Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Five): Aahh – I’m Losing Faith in Humanity!

Guest Writer: Michael J. Miller

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Photo Credit – AMC’s The Walking Dead

Season Five contained an odd experience for me.  By nature, I am a trusting person.  I believe in (and hope for) the best in people.  I think a better, beautiful world can be forged.  I believe we can overcome our darker habits and live in the light of love.  I’m as nonviolent a pacifist as you can be, thoroughly believing that violence only breeds more violence.  I even unashamedly believe in the potential to transform our world, free of hate and violence, in the power of love, trust, and mercy.  However I seemed to forget all of that when our intrepid group of survivors wandered into Alexandria. Continue reading “Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Five): Aahh – I’m Losing Faith in Humanity!”

Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Five): Aahh – I’m Losing Faith in Humanity!

Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Four): Things got DARK…

Guest Writer: Michael J. Miller

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Photo Credit – AMC’s The Walking Dead

It seems redundant to say that a show about surviving after the zombie apocalypse, a show known for its graphic violence and bloodshed, is a little dark.  In fact, it seems like a completely needless observation.  It may even seem like – GASP! – filler.  However, as Kalie and I binge-watched The Walking Dead back in November (something I wouldn’t recommend unless you like intense, free-floating anxiety), I felt Season Four took the darkness of the show to a whole new level.  It forced me to ponder, is this the cost of survival in this world?  Could I become what I’d have to survive if I lived in this sort of a setting? Continue reading “Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Four): Things got DARK…”

Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Four): Things got DARK…

Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Three): The Characters

Walking Dead Season Three 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”

Walking through The Walking Dead (Season Three): The Characters

Kant Get Enough of the Apocalypse? Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the Walking Dead

Beth 1In 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”

Kant Get Enough of the Apocalypse? Apply Kant’s Categorical Imperative to the Walking Dead

That MARVEL-ous Zombie Trend

Guest Writer: Michael J. Miller

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Photo Credit – Marvel Zombies

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”

That MARVEL-ous Zombie Trend