Zombie Cliche Lookout: Flipping
One really interesting part of a zombie outbreak is the way that it brings together a bunch of people who wouldn’t normally be together. Sure, there are circumstances where a group of friends will be stuck together, or a family will all be in the same place when the shit hits the fan, but those aren’t really as interesting unless there are already some underlying issues within these groups. Far more interesting are the vinegar and water combinations that zombie fiction is absolutely packed with. Applying external stress on people to force them to either cooperate or fail is just a staple of the genre, and, indeed, writing in general. The trick to making this work really well is to not use polar opposites. A police officer and a career criminal with personal history is an obvious choice, but their conflict is right there on the surface and doesn’t give a lot of room to expand upon.
About this Episode:
I’m starting to get sick of this setting. We’ve got (quickly checks scripts) three episodes left here, and then we’ll be moving on to a new location. It works well to let Henry address the crowd, which is nice, but looking at the backs of characters’ heads, especially when they’re talking, is a complete drag.
Discussion Question: Unhelpful People
Building of the zombie cliche lookout, are there people you know that you’d absolutely hate to be stuck with during a zombie attack? I know I have a few. No need to name names, of course (in fact, please don’t), just give us a quick rundown of exactly why those people would be so difficult to work with.
I’ll start things off. First is a family member of mine with an extremely conspiratorial mindset. He would be really tough to work with because he’d be too focused on trying to lob blame for the situation on others. Also, he complains insistently, which would wear down on a person in the best of times. Under stress? It would be a nightmare.