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18 October, 2015

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 2 "JSS" ("Just Survive Somehow")

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...
Early in the episode, we are introduced to a character who is a trained psychiatrist that has been drafted into duty as the town's doctor. What we can take from this is a reinforcement of the understanding that anyone with medical training will both possess an asset that makes them extremely valuable to any burgeoning community attempting survival as well as that people should probably get used to the idea of having to operate outside of their own personal comfort zones. The character we see on screen chose to go into psychiatry, specifically because of having panic attacks when it came to the idea of performing surgery, etc., yet she's both now got to get past that because she's all the town has as well as possessing skills that more or less ensure her own survival and protection because of her value to the people of the settlement.

Essentially, what we are seeing play out in the show is the merging of two groups with different mindsets. There's a certain level of compromise involved when it comes to forming a community, but Rick's group has seen too much of the way the world is outside to feel that they are in a position where any type of compromise is really possible for them. They have experienced too much and have been shaped by it, their viewpoint basically boiling down to the fact that they know how to survive in the world as it is whereas the people of Alexandria have been largely sheltered from all of that.

But what this episode also brings home quite clearly is that such a sheltered community would likely become a target for outsiders who want to take it for themselves. One of the things I have always liked the most about this show is its willingness not to shy away from the fact that other people are always the real monsters, which is something that those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community know quite well. As stated by one of the characters, Alexandria is simply "too big with too many blind spots" to be able to protect it effectively. Of course, that capability increases exponentially when you add to the number of defenders behind the walls, which is something else we should all keep in mind for a possible harsher future.

I'm finding that I'm personally intrigued with the character of Morgan, who has returned to the cast this season (and as more than a guest star for the first time). The interesting thing about him, I think, will be to gauge his ability to coexist with a group. We know that he was originally surviving alongside his son in the very first episode of the series, and that he went a bit off the deep end after losing the boy. What we don't know, however, is what the lasting affects of that trauma will prove to have been or how he will interact within a community after only ever having to look out for himself and – at one time – one other person. Needless to say, his story will mirror that of a lot of other survivors, so he may end up standing as a testament to the kinds of scars that such hardship can leave on a person.

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 the prequel series "Fear The Walking Dead":
Episode 1 - Episode 2 - Episode 3 - Episode 4 - Episode 5 - Episode 6

My previous reviews for this series can be accessed by clicking the links below:

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