Zombie Cliche Lookout: One Stop
If you mention zombies in front of a group of guys who are between the ages of twelve and twenty-eight or so, odds are you’ll get a load of ideas for zombie survival. Mention fighting and you’re get loads of ideas about guns, katanas, molotov cocktails. Mention travel and you’ll hear all about motorcycles, mountain bikes, and maybe an RV. But talk about food, water, first aid, and batteries, and the discussion turns right to WalMart or Costco. If I had to guess, I’d say this notion has a lot to do with Dawn of the Dead, both the original and the remake. Things worked out pretty well for all those guys (you know, in the short term), so it seems like a pretty good idea, right?
Reality, as it is wont to do, has other ideas.
Perhaps the biggest flaw in the “When the zombies show up, I’m bugging out to Costco” plan is that a hell of a lot of people tend to come up with the same idea. Want proof? Just wait until the next huge storm is about to hit and start watching the news. You won’t wait too long before you start seeing all sorts of stories about empty shelves, fights breaking out over the last D-cell batteries, or shop owners threatening to shoot looters on sight (you know, once you get past the celebrity gossip and sports).
About this Episode:
One thing that makes LEGO® a really fun medium to work with is that the scale is just not quite right. Take a look at the coffee cup Russell is drinking from, for instance. It’s as big as his head.
I like putting coffee cups and whatnot in characters’ hands because it makes them look more like real people. While everyone is talking, they’ll take the occasional sip, or fiddle around with whatever they have. The goofy scale just makes me smile.
Discussion Question: Looting
Looting is a curious thing in a survival situation. If it’s a life or death thing, and stealing a bottle or water or a can of soup is going to keep you going, well, it’s hard to argue against. But where do you draw the line? Imagine you’re somehow left with no supplies, but you happen upon a sleeping family who carelessly left a full backpack unguarded for the night. Swiping it might help you make it through, but then again, it might just doom the rightful owners. Can you justify it?