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30 September, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 11 "Claimed"

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...
A large portion of this episode centered on Carl and Michonne continuing to bond during a supply foraging run. The trio that includes Rick is still residing at the house where Michonne discovered them, and they talk Rick into remaining there while they go out, so that he can continue to heal from his run in with The Governor. On a side note, Rick is unsure as to whether or not the house they have taken over should be their new home or simply a stop along the way.

A lot can be learned about foraging for supplies by watching the methods that Michonne and Carl employ. They observe proper noise discipline, which is important in any survival situation that doesn't involve you actually hoping for some sort of rescue. Rather, what they are showing us is a good way to handle oneself in an environment where threats may be present. They go about very methodically, clearing rooms of any threat before moving on to looking for supplies in the order "food, batteries, then water," which apparently suits their needs at the moment. I'm assuming they must be good on bottled water, otherwise that would definitely take precedence over food. Michonne also does a very good job of making the work involved in what they are doing into a game that keeps the boy motivated and distracted.

It was actually shown in a previous episode rather than this one, but I wanted to also make the point that if you find yourself in a situation where there are electronics around that have now become useless, be sure to save the cords. You never know when a good, thick piece of cordage will come in hand in a survival situation. The last time we saw these characters, Carl used the power cord from a useless flatscreen TV to make the cordage needed to tie the front door of the house closed, increasing their safety from Walkers as they slept.

The simple act of sleeping becomes complicated in a survival situation, because doing it when alone can expose one to danger. We see that happen with Rick in this episode. It is much better to have backup to keep watch while you are sleeping in order to be able to provide advance warning in the case something goes amiss. Rick found himself awakening inside a house full of strangers during this episode, and he had to sneak out, only barely intercepting his son and Michonne as they returned before they could walk into what would have been a hornets nest. All three managed to escape together, but it was a close thing.

And this episode also showed us the havoc that can result from allowing an untrained person to get their hands on a weapon, in this case an automatic rifle that causes a great deal of damage to the only vehicle to which the characters have access. Everyone ends up on foot, the moral being either to keep weapons away from the untrained or – better yet – make sure that everyone is trained properly.

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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