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Diatribe: Zombies Made Jerimiah Steal A Truck.

04/12/2013

TheWalkingDeadRecently, I’ve been coerced into watching the first few seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead.  I must admit that I find some of it confusing.  I can’t tell some of the live people from the zombies and I don’t understand why there are so many dead zombies and why they don’t run out of bullets or why they need so many cars.  Mostly, I can’t figure out how AMC can televise something so gruesome without “standards and practices” getting involved.  Seriously, Janet Jackson exposed her breast for a split second at the 2004 Super Bowl and people are still talking about “wardrobe malfunctions” almost ten years later.  Yet The Walking Dead routinely shows vivid and realistic scenes of decapitation, beating, stabbing, mauling, shooting, and many other grotesque and bloody displays and remains one of the biggest entertainment properties on television.  Go figure.

I’ve watched for two nights in a row and have never thought so much about the undead.  Yet, unlike Jerimiah Hartline, zombies have not yet caused me to commit a crime.

Hartline, 19, is accused of stealing a three-axle tractor-trailer last Saturday, speeding down a California highway and then flipping it on its side, causing multiple wrecks and injuries … because of zombies.

“He was arrested at the crash scene and appeared to be in an altered state, claiming he was being chased by zombies.” – California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer

Apparently, his belief that he was being hunted by zombies led him to hijack the big rig at a weigh station, take off down the interstate, sideswipe several vehicles and cause multiple crashes that injured at least seven people before the semi jackknifed and blocked all four lanes of traffic.  He then ran from the vehicle and tried to steal a van, but the van’s driver detained him until police arrived.  He was treated at a hospital and booked into jail.  Two of the injuries that he caused are said to be quite serious.

I wonder if Mr. Hartline is a The Walking Dead fan.

Granted, The Walking Dead is very well produced and the writing, to me, is reminiscent of Lost which aired for six seasons on ABC.  Both series use flashbacks, to a degree, and unexplained phenomena to create tension and release as a weary band of survivors struggle to figure out where they are and what’s happening around them.  The special effects on The Walking Dead are extraordinarily realistic … arguably enough so to give viewers nightmares.

And maybe cause them to steal trucks.

Janet Jackson’s nipple never did that.

Do you watch The Walking Dead?

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7 Comments
  1. I haven’t seen the show because, I mean, zombies?
    An old lady could out-walk a zombie.

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  2. Sex bad. Violence ok. America.

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    • AMEN. I think you’re right on many levels. It’s funny how those opposed to birth control and safe abortions are the first to demand guns and the death penalty … no?

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      • Definitely! That and they only care about the fetus/child until it leaves the birth canal.

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  3. Have not watched this show but it sounds horribly violent for me. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Yeah, Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows out there. I admit, I do dream about fighting the dead in extreme numbers. I do not however envision zombies chasing me to the point that I have to steal one of the slowest-moving vehicles known to man.

    ~Chap
    http://www.insaneasylumblog.com

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