Wayyy back B.K. ( Before Kids ) when I was a manager at a service station I was single, living rent free in a travel trailer behind work, and pretty much had money falling out of my ass. Every night was take-out deli and a movie or two. That was a few years after my first tour in the military when video’s had first come out and me and a few squad mates spent every off hour not spent drinking catching up on every movie ever made we wanted to watch. In the Eighties, it could safely be said, I watched a few hundred movies for every time I got laid. Not that the ratio ever really improved. Ever since then, I haven’t really watched a whole lot of movies ( when I rented the 60 movies so as to write my Apocalypse Movie Review book- now free at a Lulu.com near you- it was more work than play ). Like beer, I filled up for a lifetime prior to breeding. Even today with lots of money free to spend and enough time, I only watch a few movies a year. Which means I really have very little reason to ever buy movies. So I only added the first season of Walking Dead to my Amazon Wish List years back because it couldn’t hurt but I had little reason to buy it ( yes, it is a cable TV series, not a movie- but it is a DVD and five hours of commercial free entertainment so I classify it as a movie ).
Well, I eventually did order it, the sound of the twelve dollars sliding out of my wallet a loud cry of anguish from a book unbought and unread. But I’m really glad I bought it. I spend half the day last Saturday watching it end to end ( and what the hell, it is starting to get summer levels of hot and after an hour with a sickle and a wet year’s crop of weeds I didn’t mind staying downstairs underground ). Let me tell you, this is one kick butt series. It doesn’t really dwell on the zombies- thank you Baby Jesus!- but rather on the group dynamics. That was the reason I so loved the book No Blade Of Grass, because that dynamic was written so well- thank you faceless minion for pushing me to finally getting that book which instantly catapulted to the Top Ten ( if not the Top Five, I’m disinclined to research that right now ) Best Bison Post Apocalypse Books Of All Time. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Zombie Apocalypses suck as far as Teachable Moments for us survivalists. But at least this series tried a little harder than normal to keep things somewhat realistic. They didn’t just wander aimlessly around picking up supplies left behind but were out in the woods hunting and fishing. And it really did have a real movie feel to it, not just a TV show vibe. Yes, it is a bit on the pricy side. The first season ( used ) was $12 after shipping but next season will be $18 and after that it gets in the mid-$20 range. Ouch. But personally, I’m going for it. I think it is that good.
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