I love watching The Walking Dead before bed. I have coined the term “Dead ‘til bed” for nights I set aside for a Walking Dead marathon. Nothing says nighty-night like slaughter, zombie guts and involuntary bloodletting. Indeed, I just finished season three, and I started watching the show a couple weeks ago, so I’m catching up quickly. But if mindless zombie hacking was all the show was about, I would have already stopped my viewing, and the show wouldn’t be in its sixth season. Much of The Walking Dead’s intrigue lies within its characters. The show presents us with complex, dynamic characters who evolve and adapt to a disorienting apocalypse, many of them with admirable gusto. We warm toward them and cheer for them. Season three, in particular, is rife with captivating character development. Continue reading “Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Three): The Characters”
In my sophomore year of college, I took an ethical theory class. We ambled through philosophies that sought to answer the question: what makes right actions right? We decided, by the end of the course, that the best ethical theory was the Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative. In terms of reasonably determining the best course of action an individual should take in an ethical dilemma, it had the least shortcomings. Now, I haven’t been a sophomore in college for over 13 years, but I remember this much about Kant’s imperative: it posits that if everyone took a certain action and the results were okay, then the action would be okay. To examine the correctness of an action, you create a maxim. For example, if my maxim is “It is correct to steal,” my maxim would be flawed. If everyone in the world stole everything, then there would be no rule or law, money would have no value, and our exchange system would collapse. Clearly, such a maxim is infeasible. Continue reading “Kant Get Enough of the Apocalypse? Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the Walking Dead”
Why do so many people watch The Walking Dead? I’ll admit, I was a bit cynical when I first tried to answer this question. I reasoned that people watch The Walking Dead because it has an unprecedented amount of violence, or because Americans love guns. And those elements of the show might be appealing to some viewers, but they don’t fully explain the show’s intrigue.
Continue reading “Walking Through The Walking Dead: Ethical Quandaries in Seasons 1 and 2”
Michael and I have finally started watching The Walking Dead. So that means we’re about six years behind schedule. I saw a few episodes, once, a long time ago, with friends, but I never latched on to the Walking Dead phenomenon. I had nothing against the few episodes I saw, but at the time I was more into watching old re-runs of HBO’s Six Feet Under. Ostensibly, I wanted to contemplate death without focusing on unfortunate and unholy resurrections. Plus, Six Feet Under gives death a thorough examination. The Walking Dead sort of dances around it and runs from it, while flaunting it at the same time. Continue reading “Walking Through the Walking Dead (Season 1): Questions the Zombie Apocalypse Raises”
Guest Writer: Michael J. Miller
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has casually peered into the world of popular culture over the last few years but zombies are in. The success of AMC’s The Walking Dead – based on the hugely successful in-its-own-right comic series – has ushered in a new era of zombie fervor. We are in love with zombies and we want more of them. This has lead to some odd cross pollination of genres (the Star Wars novels Death Troopers and Red Harvest anyone? It’s literally Star Wars and zombies!! What?!?). Crazy unexpected combinations aside, many of these stories are not without merit or depth. And they do give us a weirdly different vision of horror. One of the more unexpected (and disturbing) entries into this horror sub-genre came in 2005 with Marvel Zombies. Continue reading “That MARVEL-ous Zombie Trend”