Episode 540: Late Comers

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Bring Me Up to Speed People showing up late for the action bring with them a number of problems. The first and most obvious is that they weren’t actually there to lend assistance with the actual problem. Secondarily, they need to be brought up to speed on the situation once they do… Read more »

Episode 539: Bloody Mess

Zombie Cliche Lookout: I’m Done For In the early stages of the zombie apocalypse, people will often not know that a zombie bite is a death sentence, but those who last for a little while tend to learn this lesson pretty quickly. After a few weeks of zombie apocalypse, anyone still standing understands how this… Read more »

Episode 538: Lucky One

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Of course, not everyone can be lucky enough to be rescued at the last minute. If that were true, the whole zombie apocalypse thing would never quite get off the ground, and what a shame would that be? That said, not all of those victims are lucky enough to be quickly killed… Read more »

Episode 537: Choices

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Trade Off Building on what we were talking about in the last episode, one of the toughest things writers like throwing at characters are life and death binary choices. One way or another, someone is going to die, and it’s up to you to figure out who. That’s rough, especially considering the… Read more »

Episode 536: Cliffhanger!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Binary Choice It’s very popular in media, and especially games, to force characters into very difficult A/B choices. I’m going to go with a non-zombie, non-horror example here, simply because it’s the first thing to pop into my head. In Spiderman, the Green Goblin tries to force this on the titular hero…. Read more »

Episode 534: They Need Help!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Divided Forces When attacked by zombies, it’s always tough to say how many there are and where they’re coming from. That’s one of the dangers of zombies. It’s very easy to get overconfident and think you’ve got a handle on things, if only because you don’t understand the breadth of the situation…. Read more »

Episode 530: Bad Luck

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Positive Thinking Conventional wisdom holds that there are two types of people in the world: optimists and pessimists. Pessimists generally hold that not getting their hopes up makes dealing with disappointment much easier, and makes wins that much sweeter. Optimists counter that seeing the good in the world lets them enjoy things… Read more »

Episode 529: Crash!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: More Pressing Issues Day to day, we have a lot of different things competing for our limited time and attention. Work, school, friends, family, hobbies, TV, games… the list goes on and on. Naturally, most of us are lucky enough to live in a pretty safe and comfortable world. The world of… Read more »