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 »

Episode 664: What Do You Want?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Trust Issues Surviving the zombie apocalypse isn’t likely something people will be able to do by themselves. People will need to band together in order to survive. That’s easy enough if you happen to know all the people you find yourself with, but most people aren’t that lucky. Odds are, most groups… Read more »

Episode 663: Standoff

Zombie Cliche Lookout: I’m Very Dangerous While zombie stories don’t have a monopoly on this trope, it does come up an awful lot. Survivors of any traumatic event are going to be scared, and if the event is ongoing, they’re likely to be very, very scared. When people get scared, they can get desperate and… Read more »

Episode 662: First Salvo

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Anyone Out There? If there’s a hoarier trope in the zombie genre than “people are the real monsters”, I don’t know what it is. It makes a lot of sense, of course, which is why it’s used so often. Zombies can’t really be evil, because they lack any sort of consciousness. Without… Read more »

Episode 661: I’ll Make My Own Door

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Simple Solutions I think one of the biggest draws to zombie fiction is the way that it simplifies a lot of life’s problems. Now, please don’t read too much into this, I’m saying simplifying here, not that it makes living any easier, which it clearly does not. What zombie survival does do,… Read more »