WASHINGTON, Nov 3, 2013 —For three seasons of “The Walking Dead” we have watched as our favorite gang of zombie slayers remained a tight knit group who were as quick to slay human strangers as they were zombies. Gone are the days when anyone outside the group was viewed with suspicion and quickly sent on their way. Gone are the days when outsiders were dispatched with crude but necessary efficiency.
After an epic battle with the people of Woodbury at the end of season three, season four opened with the survivors of both sides of the battle joining hands and singing “Kumbaya” while embracing a communal life at the prison.
It was just as heartwarming to see Rick and Carl bond over pig farming and vegetable gardening as it was to see Carol surrounded by wide eyed children anticipating story time. But in a zombie apocalypse survival is stripped to basics that don’t include an open door policy.
The result of the kinder and gentler approach to survival has been nothing short of catastrophic. The survivors of Woodbury are likely responsible for the rapid proliferation of a deadly flu, and one of them may be teaching the walkers to push the fences down by tempting them with live rats.
As a result, one of our favorite and most enduring characters, Glen, has contracted the flu, and his only hope lies in an expedition to find antibiotics led by Daryl. Meanwhile another favorite, Hershel, has purposely exposed himself to the flu while taking care of those already sick.
It is a lovely notion to assume that when people are faced with adversity, they will band together for the common good of all. But even without a world threatening crisis, we are incapable of assuring the well being and survival of each other.
Toss in a couple million flesh eating zombies and survival is even more precarious. For this reason, look for the remaining episodes of “The Walking Dead” to embrace the original premise it relied upon for three seasons. Kill everyone and survive.
“Homeland” on Showtime; the scheme between Carrie and Saul to lure the mastermind behind the memorial bombing at the end of last season could pay off. But we still don’t understand why Brody’s daughter is getting more attention than he is. Since Carrie is purposely off her meds, we get to see her manic side kick in which is almost always a fun ride through crazy town. But enough with the teen angst Showtime. Either give us more Brody or let his daughter Dana suffer in silence off screen.
For conspiracy fans, REELZ network will be airing “JFK: The Smoking Gun.” This will be one of many specials that air leading up to the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, but the theory presented on this documentary may surprise a few.
That doesn’t mean it will change anyone’s mind after all these years, but it doesn’t hurt to remind people of a time when this country was about hope rather than self destruction.
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