One of the things about S.M. Stirling’s literary series, Dies the Fire, that I like is the graphic depiction of life immediately after civilization collapses. It involves cannibalism, murder, love, etc… This episode was about the immediate aftermath of the blackout. It is, of course, told in flashbacks. And only a few of those actually appear. The first involves the family leaving the city. The second sees the family in a city somewhere, where a creepy dude emerges. Seriously, if this was S.M. Stirling, the dude would not have asked for food – just hate the family. Much simpler. The third flashback is just brief glimpse back to city with the creepy guy.
In the “present,” what is most remarkable is the rate of decay. Seriously, it looks really, really good. The clothes are in great shape, and the people generally, well, there are a lot of them. Too many. Abrams is sacrificing reality for who knows what…
I think the only reason I’m watching this is because of some hope S.M. Stirling will arrive from the mountain to save it.
Miles, the uncle who knows it all, is a superhero, I guess. No one has come close to beating him. I mean, dozens attack him, and no bumps or bruises.
They begin somewhere south of Chicago, go to Chicago, head south and eat to Indiana. They reference a “Baltimore Act” that prohibits gun ownership except for the militia. Oddly, these guns are all new. With lots of bullets that actually need electricity to make somewhere in the process. Anyway, they are in the Monroe Republic. Not really sure how big this place is… but against, the realistic approach is found in Stirling’s work. Tons of Republics, Kingdoms, cults, etc… Nothing too unwieldy. This seems to cover a good deal of the former United States.
Really like the attention to detail for the Monroe emblem. An M with a circle around it. Without electricity, nothing that precise would be made.
I still really do not know the fully premise of the show – but I guess it is about getting the power back on. One would think, since electricity was not banned (unlike in Dies the Fire), that they would figure out a hamster wheel or something. You know, like they did a century or so ago. This Monroe dude, at the very least, is on the right track by getting all of the weapons and helicopters when the power does come back on. But, honestly… without some sort of supernatural event, electricity would be possible, even if all of the computers suddenly become as useful as Dells after the first year.
Funny turn around. The African-American leader of the squad kills a “traitor” who had a “rebel flag.” The flag was the flag of the U.S. And I guess the big resistance movement is to bring back the United States. This only shows just how far off the writers and show runners are from understanding the concept of the United States. Oh, and Philadelphia makes an appearance. As in the Independence Hall. So quaint. So symbolic. So blah.
Seriously… I wonder how many doomsday preppers love this show…