Periodically, I've decided this year to give you loyal dozens potential scenarios based on TV/movie situations, and let you argue what you want to do and why, similarly in the style of the board game and BBC America versions of "Would You Rather...?"
(It's mostly for the days when I can't think of anything else to blog about).
Today's question: Would rather face the zombie apocalypse with the crew from "The Walking Dead" or the gang from "Shaun of the Dead?"
The argument in favor of "Walking" is that you've got a well-armed crew of guys who have some survival skills in Rick, Shane and Daryl. Glenn seems to be pretty smart and resourceful, plus the group always sends him to do the really dangerous stuff. And you've got the womenfolk taking care of the household duties while the menfolk go zombie killing.
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On the flip side, do you really need all that melodrama? Between the love triangle among Rick-Shane-Lori and the total awkwardness of the group killing all of Herschel's zombie friends and family, not to mention Sophia, you've got a lot of needless stress when you're already dealing with the end of the world. Honestly, who needs the aggravation? Not to mention, you have liabilities like T-Dogg and Dale, who don't add anything to your survival chances, and really, do you want to put your life in Shane's hands at this point?
Meanwhile, "Shaun" keeps things relatively simple, and British. The world is ending? Find the nearest pub. Would you rather deal with the end of the world with lots of bullets or lots of alcohol?
And look, you don't have to be a bad-ass survival nut like Daryl to last in the world of "Shaun." You only need to be slightly smarter than the rest of Shaun's group, which doesn't seem exceedingly difficult. After all, Shaun does pretty well for himself armed with only a cricket bat. If the others had only that slight bit of resourcefulness, they might have survived as well.
And, when they needed to walk among the zombies, they didn't go all Rick and Glenn and cover themselves in zombie entrails -- Shaun's group simply took acting lessons and found their "inner zombie."
I posed the question to my friend Kerry, for whom I bought the "Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" for Christmas. Kerry has thought zombie survival through better than anyone I know, and she opted for the "Walking" team, figuring you can never have too many bullets when the zombies come a-callin'.
Me, I favor the simpler life. I really don't want to have to deal with people's personal issues while fighting off the zombie hoard. I think I'd rather hole up in the nearest pub, make sure the jukebox has power, and take my chances.
So, which team are you with?
WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: ABC is brand-new tonight with "The Middle," "Suburgatory," "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings," followed by a new "Revenge."
Other than that, the choices are relatively few. CBS has the celebrity show "I Get That A Lot" at 8 p.m., in which celebrities pretend to have mundane jobs in order to see if regular people notice. Also new on the reality front is "Mobbed" (Fox, 9 p.m.), in which ordinary people get flash mobs to help express their feelings to the person they are in love with.
Also new is Part 5 of "State of Play" (BBC America, 10 p.m.)