Episode 735: Bang Bang

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pull Away Zombies are scary, no doubt about it. They’re disgusting looking. They don’t get tired. They literally eat you. And, worst of all, whatever is left of you after the zombie is done eating turns into yet another zombie. They make great stand-ins for making all sorts of social and political… Read more »

Episode 734: A Call for Help

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Using Resources The beauty of the zombie as a monster is that, on its own, a single zombie isn’t terribly threatening. Sure, it’s creepy and gross, but it’s also slow, clumsy, and has no particular abilities outside of lack of emotion and fatigue. Once you start having to deal with multiple zombies,… Read more »

Episode 733: There and Back Again

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Second Half of the Mission Scouting and information gathering during the zombie apocalypse would be an exceedingly dangerous task. The fun part is, once you’ve infiltrated the zombie-filled area you’re scouting and gotten whatever information you’re searching for, you have to go through the same dangers all over again on your return… Read more »

Episode 732: Inspiration

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Eureka Moment Problem solving is an essential part of the human condition, and surviving the zombie apocalypse will only put a finer point on things. That said, a person’s ability to solve a problem can be influenced by a number of factors, including stress, restfulness, safety, and the availability of food and… Read more »

Episode 731: What I need Is…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Diversion! Once again, this cliche will be by no means unique to the zombie genre. In all honesty, it’s probably much more at home in cartoon shows than zombie stories. Regardless, I absolutely love when a story decides that the best approach to solving a problem is to create some sort… Read more »

Episode 730: Resource Hunt

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Picking a Target One thing I wish zombie stories did more often was to have characters look at zombies as potential resources as well as sources of danger and terror. That sounds a little weird, I realize, but hear me out. Every zombie that you see out there, roaming around and trying… Read more »

Episode 729: Yesterday Was the Easy Day

Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Luck Today’s cliche is by no means unique to the zombie genre. Rather, it’s generally applicable to narrative storytelling in general. I’m speaking, of course, of the idea that the characters in a story should never have too easy a time of things. After all, the story would be pretty short… Read more »

Episode 728: Sneaky, Sneaky

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Taking Advantage of Distraction One of the zombie’s primary strengths is their ability to keep after potential prey long after a living person would have to stop due to exhaustion or other needs (food, water, bathroom, etc.). This dogged determination helps make them truly terrifying, and is essential is setting up one… Read more »