Episode 788: Losing Touch

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Making Sure In zombie fiction, one member of the group is often bitten without being immediately killed. For a short time, they’re able to continue to contribute to the welfare of the group, but the infection tends to spread quickly and knocks them out of the fight. Eventually, they’re confined to bed… Read more »

Episode 787: Biding Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turtle Time Allow me to get off the subject of zombie fiction for today’s cliche lookout. Instead, I’m going to talk about what was once my favorite video game genre: real-time strategy. Once upon a time, I used to spend way, way too much time playing Age of Empires and Starcraft with… Read more »

Episode 786: Hurry Up and Wait

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Licking Wounds Even in the zombie apocalypse, you can only push people so far. Sure, the zombies are going to get rid of a lot of the weakness modern civilization has engendered in us, but people will still have their limitations. If they overextend themselves, they’ll break. And in the middle of… Read more »

Episode 785: Sacrifices

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Breaking a Few Eggs Life in the zombie apocalypse isn’t easy. Resources are scarce, making competition cutthroat, both figuratively and literally. Medical care is a total crap shoot. If you’re really lucky, you might have a doctor or veterinarian in your group, otherwise it’s a bunch of idiots doing their best based… Read more »

Episode 784: Assurances

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Real Dead One of the more horrifying aspect of zombies as a monster is that they turn their victims into more zombies. That means your friends and loved ones can and will reanimate and try to murder you. Early on during the zombie outbreak, people are really going to struggle with… Read more »

Episode 783: Bad News

Zombie Cliche Lookout: While You Were Out One thing that I like about zombie fiction is the way that it amplifies the stresses and strangeness of everyday life. It’s always weird coming back to the office after a week off and getting up to speed on all the things you’ve missed. Imagine if someone was… Read more »

Episode 782: Making Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Moving On I’ve probably mentioned this a time or two, but dealing with interpersonal conflicts while also trying to survive the zombie apocalypse is no easy feat. You’re much better off making amends with people and building trust than holding on to any resentment. After all, you’re going to need to have… Read more »

Episode 781: Awkward Memories

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unfinished Business One of the consequences of bringing all your characters back together is that anything left unresolved is going to bubble back up to the surface, and the zombie apocalypse has a way of leaving a lot of unresolved conflict. I mean, it’s kind of hard to settle up every interpersonal… Read more »