If you were asked to think of a story that involves the end of the world, chances are that you are probably envisioning something that involves all kinds of environmental hazards and tribal human survivors fighting over everything. From games like Fallout 4 and Dead Rising to movies like Mad Max, most doomsday stories revolve around how a character overcomes said obstacles to fulfill their (usually) noble goals. Typically, the mental strain of being in a situation where this is applicable to begin with takes a back seat, mostly because it’s a lot more fun to see a character go around shooting everything.
But unlike such aforementioned stories, the second episode of Rooster Teeth’s Day 5 series focuses almost entirely upon the effects that the end of the world might have on a person’s mind. There are no car chases or dramatic close calls in this episode of Day 5, mostly because this episode revolves around exploring the side effects of combining a lot of drugs with severe sleep deprivation and just a touch of survivor’s guilt.
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Interestingly enough, the second episode of Day 5 focuses mostly on Jake. Regardless of whether you love him or hate him, you will find out a lot about him and his family in this episode, more so than any of the other main characters that you have met so far. That being said, while it may be fascinating to see Jake break down and face his past, parts of his hallucinations and backstory do seem rather predictable, if not outright generic.
Fortunately, the setting of episode two involves what may be one of the most interesting and creative locations that any post-apocalyptic story has visited thus far. After all, you’ve probably seen your fair share of bombed out buildings and derelict hospitals in plenty of other movies and whatnot, but where else are you going to see a police station that has been overrun by drug-fueled ravers? Aside from being a fairly creative solution to advance the plot, this narrative decision gives you a glimpse of how some of the less stable survivors have decided to spend their last waking hours.
For those who may not be a huge fan of Jake, or those who are more interested in how emergency services had to deal with everyone dying off at the same exact time, there is also a brief yet intriguing scene that gives some insight into how Ally and the rest of the staff at her hospital had to cope with the sudden influx of dead people. It may not be as prominent as Jake’s mental breakdown, but it does offer a somewhat thought provoking glimpse of the panic that set into the general population once they realized what was happening.
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Even though the second episode of Rooster Teeth’s Day 5 series may be a bit on the slow side, it certainly does not lack in the character development category. You may not see any of the exciting firefights or action scenes that are a key part of some of Rooster Teeth’s other flagship web series like Red Vs. Blue or RWBY, but that is completely fine because Day 5 is not too different from shows like Game of Thrones in that the major conflict is used to further your understanding of the characters and their fears and flaws (especially in this episode). If the next few episodes of Day 5 follow a similar formula, then Rooster Teeth’s newest series may have a bright and promising future that opens itself up to all kinds of potential side-stories.
Day 5 episode 2 will be available on June 26, 2016 for Rooster Teeth sponsors, with subsequent episodes releasing weekly. You can sign up for a free 30 day Rooster Teeth sponsorship trial here.