Posts Tagged: Russell

Episode 507: Thinking Ahead

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Survival Isn’t Enough This particular trope shows up in a lot of zombie fiction. If I were to take a wild guess, I’d say it’s probably in at least 50% of all zombie-related fiction. And there’s a good reason for that. Survival is fun – at least in theory – when you’re… Read more »

Episode 506: Wake Up!

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Trusting Your Instinct Even outside of zombie-related emergencies, experts advise that you should trust your instincts, because they’re usually correct. If something feels wrong, it probably is. If something sounds too good to be true, there’s usually a good reason for that. The only difference between trusting your instincts when it comes… Read more »

Episode 505: Good Cop/Bad Cop

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Difference of Opinion In stressful situations, such as zombie uprisings, people react in all sorts of different ways. Some people shut down and just go with the pack, hoping someone else will make the right decisions to keep them safe. Some become hostile and defensive. Others begin seeing themselves as some… Read more »

Episode 504: Don’t Take My Gun

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Reassurances I am, once again, stepping outside the zombie sub-genre for this episode’s trope. This one is more at home in action movies, wherein a character or characters are being interrogated, and the interrogator’s motives aren’t terribly clear. Now, it might be that the interrogator has perfectly benign reasons for questioning people,… Read more »

Episode 503: Let’s Do It My Way

Zombie Cliche Lookout: Suspicions It’s going to be tough to make new friends during the zombie apocalypse. Obviously the biggest issue is going to be the ravenous hordes of zombies devouring a great deal of your potential friends, but that’s only one factor. Another point to consider is the fact that everyone is going to… Read more »

Episode 502: Explain Yourself

Zombie Cliche Lookout: First, Deflect Few people like to take the blame for bad things happening, especially if that bad thing involves shooting a cop (expect perhaps the metal band Body Count). Because of this, people tend to have a few natural reactions to being asked to explain their mistakes, especially when in front of… Read more »

Episode 501: Wut’s All This Then?

Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Shift in the Current For this cliche, we’re not sticking within the zombie subgenre, or even the horror genre. This is a trope that seems to exist pretty much everywhere in fiction. I’m speaking, of course, of the sudden shift from the beginning of an argument or fight, to everyone having… Read more »