About this Episode:
That’s right, I named the heroic policeman after Robocop. I’m a nerd.
Zombie Cliché Lookout:
In zombie stories, anyone representing the government tends to get painted in a bad light. FEMA, the military, the police, and everyone in between have to fail utterly at stopping the zombie outbreak before we can have any fun in the zombopocalypse. To add insult to injury, these people are also usually portrayed as so incompetent and/or lazy, it’s a wonder they’re able to make it into the office every day.
Police officers tend to occupy one of two jobs: part of the mook patrol (along with the army) who are dropping the ball on containment, or the standout officer who is actually competent at his job. Those officers in the former category tend to be reserved for the first act of the story. They act as cannon fodder and obstacles for our heroes while the world falls apart. The heroic cops, on the other hand, tend to show up once the shit has completely hit the fan. Whether these characters become regulars, or are heroically sacrificed to allow the protagonists to press on in anyone’s guess.