Episode 144

Zombie Cliché Lookout:
I zombie stories, being bitten is a death sentence. This is generally established pretty early on in the story, and the characters become acclimated to these rules very, very quickly. Regardless, when someone is bitten denial is usually their strongest feeling. Characters will tell themselves that, unlike all the other poor dumb bastards out there, somehow their bite is different. Somehow it’s more survivable, perhaps there wasn’t enough of a fluid exchange, or the bite wasn’t deep enough. Whatever it is, the tell themselves, their bite is different. This sense of denial can often act as a catalyst to push characters toward the next plot point, generally seeking medical attention of some sort.

89 Comments

the dude person

Hah, I couldn’t help but laugh at the, “You don’t think it’s too late, do you?” line! Jeff is definitely zombified. If he hadn’t talked in this episode, I would’ve thought he’d already turned.

I love this cliché, especially as it is demonstrated in Dead Snow (I think you’ve seen it, right?) In particular, I mean a certain set of scenes invovling a chainsaw after a zombie bite… 😉

Reply
the dude person

It’s sad, really. They usually start with the “gateway” organs, like the heart or liver… By the time they move on to brains, there’s no turning back.

Reply
A Monkey

As a personal ex brain addict, I can attest to that, Dude Person, except for a few select cases. Now I travel the country warning young zombies of the risks of these organs. I’m thinking of starting a support group, too.

Reply
A Monkey

Undead Anonymous sounds catchy. We’ll have to get some government funding, and support from Zombie sites like yours Dave.

Ever see those “Are drugs turning your child into a stranger?” commercials? Now, imagine the SAME thing with Zombies.
“Are organs turning YOUR little Zombie into a stranger? Get help from Undead Anonymous and Organ Free.”

A Monkey

I’m not sure if you guys have this (wherever you are) but when I listen to the radio, I always hear about “Over Eaters Anonymous.” How about “Brain – Eaters Anonymous?”

Dave

I can’t say I’ve heard that here (Metro Detroit), but then I don’t listen to a lot of radio. We do have a ton of Gambling Support stuff since there are ton of casinos in Michigan (three alone in Detroit with one more across the river in Windsor, ON).

Tyzan8

Currently working on a stop-motion of that commercial called “Undead Anyamous commercial.” may not come out for a while…

brickzedhunter

nice dave but i think its to late for a nurse at east they didnt shoot him like they didd shannon the cold truth.

Reply
Eagle

”You don’t think it’s too late, do you?”
”No, not at all…” (says that with gun pointed at Jeff) *BLAM* 🙂

Reply
WJS

Nah, you want to get him looking the other way first. Don’t make the poor bastard look down the barrel.
…I’m remembering reading “Of Mice and Men” in high school. Y’all read that one in HS in America?

Reply
Nekrospike

No problem, It’s probably the most moving and magical CGI video I’ve seen with zombies D:
Also shouldn’t they have checked the entire area was secure before sitting down on the sofa? That gun must’ve attracted some attention, of course Jeff would need to rest more in his current state…

Reply
Tyzan8

Thanks Nerospike!
Wow amazing i need to find whart platforms this is on let’s hope Wii too!I am inspired i have abandoned my old script to work on a new one…I mean umm……..I don’t have a script…whatever.

Nekrospike

@Dave The thing is I it’s amazing because somehow it makes you feel for the family. Y’know a sum up is: Family of Three go on holiday and get eated by zombies. We’ve seen that before…but it’s never made us feel like that… I think zombie film writers should focus on that family relationship.
Also a book for you to get Dave 😀 or at least to think about: Zombie Apocalypse – Stephen Jones. It’s a book made up of various accounts of emails, news broadcast transcripts, text messages, Twitter messages and more written by various authors. And read if from the start to finish, because the ending is damn well creepy…

Reply
Dave

They really wrench a lot of feeling from that video. The Memento-style adds a lot to that.

Sounds like an interesting book. I’m going to pop that on my wish list.

Dave

Glad to see some love for our intrepid news crew. They were never intended to be real characters, I just liked them so much I decided to expand their rolls.

Reply
Tyzan8

The story fo ZOmbiemutts is an amzing one he was featured and over time he commented more and more then he sort of became a
co-worker on the site.That may be the best story I have ever told to the silent readers and the commenters.

Silver Fox

Well darn… all the “brrraaiinnnsss” jokes have been made. Wonder if they’ll find that one nurse from when it all started.

Reply
Tyzan8

Now what?Now what Ted?Now You guys need to go beat the crap out of some more zombies!You’re not going anywhere until you give those grey brain-eaters a helping of death!

(TEST LINE) wanted to see what that would do.

AnyZed (EPIC new word yay!) great episode Dave very gripping storyline here!

Reply
Dave

I can’t take credit for “zed”. I got it from Shaun of the Dead, and that just comes from the way British* people pronounce the letter Z.

*I’ve heard Canadians do the same.

Reply
Lich Barrister

It’s slowly fading in Canada – there’s only so many times you can hear the Alphabet Song on American “Sesame Street” feeds and not have “ZEEEE” stuck in the noggin, too.

Still, it’s worth trying for. I’ve been forcing it into my readings to my kids.

Reply
Dave

Outstanding. I really need to start commenting on there, but I fear it would take over far too much of my time.

Lich Barrister

Eh, not terribly much – it’s mostly the reading (and the desire to move away from my regular name). I’ve now got “Jay-Zed” as a moniker.

