The Peace Critic Blog

Solidarity Beyond Victimhood

Last Tuesday, after attending a Race Relations Week event, I was at the public garden with my children, still wearing traditional Indian clothes. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, just four days after the massacre in Christchurch. That day, I was approached several times by random people, all trying to to find nice words to … Continue reading Solidarity Beyond Victimhood

The Walking Dead, Season 9 Episodes 11-12 Review: Leaderships Compared

Alpha and Lydia In the past three episodes there is a constant fluctuation in the depiction of Alpha as mother. We keep wondering: does she care about Lydia? Alpha is shown as a psychopath who feels no empathy towards others. The most significant sign of this, even more than the killings, is the scene in … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 9 Episodes 11-12 Review: Leaderships Compared

The Walking Dead, Season 9, Episode 10 Review: When the Villain is a Mum.

This episode introduces us to Alpha through a chilling portrait. While she has not yet officially met our group, the confusing story of Lydia's flashback contributes to building up the expectation that we are going to meet a formidable threat. For the first time in The Walking Dead, the big bad villain is a woman, … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 9, Episode 10 Review: When the Villain is a Mum.

The Walking Dead, Season 9, Episode 9 Review: Affinity with the Dead

Having a close affinity with the dead, in this show, has an important metaphorical meaning. It is a way of showing the dark side of a group or character. In case of good characters, having an affinity with the dead tells us that they are going through complex inner struggles. Hence, for them, switching between the dead and the living is a way of showing how their inner struggles are progressing.