Episode 215: Retreat or Rout

Zombie Cliché Lookout: Hold the Line

In movies, retreats are always messy, dirty things. Men fleeing, dropping equipment and weapons in a mad attempt to get the hell out of there. In reality, retreats are relatively complicated military maneuvers. A good retreat means keeping your soldiers safe, and retaining all your equipment, and if you can’t pull back with all your stuff, it needs to be destroyed so that you’re not resupplying your enemy. In order to pull this off, you need to coordinate a lot. Some people need to hold off the enemy advance, others need to be transporting all your stuff, and you need to do it all in an orderly fashion while being attacked by a superior force. Not exactly a cakewalk.

Of course, when it comes to zombies, retreats are a little easier. You don’t need to worry so much about the zombies seizing your weapons, because the zombies wouldn’t know what to do with them anyway. However, you still need to keep them at bay long enough to get your people together and get them moved out of the way safely. And if you’ve got injured people or scattered supplies, that’s going to take some time.

About this Episode:

Okay, so I had to take down this set to film a bunch of other stuff, so there may be (i.e. there are) some continuity issues. Just remember, my script supervisor (person responsible for keeping track of continuity) has a severe meth problem.

On another note. The zombies actually move a little closer in each shot, but it’s sort of hard to tell.

Other News:

Two items here, first a sad one: The dream is dead. That’s right, despite an incredible groundswell of support, LEGO® will not be moving forward with Yatkuu’s incredible Winchester model. It’s an incredible shame, but it was a hell of a ride while it lasted. Congratulations again to Yatkuu. Even if the model isn’t produced, this was still and incredible accomplishment.

Need something to perk you up after that downer? Then check this out (the password is “wearezombies” and will probably expire soon, so don’t waste too much time). This was made by a sixteen year old, and the production quality is incredibly high. I’m seriously impressed. According to the site, it took over two days to shoot, and involved some 220 shots with twenty-seven zombies, five make up artists, and six locations.

Discussion Question: What Do You Need to Fall Back?

The zombies are closing in and it’s becoming readily apparent that you won’t be able to hold your position unless you’re looking forward to being Grade A zombie chow. So what’s your plan to get you and your fellow survivors out without losing everything you have?


Sir Cheese

Have 2 of the few of us there pick up weapons and fend off the hoard while the rest of us gather our stuff and prepare the route out. The two that are fending off the hoard will be heavily armored as well as armed. We’ll have a tree to climb, a car to get in, or some other way of getting out alive. I’m counting on only having to worry about this in retrospect, because I don’t beleive that there will be a z-day.

Sir Cheese

By the way what is “Or I guess was” Shaun of the dead lego winchester project? I’m eager to learn more!


i think Stewart has been away from zombie killing for too long! He should know by now to hit them in the head, not chop off their arms! Of all the people I’d expect to make a costly mistake like that Stewart would not be the one I’d expect! Nice work Dave! 😀


And he’s also the one who starts the whole thing off by being a smart ass.


Someone absolutely has to yell at him in the next episode “In the head, Stewart” or something similar! 😀


Thanks for the kind words Dave – as you say, it’s been a hell of a ride so no regrets here.


And hey, weren’t you the third or forth person to hit 10k votes? Another huge accomplishment.

Silver Fox

It’s a bit disappointing there’s no Winchester Set after all. However, I saw on another site, there’s announcement of a LEGO for Men or LEGO de in german… meaning there will be sets geared towards the Adult Fanbase. So maybe there we’ll get to see something.

As to an apocalypse… the horde is coming… if I’ve been bit, load me up with a bunch of grenades and other lovely explosives so I can wade into them and go out with a bang.

Otherwise, I’ll do my best to hold the line, finding a strategic point at which to off the incoming tide of undead either with firearms or a good cutting, even a bashing weapon to off them with.

Dead Coat

Too bad LEGO rejected it, the set was perfect! Think positive, though, you never know when a new opportunity may come!


In extremely sudden changes of action, a person’s attitude towards his friends, and even family can become more hostile. Even Stewart, who was once showing friendly (romantic, as speculated by some) emotions to Cheryl, became angry and bitter with Cheryl’s speculation. Like when you’re having a bad day, someone trying to act friendly can make you angered and disgruntled (love that word). I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a reaction from Cheryl about Stewart’s line.


“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Alice in Wonderland

The secret to escaping is having a well-rehearsed plan. If you know your party, if you know your capabilities; and if you know where you’re going, getting out is a snap.

Zombies aren’t real life. Zombies would be easy to escape. You just need a big, heavy vehicle. Think a bus or a dump truck. Load all your friends and gear in it and start rolling, real freakin’ slow. Just roll right over any zombies that get in your way. Don’t waste your ammunition. Don’t risk cutting your morale troop in half with a chainsaw. Just slowly, steadily crunch any zombie in your path. Let the diesel do the work.

Real life, if you’re surrounded like that, well, remember the Alamo?


Well that depends on location, like in the walking dead. Examples (Spoilers)……………… the prison, and that community in Washington D,C.


But they have made other zombie stuff like collectible minifigs and a monsters theme. Plus star wars has stuff like that. The even made a set with a zombie geonosion. (Its a species from star wars)


We practice retreat drills. Well-packed bags mean you only take out what you need at the time, and you put it back in it’s spot when you’re done. We’re ALWAYS ready to go.


One thing I dislike about zombie fans is they often assume that any position can be compromised if you throw enough zombies at it. That’s bullshit. I can quite easily harden a building so that a huge mob of people could pound on it with their bare hands and have no effect until I’m long dead of old age.
So, for this question to make any sense, we have to assume that my team is out on a salvage foray or patrol. In that case, we don’t have a huge amount of materiel to take, just what we’ve just salvaged, and we’ve got lookouts so we have a minute or more’s warning. In that case, some of the guys can take the salvage and head back to base at a brisk walk, while the rest retreat at zombie walking speed, thinning the front of the horde. Standing in one place fighting is a mugs game, move so you’re only in range of one at a time and can’t get surrounded. We can then kill zombies until we start to flag, and then just walk away.

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