Little Golden Notebook

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While I was knitting …

Some great shows have had their season premieres in the last few weeks; notably, The Walking Dead and Rectify. I’m sure you’ve all heard of The Walking Dead, the zombie apocalypse show where, much like Game of Thrones, no character is safe. The last season ended with a cliffhanger and the premiere was brutal, probably the most brutal thing I’ve seen aside from news footage of actual war-torn countries. It was so brutal I’m wondering why I watch the show at all. What was so different about the violence in this episode that bothered me this much, nearly a week after I watched it? I’m not entirely sure, but I do know I feel taken advantage of/played/somehow complicit in what happened because I watched it happen, which is nuts because it’s a story and not real. Anyway, I don’t want to spoil the episode for anyone, so I won’t say more than this.

If you haven’t watched the first 3 seasons of Rectify, you should rectify that. (See what I did there?) Aden Young plays Daniel, a man wrongfully convicted of murder who spent 19 years on death row. The series begins as he is released based on appeals and evidence that he was wrongfully convicted, despite a (coerced) confession. Season 4 opens a couple of months after Daniel is released, just to give you an idea of the show’s timeline. I started watching the series around the same time that Making A Murderer was released on Netflix and the two compliment each other well.

I wasn’t knitting on Sunday night while I was in the car for 6 hours driving my oldest back to college, but I was listening to music for the first time in a few months. I occasionally go through periods where I don’t listen to music at all and not exercising since stopping roller derby has contributed to this. Anyway, I queued up all 7 albums that I have from Stars, one of my all-time favorite bands. The lyrics to most of their songs are a little more complex than those for the one I’m sharing, Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It, but I love the sentiment of this – it was my theme song for 2013 & 2014.



6 responses to “While I was knitting …”

  1. I very rarely watch any TV and avoid violence as much as possible. I believe it somehow slips into our subconscious and becomes acceptable.

    1. To a certain extent I agree, which is why I try to avoid explict/graphic violence – TWD has been an exception to this, perhaps fortio long.

  2. I am a crazy TWD fan . . . but I did not watch the first episode. My dad (who will watch just about anything) texted me a heads-up and I decided to read about it instead (no spoilers here). I’m glad I skipped out, but I am sad to see the show go in this direction. I mean, yes, it’s always been violent–I combat that by not watching it while I’m knitting . . . But, I really love the philosophical issues it raises and I hope it moves back into that territory soon. The again, there has been so much debate about this episode’s violence that I suppose we could say it’s still raising questions for us. Not the kind of questions I care for, I’m afraid.

    1. I also like thinking about the philosophical issues it raises and also hope this is a one-off. I haven’t watched this week’s episode, yet. Maybe it’s time to switch to the comic book/graphic novel only, and just resign myself to the divergent plot points.

  3. Thanks for the musical uplift. 🙂

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    No chance of me watching anything with zombies in it!! I like the sound of Rectify though. Will see if I can find it here.

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