Episode 803: Surety

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Concessions Negotiating in the midst of a zombie apocalypse is going to look a lot like negotiating anywhere else. You want to come to the table with strength, and put the other side in a position where they have to compromise. This is the ideal, of course. In reality, you’ll rarely be… Read more »

Episode 802: Stating the Obvious

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Preamble In most genres where there are action sequences, and this can often include horror, someone has to make a big damn speech to rally the troops for the challenges they are about to face. Or sometimes the speech has a different purpose. For instance, it might be a call for cooperation,… Read more »

Episode 801: Backup

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Off-Screen Assistance If you want to survive the zombie apocalypse, one of the first things you’re going to want to do is find a few people to partner up with. Now, obviously you’ll want to take care of any immediate needs first (e.g. getting away from a huge horde of zombies, bandaging… Read more »

Episode 800: Salesmanship

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Flipping One really interesting part of a zombie outbreak is the way that it brings together a bunch of people who wouldn’t normally be together. Sure, there are circumstances where a group of friends will be stuck together, or a family will all be in the same place when the shit hits… Read more »

Episode 799: A Sort of Non-Violent Solution… Maybe

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Weaponized Swagger Once again, today’s cliche is not unique to the zombie genre. In fact, it’s something that we see in real life quite frequently. Look no further than the posturing and saber rattling going on between the United States and North Korea at the moment. No rational person wants these two… Read more »

Episode 798: Spill It

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Team Up Shaun of the Dead, one of the best zombie films ever made, has a couple really good quotes about people coming together for the common good. The first is a bit more serious: “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation”. The second quote is a bit sillier: “As… Read more »

Episode 797: Bridge Building

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Greater Good Okay, so today’s cliche isn’t unique to the zombie genre, or even fiction in general. No, people coming together for mutual benefit is something that goes way, way back. Back to, well, the beginning of the human race. After all, humans on their own can’t really compete on equal… Read more »

Episode 796: Introductions

Zombie Cliche Lookout: First Impressions In the normal, non-zombie apocalyptic world, first impressions with people are a pretty big deal. After all, we tend to, consciously or otherwise, form a lot of deep seated conclusions about a person within the first minute or two of meeting them. And if those initial impressions are negative, it… Read more »