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29 September, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 10 "Inmates"

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.
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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...
With respect to the timeline of the show, this episode is meant to be taking place basically concurrently with the previous episode. Like episode 9, which showed us what happened to Rick, Carl, and Michonne in the immediate aftermath of the rout at the prison, episode 10 follows other major characters during the same time period. This episode features several disparate groups of survivors. We see Daryl and Beth together; Maggie, Sasha, and Bob following the bus of refugees along the road; Tyreese and three children he is looking after (including baby Judith, whom Rick and Carl both assume is dead after finding her bloody car seat during their escape at the prison); as well as Glenn and Tara, whom we met in the previous episodes as a member of the family (the last to survive) who unwittingly hitched their wagon to The Governor with no idea what type of man he actually was.

Things begin with a voiceover of Beth, narrating what she had written in her diary while still living at the prison. She talks about keeping her bag – basically what we would call a "bug-out bag" – packed and ready to run for a long time even after they had settled and been living there for while. She goes on to say how she eventually unpacked the bag as a way of having faith that they had finally found a home. As we know, though, she should never have unpacked that bag. In a survival situation, keeping your "bug-out bag" within easy reach as well as your weapons is key at all times, just in case a hasty exit is required. I don't see this as a lack of faith, but rather an insurance policy.

One problem we all need to be on guard against is that, in a world where medical pharmaceutical interventions are not longer an option and there is no mental health apparatus in operation, unstable people are likely simply to get worse and worse. It is a sobering thought to realize just how many psychopathic and sociopathic individuals are walking free among us every day, kept in check by the pills they take. And, when that medication is no longer readily available and unlike someone who might suffer from depression and be more likely to harm themselves in the event they must go untreated, many people with mental illnesses may very well become more dangerous.

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...
In a societal collapse / TEOTWAWKI kind of situation, especially one where you may find yourself on the run and in the wild as these characters have, young children are likely to have a very hard time and will require definitive guidance as well as protection. If you find yourself traveling with a baby, be aware – as any parent already is, I'm sure – that they tend to cry wholly on their own schedule with no notice as to whether you are trying to be quiet or not. Unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about it, other than stay on your toes until you can get them somewhere safe.

One thing that interested me with respect to this episode was the idea of following the railroad tracks in search of a better place. One character is given information by another survivor with whom he has com into contact, whereas others see signs promising a safe haven ahead referred to as Terminus. The railroad thing is no great revelation. It simply struck me as a theme. People lost in the wilderness and attempting to self rescue are sometimes told to follow railroad tracks and power lines, because these things lead inexorably toward civilization.

Let's see where the character's road will lead them in the weeks to come.


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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