‘The Wilds’ Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: ‘Day 12/34’


The Savages

Day 34 / 12

Season 2

Episode 1

Editor’s note

4 stars

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Have you ever wandered through the woods and come across a hidden trapdoor sticking out of the ground? Hungry and bored, you use a stone to break the lock, and boom, it’s full of 16-year-old food, dusty water, and a bunch of old file boxes. Crazy, right?

Nope? Seriously? Are you trying to tell me this is something that happens exclusively on TV shows to advance the plot? Why, I never have.

Seriously, we cut at the same time as the second episode of The Savages‘ second season, ‘Day 34/12’. The story still centers on our new male narrator, Raf, who we learn lives in Tijuana but commutes to a private school in San Diego every day, via an absolutely hellish commute. It’s there that he meets his girlfriend Marisol, who (it’s not a lie) is also the heir to the Veracruz Salsa fortune.

But I’m moving forward. This all stems from what Raf says to Leah, who breaks into his room and convinces him to tell her “everything”. She’s convinced him that she’s basically him (“Same sandals, same sweatpants, same nightmare”) and he takes that to mean the first story she wants to hear isn’t about the plane crash or all the inhabitants of the island or how they arrived. off, but rather about this time, four days after being stuck on the island, that Kirin accused him of staring at his dick.

It’s probably fair to say now that Kirin, like Shelby in season one, was probably raised by shitty parents and uses his manipulative masculinity to cover up deep insecurities and secrets, but until we know for sure, he’s just going to look like a massive, hulking asshole. He’s ankle-deep in crystal clear water and practically pushes his crotch into Raf’s face, but he resents him for watching.

Where is he? While it seemed like that might have been his veiled intention, it seems Kirin is more interested in instilling fear in people and maintaining his sense of superiority than who actually sees his dick. He wasn’t dominating Henry, after all. Calling Raf “Rafe” also plays a part, because frankly, after four days in the hot sun with a bunch of strangers, you’d think you’d get to know their names unless, again, you were a piece total shit.

Passing macho mind games, though. Shelby has followed Martha into the woods, and it seems she’s a little more boring than usual. Her toned down attitude is gone and she’s back in the full swing of Southern hospitality. It seems Toni told Shelby to go with Martha during one of their one-on-ones, saying Martha really likes animals and it’s a shame she doesn’t have to resort to catching them. and kill them for the rest of the group. to survive. (Frankly, it looks like there are six other girls who could help Martha with this, but I digress.) Martha is understandably a little put off and grabs her trapped guinea pig and carries him to camp. She’ll just have to kill him there.

Back in San Diego, we spend some time with Raf’s girlfriend, Marisol, and her very wealthy family. They’re having an indigenous art show in their house, it seems, in an effort to give Mexican art back to Mexico or rich people’s nonsense. They appear to be Latinx themselves but don’t have to struggle like Rafael and his family.

As if the economic differences weren’t enough, it seems Marisol “forgot” to wear her bracelet, leaving Raf’s wrist hanging out on its own. She is also very fond of art but seems doubtful that he knows what his “thing” is other than just hanging out with her. It’s a difficult situation because as a viewer, I kinda like Raf and understand that he faces an almost impossible situation, but also sometimes high school sweethearts break up. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say she’s right above him as a person and not because he’s out of her tax bracket. I hope.

After losing a game of two truths and a lie on Boy Island, Raf retreated into the woods, where he loses his sad bracelet and is then bitten alive by a swarm of fire ants. (If it was me, I would have screamed more, but I’m a weakling.) He was discovered just in time by Seth, who told him not to worry about Kirin. “People just want to put other people on the map,” he tells her, explaining that the group just hasn’t figured out yet which strict high school archetype they belong to.

This makes sense as it seems Raf isn’t entirely sure of himself. When we flash back to his pre-accident days, we see him getting ready for the posh art show and then getting arrested by his parents. Has he forgotten, they say, that his father works the third shift on Thursdays? That’s when he has to help his mother at the tamale stand. He tries to get by, but his parents are firm – and a bit harsh. He is “full of fantasies”, they say. Marisol’s family doesn’t pay her tuition and Raf is already getting four Cs in school. Marisol, her father tells her, will fly to a fancy school on the east coast and forget about her. He would “bet every penny” he has on what happens.

Shocker of shockers, Raf doesn’t just suck it up and toss tamales. Instead, he hops in his car and heads for the border, where he gets stuck in traffic. (Where do they shoot border scenes? I always wonder. It looks so official.) He cuts the line, he’s nervous, and he’s looking to get to the art show when – boom! – he hits the car in front of him. A fight ensues and Raf ends up in jail on the border, where he somehow remembers his father’s number and his girlfriend’s number, like some kind of weirdo who doesn’t trust not only to his mobile phone to obtain this information. He chooses to call the latter for help, of course, because he just has to make a bad decision.

Island Raf, meanwhile, stumbled across the aforementioned secret hatch with Seth. First things first: Which island has a hatch? Even if you are wildlife viewing, you have built a cabin or lean-to. Building a reinforced hole in the ground seems like a lot of work, especially if you don’t bring heavy equipment. In fact, it seems downright impossible. Of course, the boys are just happy to have the food, and so they don’t seem to wonder why in the world this would even exist or the happiest moment of the whole affair. Hopefully they do in future episodes because, seriously, it’s ridiculous.

On Girl Island, Martha tells Toni that she would rather Shelby not hear anything about her second hand, and Toni tells her that she is proud of her, admiring the warrior she has become. Leah – who definitely didn’t kill herself in the last episode – and Rachel return from seaweed picking at the beach (?) with a bag full of retirement supplies they found (?), including a pinata that reminds Leah of her father’s friend Top Ramen, who once got very drunk on a ski vacation and snorted ten lines of Top Ramen seasoning. Of course, okay. They all laugh heartily and drink hot champagne.

It’s a parallel scene on Boy Island, where Seth and Raf return with their loot, but not before learning more about the lighter and Josh’s “kids”. Many cans of Royale Lite are consumed, and we hear a now unblocked Raf wax rhapsody about how he realizes now that he always needed someone else to make him feel whole, whether it’s Marisol or Seth. He’s not ready to trust Leah, who promises to get him out of what he’s been told is a Coast Guard station, but he doesn’t see what other option he has.

And it turns out he shouldn’t trust Leah. She immediately brings what she knows to the debrief, who has yet to break Raf. She calls him a lackey and looking at the one way mirror in the room says she knows he is trying to get something from Raf and she knows they are trying to use him for the obtain. She knows she can too, but she wants a little something in return. Behind the glass, Gretchen blows on the glass and draws a smiley face to indicate her acceptance, which frankly I’m a bit doubtful, but let’s say it is because we already accept so much with this show.

• Seth is the proud owner of a hokey social media account by the name of Spillz. There, he documents and assesses food spills and writes humorous one-liners, like “pico de oh no” for the band’s spilled pot of salsa. He is somehow famous on the Internet for this and even receives money for sponsored posts. It’s sort of the wackiest concept the show has introduced to date.

• Is “Purple and blue, good for you. White and yellow kill a real man? Did I really just learn real wilderness advice from The Savages?

• The book the girls are passing around appears to be The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts, although I can’t quite tell which book it is, since it has the trade paperback cover. If any reader can tell which one it is, please let me know. I would like to read it alone, on a beach, like Dot.


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