I love these guys. Big points for style, almost compensating for their amazingly bizarre gun handling. Watch the slideshow.
One thing that drives many people nuts about The Walking Dead is why do these people not have rallypoints and offsite caches? As it turns out, Norman Reedus addresses this:
A little but of insight. Appraently, on the show, the group’s focus was more on the zombie threat than the human threat.
Nonetheless, that is one of the biggest complaints preparedness-minded people have about the show.
Hey, who doesn’t like a good end-of-the-world movie, right?
Of course, the emphasis is on ‘good’. This one, ‘Goodbye World’, seems to touch on the ohmigod-the-grid-is-down genre that seems to be the favorite scenario these days. It looks to have a touch of the Twilight Zones’ “The Shelter” in it for good measure too.
I’m gonna guess this if going to go into the theaters for about five minutes and then straight-to-streaming.
Another technology-will-be-our-undoing flick was this kinda over-the-top number:
I dont know if it even made it into theaters. In addition to the notion of technology being the weak spot, it throws in some Red Dawn-y invasion and quisling scenes.
And, of course, the one that started the genre – Lights Out :
And, yes, if you look closely you can recognize some faces from The Walking Dead in there. Most notably some folks that played residents of Woodbury and the Governor’s henchmen.
I applaud studios and independent filmmakers for taking chances with a genre that is notoriously tough to get viewers into. I cannot recall the last ‘good’ end of the world movie I saw. They are either murky symbolism-clad character treatments like “The Road” or ridiculous over-the-top special effects extravaganzas like “2012″. The first twenty minutes of ‘World War Z’ was pretty good, but otherwise I havent seen an end-of-the-world movie I’ve actually liked since…hmmm….the original Red Dawn, I think.
On the other hand, direct-to-video is full of entertaining, if not ‘good’, flicks on the subject. The Walking Dead is kinda sating my need for this genre at the moment, although I think that if ‘Jericho’ had been on cable instead of network TV it would have been what it should have been…grittier and more substantive than it was.
For now, I’ll have to stick to books since movies have been pretty bad in this genre.
New season of The Walking Dead is here. I like that there’s finally a bit more focus on the scavenging and pressing need for supplies. While decapitating zombies has it’s attractions, it can get boring. Im far more interested in seeing how a pair of people with nothing but the clothes on their back are going to find necessary supplies and gear to keep them alive.
This latest episode was one of those episodes that throws in some character-driven subplot. I support character development, although many people just want wall-to-wall gunfights. If I don’t care about the characters then where is my concern over them surviving the episode?
This episode is teenage rebellious angst and “I hate you!” moments as Carl, the heir apparent to the title of ‘Most annoying Character Can We Kill Him Off Yet Please’ formerly held by Andrea, gets all moody and pissy because he blames his dad for the failures and deaths within the group. Fine, fine…the kid is, what, 13? He gets to run around with a suppressed Beretta and shoot whatever he likes…at 13 I couldnt even have a BB gun. Get over it, kid. And when he finally decides to ‘spread his wings’ and try his hand at being the Last Man On Earth he gets in over his head not once, but twice. The end of the world is no place to work out teenage rebellion issues.
Nice to see that wasting ammo has consequences, hey? The bad tactical and strategic decisions just keep piling on. Obviously, if people did things that were tactically and strategically sound this series would have ended after about three episodes. There has to be these stupid screwups so that we can have our characters in jeopardy and thereby get iewers. I understand that, but still….its the end of the world and you can be bothered to carry a spare mag? Or a knife? Or fasten the strap on your holster so your pistol doesn’t flop around? So far the only person who seemed to tactically have his poop in a group was Shane.
And we’re ignoring the obvious solution here to the Grimes boys’ problem: Morgan. Rick and Carl need to grab a car, head back to Mayberry, and see if Morgan is still alive. If so, while he might not be keen to help Rick for Rick’s sake I bet he’d help out for Carl’s sake. And if Morgan is dead(ish) then there’s still probably a large cache of gear and food there waiting.
