Bonus Feature Cliché Lookout: Who’s We? You Got a Turd in Your Pocket?
When it comes to cartoon bad guys, they come in all shapes and sizes. From giant, muscle-bound bruisers, to wimpy nerds; alien monsters to boring old office drone humans. Despite this great villain diversity, they tend to all share one common trait: hubris. And, like any great Greek Tragedy, that hubris tends to be their undoing. Well, that and unbelievable luck on the part of the hero.
Take, for example, the classic cliché of the bad guy having captured the good guy, and then not just shooting him in the chest twelve of thirteen times and then going out for a nice dinner at Applebees. No, instead the villain sets up some sort of complex, and often darkly ironic, death machine that taunts the hero with a slow, but unavoidable death. The bad guy then leaves, trusting in his machine to do the rest. The good guy, invariably, escapes and ultimately triumphs over the villain, who could have won had he simply taken the direct approach and gunned down his adversary in cold blood.
About this Episode:
There has been a lot of talk in the comments about my zombie security force, so I’ve been waiting for a moment to show off an example of one. You finally get to see the brave thugs that I would hire to keep the set safe from zombies, and the director safe from disgruntled former employees.
I had to dig through faces for quite a while before I finally found one that captured just the look I was seeking (it’s one of the news backwoods-style criminals from the City sets). I doubt we’ll get to see any of the others, so this poor guy is going to have to represent the entire force.