Zombie Cliche Lookout: Home Sick
When you’re in the beginning of a zombie story and there seem to be a lot of people home sick, then it might be a good time to grab some guns and spam and head for the hills. Of course, few characters ever do this, barring perhaps a “crazy survivalist gun nut”, because then there wouldn’t be much of a story. What happens to all those sick people at the beginning? If they’re lucky, then they simply die. If they’re not so lucky, they turn into zombies, eat their families, and become a public nuisance.
About this Episode:
I’ve talked a lot in the past that I think zombie stories tend to get into trouble whenever they try to explain the reason – scientifically – for the zombie outbreak. There are a few exceptions where it works, but by and large it’s rough going. Bricks of the Dead sort of avoided that be starting a week or so into the outbreak. We got a little flashback to an infected patient at the hospital, but otherwise nothing.
I’m not going to get into the cause for the outbreak in these flashbacks, however, I do want to play around a bit with how it manages to spread. The bites and scratches are a good disease vector and all, but for a sudden global pandemic that brings down civilization as we know it, things have to be pretty big.
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Discussion Question: The Zombie Outbreak
When reading/watching zombie stories, do you generally like hearing the origin stories, even if they’re completely unbelivable? Obviously I don’t, but I know a lot of people who do. In fact, some people actually get upset if there’s never some sort of explanation offered, even if finding the reason for the outbreak isn’t the point of the story. So what does everyone here think?