Episode 671: It’s Okay

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Understanding the Risks In the beginning of zombie stories, people struggle to understand the rules of their new reality. Unfortunately for them, those who aren’t smart or lucky enough to figure things out quickly are killed. After a while, people start settling into an equilibrium of sorts. They know how the zombies… Read more »

Episode 670: Reminders

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Old News Survival groups have to be pretty fluid to survive the zombie apocalypse. People will come and go. Sometimes voluntarily, sometimes people will be forced out by circumstances. And, of course, sometimes they’ll be eaten by zombies. This means that, as times passes, the chances that old companions will be reunited… Read more »

Episode 669: Old and New

Zombie Cliche Lookout: After Action Report I’m borrowing this trope from action stories more than zombie fiction, but I still think it fits well into both. After all, there is a lot of action in zombie movies, especially given how often genres are blended these days in search of something fresh and exciting. Anyway, you… Read more »

Episode 572: Zombie Disposal

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombie Disposal I don’t care how bad a survival situation you find yourself in, nobody wants to be surrounded by a bunch of butchered zombie corpses. Not only is it super gross and smelly, but it can also have a number of real consequences, especially when it comes to negatively impacting morale,… Read more »

Episode 571: A Moot Point

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes In fiction, there are two types of characters: flat and dynamic. Flat characters stay about the same throughout a story; they end the story the same way they started it. Dynamic characters, on the other hand, go through changes as a direct result of what happens in the story. Generally speaking,… Read more »

Episode 570: Compromise

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Keeping People Happy I’ve been told many times that one of the surest signs of maturity is the ability to compromise. I’m not sure if I completely agree with that, but there’s definitely some wisdom in the statement. Applying this to a zombie survival situation, and compromise might be the only thing… Read more »

Episode 569: Get… Out…

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Time for You to Leave While having more people around in a zombie survival situation certainly has its benefits, knowing when someone isn’t working can also be invaluable. Granted, no one wants to lose out on the extra helping hands, but if one person is dragging down group morale or putting people… Read more »

Episode 568: A Different Perspective

Zombie Cliche Lookout: My Side of Things One of the hardest things about dealing with people is not being able to anticipate, or even tell, how they’ll react to something. The more stressful the situation, the more challenging this becomes, and it’s hard to think of many situations more stressful than zombie survival. The problem… Read more »