And while Michonne’s backstory is interesting, it’s nothing revelatory. We knew she had a loss with a small kid, right? The backstory I wanna see is Daryl’s. Was it a life of trailer park living, redneck bar fights, backroad meth deals, and such or was it something completely different?
Either way, still hooked.
Smith is a felon from a first-degree theft conviction and also was convicted of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes in 2009. “His stated plan was not to defend himself but to use weapons he illegally possessed, to rob his neighbors at gunpoint,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said of the show. “Did he really think that this wouldn’t attract our attention ?
Just like the original Gunkid, this one seems to have cobbled together enough rope to hang himself. Guys, telling the world about your interest in preparedness on television is just plain dumb, but letting them film you with illegal firearms? Thats some Biden-quality bad judgement right there….
Looking forward to hearing your after-holiday gift reports. In the meantime, Some Kalishnikov humour:
“Comrade Kalashnikov will be buried in a pit of mud with full military honors,” said General-Major Saiga Molot, a spokesman for the Russian army. “After a week, we will exhume his body, clean it off, and put him back to work. We expect that there shall be no issue with his functions.”
Ah, ’tis Festivus season. Time to get the pole up, ready my list of grievances, and practice for the Feats Of Strength. But, as always, there’s the gifts to think about.
I posted a while back about some suggested gifts for the folks on your preparedness gift list.
Although a little dated, they are all still excellent choices. If you want to get someone a very nice stocking stuffer, I highly recommend ammo, silver, or gift cards to the usual suspects (Bass Pro, Cabelas, Amazon, etc.) For my own expensive needs, my Amazon Wish List can be found here if anyone wants to share the Festivus lovin’.
If money were no object, or if I had a sugar momma somewhere, I’d ask for more Glocks, a Toyota 4×4, some night vision, a .338 Lapua, or 24-hours with a drunk, confused, and morally challenged Christina Hendricks.
They forgot to list the always entertaining NY Post. The Post, most famous for this jewel, has always been a bit…enthusiastic…about headlines.
I’m sure Guns & Ammo would have reported it as “End Of The World: .45 ACP vs. 9mm on Zombies!” some equally useless re-hash.
Anyway, for your amusement:
Someone joked to me in a text message “Wake up. Canadian troops are pouring over the border. We’re going to war over round bacon!”. I told them that I already saw that episode of “The
Left West Wing”..they had no idea what I was talking about. So, I found a YouTube clip that conveniently takes all the Canadian invasion parts of that episode and strings them together:
My favorite part is the dialog about 2:50 regarding what the Mounties are armed with versus what the American hunters are armed with. As I’ve said before, Canada is a country made entirely of Nerf. Oh, sure….eventually some Canuckstanian will chime in with something about how some Canadian sniper made this awesome shot so we aren’t all just caricatures of Bob-n-Doug-McKenzie. Perhaps…but those are the Canadians that need to become Americans where achievements like that are respected and not thought of as something to be embarrassed about. I’m reminded of the joke about why you don’t need to put a lid on a Canadian lobsterpot….if one lobster tries to get out, the others will drag him back in.
Canuckistan is actually only a couple hundred miles from here. About three hours of driving and youre in the land of round bacon and annoying French-speakers. I’ve only been to Canada twice. Once on purpose, and once by accident when I made a wrong turn in Glacier Park. All in all, its a nice looking country that will make a lovely territory or possession some day.
Augason Farms has the One Month Kit at 35% off…Normally $225, now $146.89 for a two-day sale. The last couple times I’ve mentioned these sales I’ve had people leave comments that it took a few weeks for their orders to arrive from Augason Farms. Mine showed up, I believe, ten days later. Your mileage may vary.
The first rule of Gun Club is…If you shoot off the ammo, you gotta reload the ammo.
I’ve been sitting on those .30 cal. 150 gr. FMJ bullets for so long that I cant replace them for what I paid two years ago. I think they were seven cents each. Firsts, not pulls.
I know some people get disappointed when The Walking Dead isnt an hour of wall-to-wall zombie slaying but if I wanted that I’d just go to YouTube and watch the cinematics for Resident Evil games. I think these last two character-development episodes were awesome. There appears to be some genuine acting going on.