Monday, October 13, 2014
Photos: from The Walking Dead's website via AMC.
My blog for The Walking Dead, Season Five, is now up. Below is an excerpt of the latest blog entry. To read the whole thing, click here or click the Walking Dead tab above.
The obliteration of peoples in the future might go something like this.
Actually, no. Let me re-phrase. This institutional evil has already happened in real history.
When Gareth strolls in with his clipboard and demands an account of bullets fired at Rick's group, he immediately stops the action--which, in this case, was some guy about to slaughter Glen with a hefty-looking aluminum bat, and then cut his throat over a trough.
He asks for the number of bullets fired at Rick's group. He's got a clipboard and a checklist. With more time and fewer commercial breaks, might he have asked about the weapons taken from them, or other valuable items? I think so. Three swords? Check. Six guns? Check. No where's that bag?
In World War II Germany, "valuable items" would've been defined as paintings, gold (including gold teeth, or haven't you seen the same documentaries I have?), silver, china, art. Any metal to be melted down to use as bullets, tanks, etc. for the German war effort. In a Zombie Apocalypse, "valuable items" would be defined as weapons and bullets.
Did a Jew at Auschwitz live a few seconds longer as a soldier answered a superior's similar question? Did this soldier keep the gun pressed against a prisoner's head as he said, "Five gold teeth and two works of art taken from this prisoner, sir," in German, to his superior officer, who was standing over him at the time with clipboard and pencil in hand?
Yes. Yes, I believe that could have happened.
But real life isn't TV. So then the gun would've fired.
Systematically. Impersonally. Just taking inventory.
Institutional evil. I wish I could take credit for that phrase, but I heard it on Talking Dead later. Probably it's been a phrase widely used, at least since World War II.
I write this because some have already remarked that the people in Sanctuary got more than they deserved. That Sanctuary Mary (Denise Crosby, from Pet Sematary and other 80s movies, if you're as old as I am) didn't deserve what she got. This was, in fact, a poll question during Talking Dead.
So this blog entry is written to those 25% to 30% of the viewers who texted in with a "Yes, the Sanctuary People got more than they deserved. After all, they were a group like Rick's, and they got raped and beaten and killed. They were just trying to stay alive. You're either the butcher or you're the cattle, right?"
Because this is exactly what the Germans thought at the end of World War I. They'd been bombed and obliterated. Berliners were starving. Diseased. Dying. And a few of them were really pissed off. They were just trying to stay alive. They were tired of being the cattle. Better to be butchers.
To read the rest of this blog entry, or to read a few entries from The Walking Dead's previous season, please click here. Or click on the Walking Dead Season 5 tab above. Thanks.
As always, please feel free to comment.