Zombie Cliche Lookout: Smiling Faces
When meeting a new group during the zombie apocalypse, it makes sense to put a bit of thought into your approach. You can choose to look quiet and maybe even a little awkward so that you don’t appear to be a threat. You can do the complete opposite, and come off as a complete hardass to show that you’re not going to take any shit to keep the other side’s threats at bay. Or maybe you go in there with a big smile on your face. You’re friendly, but when a disagreement pops up, you don’t back down. You’re forceful with a congenial confidence. And the other side? They’ll be wondering what that actually means for them.
As a reader/watcher, I’ve always found this approach more threatening than the characters who come in full of rage and swagger. It’s an instant indication that they’ve got something over the other side, and they’re extremely confident in that. What do they have? Well, we don’t know. It could be nothing.
About this Episode:
I spent quite a while with this new character’s minifig. Looking at him, it probably doesn’t seem like it, but hear me out. I wanted someone who looked very, very normal. Someone you would run into on the street and not really think twice about. Fairly put together, but not fancy. Confident, but not intimidating. Friendly, but not overwhelming. So obviously, he’s wearing khakis.
Discussion Question: Visual Cues
Conventional wisdom tells us not to judge a book by its cover. This is good advice, because going by outside appearances gives us very little information, so it’s hard to make an accurate call. That said, there’s a world of difference between choosing your next bathroom read, and figuring out whether you can trust some random dude in a survival situation. So how would you go about figuring out whether someone was safe, or at least worth taking the risk of interacting with?