Episode 673: Flashbacks

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Never Saw It Coming There’s usually a pretty clear trajectory in zombie stories. In the early going, when everyone is still adjusting to the zombie menace, many people get overwhelmed and killed. This period is often exacerbated by bad information, denial, and people’s overall inability to adjust quickly to change. We’ll lose… Read more »

Episode 672: Catch Up

Zombie Cliche Lookout: They Didn’t Make It Once again, this trope exists far beyond just the zombie survival subgenre. In fact, it really seems to show up most often in war stories. You know what I’m talking about. A soldier returns to his platoon after going on another mission, or perhaps recovering in a field… Read more »

Episode 671: It’s Okay

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Understanding the Risks In the beginning of zombie stories, people struggle to understand the rules of their new reality. Unfortunately for them, those who aren’t smart or lucky enough to figure things out quickly are killed. After a while, people start settling into an equilibrium of sorts. They know how the zombies… Read more »

Episode 670: Reminders

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Old News Survival groups have to be pretty fluid to survive the zombie apocalypse. People will come and go. Sometimes voluntarily, sometimes people will be forced out by circumstances. And, of course, sometimes they’ll be eaten by zombies. This means that, as times passes, the chances that old companions will be reunited… Read more »

Episode 668: Reunited

Zombie Cliche Lookout:  Hugging Through the Carnage A big part of the draw in zombie movies is the zombie killing action. People love the gore. They enjoy the carnage. And they really, really love the creative ways people come up with to dispatch zombies. After all, the “Zombie Kill of the Week” was a pretty… Read more »

Episode 667: The Assist

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Taking Care of Business If you’re serious about surviving the zombie apocalypse, that means you’re going to have to get serious about braining zombies. This is going to hold true even when you have other pressing issues to deal with. Let’s say one person in your group is sick, and you’re running… Read more »

Episode 666: Watch Your Back

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Rescue You can only face zombies so long before luck turns against you. Maybe you’re the type who likes to fight, or maybe you like to avoid them. It doesn’t matter. At some point, you’re going to screw up. With any luck, you’ll be lucky enough to have someone watching your… Read more »

Episode 665: Don’t I Know You?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Cliffhanger! Okay, so this trope is by no means limited to zombie fiction. Like, at all. It shows up everywhere, especially as serialized television shows have become increasingly popular in the last decade or so. I’m talking, of course, ending an episode/season/arc right in the middle of some huge piece of action… Read more »