Posts Tagged: Murphy

Episode 781: Awkward Memories

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Unfinished Business One of the consequences of bringing all your characters back together is that anything left unresolved is going to bubble back up to the surface, and the zombie apocalypse has a way of leaving a lot of unresolved conflict. I mean, it’s kind of hard to settle up every interpersonal… Read more »

Episode 780: Reunited and It Feels So Good

Zombie Cliche Lookout: The Story Contracts Today’s cliche isn’t unique to the zombie genre. In fact, it’s a mainstay in fiction, especially where stories become long form. At the beginning of a big story, things tend to be relatively compact. The reader is introduced to the protagonist, or the small group of protagonists, and the… Read more »

Episode 545: Hi There

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Quick Intros Meeting new people, especially in a survival situation, is important. The more people you have around you, the easier it can be to survive. Except, of course, that you’ll need more supplies to keep everyone fed and healthy. Surviving the zombie apocalypse becomes much more doable when you’ve got a… Read more »

Episode 544: Teamwork

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Guns are great for zombie defense and all, but they do have some pretty major drawbacks. The two big ones are that ammunition is finite, and the noise they make can potentially attract even more zombies. These are not good things. Thus, while Murphy could probably defend himself, the less shooting he… Read more »

Episode 543: Out of Options

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Meanwhile… In order to keep things interesting, battles in fiction have multiple fronts (battles in reality have multiple fronts for entirely different reasons). This allows the storyteller to craft up a number of distinct stories that are all going on simultaneously. Conventional armies will likely press the attack at multiple places to… Read more »

Episode 527: Don’t Worry About Me

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Stealth Mission In most zombie fiction, zombies are attracted to their prey with the same senses that we have. They see us. They smell us. They hear us. Knowing this, survivors can come up with various strategies to avoid the zombies. In The Walking Dead, for instance, characters camouflage their smell by… Read more »

Episode 526: Just Like Last Time

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Collateral Damage In most zombie stories, people fire weapons with reckless abandon. It’s sort of one of the guilty pleasures of living in the zombie apocalypse: you can be completely negligent if you want to, and who wouldn’t? People walk around with their fingers on the triggers (which makes me absolutely crazy… Read more »

Episode 525: Trouble at Home

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Home Sweet Home We all hold a special place in our heart for home. It’s a place we look forward to getting to at the end of a long day. It’s a place of safety and comfort. I would assume these feelings would become even more prevalent in the zombie apocalypse. I… Read more »