Only a Zombie Walks in L.A.

ftwd_la_burningBBQ, bad booze, and worse TV on the agenda: Or a typical Sunday evening out here at Dunvegan West. New on the TV schedule, however, replacing HUMANS, is, of course, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD.

Moving the TWD setting to L.A. may open up new worlds of interpretation, or underline some old ones, since in this version we will see “zombies taking over Hollywood” right before our greedy eyes and in more ways than one or two.

In other words, the other genre or sub-genre being extended is “destruction of L.A.” which I’ve always believed said, and repeated, something significant about the place of Los Angeles in the history of Western civilization and culture.

Aliens Destroy L.A.



DEMOLITION MAN – view from behind Hollywood sign




To appreciate the above scene fully, one had to be watching from within the “blast zone,” as I had the pleasure of doing – actually more than once come to think of it.

As I’ve pointed out before, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES offered a nice variation on the theme:


As I believe I’ve noted previously, I had an office in the very building depicted in the following photo…

volcano-1…at the time that the movie, VOLCANO, was released.

Then there’s…




Earthquake (1974) Official Trailer #1 – Charlton Heston Movie HD

… and 2012:


I know I’ve left some out (for instance THEM!, which is sometimes included on destruction of L.A. lists, even though it lacks, I believe, vivid L.A.-apocalyptic scenes – also SAN ANDREAS and ID4, which spread the destruction around significantly). L.A. seems to be a city made to be destroyed. I’ll leave the why and what’s the reason for for some other day than BBQ and bad booze night…

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  1. Brisket? I recall you said you didn’t eat pork.

    As for booze, for the most part, I never understood the high end stuff. Sometimes I see at liquor stores a bottle of ridiculously aged whiskey in a box like it’s a gift or something, with a 3 digit price, and wonder just who in the world would buy that. One property of hard liquor is that the more of it you have, the less you care about its perceived worth. The farthest I go price wise is the occasional white whiskey (aka moonshine), and that’s because I actually think it can taste better than the aged at times.

    • Marinated flanken ribs. Gonna try out a large pasilla chile, some zucchini. Maybe garlic-pepper “fries” from the Ore-Ida bag, maybe rice for filler. Do some tortilla and guacamole for starters.

      The cheap booze ought to be TERRIBLE…

      Firewalker Mixxtail

      …but I’ve been curious, it was on sale, I’m almost out of rum, and I’ve been gradually replacing sugary desserts with spirits. Seems more manly.

  2. I suspect the reason for LA being the place movies like to destroy is the same reason why so many novels have writers as protagonists and so many plays are about the theatre.

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