Posts Tagged: Russell

Episode 290: Say My Name

Zombie Cliche Lookout: But First When you tell a story – even an awesome zombie story – there are certain elements you need to establish at some point. Little things like characters names, where everyone is, and what sort of state they’re in need to be established to give the audience some grounding. And sometimes,… Read more »

Episode 286: Take Your Junk

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow Breaking up, as they say, is hard to do. Even in short relationships (and I’m not just talking about romantic relationships here), you’ve built something together, and tearing that asunder to go your separate ways is fairly traumatic. If your relationship is a little deeper than than,… Read more »

Episode 286: Free to Go

Zombie Cliche Lookout: An Impasse People can be a real pain sometimes. Even the best of friends who seem to agree on practically everything can reach a point where they simply cannot see eye to eye. The bigger the group, and the more diverse, the more likely this will happen. In zombie stories, groups of… Read more »

Episode 285: We’re an Autonomous Collective

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Centralized Control It seems like characters in zombie stories like the idea of strong, central leadership. Look nor further than The Walking Dead, where the group of survivors – almost instantly – vests an insane amount of power into Rick. This happens fairly early in the story, long before Rick does anything… Read more »

Episode 284: I Nominate Myself

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Heavy is the Head In my experience, anytime someone brings up voting on a leader, or making one person be in charge, they’re talking about themselves. It’s a sort of weak, passive-aggressive way of making a power grab, and few people fall for it. Generally speaking, it just comes across as self-serving… Read more »

Episode 283: Speed Dating

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Meet and Greet In all stories (excepting sequels and prequels and probably some others that I’m too tired to think of) you have to meet the principal characters and get to know them. This is usually done right at the beginning, but ongoing stories will periodically refresh the well, so to speak…. Read more »