The Latter-day Zombie Virus Event Sweeping Contemporary Civilization by Jim Schultz

The Latter-day Zombie Virus Event Sweeping Contemporary Civilization by Jim Schultz

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The latest boost in popularity of the zombie horror genre has been granted added strength by the wildly popular AMC channel’s TV series “The Walking Dead.”

The Walking Dead is a post apocalyptic horror drama television show. The production follows Sheriff Rick Grimes and his pitiful band of survivors as they form a life in the distinct world of ravenous, cannibalistic zombies. A zombie virus has infected most of the world’s population and the minute remaining survivors clash with each other and their ultramodern world.

When I contemplate the apocalypse, the basic item that comes to mind is a zombie virus plague that is a human race ruining pandemic. Once a tainted human is ravaged by host zombies, the newly contaminated human typically rises to take up with and append to the ranks of the undead multitude.

Image courtesy of IMDB.com © Gene Page/AMC

Image courtesy of IMDB.com © Gene Page/AMC

Why do I think this is a viable synopsis? If you glance at most pandemics, they are hastily and easily spread from human to human via airborne or blood borne microbes. The tainted then generate a fever that can broaden to hallucinations and even anger. This is not far from the zombie characteristic virus.

Of those infected, two scenarios exist: demise or recovery. This is also very much alike to zombie outbreaks. Viral outbreaks like swine flu also have created panic among populations. Again, this is typical of the zombie sequence of events.

What is so great about the AMC TV series The Walking Dead is not that the world has ended or that the group is struggling to survive. The show is well written. The characters have depth and the clash is human. The emotion in the production is compelling.

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