Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombie Bait
I can’t tell you how many horror books, movies, and games I’ve experiences where a character will use the phrase “You just rang the dinner bell”. It’s quite a cliche, but it’s so evocative that it just keeps showing up, long after most people are even familiar with the concept of a dinner bell. It goes a little something like this: a long time ago when people used to work on the farm, they’d work all damn day. And when it was time to eat, the dinner bell would sound so that people could come in from their labor long enough to eat a good meal. These days, we keep an eagle’s eye on the clock, and know exactly when we should be done for the day. Dinner is whenever we want, and if we get a little peckish at 3:30 or so, then it’s time to hit the vending machine.
With monsters, the dinner bell is little different. It’s just something that happens to tell the zombies that there is prey available, and that they should come and get it. Instead of a fine spread of chicken and mashed potatoes, it’s survivor de jour, a treat for even the most discerning of shambling corpses.
About this Episode:
Wow, 400 episodes. I don’t know about you guys, but I think that’s a pretty good accomplishment.
Discussion Question: …And Still Going Strong
So we’ve made it 400 episodes into Bricks of the Dead, which means it’s about time for some community feedback. Tell me what you guys think of things. Is the plot still moving in an interesting direction? How are my characters doing? What am I doing that you like, and what would you like to see me stop doing? It’s report card time at Bricks of the Dead, so lay it on me.