716: No Time for Discussion

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Ending the Discussion Today’s cliche isn’t going to be directly related to the zombie genre, but it still tends to come up in zombie stories a lot. I’m speaking, of course, of quickly ending, or at least extricating yourself from an argument or discussion. This is a skill many people – myself… Read more »

715: Protecting The Assets

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Children as Props If you’re looking for a cheap, easy way to raise the stakes in your drama (zombie or otherwise), there’s probably no simpler way than to put a child or two in peril. Most people, even those who don’t really like kids, have a natural protective instinct about children. I’m… Read more »

714: Obstacles

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Over, Around, or Through One of the tough things about dealing with zombies is that what they lack for speed, they more than make up for in dedication (I know that’s not really an accurate descriptor, but stick with me here). Sure, you might be able to outrun any number of zombies… Read more »

713: Attention Please

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Call for Attention When you’re putting yourself in front of a group of people that you want to pay attention, it’s important to put yourself into a position of authority, at least to a certain extent. And when those people are scared out of their minds during the zombie apocalypse, you’re definitely… Read more »

712: Calculated Risk

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Risks V. Reward In a zombie survival situation, you’re not likely to run into a completely safe option. No matter what you do, you’re going to need to evaluate the potential rewards, weigh the risks, and look for ways to mitigate the latter. Do a poor job of this, and you’re zombie… Read more »

711: Reconnoiter

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Checking Things Out When I write the zombie cliche lookout, I often do so from a general “survival” perspective. That said, not all survival situations are created equal, and when you throw zombies into the mix things tend to get a little more complicated. Honestly, that’s one of the reasons I love… Read more »

Episode 710: Coordination

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Priorities In an emergency, zombie-related or otherwise, being able to quickly assess a situation and prioritize your actions is the clearest course to survival. As we mentioned before, taking the wrong action (or no action) will get you into trouble, as will failing to take note of important details that will impact… Read more »

Episode 709: Quorum

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Limited Consensus Getting people to agree when they aren’t under the threat of being eaten by zombies is difficult enough. At the end of the world it’s bound to be damn near impossible. This is exactly why we need leaders, and the larger the group in question, the more important those leaders… Read more »