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20 September, 2015

REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Episode 4 "Not Fade Away"

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...
As seen in the closing moments of the previous episode, the pandemic emergency portrayed in this prequel series (the eventual results of which we already know) has already progressed sufficiently in seriousness as to warrant a military response. This weeks episode picks up the story nine days later as elements of the (I believe) National Guard are occupying a 6-mile perimeter safe zone, one of 12 south of the San Gabriel Mountains, which includes the area in which our characters reside. This area is fenced-off from the rest of the city and beyond, where the infection has taken hold, and the residents are told essentially that there is nothing alive beyond the fence. 

Those living within the fence are subject to a strictly-enforced curfew, and only have electricity during certain hours of the day (specifically 8 AM to 11 AM) in an effort to keep from overly straining the grid and having it fail completely. Other public services are counted as being worked on to eventually be reintroduced. In the meantime, however, the people live under a boil water advisory and receive water treatment tablets as a part of their provided rations. 

Also, as would be realistic to fully expect in a situation revolving around a dangerous disease pandemic, the people are subject to mandatory health screenings. This is, of course, in an effort to maintain public health within the safe zone. There is a dark side to all of this, though, and the fact that these health screenings are physically-enforced by military authorities in cases where individuals choose not to submit is only the most minor foreshadowing of the true underbelly to which viewers are eventually introduced.

Rumors swirl among members of the community of soldiers overheard talking about quarantine camps that exist in other areas, hinting at pseudo-concentration camp settings of which the general populace is not supposed to be aware. Meanwhile, those who live within the safe zone that exhibit signs of being overwhelmed by the stress or succumbing to mental issues are removed from the general population, ostensibly to get rid of an unsettling influence; but their removal reminds one quite a bit of textbook military renditions. And this too turns out to be foreshadowing even darker elements as it is not long before the sick and infirm begin to be removed to a nearby facility touted as better able to handle more serious cases. The problem is that it's obvious there is some other purpose afoot, especially after another character goes over the fence and witnesses what is happening on the other side – worrisome indications that military personnel have, at least in some cases, killed people who did not appear to be sick.

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]

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]

My previous reviews for this series: Episode 1 - Episode 2 - Episode 3

My previous reviews for the parent series The Walking Dead can be accessed by clicking the links below:


  1. I'm still rooting for the zombies in this series.

    My recommendation, watch the series. It will give you an insight into what is going to happen to the non-preppers, the gun control advocates and the progressive liberals who think the government is going to take care of them. I watch it and sit there getting angry with some of the characters. I've already set up my character list for who gets "booted off the island" and into a FEMA camp.

  2. I'm with Anon on this - rooting for the zombies! Seriously, what is it with this group and the anti-firearm angle? There's a Beretta laying in the street and just leaves it? I wish this one would have dealt more with what the military did in those 9 days, obviously they went house to house and removed all the food, medicine and firearms before letting the civilians walk around. One would have figured the Military would have set up a aide station in the neighborhood, but letting the ex-wife play nurse for the people is interesting.


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