WJS

As a UK resident, I have a mixed experience with the whole zed/zee thing. Calling zombies “Zees” just doesn’t feel the same as “Zeds” (Not that I actually use either, I don’t have a problem with “the zed word”)
On the other hand, “Ell-Zed” doesn’t sound right compared to “Ell-Zee”. Maybe Commonwealth soldiers use a different term, because I don’t think I’ve ever heard that one with our pronunciation.

Tyzan8

BREAKING NEWS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!LEGO HAS SENT ME AN EMAIL NOTIFYING ME OF THEY’RE NEW MINIFIGURE LINE!!!IT’S THE MOST WANTED OF SERIES 1-3!!!!!!!!!!!!!Whew sorry for going into an all caps rage there but I am EXCITED!!!!

Reply
A Monkey

I’m not sure if this can be confirmed., I haven’t gotten an email, and I am signed up to get them.

Reply
zombiemutts

“IT’S THE MOST WANTED OF SERIES 1-3”

I am going to go ahead and put a gun in my mouth since I just spent a fortune on lego series one zombies this past 10 days for a project I am working on.

no funeral

Reply
Tyzan8

It’s not going to be out for a while i presume it might be expensive.I’ll try to post it here.in 1 minute.yeah that was many exclamation points but it’s pretty amazing news and zombiemutts i’m not sure if zombie will be in it so put that gun away i posted this to be a return of you’re favor of telling us about superheroes.

Reply
Tyzan8

sending off my mom’s email adrees posting here now.

View with Images

Dear Loretta,
We know how much our LEGO® fans love their minifigures! That’s why we’re giving your little VIPs the chance to tell us their number one character from the LEGO Minifigure Series 1 – 3. Simply click on their preferred minifigure below to register your vote. We will then turn the most popular characters into an exclusive LEGO Minifigure set, only available to LEGO VIPs!* Choose wisely, you only get to vote once! Voting closes July 30.

*Voting closes on 30 July 2011 and is restricted to one vote per registered VIP Member. The top 5 minifigures will be announced in the November email newsletter and the set will be exclusively available to VIP Members to purchase in 2012, and at this time terms will be announced. The sets will be available for as long as supplies last. Please be aware that while every best effort will be made to exactly replicate the minifigures from the series range, if the winning minifigures contain parts no longer in production, we will look to find the closest looking pieces as a replacement part, and if no suitable replacement parts are readily available, we will substitute the minifigure(s) in question with runners-up.

This email was sent to ADDRESS REMOVED BY DAVE

Please add VIP@e.LEGO.com to your address book. If you no longer wish to receive LEGO VIP Promotional emails, you may unsubscribe. For more information regarding our Privacy Policy, please click here.

We value your comments and suggestions and are always happy to hear what you think about our products and services. However, because this is a promotional email, we will not be able to respond if you reply to it. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment, please click here and fill in the email form that best describes your query.

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the minifigure and the VIP logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2011 The LEGO Group. USA: LEGO Shop At Home, 555 Taylor Road, PO Box 1310, Enfield CT 06083 – 1310

Europe: LEGO Shop At Home, 33 Bath Road, Slough SL1 3UF, England.

hope this works if not sorry for failing 🙁

Dave

Hmm, very interesting. If it goes by voting I’m sure the zombie will be up there since – I believe – it’s the most expensive fig on BrickLink.

Sounds like the results will be revealed in November.

the dude person

Hah, very true, Lich.

Fortunately, I, being a Star Wars fan myself, picked up an AOTC Slave I (Jango Fett’s ship) set on eBay a few years ago, when they were more available/affordable.

Heh, if I ever need extra cash, I know where to find it now! (Although I do rather like the Jango minifig… one of my favorites, for some reason, don’t know why.)

guy

Dont worry mutts I was planning on cremating you so I could be daves favorite.Whoops said that out loud.

Reply
Tyzan8

Oh she has over 7000 emails she can’t get anymore.I’ll directly forward anything i need to send you or at least remove forwarding text.
IMPORTANT NOTE YOU MUST BECOME A LEGO VIP TO OBTAIN THIS MINIFIGURE SET!!!!just a warning…

Tyzan8

test
test
test
test
test
test
test
sorry just wanted to test this feel free to delete it if you want.

Reply
Dave

I’ll keep this here. Remember, you need to close out your tags (i.e. do the same tag as before, with a / before the letters).

Reply
Tyzan8

Anybody want the email of mnifigures for warded to them go ahea and reply with your email!I will forward it!

Reply
BrickVoid

There’s a cure for Jef’s condition, unfortunately it involves killing him, eventually. 😀 I’ll probably post more about this tomorrow, when I get the PC back from it’s virus-enforced trip to the computer technician! 🙂

Reply
BrickVoid

Well, tomorrow became the day after next, so here I am! 😀 I think Jeff there will eventually turn into a zombie, or maybe he’ll become a zombie like Wash did in Brick House, one that can talk and maybe even think or something like that! 😉 I’m waiting to see where Dave takes the storyline with Jeff here! 😀

Reply
Dave

Oh La Horde is by no means a favorite, I just liked it. My favorites off the top of my head would be:
Night of the Living Dead (original and the 1990 remake)
Dawn of the Dead (original and 2004 remake)
Day of the Dead (avoid the sequels and remake at all costs)
Zombi/Zombi 2
28 Days Later (and 28 Weeks to a lesser extent)
Shaun of the Dead
Rec

Reply
Dave

I enjoyed it quite a bit. Have you already seen Quarentine (the US remake)? It follows the plot extremely closely.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *