Episode 758: Skin of Your Teeth

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Dwindling Threat At the beginning of a zombie breakout, every single zombie is a huge threat to a person’s survival. But it doesn’t last very long. Soon, survivors become capable of handling themselves against single zombies, and even small groups. It’s probably not worth taking the risks to face off against them… Read more »

Episode 757: Clarify, Please

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Details, Details When you say that a character “didn’t make it” in a zombie story, that can mean a few different things, and the distinction can be important. Are you saying that they were attacked and killed by zombies? Completely devoured by the zombies, leaving nothing to reanimate? Were they bitten and… Read more »

Episode 756: Some Bad News

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Pulling it Out Today’s cliche has nothing to do with zombie fiction. Rather, it is simply a truism from life. It can be hard for us to admit unpleasant things, and infinitely more so when we are directly responsible for those bad things. This difficulty is, naturally, twofold. First, simply voicing a… Read more »

Episode 755: 1 of 4

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Obvious Questions In zombie movies there is often a moment when the characters have figured out some ugly truth, but refuse to believe, or even acknowledge it until another character spells it out for them. The classic example being, of course, “Where is everyone else?”. The answer being “They didn’t make it.”… Read more »

Episode 751: Good Luck!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Scrubs I’m going to get a little dark in regards to zombie fans in this write up. Please bear in mind that I’m not making a sweeping statement about all fans of the genre, but rather only a small subset of fan. Okay, that disclaimer out of the way, I have… Read more »

Episode 750: No Time to Stop

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Strength of Denial No one likes dealing with uncomfortable truths, but one sign of maturity is that person will prefer the ugly truth to the comforting lie, or at least have the ability to cope with those truths. Of course, any crisis is a crucible to test our coping abilities. Many… Read more »

Episode 749: Clear?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Clean Getaways When it’s time to sneak away from a horde of zombies, things rarely go easily for characters in fiction. After all, if they did, it really wouldn’t be much of a story, would it? No matter how careful and deliberate they are about killing or drawing away all the… Read more »

Episode 748: Go Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Women and Children First Anyone who has ever dealt with kids before knows that they can get stressed out really easily, and few things would be more stressful than the zombie apocalypse. If your group of survivors has some children in it, then you’ve got a whole new challenge you need to… Read more »