We'll get to that in a second. First, let's complain about "The Walking Dead."

It’s a given that Alexandria will be lost, right? They can’t stay there forever, or the show loses steam, and season 9 turns into a bitter dispute over whether they should start composting. That’s the problem with “Walking Dead” - you’re set up to believe that every shelter, every haven, every place that looks safe becomes hellish in the end, because zombies are bad and people or worse. And there’s the question of whether zombies would even be walking around at this point, instead of collapsing in rotten heaps after a few summers of Southern heat. But those are quibbles, and if you can’t accept the repetitive nature of the show or its overall implausibility, you’re not watching and you don’t care.

I was reading the AV Club’s review, and it’s the usual - inter-group dynamics, which new character has promise, which old dynamic Threatens to Derail Something, Darryl is awesome, and so on. Go back and read season 3 recaps and it’s much of the same. The only way the show can hold your interest is to up the zombie quotient and introduce a new enemy, and Season 6 has lots of the former and a hint of the latter. The bad guys are the Wolves, of course, and it looks like they spoiled the Big Plan to lead all the zombies to . . . well, I don’t know. I assume it’s a place where they can be eliminated en masse somehow. The Wolves are Very Bad People who will claim at least one Beloved Character halfway through the season. For what it is, it’s done well.

But you might have questioned the way the show was structured. The big set-piece Zombie Herding escapade lost any tension with all the flashbacks. Imagine if the run on the Death Star had been stretched over 90 minutes with constant cutting to the events that led up to it, and you get the idea. Why did they do this? To give the front part of the story - Rick taking over - more interest and importance than it actually had. It was a 90 minute show, and it could just as well have trimmed 30 minutes and saved the caper for the last half.

K-MART SOUNDTRACK It’s a time capsule no one intended to be saved, but we can thank one guy for pocketing the cassettes and preserving the audio landscape. As he says on archive.org, where the files reside:

OK, I have to admit this this is a strange collection. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I worked for Kmart behind the service desk and the store played specific pre-recorded cassettes issued by corporate. This was background music, or perhaps you could call it elevator music. Anyways, I saved these tapes from the trash during this period and this video shows you my extensive, odd collection.

Fans of library music may also enjoy this, the Kresge music from a previous era. Compare and contrast.