Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Zombies

Tonight is the season finale of The Walking Dead and I can't think of a more fitting television program to celebrate the Easter theme of resurrection (zombies). In the pre-cable days of yore Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments was the traditional Easter program. That never made sense to me. What's Moses got to do with fertility and birth/re-birth? What's Moses got to with the theodicy of good and evil? Not much. Moses was a Jewish action hero. He kicked ass and went on extreme adventures. He didn't philosophize over the nature of evil. He just beat the ever living shit out of it. Moses was a scourge. He was the Chuck Norris of the Old Testament. Nothing about him says Easter. The Ten Commandments would be a better Fourth of July movie.

The Walking Dead is the perfect Easter program. You got zombies galore. You got the nature of good and evil being played out. The nature of humankind in an apocalyptic setting. You got the theme of fertility in the child of Lori Grimes. Is it Rick's? Is it Shane's? An immaculate conception perhaps? The Governor even makes for a good Pontius Pilate-like antagonist.

TBS has their A Christmas Story marathon every Christmas. AMC should do the same thing with The Walking Dead every Easter.