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27 September, 2015

REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 - Episode 5 "Cobalt"

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...
This episode, the penultimate ahead of next week's season finale, revolves mostly around two different themes that are important for those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community to focus upon. Aside from those, however, we are also briefly reminded early on that some people simply won't be able to handle the stress of any serious disaster or long-term emergency. The sad truth is that we are enveloped within a larger culture made up of a disturbingly high percentage of people who are only able to maintain balance mentally with the assistance of various pharmaceutical drugs, and so we must be prepared for what is going to happen once people stop being able to get their prescriptions filled.  

Moving along to the two major themes dealt with in the story this week, one of those essentially involves the military unit (a National Guard detachment) in control of the neighborhood of survivors becoming more of an occupying force, rather than one there to provide relief. We see them – for instance – dealing harshly with any citizen who voices dissatisfaction over their methods, believing these individuals to be inciting unrest. Basically, it's a powder keg waiting to explode, where volunteers who thought they were going to be assisting with flood relief and evacuating citizens ahead of wildfires are forced instead into a policing action. 

And, unfortunately, current events leave one with the worrisome indication that many among the military will carry out whatever orders given, regardless of how distasteful it might be. Honestly, I've never been one to believe that, feeling instead that the average American soldier would refuse to follow orders that were less than honorable. Much to my own sorrow, though, the recent child-rape scandal within the military with respect to what has been going on in Afghanistan leaves one with the sad conclusion that just the opposite is true: most soldiers will go along with whatever their commanders order them to do or not to do, no matter how bad. Of course, there would be those who would refuse to follow such orders, but there's simply no way to know and assuming the best in any situation is the province of naive children. Just like everything else, those of us in our little subculture know the wisdom of preparing for the worst and hoping for the best, so I think it best to err on the side of caution. 

And finally, the other theme dealt with throughout this episode involves the inability of some to do whatever is necessary in order to survive. Specifically, we are talking about some people not being able to bring themselves to resort to violence or perhaps even accept the need for it being carried out by others, even in the face of overwhelming proof as to it being necessary in order to keep oneself and one's family among the living. Coming to such an understanding and asking oneself where you stand on such issues is also an important part of preparedness, because I would advise that it is something that will need to be overcome if survival is going to be achieved.

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 - Episode 4

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

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