‘Black Summer’ Episode 4 – “Alone” | Netflix TV Recap

April 11, 2019 (Last updated: April 13, 2019)
Daniel Hart 13
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You start to wonder what’s the point of Black Summer, as Episode 4, “Alone”, shows one of the characters finding ways to get away from zombies. Is this it?

This recap of Black Summer Episode 4, “Alone” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Jesus Christ, at this point my recaps will sound as repetitive as the series; Black Summer Episode 4, “Alone”, served only to demonstrate what has happened to the survivors that have split from the group. Sun and William are aimlessly distancing themselves from zombies, but this chapter is mostly about Lance (Kelsey Flower), and how incredibly stupid he is.

Lance meanders around in Episode 4 after being left in the school that has been taken over by strange children that haven’t taken the apocalypse well. There’s an odd scene where he tries to calm himself down by reading a book, and I could not be bothered scoping in to see what he was reading, but then he cowers on the floor, hugging the book — Lance does not seem equipped for this apocalyptic scenario; the last thing you need to do is embrace a book.

Anyway, he decides that it will be a grand idea to climb to the school roof, but despite his tactical movements, everything Lance does seems to be spur of the moment rather than a window of opportunity. He climbs down the school pipes, and gets chased away by a zombie; one of the children shoots one of their own off the roof — it’s safe to say, none of these adults will be returning to this area.

Lance tries to be resourceful in “Alone”, entering an abandoned supermarket to gather supplies, but unfortunately, a zombie is lurking around, and rather than patiently trying to get out of the store, he lures it towards him. There is this hilarious scene where he believes climbing on top of a school bus is a bright idea, only to find that the zombie can also climb.

In the end, a random man kills the zombie for him, but Lance notices he is bitten; Lance thanks him then proceeds to kill the person who saved his life.

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13 thoughts on “‘Black Summer’ Episode 4 – “Alone” | Netflix TV Recap

  • April 12, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Hilarious continuity error, his right hand is all cut up to the point that he cant start a car with it but as soon as he enters the supermarket its miraculously healed

  • April 13, 2019 at 1:30 am

    where does the blood of his hand come from?he didn’t hurt himself anywhere before the right hand become full of blood.-_-

    • April 13, 2019 at 7:46 am

      He was in a pretty gnarly chase scene so that hand injury could have come from anywhere during the chase. Never in my life have i ever seen such an epic FAIL in a movie/show when his hand injury magically vanished… Why!!! I was enjoying myself until that happened. I’m on episode 6 now. Still enjoying myself ?
      Bad review Daniel

  • April 14, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Booo! I appreciate that Lance makes under-stress decisions that aren’t always the cleverest. He’s a sensitive guy, a quiet kind of scaredy-cat who quakes and shakes with fear and – for HIM – acts as bravely as is possible. I think that’s part of what makes the show brilliantly compelling: the characters are naturally flawed and under great pressure so they don’t always make the best or nicest decisions. They’re stressed, scared, exhausted, and desperate. The show does what many other zombie products haven’t, which is that it doesn’t want to make heroes out of run-of-the-mill humans who would be more irrational than romantic, more scared than heroic, more cruel and self-serving than generous when their lives are on the line. Poor Lance. I think he’s doing a great job of surviving, given his character. And one more thing! This show manages to tell incredible stories with deeds rather than words such as with how loyalties are developed and demonstrated, how the characters look at each other, how much is unsaid. It’s not over-acted, it’s not over-written; it’s stripped of pomp, which it seems like some are interpreting as boring or aimless. These folks are missing the depth this show offers because they seem distracted by what the storytellers have removed from it (like sexy romance melodrama that ain’t nobody got time for when the zombies are comin and psychos are running amok). Streamlined as it is, it’s intense and emotionally provocative if you just pay attention.

    • April 15, 2019 at 5:44 am

      The I found the. Episode hilarious. I don’t mind that Lance is kind of dumb. There are a lot of moments that demonstrate his incompetence and stupidity, but unlike in The Walking Dead, which presents us with supposedly hyper competent heroes doing ridiculously stupid things, Lance is the kind of guy who is looking at pictures on a desk in a creepy abandoned school and trying to play a drum later. He picks out silly things at the grocery store like breakfast cereals, piling up a big shopping cart rather than getting a cloth bag or something. He also did not lock the door behind him. Like all the civilians, he’s not carrying a weapon.

      So you’re right, for a normal dumb person he manages okay, though as the reviewer said, it’s largely impulse and luck.

      • April 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

        I interpreted his grocery selections and his taking them to the cash register and unloading them as if to purchase them as his trying to pretend that everything is alright. It’s also what made him try to read the book in the library while trying to mentally escape the sounds of gunfire and screaming. I don’t think it’s smart or stupid but the actions of someone who can barely hold on and keeps slipping into fantasy to cope.

  • April 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Lance is the stupidest f*****g character I have ever seen… I honestly thoitho the was r******d for over half the episode… The ONE door he shuts and locks and puts something in front of is a pull open door!!!! Then when he goes to get the axe.. he walks through TWO f****n doors that he pushed open!!!! Could closed them anddd locked them both and been safe!!! An the supermarket…. Omfgggg.. lock the f****n automatic doors behind you and you have a f****n supermarket to your self!!!! Holy f**k that episode was infuriatingly r******d and so was the stupid f****n character lamce… And his dumb f****n r****d scared pusss face. I wanted him to die soooo badly….

  • April 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

    seeing episode 4, remind of scooby doo. see that dog, its looks like scooby right? where lance looks like shaggy

  • April 18, 2019 at 1:12 am

    Ty Jameo, I though it was just me. What a frustrating piece of episode. .. if you’re not a fighter in this situation that could be. If your trying to escape reality and read a book like it’s the best ever, accepting the oncoming evil..ok. But when you finally snap out of it and run for your dear life…why the f*** do you have to shop like it’s Christmas just 5 minutes later. He could be scared and impulsive and not to bright, but this was to much to enjoy as a viewer…was rooting for the deaf kid, but this piece had to survive…

  • April 19, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Jameo took the words out of my mouth. Lance is good at getting an emotional response from me! When he yelled before swinging the axe my heart stopped and I screamed at the screen. He’s one of those “better lucky than skilled” types. We did notice the disappearing bloody hand, and when climbing down from the bus the background jumps, indicating a bad transition. I loved all the long shots though.

  • April 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I think Lance cut his hand while climbing down the drain pipe. Also the kids did not shoot one of their own. In episode 3, when they captured the deaf guy, they walked him past another adult who was blindfolded and had his arms tapped to the chair. I think thats the one that got shot and tossed from the roof.

  • May 3, 2019 at 5:35 am

    This dude is straight up stupid. Zero survival skills, he deserves to die a slow painful death. Such a ridiculous number of missed opportunities… just too much stupid to even bother calling everything out. If the rest of the series is done this badly there is no hope for the entertainment industry.

  • May 9, 2019 at 5:57 am

    I wanted him done as soon as he started is-anybody-there’n In the middle of the damn road in broad daylight. Who does that?

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