At a gun violence prevention hearing on January 30th, 2012, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cited a possible “lawless environment in this country” as an example of when a legally owned military-grade assault rifles, and other firearms, would come in handy. “I have an AR-15 at home,” Graham continued, “I would be better off protecting my family if there was law-and-order breakdown in my neighborhood.”
I couldn’t stop thinking about the phrase “lawless environment” during The Walking Dead, AMC’s hit zombie drama whose first two seasons I have been digging into with relish on Netflix. It’s a very good, immensely compelling show, set in the South after the undead rose up and brought down society, civilization, and everything we knew and took for granted. There are pockets here and there of survivors, clinging on. America has turned into a harsh, cruel, violent, empty landscape—it’s a good time to have an AR-15. Continue reading →
It has been said, or I presume it has been, that there is nothing an audience likes better than being in the loop, feeling smarter than the various onscreen characters who are very probably being either duped in some way or another. And we know it, and they don’t. We are in conspiratorial association. We are being confided in.
Such can be said with House of Cards, the original TV series that Netflix debuted exclusively online last Friday. It is a modern political drama set in Washington, D.C., full of politicians wheeling and dealing with questionable intent. One of these is Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a house majority whip leader. He supported the right man, and when that man became president, Underwood expected something specific in return. It’s no spoiler to say he didn’t get it. Continue reading →