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...wait, there's more to get than 'nuclear war is a bad idea'?

The Film

Fridge Brilliance
  • Roger Waters did the music for the film and he wanted to have his music all the way through (he wasn't the only one: Squeeze and Genesis really wanted to contribute music and turn the whole thing into a pop musical) but the filmmakers said no. After the nuclear attack, there is no music at all until the film ends.
  • When the nuke hits in the middle of the movie, a montage of the Bloggs' lives plays until their wedding photo's basically a Really Dead Montage. Jim and Hilda are at this point for all intents and purposes dead; the radiation has the indecency to force them to linger.
  • Eventually, later in the film, Jim realizes what`s really going on, at least to a degree; Jim's bumbling about is actually him trying to hide the fact that they're both dying of radiation poisoning. Near the end of the film, Hilda finds out too, hence why she suggests they get into the paper bags again, and pray.

Fridge Horror

  • Ron, the Bloggs' son, is kind of a jerkass, regardless of "nerves". He sings to his father "We'll all go together when we go" over the phone. He laughs at his father for being responsible. Imminent death is looming over him and his loved ones, he has a child to worry about, and he isn't doing a damn thing about it. At least his parents had the decency to try and help their situation. Worse, it's implied he's an alcoholic. At best, he'll be dead. At worst, he'll have just enough time to realize that he treated the event that killed his entire family like a joke just before suffering the same fate. Take deadly situations seriously. How's that for a Family-Unfriendly Aesop?
    • If you think about it Ron's behavior, while jerkish, makes sense, as, unlike his parents (and probably many others), he knows the severity of the situation and the most likely outcome, thus he doesn't really do anything because, in the end, what his parents did proved to be futile (it's all but stated that they die, the film is more overt with it). If anything because of how dire and futile the situation is (or would be), Ron was probably losing his mind and living in denial (not unlike what happens with the "Denial" stage of Grief), combining Fridge Horror with Fridge Brilliance.
  • The bags are so the government will have an easier time collecting the bodies. It's rendered moot, since everyone's implied to be dead.
    • Not necessarily. Remember Jim told Hilda they lived in an isolated part of the country. The government is probably putting their attentions on dealing with the city citizens before going to the outline areas. Of course by the time they get around to it, it'll be far too late for the Bloggs, or anyone else who may have survived the initial blast.

The Comic

Fridge Brilliance

  • In When The Wind Blows, Jim Bloggs repeatedly says, "Ours is not to reason why", but never remembers the next line — and then, at the end, says "Into the valley of the shadow of Death...rode the Six Hundred...", for the line is from Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade":
    'Forward the Light Brigade!'
    Was there a man dismay'd?
    Not tho' the soldier knew
    Some one had blunder'd:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die,
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
  • Bloggs' earlier book Gentleman Jim offers a reason for Jim's completely supine approach to officialdom, establishing him as an unusually pure example of a Failure Hero. In it, we see that Jim's job is a lavatory attendant. Bored of being this, he decides that he wants a better job, and after going through various options which are hopelessly unrealistic for a poorly-educated middle-aged man, (including "Exec-tive", because executives drive cars where the "gear stick is always in a little leather bag" and Jim would love to be able to drive a car, "even without the little leather bag"), he decides to become a highwayman who will rob from the rich and give to the poor. This involves getting a horse, a costume, a sword and a gun. Jim can't afford a horse, a proper costume and is unable to obtain a real sword or gun, so he makes do with a donkey; a costume adapted from a curtain, a pair of Wellington boots, one of Ethel's old blouses and a modified ARP helmet; a plastic toy sword wrapped in tinfoil, and a toy pistol that fires rubber sucker darts. All along the line, however, he comes up against authority: a park keeper won't let him graze the donkey on parkland, and in a case of Strawman Has a Point, an RSPCA inspector insists that the donkey must be properly housed and fed and not just tethered in Jim and Ethel's front garden (although this means that Jim has to spend a lot of money on building materials and food, which he can't really afford.) When at last he's ready, he goes out on the public highway and is immediately arrested, the police putting the worst possible construction on his getup (e.g., Jim's toy sword wrapped in tinfoil is described as 'a nine inch rubber cosh sheathed in metal', etc.) and he's sent to jail. Oddly enough, it's clear at the end of the book that he quite likes it in jail, because he no longer has to make any decisions for himself. If Jim learns anything from this, it's that he's always in the wrong with respect to authority. Which doesn't help him and Ethel at all when the authorities declare a nuclear war.


Fridge Brilliance
  • Iron Maiden's Filk Song based off When the Wind Blows changes the ending to the elderly couple killing themselves, believing an earthquake was a nuclear blast. The song was made in 2010, some thirty years after the comic the movie was published. The topic of social commentary has changed from the then-current perils of nuclear war to the fearmongering and mass-hysteria of the media of the 21st century.

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