Episode 635: No Shooting

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Brutal Solutions I don’t know if it’s our inherent desire for efficiency, laziness, or something else entirely, but people crave easy solutions. Often, these make sense. After all, Occam’s Razor tells us that, absent the ability for one hypothesis to better predict an outcome, the simplest solution is the most likely. People… Read more »

Episode 634: What The?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Have Gun… And So Forth In a zombie survival situation, having a gun gives a person an advantage, but it comes with some rather substantial trade-offs. First of all, the person needs to know how to use it pretty well for it to be effective. Having a gun is one thing, being… Read more »

Episode 633: Take It or Leave It

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Character Compromise One thing that I really love about zombie stories is that they tend to focus on regular people. Sure, there are some zombie stories with a military focus, but those just don’t work for me as well. I’d much rather see civilians as the actors in the story, forced to… Read more »

Episode 632: Rude Awakening

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Little Surprise When it comes to surviving the zombie apocalypse, it can’t hurt to have a surprise or two up your sleeves should the situation call for it. Sure, there’s a lot to be said for transparency, but you just never know if you can really trust people. Unfortunately, this holds… Read more »

Episode 631: Nightmares

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Trauma Even those of us who do manage to survive a ways into the zombie apocalypse won’t do so without significant cost. People are pretty durable, but surviving day after day in constant danger, while hordes of terrifying walking corpses hunt you, is extremely psychologically scarring. People will come up with all… Read more »

Episode 630: Sweet Dreams

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Settling In I’ve talked a lot about night time and the danger of trying to sleep in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, especially without anyone to watch your back. This time, I want to take a different approach, and discuss the importance of good sleep and the dire consequences that can… Read more »

Episode 629: No Offense

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Most Dangerous Game If there’s one trope that zombie stories love returning to, it’s that people are far more dangerous than zombies. Sure, zombies are horrifying in a number of different ways, but they lack intellect and the ability to cooperate in any meaningful way. Zombies also lack the capability to… Read more »

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 »