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18 September, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 4 "Indifference"

A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character's actions might be applicable in a real-life societal collapse.  I hope you enjoy.

Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
This episode reminds us of the importance of being able to kill when it is necessary in order to protect one's life or the lives of the people they care about, but where does one draw the line? What happens when the determination to do what is necessary mire a person in a deep well of moral ambiguity? Without a doubt, as necessary as it is to be able and willing to do what must be done, it can sometimes be all too easy to allow that instinct to draw us into a very dark place.

The character Carol makes a very good point when discussing with Rick his recent behavior and leanings toward being more pacifistic, spending all of his time tending crops and livestock and neglecting the more active parts of survival. She tells him, essentially, that he can be a farmer, but he can't be *JUST* a farmer, and this rings very true with respect to what will be required in order to survive in a post-teotwawki societal collapse environment. Those of us who identify as members of the Prepper / Survivalist subculture spend a lot of time talking about things like alternative energy and gardening, but it's going to take a lot more to survive in a hostile world then knowing how to grow tomatoes or install solar panels.

But, the real question that this episode attempts to ask us is what will we do when there has been an individual in our group has stumbled into moral ambiguity and taken their willingness to do the hard things they believe are necessary too far? Will we ever be able to trust that person again? The example presented by the show is an individual killing people who are sick and burning their bodies in secret, because she believes it will stop the spread of the disease (they are the only two showing symptoms at the time). Would you allow this person to remain a member of your group? Rick's decision is one that has had significance all throughout history and is something that would be effective as a punishment in a world where survival is not certain on the outside: exile. He makes her leave the group. He's the only one who knows what she's done, and he knows that others will react to her actions with violence. He cannot say what she has done is right, but his forced to admit that she did it for the right reasons and could just as easily have been saving them all. He cannot condemn her, and so he takes no retaliation – he simply puts her out of the community. Something we will all need to think about.

Ever wonder if there's anything to be learned from survival Doomer fiction like The Walking Dead? I think so. Here's what I mean...
Other themes that are prevalent in this episode are the ways that depression and anger can be a danger both to the person feeling these emotions as well as those around them, and we also see a furthering of the situation with a character suffering from an addiction and how his behavior is a danger as well. In a societal collapse situation, you have quite simply got to be able to handle things, including your own inner demons, or you aren't going to be any good for yourself or anyone else.

We are also reminded that options for foraging for supplies do not extend solely to big-box department stores and pharmacies. Abandoned private residences, houses and apartments, will often hold supplies that can be very useful in a survival situation and that have been left behind by people either fleeing or who have died. There will be pantries with canned goods and medicine chests that hold OTC medications that will prove useful. Right off the top of my head I can remember that this is a method of foraging we also see in the film "I Am Legend." Don't forget that this is another option.

The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

My previous reviews for this series can be accessed by clicking the links below:

1 comment:

  1. If you are looking for similar shows to any a particular TV series. See what else is popular among viewers or look to message boards from your favorite show to see what others are watching.


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