Shawshank Redemption and Governor Rod Blagojevich meet The Walking Dead

Mug shot of Rod Blagojevich.
Mug shot of Rod Blagojevich. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shawshank Redemption and Governor Rod Blagojevich meet The Walking Dead

Everyone knows Illinois politics – right? It’s the same place that Republican George Ryan and Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich were convicted in federal courts.

But what does that have to do with the book and movie the Shawshank Redemption? In the movie, Andy Dufresne was really innocent – despite being convicted in a court of law. It’s akin to the TV and movie The Fugitive. Yet while Andy was innocent, Warden Samuel Norton was guilt of corruption – among other vices. He was really a hypocrite – carrying a bible and all. He could even quote from it and encouraged other inmates to carry and read one.

I can’t really say from the movie if the guards were corrupt. Maybe they were just guilty of brutality. But I would imagine that some were on the take.

But Andy and Rob could share a trait in common. You see, Andy became popular among the guards and warden. He provided tax advice and help. And he kept different sets of books to hide the warden’s corruptions. He was also popular among most inmates, due to the privileges granted them by the warden and guards.

So how does this relate to Rob?

Rob is guilty. There are those who say he shouldn’t have gotten the long sentence he did. But he’s also a former lawyer. This would be a great access to inmates. They like to file both legitimate and frivolous appears. If Rob would help inmates with their legal work, I’m sure he would be as populate as Andy.

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Walking Dead connection

This brings us to the Walking Dead connection. Expects on news services like ABC News talk about inmates maintaining outside connections. The daily – yet short – phone calls become real important. Otherwise, inmates might become indistinguishable from the walking dead.

If you read the Wiki Walking Dead comics overview, you will see the plot summary. Then you notice the AMC show producers are pretty much following the comic book. It makes it easier to write a screen play or script, if you don’t have to start from scratch.

And I wouldn’t mind the zombies myself, if you can train them to do repetitive tasks. Perhaps they can work like the intelligent apes in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes or the robots in I, Robot.

But if you talk the Walking Dead and change the word order, you might just get Dead Man Walking, which tells the story of a man on death row.

Underground prison culture

We notice an underground prison culture in the movie. Notice how Andy’s friend can get just about anything – for a price.

Perhaps Rob can barter his legal skills for just about anything – within reason.

If I were in prison, I’ll probably do the following to occupy my mind:

  • Write like William Sydney Porter did when he was in prison.
  • Practice French and Spanish with willing nationals who speak those languages.
  • Play Chess. And the game did get Bobby Fisher in trouble with the US government. Does anyone remember the circumstances?



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