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I’ve always enjoyed the show the Walking Dead; mainly for the following reason:  It gives one an opportunity to imagine what they would do if faced with the same situations.  I’ve often reflected on what choices I would make if such a scenario ever became reality and at times I have to wonder why the characters in the show make such bad decisions.  The show is both entertaining and also reminds us that the biggest threats aren’t always zombies; but instead the cruel acts people perpetrate against other people, once the rule of law is gone and the thin veneer of society has been ripped away.  The show continues to be my favorite, although I’m at a loss to explain how the writers expect us to believe that whenever there is a prolonged gunfight, the main characters never seem to run out of ammunition.  Until next time watch out for those zombies, you never know when they might show up uninvited.

You can take a look at some of my apocalyptic, zombie, or horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page by clicking on the book cover images.  If they interest you then I hope you will consider purchasing a copy.

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Just when you really get into a TV show they cancel it after 12 episodes.  Even though I live in the United States, the BBC production of the show Survivors was just awesome.  I hope those producers over at the BBC get their act together and bring this show back.  

So what was this fantastic TV show all about?  A small group of survivors from different walks of life band together to survive after a plague wipes out most of the worlds population.  

Definitely well worth watching.

You can learn a lot from fictional TV shows which have survival elements.  You can learn the right survival decisions to make as well as the wrong survival decisions to make.  Here are three of my favorite fictional TV shows involving elements of survival.

 

 

While there are many good fictional survival television shows, one in my opinion stands out above all the rest.

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The winner, in my humble opinion, of the best survival fictional television show is………..

Falling Skies.

This show deals with the after effects of a global invasion by an alien race and a group of resistance fighters who battle the aliens to try and reclaim their section of the planet.

The movie Doomsday is set in a post apocalyptic future where a viral outbreak, which cannot be contained, forces the authorities to wall in and quarantine Scotland.  The Reaper virus however  overtakes the wall and begins leaving death and destruction throughout London on an unprecedented scale.  An elite military team is dispatched to breach the wall into Scotland and locate a scientist who may have a cure for this mysterious illness. 

This elite fighting unit, once inside the wall must battle a society made up of murderous thugs who also resort to acts of cannibalism.  Cut off from the rest of the world they must locate a cure and use their wits to stay alive.  This movie is fast paced with plenty of action scenes, some humor, as well as a good mix of fighting scenes and car chases which adds to the surreal atmosphere of the movie.  While this is not a zombie movie, the cannibilism portions bring you as close to zombie activity as one can get without their actually being zombies present.  This is a good movie if you like the sci-fi and survival combination and is well worth watching.

The Movie 2012 portrays the end of the world in….you guessed it 2012.  The wealthy, the politicians and those well connected have the potential, or right as they see it to be taken to a place of safety while the huddled masses are left to fend for themselves.  This movie highlights the epic struggle of one family and how they must face the perils of an end of the world scenario.

As evidence is discovered that the world will end in 2012 the major world powers try to suppress the information from the general public so that only those with wealth, power and political connections will be saved; after they pay exhorbinant fees to embark on 4 fully enclosed life saving arks.  Meanwhile a struggling writer goes to any lengths possible to save his wife and children from the apocalyptic end of the world.

There are no zombies in this movie but there are stunning visual effects and disaster sequences and this movie will keep you wondering can anything else possibly happen to this family in their efforts to reach safety.  As a survival movie it is enjoyable in both storyline and visual effects and is a good survival movie recommendation.

The movie remake Dawn of The Dead revolves around a nurse who wakes up one day to discover that her whole world is now a nightmare.  Her husband and neighbors are now zombies and they are trying to kill her and every other normal human being they can find.  During her escape from her neighborhood, she joins up with other survivors and together they try to create a safe haven inside an enclosed shopping mall where they must not only survive the zombies; but must also survive themselves.

As zombies can only survive by feasting on the living, the film successfully demonstrates what people will do, in a fictional sense, when pushed to their limits of survival endurance.  This film is a must see for those who enjoy zombies and survival.

The movie The Day After shows how a cross section of middle America; a doctor, a graduate student, a young bride to be, an academic, etc., deal with a Nuclear explosion that has hit Kansas City.  They struggle against increased radiation levels, horrific destruction, nuclear winter and the collapse of society in a valiant effort to survive. 

This movie gives a good visual, fictional representation of what life could be like after a nuclear detenation and how people’s lives are affected.  It is both disturbing, yet enjoyable at the same time.  There are no zombies in this movie but you will see how people will go to almost any lengths to survive.  This movie is definitely worth watching as you will immediately feel the impact of what the ultimate survival situation might be like.

The movie The Road deals with a father and son who try to survive the nightmare ordeals of a post apocalyptic world.  They search for food, water, warmth and safety while trying to avoid the canabilistic  thugs who roam the highways and backroads searching for their next meal.  This is not a zombie movie and while the apocalyptic event is never shown, the movie focus on trying to survive the apocalypse in what remains of a bleak and desolate world.

I enjoyed this movie because of the realistic feel it presented and the differences between those who have hope and those who don’t, between those who are the hunter and those people they hunt and between those who cling to life and those who give up and long for death.  The movie gives one the eerie feeling of what life could be like after the apocalypse.

The movie The Book of Eli is about a man, heading west, on a highway littered with death in post apocalyptic America.  He is on a mission, unsure of why he was chosen for this mission but knowing that at all costs he must complete it.  He is carrying a book that could revive society or in the wrong hands, further destroy it.  Cannabilistic thugs ambush weary travelers, water and batteries become increasingly hard to find, conflicts are around every corner as a power hungry warlord seeks to control everything and human life is cheapened at every turn.

The movie is well done and will keep you guessing right up until the end, as one of the key mysteries of the movie is kept cleverly hidden.  As post apocalyptic movies go this one is right up there with some of the best.