Look at me! I’m the captain now.
This season of FTWD has ranged from “meh” to “average” so far but “Blood In The Streets” finally raised the bar. In this episode we found our group being boarded and attacked by wanna be pirates. Turns out that Alicia’s friend Jack, who she’s been bonding with over the ship’s radio since Ep. 1, has been plotting to go Captain Philips on our crew with a few of his friends. Of course the pirates get the jump on them and takeover the Abigail (The yacht) but this where we our survivors finally show courage and smarts. Travis stalls one of their captors while giving himself time to conceal a weapon. Daniel slyly works on his handcuffs, Alicia earns the trust of Jack, Maddie & Liza play mind games with our pregnant pirate and Chris manages not to screw anything up (He literally pointed the gun at the strangers and asked “Should I shoot them” before this -_-). It was like watching a basketball team with no wins in the season, beat an undefeated one by 20. I wanted to life my hands in the air and say “Thank God, they finally get it”, it was a sight to see.
So I know you’re wondering where is Strand, the Abigail’s captain, the smartest man in the group and the most mysterious. He did what anyone else would do, took no chances and left the group for a lifeboat as soon as the pirates boarded the yacht. Unfortunately for Strand, escape wasn’t that easy and the Pirates of the Baja put a hole though his raft and plan. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that Strand was in an relationship with a wealthy real estate shark named Thomas Abigail, and that Thomas was the reason behind Strand’s passage through Mexico, wealth, and yacht. We also learn that Strand sent Nick early in the episode to find his and Thomas‘ associate, Louis on land while they were docked because he was the key though Mexico. This turns out to be a lifesaver and a true, in the nick of time moment (no pun intended). Alicia & Travis are taken by the pirate leader, Connor towards land but our heroes Nick and Louis rather take the pirates holding the crew, lives instead. Daniel snatches a pirates gun, Liza slams him into the wall before Maddie comes through with the final blow and shoves a pipe through his back like a true citizen from Alexandria. Seriously, the teamwork reminded me of the Bulls in the 90s. Chris does his best “I did something to” impression after the pirate is already impaled but hey, I can’t rain on his parade, he did his job by doing nothing.
Strand is saved from drowning in his downed raft and is reunited with the group in the ending. Even though they lost Travis and Alicia for the time being, I think the group deserves a “good job” sticker for dealing with their 1st real human threat. Congratulations FTWD crew, you’re finally captains……for now.