Monday, January 4, 2016

Rick vs. Morgan, or Zombie Ethics in The Walking Dead

TLDR?  There are none.  They have no use in this fictional world; we’re back in the caveman days.
This is what frustrates me about the Walking Dead’s version of the zombie apocalypse; the writers are basically forcing the viewers to become wolves.  Not in the creepy, probably cannibal wolf-cult way of Series 5, but in the naturalistic, survival mode version.  To thrive in this world you need a small group of trusted, ruthless people who will defend their tribe at all costs, first and foremost.   There’s no opportunity to join forces with other tribes because of the trust issues and the multiple competing agendas, discounting maybe 10,000 years of human civilization, ethics and cultural development that specifically addressed those issues. 
For example, a handshake was initially a way of assuring strangers that you were unarmed, you extended an open hand (probably holding a knife behind your back if we are to believe the writers of The Walking Dead) and the stranger returned the gesture.  Then you could open negotiations and trade goods or arrange marriages or form an alliance to attack another competing tribe.  We did this for thousands of years, it is in our cultural DNA, and basically within a year it’s all wiped away because the dead walk the earth?  I can’t accept that.  Which is ironic, considering how easily I can accept flesh-eating undead zombies rising from the grave.
The Rick vs. Morgan dynamic reminds me James Doakes from Dexter.  Doakes was actually a good guy in the traditional tv detective sense.  He figured out that Dexter was a killer and did his best to take him down.  But the genius of that particular show was that the paradigm had been flipped, we as an audience were following the serial killer’s story, Doakes became the baddie and we were emotionally invested in him failing.  That’s a little bit messed up, and you should be ashamed of yourself.  I know I am.  (sarcasm).  The Walking Dead is doing the same thing.  Morgan is the cool zen-warrior hippie pacifist, like Kwai Chang Caine from Kung-Fu, and Rick is a paranoid megalomaniac that viewers are now emotionally invested in and blindly following.
And as i've mentioned before, The Walking Dead is merely a reflection of how we see the world these days.  It's bleak, desperate, full of fear and something to be survived and endured.  Do you really want to live your life that way?  I'm not telling you to boycott The Walking Dead, I love zombies.  I just want you to be aware of how you're being manipulated.

Also, side note, I really need to mention that if Donald Trump is so concerned with Mexicans taking American jobs, why isn’t he complaining that these two BRITISH actors are playing AMERICAN characters in an AMERICAN tv series? (sarcasm).  I mean, Andrew Lincoln was in Love, Actually and Lennie James was born in Nottingham, along with Robin Hood.  You can’t get more English than that.

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