Zombie Cliche Lookout: Old News
Let’s say you find yourself in the zombie apocalypse, and you’re trying to get help from someone who happens to have shelter or some supplies that you need. Your one bargaining chip – at least as far as you can see – is intelligence from the outside world. Imagine your disappointment to learn that you’re not the first survivor showing up with news. There goes whatever leverage you thought you had.
Now think about it a little further, and think about what might have happened to those other survivors. Did they get what they were looking for, or did they get more than they bargained for?
About this Episode:
I’m having fun with Lou. I’m trying to make him seem very creepy, but at the same time, somewhat sympathetic. There’s a suggestion here that he did some sinister with the other survivors, or he might just be bluffing to put Murphy and Brent off their guard.
As you no doubt noticed; I missed Monday’s episode. I apologize for this unannounced break. I had a minor family issue that demanded my time. Everything is fine now, and I appreciate your patience. By way of apology, today and Friday’s episodes will be slightly longer to make up the difference.
Discussion Question: Zombie Scientific Conspiracy
One of the more popular zombie origin stories is that of runaway science. So here’s your challenge: give me the back story. What research is being performed that somehow causes a zombie outbreak? How exactly does it turn bad? How does this mad science escape?
As an example, let’s look at 28 Days Later, wherein there was disease research facility performing experiments on chimpanzees (I’m not certain if this research was looking for a cure, developing biological weapons, etc.). Animal rights activists freed the apes, which released the disease (and infected and/or killed the activists in the process).