As regular readers of Castra Praetoria know, we do our fair share of zombie slaying and commentary here. In the past I have bemoaned the utter lack of common sense displayed by the survivors of the show. I have even posted a quick list of rules you could expect out of me in the event of a plague of undeath.
I watched the season premier the other night and wasn’t disappointed on the whole. For many the main criticism of the episode seems to focus around the crashed helicopter on the roof of the store the characters are looting. Somehow the helo failed to cave in the roof when it crashed, yet walking corpses suddenly pass through it like cheese paper. I’m somewhat more forgiving of this since it set up a great scene of zombies raining down on the characters in the store below. Zombies falling out of the ceiling into splintering heaps of gore is a great time in any reality.
Besides, I’m more interested in why characters don’t react to the ongoing apocalypse like, well, me. Stookey, who gets trapped under a fallen shelf of booze, reaches out with his bare hand to fend off a crawling zed as it approaches him. This would have been cool if he’d rammed his fingers into its brain through the eyes or otherwise caved in its feeble skull (zombie skulls in the series seem to be composed of cardboard). Since Stookey was surrounded by broken glass I would have thought ramming a shard of it into the monster’s brain would have done the trick. Stabbing the thing repeatedly in the eye with the neck of a broken bottle would have been the America’s SgtMaj thing to do.
Then we have Rick who violates nearly every rule of survival by wandering alone in the woods to check snares. How is it Hershel has to convince a career cop to carry his gun outside the wire with zombies at the gate? We are also led to believe he is supposed to haul deer carcasses back to the prison all by himself. Every hunter I’ve ever met who has done so isn’t excited to repeat the experience.
I also wonder why Carol has to keep her children’s knife fighting class a secret. Children in my camp would be trained ninjas. When the dead are walking everyone has to be capable of protecting the group. I still maintain the number one zombie fighting weapon is a hammer, particularly for those untrained in edged weapons use.
I suppose if there were an apocalyptic show starring America’s SgtMaj it would get boring quick. By the end of the first season I’d be warlord of the east coast of North America. I suppose I can dream though.
Stayed tuned for next weeks episode as America’s SgtMaj brains zombies with a tomahawk and taunts other survivors for their stupidity! Same American time. Same American channel.