Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Greater Good
Okay, so today’s cliche isn’t unique to the zombie genre, or even fiction in general. No, people coming together for mutual benefit is something that goes way, way back. Back to, well, the beginning of the human race. After all, humans on their own can’t really compete on equal terms with other predators. It’s two things that put us at the top of the food chain: the ability to make and use tools, and our ability to form complex social groups. Sure, there are pack hunters and animals that can make and use tools, but none to the extent of human beings. I’ve seen a monkey use a stick to pull termites out of a nest, but I’ve never seen a jaguar use a radial arm saw for rough carpentry. Honestly, it’s not even fair. We are, after all, the smartest primates. Gorillas are still stronger, but that’s okay
About this Episode:
Okay, so I’ve been hearing the occasional comment on here that people neither like nor trust Henry. It seems like the big reason behind that is because he’s basically just a politician. So, naturally I’m having a hell of a good time building on that. And what better way to make a character seem like an asshole politician than by having him unironically say “coalition” in regards to very small groups of people. You’re welcome, everyone.
Discussion Question: Evasive but Charming?
So Henry is clearly not a fan favorite here, and for pretty good reason. So far, he’s been condescending, threatening, smarmy, and evasive. People don’t tend to like those qualities in others, but some people manage to pull it off and still be pretty charming. Let’s say you’re Henry. How would you change your approach to help build trust with the group?