Zombie Cliche Lookout: Strained System
When things start getting bad at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse, we’re going to feel it in a lot of exciting ways. One of the first is likely to be a disruption in services. Phones not working, power at reduced capacity, or out altogether. Services like garbage pickup or pizza delivery? Forget about it.
Most likely it will start small: a few more dropped calls than usual, the occasional brownout or a few very brief blackouts. But things will get rolling pretty quickly after that, and then we’ll all get to enjoy a nice, relaxing agrarian lifestyle. Except that nineteenth century way of life will also include zombies, which should make things interesting.
About this Episode:
So if the power is browning out, how come Sam’s computer didn’t shut off? Well, like a lot of people who are afraid of losing their work due to a sudden power loss, ol’ Sam has invested in a UPS (un-interruptable power supply). It’s basically just a big box of batteries that keep your computer – or whatever you have plugged into it – for a few minutes after power goes down. It won’t run long, but long enough to save your work and safely shut down.
Discussion Question: Are Zombies Afraid of Fire?
I was re-watching the original Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead recently, and I thought it was interesting that the zombies in both seemed to be afraid of fire (or even the flare that Fran waves around at one zombie). This is kind of interesting, because generally the zombies are more or less oblivious of anything that doesn’t look or sound like food to them. It’s also interesting in that in most other stories, fire isn’t a deterrent at all.
So what do you think, are zombies afraid of fire? If so, why?