Episode 628: ‘Bout That Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Settling In No matter how old people get, no matter how much they learn, no matter how cynical they appear, there’s something about the darkness of the night that makes the most primitive part of our brains light up with fear. This holds true even when we can be reasonably sure that… Read more »

Episode 627 – Mutual Mistrust

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Learning to Trust After a person has survived a little while in the zombie apocalypse, they begin to get tougher. This has a lot of benefits. Obviously, they’ll be much more able to deal with the myriad stresses and challenges of daily life after the zombies show up. There are, of course,… Read more »

Episode 626 – Left Behind

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Keeping the Door Unlocked One of the driving needs in a zombie survival scenario is locating new sources of supplies. The important thing to keep in mind is that, unless you are extremely lucky, finding one cache of supplies is only going to help you for a short period of time. And… Read more »

Episode 625 – The Short Version

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Little at a Time When it comes to getting to know new people, you never just want to vomit out your whole life’s story in one sitting. It’s very presumptuous, and rude. Of course, we’re only talking about polite society here, not the middle of the zombie apocalypse. After the zombies… Read more »

Episode 624 – Getting to Know You

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Introductions One staple of zombie stories is that characters are often separated from their group, and thrown in with complete strangers. This causes a variety of issues. Perhaps most obviously, they aren’t separated delicately. Often, the remainder of their group – generally family and friends – are the early victims of the… Read more »

Episode 623: Locking Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Crossing I’s and Dotting T’s People are pretty incredible. We can adapt to a huge variety of things in an extremely short period of time. Well, a lot of us can, anway. A lot of people won’t be able to, but we’ll talk about them in a minute. At any rate, people… Read more »

Episode 621: Kind Stranger

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Not Just Looking Out for Yourself In order for humanity to survive the coming zombie apocalypse, we’re going to have to work together. This has always been a big part of zombie stories. By way of example, I’m going to stick with one of my favorites: Shaun of the Dead, which quotes… Read more »

Episode 620: Bugger Off

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Owner is Armed I’m pulling today’s cliche lookout not from zombie stories, but from another, related genre: disaster stories. When things get bad, people should come together and work as one to help everyone survive. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t like that. I think this line from Agent K in Men In… Read more »