Travis that Cobalt is an operation to evacuate and “humanely” terminate the civilians. It looks like the Barber did what was needed after all and saved their asses.
Back in his cell Nick and his new friend are talking. The Instigator tells Nick he’s now in debt to him. The Instigator knows the soldiers are leaving, he wants Nick to help him when he makes his move.
As Alicia and Chris are walking back to their house they see soldiers drive by, but they aren’t patrolling. They have stuff crammed in the back of their trucks. They are beginning to flee.
The episode ends with the Barber’s wife dying while Travis’s ex wife and the doctor are next to her. She’s rambling about the devil and her husband. She dies and Travis’s ex wife is forced to use a bolt gun to destroy her brain before she can turn. The doctor knows that everyone who dies becomes a walker.
The very last thing we see is Mr. Salazar walking up to a stadium. The doors are barred and locked with chains. The undead inside want out.
Things I loved about this episode…
- Chris being a pain in the ass over his mom. Kids don’t understand reason. They are full of emotion.
- The Barber holding out his hand to the soldier while he’s torturing him. His hands are rock steady.
- Alicia looks amazing when they in the rick people house. Apparently she is still shaving her pits and showering during the ZA. Lucky girl.
- The bolt gun. That was great thinking on someone’s part.
Things that I didn’t like about this episode…
- Madison’s flashlight going out while she’s going downstairs. Really, 80’s horror tricks?
- Nick Clark – Starts the season off by finding his girlfriend turned into a walker in a church. Has a addition problem.
- Alicia Clark – Nick’s sister. Has already lost her boyfriend to the virus.
- Madison Clark – Mother to Nick and Alicia. She worked at the high school where she met Travis Manawa, her boyfriend.
- Travis Manawa – School teacher and Madison’s love interest.
- Chris Manawa – Travis’s son.
- Daniel Salazar – The Barber who shelters Team Travis in Episode 2.
- Ofelia Salazar – The Barber’s cute daughter.