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11 October, 2015

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 Premiere - Episode 1 "First Time Again"

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 of the first things we are introduced to in this episode is Rick's push for the community to halt recruiting any more people. In such a situation, there will definitely be times when allowing someone to join your community will actually make the community stronger. This is especially true with respect to people who have certain skills, such as medical training or military/law-enforcement experience. However, one thing that must always be at the forefront of such decisions is the understanding that there are also many situations where allowing someone into a community means possibly allowing a threat to take hold within one's own proverbial house. 

Rick states, "I don't take chances anymore," and I would argue that such a stance is an example of wisdom on his part, learned the hard way out on the road trying to survive. Better than most, the group followed by the story knows that usually other people are the real monsters. We see that those who do join the community (Morgan) are kept in custody for a while similar to house arrest to make sure they aren't dangerous, asked questions about their time out on the road, etc. This serves the purpose of allowing the people in charge of the community to get to know the newcomer and attempt to ascertain whether or not they are a potential asset or a danger. Again, a very good idea, in my opinion.

Viewers are then faced with the idea that when violence is a part of everyday life, it may be a struggle to differentiate between killing for necessity's sake versus those who are simply cold-blooded killers. That's a good point this episode tries to drive home, but honestly I don't exactly see it the same way. I can think of many instances where resorting to violence might be the only choice that ensures the survival of me and mine, but that's not the same thing as being a violent person. In the end, I think it all boils down to whether or not the individual has a moral code by which they live. Some do and some do not, so each of us will need to get better at being able to discern the true natures of people we meet.

Another point is the need to be prepared for the necessity of taking preemptive action in order to keep your community safe. In the event of a sufficiently serious disaster or long-term emergency where communities (large or small) may be forced to band together to attempt survival, it is not unreasonable to assume that there will be many threats with which to contend. You must be prepared to deal with issues you discover early on in order to keep them from becoming more serious threats later, and it's important to remember that this kind of preemptive action won't necessarily be limited simply to action involving violence. 

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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