Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unexpected Guests
Zombies are a pretty obvious problem. After all, they are completely driven by the need to feast on human flesh. When they bite or scratch the living, the victims are doomed to death and reanimation. Also, they’re super gross. But one thing that zombie fiction loves to remind us of, over and over again, is that people are the truly terrifying monsters. Sure, zombies are dangerous, but they’re also extremely predictable and not terribly smart. Let’s be honest here: if you get outsmarted by a zombie, odds are you wouldn’t have made it all that long to begin with, even if there wasn’t an apocalypse on. Living people, on the other hand, can be extremely tricky.
There’s also the need for balance. Sure, some people might be evil and want nothing more than to enslave you, take your supplies, and keep you weak and defenseless. But not all people. I’d even go so far as to say not most people. Most people, and I probably sound a bit naive here, are decent folk. The only problem is distinguishing one group from another.
About this Episode:
Someone pointed out recently that I had shown the cabin front door backwards. It appeared that Stewart and Cheryl were standing on the porch, but the door and wall were inside. If they were inside, I should have used a yellow baseplate. Well, they were absolutely right. My continuity expert struck again. So I was left with a choice: either go back to the way it used to be, or have a “porch” on either side of the door.
Discussion Question: The Good and the Bad (And, to a Lesser Extent, The Ugly)
You probably saw this coming: as I said above: the real challenge with people is figuring out who the bad ones are. So, you know, how do you do that?