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23 September, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 6 "Live Bait"

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 particular episode marked a unique spot where the focus of the story shifted away from the prison and centered on showing us what happened to The Governor after the debacle of last season when he went nuts and killed a large number of his own supporters. We see him soon abandoned by even those few who escaped with him, and he wanders the countryside as a broken man for months, bringing us closer to the original timeline we're following at the prison.

This episode stands as a prime example of why you should be very careful who you trust. In the event of a true societal collapse / TSHTF situation, there will be no way to know if the story someone is telling you about their past is true or not or whether or not they are holding back information. There will be no way to know if the person standing before you might be a psychopath, so we must all be very careful if/when we find ourselves in a similar situation.

This is evidenced by the fact that The Governor, now going simply by an assumed name – Brian – stumbles across a family in need, and these people have no idea just what type of man is in their midst. In fact, the story presents us with an interesting conundrum even as viewers: can people change? One has to wonder, watching this man who we have seen do terrible things brisk his life to help people he has only just met.

It is truly a philosophical question. Understanding human nature, it is difficult at times to believe that people can change, but it is not hard at all to imagine that a very bad person could easily flourish in a new environment and appeared to be different. And who knows? Perhaps some people can change, but others will inevitably show who they really are eventually.

The family – two sisters, one of which has a young daughter, and there very ill father – have been surviving in a town somewhere outside Atlanta, holed-up in their apartment for what has to be more than a year at this point in the story. One thing that has made this possible is that the father worked as a driver for a food company, and, when TSHTF, he grabbed his family and brought them home along with the fully-stocked food delivery truck. That aside, however, it is possible to survive in an urban setting; it simply makes things more difficult, and so it is advisable to find oneself a survival retreat somewhere out in the country.

Another issue raised in this episode revolves around advanced health issues in an apocalyptic / societal collapse. The father suffers from stage IV lung cancer, and requires oxygen. Luckily, his eldest daughter apparently worked as a nurse and had the good sense to take a bunch of the full oxygen tanks from the hospital when everything went down. Hopefully, we would all be so lucky in such a situation, but, if not, it is worthwhile to keep in mind that oxygen tanks and other medical supplies could be foraged from abandoned hospitals and retirement homes.

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:

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