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28 February, 2016

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 11 "Knots Untie"

I 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.
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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 definite conundrum that anyone attempting to survive during an all-out collapse of society will be forced to deal with is being broached this season on The Walking Dead. It was the central question of the interactions between Rick and Daryl last week, and it was all about whether it is wisdom or folly to be actively looking for other survivors to bring into their little community or to interact with. This week's episode continues exploring that theme with the introduction of the possibility for trade and relations between multiple communities of survivors. 

One thing I've always enjoyed and respected about this show is that it doesn't shy away from the fact that other people are always the real villains with the zombies as more of a dangerous part of the setting for the story. Knowing that to be true and having learned it the really hard way, Rick had previously turned against such inclusiveness, but he is now being portrayed as having changed his mind yet again and basically having traded philosophies with Daryl, who is now seen to be less ready to give strangers a chance. As readers of Backwoods Survival Blog, you may or may not recall that my own personal philosophy is one of skepticism; I am a firm believer that survival requires a community when you look at it from the macro, long-game perspective, but I also believe choosing that community should be a task entered into very carefully and that trust must be duly earned, seeing as how we are talking about a scenario where lives could be at stake. 


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:







21 February, 2016

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 10 "The Next World"

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.
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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 begins with a couple of characters heading out on a supply run beyond the confines of the survivor's stronghold established within Alexandria. This kind of venture is something you've heard me talk about before here on Backwoods Survival Blog, because I consider occasional outings to forage for supplies as something that will quickly become a fact of life in any situation resulting in the collapse of modern society. Just think about right now how often you need to run to the store to pick up this or that item; that need isn't going to necessarily go away, even though it may take another form or require adjustments. Imagine also that your money is now useless and the store itself may or may not exist anymore – hence, supply runs. Get used to the idea. 

Possible sources for foraging are all over: abandoned stores and homes, vending machines, agricultural supply depots, etc. Really the only thing I didn't care for about the way they portrayed it in this episode is that I would personally consider it a bad idea or two people alone to go out. Granted, two is better than one, since each of them have someone to watch their back, but I think a slightly larger party (3-4 people at minimum) should be considered a rule of thumb whenever possible and whenever the manpower can be spared away from defending the home stronghold. A larger party means more muscle for quickly loading the things you find, and it gives you the opportunity to have someone standing guard while the others load. 


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:







14 February, 2016

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 - Episode 9 *Mid-Season Premiere* "No Way Out"

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.
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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 long-awaited episode marks the return of the show from its mid-season hiatus, and let me just say that the writers definitely weren't stingy with the action. In fact, things began with a bang in just the first five minutes or so, and didn't much let up from there.

One good point the story brings home is that, in the wake of a disaster or event that results in the collapse of polite society, there will be plenty of people out there willing to victimize other survivors. This, of course, is portrayed on the show through the introduction of a new faction under a mysterious leader known as Negan. At least part of the modus operandi of this group obviously involves robbing other survivors they encounter of weapons and supplies. In a real-world societal collapse scenario, I would definitely expect this kind of behavior to be fairly widespread. This is a very good reason to plan on utilizing active avoidance of strangers. 

In addition, tonight's episode also continued proving something that has been an underlying theme since the beginning of the show's run on television: people who aren't mentally prepared for the worst probably won't survive the worst. Anyone paying attention should have caught on to that point a long time ago, but Seasons 5 and 6 have centered in on that simple truth more predominately than ever before by focusing on the citizens of Alexandria. The fact is that, even if you live in a place that seems so secure as to be beyond reproach, survival is about a lot more than having high walls around you at night and food in your belly. 

At the same time, though, tonight's episode also reminds us to never underestimate the ability of people to respond to a moving example of heroism that awakens them from their naivety, showing them what they must do to survive.



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: