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08 November, 2015

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 5 "Now"

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...
I don't know why it has never come to me before now, but one thing I noticed in the opening moments of this episode was the foolishness of the people in Alexandria allowing those abandoned houses right outside their gates to remain standing. During medieval times, it was common military knowledge not to allow trees or anything else that could be used for cover to grow too close to a wall, and that wisdom has been carried into our modern times as well. That's why military installations that are surrounded by only a tall chain-link fence keep the area outside the fence clear of foliage. When a siege became likely, anything outside the wall that was too close would be preemptively burned, which is exactly what the people of Alexandria should be doing. 

Another important point for us to think about is the trouble many are no doubt going to have adjusting to what will be the new normal after any substantial disaster or emergency that fractures society. Some simply won't be able to take it; they'll fold in on themselves, and many will resort to suicide. The trick to surviving is going to be about accepting the fact that the world has changed and acclimating oneself to doing what is necessary, while also maintaining some sort of personal code to keep from losing our humanity in the process. 

Also of interest to those of us in the Prepper \ Survivalist subculture, this episode brings to mind issues like light and noise discipline as well as the rationing of supplies. It's true that this program involves characters keeping lights out or shades drawn after dark as well as keeping noise to a minimum because of the threat of a herd of zombies, but the logic and reasoning is the same. The usefulness of Doomer Fiction manifests itself, in my opinion, in the fact that the things a person should be doing to survive are the same, regardless of whether the threat is fantasy or something more realistic. 

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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