Episode 686: Low Expectations

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unexpected Returns When someone leaves the group in the midst of a zombie outbreak, the odds of them coming back are pretty slim. Let’s not waste too much time discussing the obvious (there are zombies out there, and they are really, really dangerous), and just focus on a couple of other potential… Read more »

Episode 653: Time to Move

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Back on Your Own We talk a lot about having a community of people in order to survive the zombie apocalypse, but survival is also a very personal thing. At the end of the day, no matter how many people you surround yourself with, everything comes down to you. I think that’s… Read more »

Episode 652: Parting Gifts

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Reluctant Gun Ownership When you talk about zombies a lot, you end up talking about the various ways of killing zombies. A lot. It can get a little weird, but that’s the genre and you’ve got to roll with it. Much discussion is given to guns versus other weapons. Naturally, everything has… Read more »

Episode 651: Before You Go

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Parting Gift Mention zombies to a crowd of high school or college aged guys, and the conversation will turn to weapons in less than a minute. Why? Well, because it’s fun, that’s why. Naturally, there are different approaches one can take with weapons. People often fall into two camps: camp gun, and… Read more »

Episode 650: Shopping List

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Don’t Forget the Milk People of all stripes have the same basic needs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs lists them thusly: physiological needs, safety needs, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. These are arranged in a pyramid, with the most essential (physiological) at the bottom, and the least (self-actualization) at the top. Survival… Read more »

Episode 649: Mission Statement

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Big Moment Like it or not, The Walking Dead is the dominant piece of zombie of the moment, supplanting classics like Night of the Living Dead for many new fans of the genre. While I think The Walking Dead has a lot of problems in both it’s original comic and television iterations,… Read more »

Episode 648: A Gentle Nudge

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Strong, Silent Types This trope is by no means isolated to the zombie genre. In fact, it’s probably much more at home in action movies, and definitely in westerns. I’m speaking, of course, of heroes who don’t talk anymore than they absolutely have to. Less Bruce Willis, more Clint Eastwood. Taciturn heroes… Read more »

Episode 647: Empathy

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Losing in Common When most of us talk about the zombie apocalypse, we talk about the “fun” things. Improvising weapons, killing zombies in all sorts of creative ways, and “scavenging” cool supplies. What we ignore are all the painful elements, and there are a hell of a lot of them. No one… Read more »