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02 October, 2014

REVIEW: The Walking Dead (AMC Network TV Series): Season 4 - Episode 12 "Still"

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...
One thing we surprisingly haven't seen a lot of in the show thus far has been the use of wilderness survival skills, but this episode gives us a taste of that. We are still in the aftermath of the fall of the prison, and Daryl and Beth are still on their own. They don't know where any of the rest of their group is or even if they are still alive, and we pick up on them surviving in the woods.

An early video montage shows Daryl hunting for squirrel (unsuccessfully) and finally bagging a snake for dinner. He breaks an arrow on a tree, attempting to get a squirrel, and we are reminded via his point of view that his ammunition (though he can probably make it himself, given decent circumstances) is running somewhat low. Meanwhile, we see Beth making their camp. She starts a fire for them in a shallow pit, using the reflection from a foraged automobile side mirror and rims the entire camp in a perimeter made from string and foraged automobile hubcaps. A very good idea, in my opinion, to ensure nothing sneaks up on them in the middle of the night.

Unfortunately, they find themselves facing a problem that is likely to rear its ugly head in the lives of any of us who attempt survival in an isolated retreat setting: stircraziness. Beth isn't willing to give up on the idea that her sister and the others are still alive, and she feels the need to be doing something other than simply surviving. This is more than understandable, even if it is a bit reckless and misguided. To be honest, I would probably be feeling the same way in her position, but – like Daryl – I would be more concerned in the short-term with insuring the logistics of immediate survival. After all, they are out there with no supplies or anything. They can't afford to be traipsing around. In fact, they actually can't afford to be burning too many calories, since they have no way of getting more food immediately and none of them are exactly what you would think of as well-fed (and haven't been since the beginning of the whole pesky Zombie Apocalypse). The way she is feeling even leads her to go off alone, which almost proves her undoing and is unwise of anyone in a survival situation.

As per usual, I won't go so far as to discuss the plot of the episode. I don't want to ruin it for anyone who may not have yet seen it, and these articles aren't meant to simply be a recap anyway. Our purpose here is to discuss what is presented on the show from the perspective of Preppers / Survivalists.

With that in mind, allow me to say that, in the event of a societal collapse, money will of course quickly become useless. I'm speaking of government issued currency. We all know that gold and silver will retain their value, but you aren't going to be buying anything with greenbacks unless you run up on perhaps the stupidest individual in the Zombie Apocalypse. Likely, when things become sufficiently stable to support any kind of an economy at all, it will be a barter economy and one based on agrarian pursuits. In this type of setting, however and in keeping with what we know about gold and silver retaining their value, keep in mind that watches, jewelry, and pretty much anything else with a precious stone or metal in it will hold some value as barter currency.

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...
Another item that will be highly valuable as barter currency will be alcohol. Now, I know there are probably those of you reading this blog who will shun that sort of idea for religious or moral reasons, but I am speaking to you now purely about the value of alcohol as a resource. In addition, alcohol acts as a coolant in extremely high temperatures as well as an antiseptic disinfecting agent. It will likely be necessary for anyone attempting medical intervention. It can also be used as an accelerant with respect to building fires, and you can run an internal combustion engine off of it with a little tinkering. Needless to say, having it around and even being able to make it yourself could one day become a very useful and even lucrative skill.

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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