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 survivors tend to be ad hoc, random people from all walks of life pushed together by extraordinary circumstances. While these point should put aside petty differences and work together to survive, that’s generally not how things work.
Oh sure, generally everyone can get along well enough to survive the initial zombie onslaught, but in a lot of ways that’s the easy part. Things get a little more difficult when you’re not facing an outside enemy and actually have to figure out how to make things work day to day. Like the old saying goings, it’s a lot easier to blow up trains than to make them run on time.
About this Episode:
I remember when I was a teenager. I tended to think that I was smarter than I really was, and that I was able to somehow see a lot of things that other people missed. In truth, I was just kind of a pain in the ass that pointed out insignificant details to make myself look smarter. That’s pretty much what I’m going for here with Stewart, although it has the added benefit of laying out some group rules and opening them up to discussion.
Discussion Question: No Compromise
Say you find youself in some sort of unplanned group when the zombies show up to ruin everyone’s day. You guys manage to fight of the zeds, for now, and hole up someplace safe for the night. While you’re enjoying your meal of spam and roadkill, someone starts talking about how there needs to be all these rules, some of which you can get behind, others bother you. What sort of ideas would cause you to completely dig in your heels?
For instance, the group wanted to establish a rule that all individual property now belonged to the group, and if you leave your stuff stays. It seems like that one would bother me.