Episode thirteen of the sixth season of “The Walking Dead” (“The Same Boat”) will go down as one of the most memorable in the show’s history. Unusual storytelling techniques, very scary characters, constant tension and a strong plot all made for a wonderful hour of programing. As good as it was, the installment did have some irritating moments for which “The Walking Dead” deserves criticism.
Beginning the “The Same Boat” several minutes before the end of last week’s installment was a creative touch. The same can be said for scenes which followed and depicted the conclusion of last week’s episode from the perspective of characters not seen in last week’s show.
The “Saviors” were chilling and reinforced the reoccurring theme of “The Walking Dead” that in a world where all civilization breaks down the living are more dangerous than zombies. The ruthlessness and stone-cold heart of the Saviors leader, Paula, ably played by Alicia Witt, made her frightening.
It was no surprise that Paula was white for 100% of the series’ top tier villains over six seasons have been so. Such casting is another way for the program to prove its Leftist bona fides. Paula’s gender was a first for a prominent villain of “The Walking Dead.” In a strange way I think female bad women like Paula represent a feminist statement. She thinks of her “boyfriend” as no more than a sex toy. In feminist’s eyes men are superfluous. One Angela Kang wrote “The Same Boat.” Is she an admirer of Lorena Bobbitt?
We learn in the episode that Paula was a secretary before the zombie apocalypse. Was Kang telling the audience that if not for sexism in America secretaries like Paula could live up to their full murderous potential? Will we continue down this bad woman road and see next week a female character lie about a rape allegation or are some aspects of the cult of true womenhood still held sacred by those behind “The Walking Dead?”
After the Saviors put jackets over the heads of Carol Peletier, portrayed by Melissa McBride and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and begin the journey to a “safe house,” the camera shifts to the perspective of both women. The views of both Carol and Maggie, which are limited to the ground at their feet, proved to be a potent technique to raise the tension felt by the audience throughout the entire hour.
It was after the safe house is reached that the viewers were subjected to some frustrating dialog. The pregnant Maggie asks: “When was it ever smart to get knocked up?” The take away is meant to be that even before the zombie apocalypse, women who had children were stupid. Here we have an example of the Leftists in the entertainment industry denigrating motherhood and women who get married, have children and stay home to raise them. Maggie follows up her question with the line: “Women used to just die in child birth and they always thought the world was going to end.” The ignorance expressed by Angela Kang, who presumably came up with this piece of dialog, is appalling. Giving birth is the most natural thing in the world that a woman could do for if women ceased to do it the human specious would become extinct. Child birth is actually not all that dangerous for women at all. In fact, it is only in very recent history that doctors were even present when a child was born. Traditionally, women gave birth at home attended only by a midwife. Pregnancy is not a malady. There has never been a time in history when women in large numbers died while giving birth or believed that the “world was going to end.” I assume there was a clumsy attempt at a statement on abortion somewhere in there.
While being held captive Carol falls to pieces. Her crying, hyperventilating, and betraying that the fact that Maggie was with child was so out of character for her that it took me out of the show for a period. The ultimate realist, pragmatists and all-around coolheaded person that Carol has evolved into over the course of six seasons would never come apart as she does in the installment. Considering other themes of “The Same Boat,” it is fitting that Carol’s motherly, or grandmotherly insticts, account for her weakness.
While Carol is behaving out of character, a woman Savior remarks: “Guys can’t handle pain.” The comment was a prime example of the double standards upheld by the Left. Concepts which entail that the basic biology of men and women make them different are acceptable to the Left as long as they are complimentary toward women and derogatory toward men.
Religion and “The Walking Dead”
Religion played a big role in Carol’s experiences in “The Same Boat.” Religion seems to have been a theme in every recent episode but just what “The Walking Dead” is trying to communicate visa vie religion during the season is not clear to me. I have no choice but to default to the 2012 “The Walking Dead “ installment in which viewers were shown a large number of walkers sitting in church pews. The not so subtle message intended to be conveyed was that all religious people are zombies.
A patronizing tone and forced Leftist social engineering have been features of a great many episodes of “the Walking Dead.” Despite this fact the show is still one of the best things on television. Give me more!
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