About this Episode:
Check out that sweet custom zombie in the foreground.
Zombie Cliché Lookout:
The thing about zombie stories is that they’re seldom about zombies. At least not the good ones. Zombie stories are about human characters surviving in the face of overwhelming odds. They’re about the strength of the human spirit. They’re about the difficulty of keeping the peace when the trappings of civilization go away. They’re about the human potential for both good and evil, and how far between those extremes a character might be willing to go to survive.
Of course, if you don’t throw a few zombies in there from time to time, the audience tends to get a little irritating. That’s the beauty of the establishing shot. It allows the creator of the story to cheat a little bit. It gives the audience just a little taste of zombie mayhem to hold them through all the human drama. The writer gets delude himself into thinking that he’s not really doing lowly genre fiction, and the audience gets to see some ambulatory corpses raising hell. It’s win win.