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Revolution, Walking Dead, and Bad Decisions

There’s a zombie in the well. It’s been there for awhile, and it is waterlogged and disgusting. It’s moaning for your brains and thrashing about. You’re having problems getting it out, so you send your best scavenger down there to put a rope around it so you can haul it out.

Bad decision.

You’re captured by the troops of an evil post-apocalyptic warlord and have managed to escape while the troops are preparing for imminent tornado. You escape, but are recaptured by the leader of said troops, and he drags you into a storm cellar. This guy’s been pretty abusive, using you as a boxing dummy, etc. The ceiling suddenly collapses and the troop leader is trapped and about to be crushed to death by heavy machinery. He appeals to your morality, and you save him.

Bad decision.

The two above examples are from The Walking Dead and Revolution, two shows set in a post-apocalyptic America… and the main characters make some terrible decisions in every single episode.

The Walking Dead I can kind of justify. It hasn’t been too long since the outbreak of undead flesh eaters started, and most people don’t understand the extent of what the walkers can do. Still, when you have a guy trained in medicine (he’s a veterinarian, sure, but he’s still better than nothing), your best bet isn’t to take him into a zombie infested area, especially when you have a lady in your group about to give birth. (Don’t get me started on Lori, she is bad decisions incarnate.)

Revolution, on the other hand, is senseless. Fifteen years ago, society collapsed after electricity stopped working (although, in the aforementioned storm, there was plenty of lightning… and electricity is needed for brains to function… but whatever), but most of the people on the show seem completely clueless about how to survive in a lawless world, and don’t understand the depths of depravity to which  humanity can sink.

The main character, a girl named Charlie, seems to be decent with a crossbow and works as a scavenger, but she trusts EVERYONE. She knows that there is a soldier trailing them, who is sent by the bad guys (this plot also doesn’t make sense to me. What’s he there to do? Report their location? I guess.). Charlie, of course, instantly starts crushing on him. She also seems to vacillate between finding her brother (the kid who saved his captor in the story above) and helping rebels bring the United States back.

Here’s what I’m saying: if you’ve lived in the apocalypse for 15 years, you should know a little bit about what other people will do to you in order to survive. Charlie is annoyingly clueless.

Also, there’s this bearded guy who used to work at Google who is still fat after 15 years. It’s the end of civilization, dude, do some jumping jacks. (I might be a little biased since the guy seems absolutely cowardly and useless, and I myself am a fat bearded guy.)

I’m not a fan of stories where characters make bad decisions for the sake of plot. I think it’s lazy. I’d much rather get a glimpse of how people would actually live in the situations on these shows. The Walking Dead is slowly getting better in this regard. Revolution has yet to impress me.

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When Are My Shows Back?

I think I probably watch too much television. It’s kinda hard not to, though. With so many good and promising new shows on TV these days (even on the networks, shockingly enough), it’s difficult not to pay attention…or, at least not to pack up the old DVR like a fat kid at a cake buffet.

(What? They don’t have cake buffets? Cake buffets totally need to be a thing.)

Some of my favorite shows are already back for the fall season. Doctor Who is back on BBC America at 9 p.m. on Saturdays. I love me some Doctor, and we have a great recapper/reviewer here on The Cool Ship, so make sure you check him out (both the Doctor and the writer!). His articles are here, here, and here.

Alphas and Warehouse 13 on SyFy premiered weeks ago, and I’m already dreading when they go on hiatus. They’re on Mondays at 8 and 9 p.m., respectively. SyFy has branded the block “Powerful Mondays,” a moniker I’m not convinced is the best. I’m a fan of alliteration, though. Meh.

ABC’s Revenge is definitely on my list. Because Emily will get them all. SHE WILL GET THEM ALL! Image courtesy of ABC.

NBC is really pumped about Revolution. It premiered last Monday, and you can’t hope to miss the advertising for it if you happen on the Peacock for 60 seconds or less. But, other than the annoyance of over-saturation, I must say that I’m still interested. I caught the premiere and saw enough that made me want to come around for another view. It’s on after The Voice, which is usually 10 p.m.

Then, there’s a whole slew of returning comedies I pay attention to (Whether I watch them or not is a different story.):

NBC

Up All Night – Already premiered. Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

The Office – Already premiered. Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Parks and Recreation – Already premiered. Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

30 Rock – Oct. 4 (Thursday) at 8 p.m.

Community – Oct. 19 (Friday) at 8:30 p.m.

CBS (Step up your game, CBS. You don’t interest me much.)

How I Met Your Mother – Monday (Sept. 24) at 8 p.m.

FOX

Glee – Already premiered. Thursdays at 9 p.m.

New Girl – Tuesday (Sept. 25) at 8 p.m. Looks like there’s another new show at 9 p.m. that night, too, which is when I’m guessing it’ll live since…

Raising Hope – Oct. 2 (Tuesday) at 8 p.m.

ABC

The Middle – Wednesday (Sept. 26) at 8 p.m.

Modern Family – Wednesday (Sept. 26) at 9 p.m.

Happy Endings – Oct. 23 (Tuesday) at 9 p.m.

Last Man Standing – Nov. 2 (Friday) at 8 p.m.

Okay, let’s talk dramas. I have to say that I’m eternally grateful for my DVR. Not so much because there are so many, but more because a lot of them start at 10 p.m. or are on days that just aren’t convenient for me. I’m old; I like to go to bed at a reasonable time. Jon Stewart be darned!

NBC

Parenthood –  Already premiered. Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Grimm – Already premiered, but already on hiatus. Returns Sept. 28 (Friday) at 9 p.m.

Smash – There’s no posted return date. This worries me.

ABC

Castle – Monday (Sept. 24) at 10 p.m.

Once Upon a Time – Sept. 30 (Sunday) at 8 p.m.

Revenge – Sept. 30 (Sunday) at 9 p.m.

I’m not even going to talk about new shows on the networks, because there are lots. Lots seem to be bad ideas (I’m looking at you, The Neighbors), and lots look too melodramatic.

Not that I can talk about melodrama…I mean, look at my choices! REEEEEEVENGE!

I know, I’m a walking contradiction, and I’m proud of it!

And cable? Gosh. Too much. My DVR would explode.

What shows are you looking forward to this fall season?

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