Aftermath (S01E02) "In Rats Alley"


The premise to this episode really reminds me of a Harvey Danger song, (which was stuck in my head for the majority of this episode). “Paranoia, Paranoia. Everybody’s coming to get me.” No one can be trusted and even the most level-headed person begins to unravel. I’m more curious of who will come out of this with their sanity in tact, rather than who is going to survive. 

Paranoia takes hold of Matt in the worst way possible. He is convinced that “Skinwalkers” must be at work when someone in their convoy seems to be a little “off”. And you are right there with him, knowing full well the horrors that they have all witnessed. Instead of trying to come up with a rational explanation for this man’s behaviour, conclusions are jumped and  long story short, an innocent (mentally ill) man is shot and killed. It’s quite a defining moment for the family. 

Other survivors seem to be going through this apocalyptic nightmare in a perpetual fog. They are desperately seeking some sort of normalcy, but there is none to be found. Humanity is trying to avoid the inevitable collapse, but it’s too late, there is no going back. And for some this is too hard to take. Fast forward to the bathroom scene, where one woman decides to end her life on her terms instead of facing what other atrocities may still be out there.

Everything has changed, and it’s hard to come to terms with that. This makes you question, what would you do in a situation like this one? Would you cling onto survival, or would you make it all go away before the fire and brimstone rained down upon you? It put’s things into a different perspective.  There is no going back to the way things used to be. 

Even with all these challenges, the Copeland’s still stay true to their family. Whether it be aiding an aunt that hasn’t been seen for a while (Karen’s sister), or clinging onto the hope that they will eventually be reunited with Brianna. That is what drives them forward, and as Karen utters those unmistakable words “We’re not going to die.” You wonder if she is saying that to convince her loved ones, or herself. For it all seems so hopeless right now, and there is no end in sight.

I thought that there was no more the writers could possibly throw our way, but I was wrong. Solar flares wreaked havoc, causing even more electrical disturbances. On top of that, a mythical creature decides to make an appearance. I’m not sure how this winged, scaly beast fits in, but I am confident the next episode will surely enlighten us. 

Rating: 6.5/10