Episode 676: Repercussions

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Actions & Consequences I’m going to get a little personal in this discussion of zombie cliches, and it’s going to veer a ways away from horror movies for a bit, but I’ll get back to it; just bear with me. I have two young children, and my wife and I work very… Read more »

Episode 675: Listening to Reason

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Too Wrapped Up Today’s episode is sort of a counter-example of a normal zombie trope: characters getting too wrapped up in what they’re doing to realize how much danger they’re in. First we’ll talk about how it’s normally played straight, and then we’ll look at how we’re turning it on its ear…. Read more »

Episode 674: Pragmatism

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Situational Awareness They say that discretion is the better part of valor, a truism that will stay relevant even in the midst of the zombie holocaust. After all, what’s the best way to win a fight with a zombie? It’s not through speed, distance, or overwhelming force. It’s by avoiding the fight… Read more »

Episode 673: Flashbacks

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Never Saw It Coming There’s usually a pretty clear trajectory in zombie stories. In the early going, when everyone is still adjusting to the zombie menace, many people get overwhelmed and killed. This period is often exacerbated by bad information, denial, and people’s overall inability to adjust quickly to change. We’ll lose… Read more »

Episode 672: Catch Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: They Didn’t Make It Once again, this trope exists far beyond just the zombie survival subgenre. In fact, it really seems to show up most often in war stories. You know what I’m talking about. A soldier returns to his platoon after going on another mission, or perhaps recovering in a field… Read more »

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 »