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“Cherry Flavored Pez!” – The Blogging Dead

November 21, 2010

The survivors are ripping at the seams. Petty resentments and jealousies are bubbling to the surface. Now obsolete prejudices are proving difficult to forget. If these people can’t learn to live together, they will die alone.

Cherry flavored Pez!

Here is a question that everyone has been asked at least once. “If you were on a desert island and you could only bring one book, or movie (ridiculous I know), or TV show (also ridiculous) or album, etc. what would you bring?” Or, “If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” These are the sort of questions the characters of The Walking Dead have faced every day since the fall of Atlanta.

Here are my answers to those questions:

Movie

The Third Man or Date With an Angel – Guilty Pleasure Answer

TV Show

Arrested Development - My "I'm cool answer."

My guilty pleasure though...

Album: Toss up between:

and

Food

 

Pizza with Mushrooms!

But, I also really love pizza with pepperoni – Wife is a veggie eater...

How about this question though, “If the world were overrun by zombies, what would you be? A survivor? A leader? A leech? A manipulator? A contributor? If there was some sort of worldwide catastrophe how would you react? Would you be able to evolve to become the new kind of person that must emerge in order to survive in this Dead New World? Would you rise above all the hang-ups and baggage that comes with the world of yesterday, or would you descend into the depth of animalistic territoriality, and become even worse than the zombies?

That is what we are seeing in this show. Some of the characters are shedding the skins of their pasts and becoming something new. Others are holding onto their old lives, old hatreds, old patterns.

Ed – Ed is a couch potato. He is a fat bloated consumer. He is the perfect example of what the world was. In the old world a man like Ed could go to work, where he most likely sat down for most of the day, told a few misogynist jokes, then headed on home to sit some more. Then at home he would teach his children how to do as little as possible to just eek by in this world. A person like Ed is not long for the zombie apocalypse. He brings nothing to the table. All he offers is mean-spirited child-like selfishness. It is rather surprising he made it this far.

Daryl Dixon – Daryl is useful. He isn’t that far off from what he was before the dead rose. He was a hillbilly and he still is one. He can survive in this world, but he’ll need to shed his tendencies towards violence and hatred to assimilate with the other survivors. Unlike his brother, he was able to reel in his anger long enough to listen to Rick and Shane.

Rick Grimes – Rick is the hero of this tale. He has already adapted. His sense of decency and ‘never leave a man behind’ mentality is needed in this world. None of the other people were going to say it. And, I’m sure many people yelled at their TVs “What the hell Rick?! You just found your wife and kid, and now you utter the very familiar ‘We have to go back’?” (Two Lost references in this blog, am I seeing a pattern?)

The speed of this show is pretty amazing. In three episodes we have

A Police chase gone wrong

A cop shot

A zombie uprising

Waking up in a nightmare world

Learning about this world

Acquiring weapons

Hooking up with survivors

Hooking up with the hook-ups of the survivors

A love triangle (possibly a quadrilateral!)

And a reunited family

Each episode of The Walking Dead so far has had the forward momentum that is comparable to an entire season of any other show. This speed is creating a level of anxiety for me as a watcher. I realize that they are all fair game.  Any one of them can be next on the zombie menu. I also realize that the Comic has been thrown out the window of Glenn’s stolen car. All of this makes for a very happy viewing experience for me.  I don’t know what is going to happen next.  And I like it.

Enjoy the new fourth episode tonight!  It’s Written by Robert Kirkman and will probably contain an Easter egg or two, so keep your  eyes peeled!


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9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 6:04 pm

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages

  2. December 3, 2010 9:40 am

    Good questions! I think I would be a leader if the world is overrun with zombies

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