Episode 795: Did His Homework

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Putting a Point on Things As we discussed last time around, during the zombie apocalypse, there are a lot of little things that you can do to intimidate other survivors. Now there is of course the ethical consideration behind doing this. We’re just going to go ahead and set that consideration aside… Read more »

Episode 794: We’ve Been Watching

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Thing or Two Even in the zombie apocalypse, people will still need to assert themselves over others. There are a lot of reasons for this, from supporting your side in an argument to intimidating another group of survivors into doing what you want them to do. You know, you can use… Read more »

Episode 793: Scheduling

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Smiling Faces When meeting a new group during the zombie apocalypse, it makes sense to put a bit of thought into your approach. You can choose to look quiet and maybe even a little awkward so that you don’t appear to be a threat. You can do the complete opposite, and come… Read more »

Episode 792: Knock, Knock, Knocking

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unexpected Guests Zombies are a pretty obvious problem. After all, they are completely driven by the need to feast on human flesh. When they bite or scratch the living, the victims are doomed to death and reanimation. Also, they’re super gross. But one thing that zombie fiction loves to remind us of,… Read more »

Episode 791: Who’s That?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Cliffhanger Once again, we’re moving out of the zombie genre for this cliche and into the realm of serialized entertainment in general. I’m speaking, of course, of ending on a cliffhanger, leaving the audience wondering what’s going to happen next. Since Lost captured the attention of huge audiences years ago, serialized… Read more »

Episode 789: Lone Sentry

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Taking it Personal If there’s one thing the zombie apocalypse will be full of, it’s death. Yeah, deep insight, right? A world filled with cannibalistic walking corpses will lead to many people dying? You don’t say. Okay, okay, but I’m building to something here. Dealing with death is difficult in the best… Read more »

Episode 788: Losing Touch

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Making Sure In zombie fiction, one member of the group is often bitten without being immediately killed. For a short time, they’re able to continue to contribute to the welfare of the group, but the infection tends to spread quickly and knocks them out of the fight. Eventually, they’re confined to bed… Read more »

Episode 787: Biding Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turtle Time Allow me to get off the subject of zombie fiction for today’s cliche lookout. Instead, I’m going to talk about what was once my favorite video game genre: real-time strategy. Once upon a time, I used to spend way, way too much time playing Age of Empires and Starcraft with… Read more »