Episode 656: Big Damn Fight

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Bloody Mess I don’t claim to know a lot about biology, anatomy, and physiology, but with a nurse for a mom and a mortician for a sister, I’ve gleaned a few things over the years. For instance, blood doesn’t keep pumping when you’re dead. Shocking, I know. Once you shuffle off that… Read more »

Episode 655: Reading the Signs

Zombie Cliche Lookout: One at a Time When it comes to zombies, everyone knows that they’re not terribly threatening on their own. Well, the slow ones anyway. The quick ones are a lot more challenging, even by themselves. But I digress; everyone knows that the best way to fight zombies is to do it one… Read more »

Episode 654: Beating the Crowd

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Establishing Shot with Zombies This is yet another one of my favorite tropes in zombie fiction: showing off a location by showing all the zombies that happen to be roaming around it. It works equally well with new and existing locations, and can act as a sort of visual shorthand to show… Read more »

Episode 622: A Nick of Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombies Abhor a Vacuum Taken individually, a zombie isn’t terribly threatening. The zombie is easy enough to take out, at least assuming you know how. It’s even easier to simply avoid the zombie altogether. I mean, there’s not really any sense in taking the risk of getting bitten when you can simply… Read more »

Episode 618: Forever Alone

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Standing On Your Own When it comes to zombie stories, they tend to come in two flavors: those that find strength in numbers, and those that focus on a sole survivor. From a survival perspective, surviving all on your own seems like a long-term dead end. You’ll have to take more risks,… Read more »

609: Lock It Down

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Turning Point In fiction, battles tend to go back and forth a few times, and then the good guys win in the end after some big, dramatic turning point. This can come in a lot of different flavors. Sometimes one member of the home team pulls off a risky maneuver. Or maybe… Read more »

Episode 608: Backstop

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Over-Penetration When it comes to dispatching zombies, guns can be incredibly effective. Provided you’re able to hit the brain and the calibre and load are sufficient, a gun can take out a zombie with only a couple of pounds of pressure. Of course, there are an awful lot of drawbacks. Perhaps the… Read more »

Episode 607: Pivot

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Surviving in the zombie apocalypse requires a lot of luck, as well as a fair bit of attention and flexibility. Any potential survivor lacking these traits isn’t likely to last for long. Luck is obvious; all it takes is a bit of bum luck and you can kiss your ass goodbye. A… Read more »