Zombie Cliche Lookout: Off-Screen Assistance
If you want to survive the zombie apocalypse, one of the first things you’re going to want to do is find a few people to partner up with. Now, obviously you’ll want to take care of any immediate needs first (e.g. getting away from a huge horde of zombies, bandaging up a wound), but once you’ve got a reasonable handle on things, you need to find some other people. As I’ve said before, you’ve got to sleep sometime, and having someone there to watch your back means you’ll probably sleep a lot more soundly.
Of course, having allies is useful beyond just survival. At some point, handling zombies gets to be a dangerous but fairly normal task. But other people? They’re a lot more clever. Having a few more people around can really help turn the tables. And, if you’re on the other side of things, having more guys there to put the squeeze on your victims is going to help you become a wasteland warlord much faster than attempting to go it alone.
About this Episode:
I have to admit, with this one, I stole the idea from Breaking Bad. I won’t get into too many spoilers just in case you haven’t seen the show yet (you really should, it’s absolutely fantastic). Regardless, I loved the visual in the show. I hope it comes across well here; not seeing the lasers moving around might spoil the effect a bit, but I hope not.
Discussion Question: Show Without Showing
For this episode, I wanted to get across that Henry did indeed have other people in his group, but I didn’t want to introduce any other characters. My solution is right up on the screen, and, as I mentioned above, I shamelessly stole it from an award winning drama series. How else might I have accomplished the same thing? How could I prove Henry had allies without them actually making an appearance? Could your alternative have worked better and made a bigger impact compared to how I handled it?