Zombie Cliche Lookout: Putting a Point on Things
As we discussed last time around, during the zombie apocalypse, there are a lot of little things that you can do to intimidate other survivors. Now there is of course the ethical consideration behind doing this. We’re just going to go ahead and set that consideration aside because, well, intimidating people to get them to do what you want is rarely justifiable. So let’s just move along then, shall we?
An excellent way to start pushing on people is to setup an unequal balance or power or knowledge. This overwhelms their ability to fight back effectively. Take, for instance, today’s strip. Not only does this smiling gentleman know all the people in our little group, he even knows their names. That puts forth the obvious question: what else does he know. Our heroes, by contrast, know absolutely nothing about this guy. They don’t even know his name yet, let alone what other strengths or weaknesses he might have.
About this Episode:
So we see a lot of the backs of people’s heads in this episode. And, to be honest, we’re going to see a fair bit of that in the next couple of episodes. I don’t really care for this too much when people are talking. For some reason, it really drives me nuts that you can’t see someone’s face when they’re talking. There are exceptions of course, but by and large I don’t care for it.
Discussion Question: Let’s Get Back to Ethics
So remember up above where I said we were going to ignore the ethical considerations of weaponizing intimidation? Well, what I meant to say is that I am going to ignore those. I’d like you guys to take the other tack. Explore some situations where pushing people around might be the right things to do.