Episode 556: From the Horse’s Mouth

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Deathbed Interviews It is said that no one is more honest than a person on their death bed. Even the US justice system takes this into account, with special cases to admit hearsay as evidence when it comes to a person’s “dying declaration”. The assumption being that there is nothing holding that… Read more »

Episode 555: Living Life

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Wishes of the Dying I’d like to think that, when my time is running out, I would stop thinking about myself, and really start thinking about the people I leave behind. I’ve had a number of people I was close to die, and those that had the dubious gift to know that… Read more »

Episode 554: Blame Game

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Weighing a Life In fiction, I hate the trope where the hero is forced to choose between saving two different people or groups. It always feels far too artificial. However, I do think there are some interesting things to pull out of the trope. The big one, of course, is how you… Read more »

Episode 553: Hesitation

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Survivor’s Guilt People have a natural drive to survive, but it’s something people often struggle with after the fact. This is especially true when they survive, but others didn’t. Consider it for a moment. Let’s say you survive a car accident, but one of your loved ones doesn’t. You wouldn’t be able… Read more »

Episode 552: Voluntary Hostage

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Leave One Behind When new people are introduced to a group, there’s always a period of mistrust. This is one of those essential parts of human nature that we see in day to day life, and one that we can expect to become much more prevalent in a zombie survival situation. I’m… Read more »

Episode 551: Clean-Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Dirty Work When people talk about zombie survival, they’re usually discussing cool stuff like guns and other weapons. Some of them might talk about the less sexy aspects of survival, like procuring food and purifying water. What few people like to talk about is the truly disgusting aspects of survival, especially when… Read more »

Episode 542: Oops

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Wounded Friends Generally speaking, people don’t survive very long into the zombie apocalypse before they figure out that the bites are a sure way to turn a friend into a dangerous zombie. Naturally, fear of bites becomes a huge priority. When fighting zombies, not getting bitten is the biggest priority. When bringing… Read more »

Episode 541: Divide and Conquer

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Let’s Split Up If there’s one trope about horror movies that everyone – even people who don’t like horror movies – are aware of, it’s that when a group splits up in a horror story, people die. There is a lot of wisdom here. We all know the inherit truism in the… Read more »