Episode 540: Late Comers

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Bring Me Up to Speed People showing up late for the action bring with them a number of problems. The first and most obvious is that they weren’t actually there to lend assistance with the actual problem. Secondarily, they need to be brought up to speed on the situation once they do… Read more »

Episode 539: Bloody Mess

Zombie Cliche Lookout: I’m Done For In the early stages of the zombie apocalypse, people will often not know that a zombie bite is a death sentence, but those who last for a little while tend to learn this lesson pretty quickly. After a few weeks of zombie apocalypse, anyone still standing understands how this… Read more »

Episode 538: Lucky One

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Of course, not everyone can be lucky enough to be rescued at the last minute. If that were true, the whole zombie apocalypse thing would never quite get off the ground, and what a shame would that be? That said, not all of those victims are lucky enough to be quickly killed… Read more »

Episode 537: Choices

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Trade Off Building on what we were talking about in the last episode, one of the toughest things writers like throwing at characters are life and death binary choices. One way or another, someone is going to die, and it’s up to you to figure out who. That’s rough, especially considering the… Read more »

Episode 536: Cliffhanger!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Binary Choice It’s very popular in media, and especially games, to force characters into very difficult A/B choices. I’m going to go with a non-zombie, non-horror example here, simply because it’s the first thing to pop into my head. In Spiderman, the Green Goblin tries to force this on the titular hero…. Read more »

Episode 535: Rescue!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Big Damn Hero Audiences love a hero. When the chips are down and it looks like the zombies are about to overrun the safe house and kill absolutely everyone in their path, it’s nice to see a hero or two pick up the torch and run in and save the day. And… Read more »

Episode 533: Checking In

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turning Battle Generally speaking, people don’t go into battle expecting to lose. Yes, there are certainly suicide missions, but even those are undertaken with the understanding that it’s still winnable provided they can slow down the enemy or divert their forces long enough for the good guys to mount a defence. Bearing… Read more »

Episode 532: Escalation

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Scrum When it comes to fighting zombies, you want to be as clean and methodical as possible. Bats and machetes will work if that’s all you have, but keeping the enemy at a distance is the best way to survive. When that’s not possible, you need to end the fight quickly and… Read more »