It’s just a TV Show, but I have a minute. It was nice to sit for an hour last night after a long day outdoors enjoying a beautiful and sunny afternoon. I spent most of the day scouting and cutting sign in my hunting areas, and installing cameras. I tried to send a few choice pictures to some of my friends who waste an entire day watching the very fat men in tights who only play half of a one-hour game which is televised for 4.15 hours while brainwashing you to buy beer or a new pickup truck.
I think I like the usage of fanciful thinking, or the inability of so many people to accept that things are going bad quickly. Additionally, there is the idea that so many would join the dregs of society and just turn it into a giant chaos party which will allow them to do things they have never done before…like turn over cars or rob a store and wear 4 Rolex watches…and this makes sense. If you have been in a college town after a major NCAA win, or supported in a disaster area, or landed in the middle of a major peacekeeping mission or observed a riot, you have witnessed the hooligan mindset that can take over.
I am glad that FTWD is staying focused on the unraveling. The characters are interesting and the actors chosen for their roles are spot on, IMHO. The tough mom, a widower, is about to go Sheriff Rick it would seem. The HS daughter, focused upon her boyfriend and self; the injured mother, able to see sunshine in a sewer, and the devoted daughter caring for her parents all work for me.
I like that Travis is anti-gun for two reasons: 1) it goes against the stereotypical macho-image of the Latino male and 2) it maintains my image of an inner-city educator. Others have already made remarks about Salazar’s experience with society unravelling but it is important to point out that the character is from El Salvador, one of the most densely populated places in Central America and host of a civil war from the late 70’s to the early 90’s. There was also an earthquake there in the mid 80’s that left 100,000 homeless. He’s been around, you know.
There is no explanation as of yet why I like the junkie. It just works. That he accepts that his world has just turned into a sandwich of foul excrement but he remains focused instead upon any elixir that chemically balances him is quite telling. That the survival of his addiction stands above the survival of his life in his mental hierarchy is a good message for many viewers that will allow it to pass mindlessly over their heads.
The introduction of uniformed people adds to the story. Help is on the way might bring about the scenario where you have to question what you ask for…. Oversimplified, a mentality of we are uniformed and you are not complicates in a way unseen during a decade of a long war against the non-uniformed and in which local law enforcement have done their best to dress like soldiers. There is also Title 10 of the U.S. Code.
The zombies have always been a sideshow for me. Like disappearing underarm and leg hair on the survival reality women, I kind of don’t see it. Hair works for me as an image in this age of polarizing extremes. A mass of unruliness stands out like the hipster beard whereas the occasional outlier whisker can be plucked in an instant. I notice the zombies only when they have the numbers.
I don’t know that there is any way to accurately portray the numbers in a city the size of L.A. since the sample size of extras would have to be immense. Some good examples have been captured by the L.A. Times here: http://framework.latimes.com/2012/04/19 ... riots/#/0.
It is only about politics if you say it is so.
The zombies themselves symbolize any obstacle to a civilized society. Observed acting willy-nilly and sometimes in a coagulated scrum, they are the personification of those that would get in the way of life as we know it. I doubt a virus would cause it. Eugenics perhaps, or starvation; a Lebensraum in the age of the Anthropocene building so very slowly that one never notices that is has arrived.
Having seen a few of the producers in an interview or two, especially Greg “Dude, This Is Fun” Nicotero, I like the average man approach they seem to apply to the show. I have not had this much fun since they took “Gunsmoke” off the air. (With apologies to Denny Crane).
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau