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01 August, 2015

REVIEW: "Jericho" - Season 2, Episode 6

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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This episode shows us that, in a reconstruction period after a serious disaster or emergency, it would be reasonable to expect any military authorities controlling a given area to operate in a much more iron-fisted way than might be typical of the experience for the average American citizen. It's not so much a case of overstepping bounds as one of applying military procedures and justice with individuals who are unaccustomed to such rigidity. There's a reason why the nation's military is turned outward and not typically used to police its own citizens, yet that's exactly what would be happening during reconstruction.

This episode clearly shows us some of the tactics that it would be reasonable to expect might at least have the potential for being used in a domestic setting where military authorities are attempting to control a particularly raucous populace. Unfortunately, these are tactics that the average American has probably never witnessed or experienced. Some examples include the use of enhanced interrogation and sleep-deprivation, the declaration of martial law and stringently enforced curfews, and the embargo of public services like water and power. 

And, it can be expected that people who haven't ever been exposed to violence are likely to have a difficult time adjusting to the harsher world that arises in the wake of a serious disaster or long-term debilitating emergency. The truth of this would be even more evident in an all-out societal collapse, during which the rule of law and order is nearly guaranteed to be nonexistent. Unfortunately, a great many of these individuals may virtually shut-down and be unable to cope with the things they've seen and/or done. Unlike those who suffer from PTSD now, the lack of available mental healthcare and support in harsher times can be expected to greatly exacerbated this issue. 


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