Posts Tagged: Stewart

Episode 66

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Whenever characters try to make a major decision, they’re always sharply divided into at least two camps with the most polarizing figures leading the opposed sides. In almost no time characters will be entrenched, committed to a particular course of action and unwilling to consider a single other option or even listen… Read more »

Episode 65

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Zombie stories are often separated into two distinct groups: siege stories and road stories. In the former, characters hunker down and try to secure a location against the onslaught of the walking dead. The classic example of the siege story is the original Night of the Living Dead, which set the standard… Read more »

Episode 64

Zombie Cliché Lookout: There comes a point when the protagonists in a zombie story come to the cold realization that no one is coming to help. So accustom to simple phoning 911 whenever the need should arrive, few are used to this level of independence. Often, this is the beginning of a big change in… Read more »

Episode 63

Zombie Cliché Lookout: In many zombie stories, the authorities reach a crisis point where they need to make a big stand and push back the ever-growing army of the living dead. Because the writers of zombie stories typically have a pretty negative view of the competency of those in authority, this big stand is almost… Read more »

Episode 62

About this Episode: That’s right, I named the heroic policeman after Robocop. I’m a nerd. Zombie Cliché Lookout: In zombie stories, anyone representing the government tends to get painted in a bad light. FEMA, the military, the police, and everyone in between have to fail utterly at stopping the zombie outbreak before we can have… Read more »

Episode 61

Zombie Cliché Lookout: The saying goes “Better one in the head than the walking dead”, but sometimes characters take things well beyond that basic advice. If you’re penned in without any avenue of escape, hope of rescue, or means of procuring food and water, then things are indeed bleak. If things don’t improve after your… Read more »

Episode 60

Zombie Cliché Lookout: The thing about zombies is that if there are only a couple of them, and if you’re reasonably well armed (carrying a loaded Glock, for example), then they’re just not as scary. So what does the aspiring zombie writer do to up the ante? Gun jams, broken weapons, loss of ammo, mobs… Read more »

Episode 56

About this Episode: God, the photography really came out poorly this week. Apologies. Zombie Cliché Lookout: The post-rescue celebration is an important event. It welcomes the almost-doomed back into the fold and heaps well deserved praise onto the savior.  Of course, one has to weigh the importance of the celebration against the likelihood of getting… Read more »