Episode 378: Escalation

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Zombie Cliche Lookout: Immediate Capitulation

First thing’s first: I’m not going to make any jokes about the French on World War II here. It’s been done, again and again.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about giving up immediately when facing a sudden challenge. In the movies, we all know that heroes never give up, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. In real life, things tend to be a little different. When our lives are on the line, many of us would likely see the wisdom in that old axiom, “discretion is the better part of valor.” After all, we can’t count on all our problems being wrapped up at the end of act three, or surviving because we’re the main character. Real life, sadly, simply doesn’t work that way.

About this Episode:

Brent wears his sunglasses inside. That says pretty much all I need to say about the guy right there. Hooray for stereotypes!

On an unrelated note, this episode was a real pain for me. After shooting a couple episodes outside in normal lighting, I completely forgot I had this interior darkened. I remember after I finished doing the photos. Then, half-way through my second set I realized that my ISO was set really low (I generally keep it at 100 – 200), which was making getting non-blurred shots in the dark really tough. I finally pulled my head out of my ass and got the shots on my third try. I guess it was just that kind of day.

Discussion Question: Negotiate, or Give Up

Put yourself in Brent’s shoes, you walk inside and find yourself staring down the barrel of a .45. A shadowed stranger tell you to drop the only weapon you have, and you see your friend helpless and handcuffed in the background. What do you do?


20 thoughts on “Episode 378: Escalation”

  1. For a paranoid sort of guy, it’s a wonder Brent isn’t lying dead on the floor right now with a bullet in him. It’s a painful thing to say, but I would have thought that if the guy was unstable, he’d have shot Brent right then and there! Dave obviously wants him to come across as a caring sort, in some small way. 😀

    • Yeah, I’m not trying to make a monster here, but he’s not soft and cuddly either.

  2. I thought the same thing when Lou got Murphy, you need to get them talking and take your time handing over whatever you have. Open palms and “Hey, I don’t want any trouble, I’m putting it down, just don’t shoot” (if he hasn’t already, is he really going too). Suss out the situation, what if Murph yells something or you have distracted Lou enough for Murph to get a little closer. As Brian Cox says in The Long Kiss Goodnight, always keep a gun next to Mr Johnson, guys don’t check there. I have played these scenarios over in my head a million times, I like to think I know the angles!
    That being said I would probably s**t myself and do whatever I was told!

    • Good thoughts here. Maybe Murphy is really scared, and maybe he’s lulling Lou into a false sense of confidence. Could go either way.

  3. Chuck the shovel. He was mid-stride anyway, and could have gotten plenty of momentum for the throw easily.

    Well, that would be MY first impulse, anyway.

    • Maybe Brent is like me and not very good at throwing the combat shovel?

  4. *thud!*not *clang!*? 😀 I do love how you angle your characters and camera to give a sense of dynamic fluidity

    • Yeah, I pictured the handle landing first, rather than the blade. Hence the thud.

      And thank you!

  5. I’d do the same as Brent. Just drop the shovel, and when the guy feels safe, I’d try talking to him. I’m more of a talker than a fighter (all though that might change during a ZA 😉 ) Maybe I’d throw the shovel out the door for the girl to find.

    BTW; love the first and sec panel with the outside view.

    • Thanks, Foolish!

      I think you’re on the right track with surrendering your weapon and talking. Lou clearly has the upper hand here. Yeah, you don’t know if he’ll shoot, but I certainly wouldn’t take the chance.

  6. Throw the shovel at his head (if it hits yay! Murphy can kick the gun out of his hands. We win. ) Duck and roll out the door. If Lou pursues Brent it gives Murpy an oppurtunity run up behind Lou and strangle him with the cuffs. Then Murhpy can yell at Brent for his stupidity and Brent can just be like ‘Meh’. That’s our Brent

  7. On a more serious note I have been in brents shoes. New years eve a couple years ago me and a buddy just walked my girlfriend home and on the way back this guy walks by us, turns around and asks us for the time. We turn around and he has pulled a gun on us. (The cops said it was a colt .45 if I remembered correctly) he tells us to empty our pocket and hand over anything of value. We didn’t have anything, it was 4am. This guy then tells us to go and starts to turn around, but before we take even one step he snaps back and whips the gun across my face leaving me with a bloody cheek and severly bruise cheek bone. Anyways because he didn’t knock me unconcious I was able to enter a state of pure adreniline and rage. I charge this guy head on. He was smiling like he won something and didn’t expect any sort of retaliation from us so I guess I had surprised him. I tackled him to the ground and started beating on him not watching where the gun was. Apparently the gun was on my chest the whole time I was on top of him hitting him. My buddy runs over and grabs this guys hand and wrist and begins prying the gun out of his hand trying to save me from being shot at this point. My buddy ends up breaking this guys wrist before he finally let’s go of the gun. My buddy runs to my house to call the cops leaving me and this guy alone. The cops told me I had a lot of self control, they expected this guy to be hurting a lot more because of what he did to me. His worst injury was the broken wrist my buddy did I just wore him down untill I could hold him down till the cops showd up. If I hadn’t charged him when I had the chance we both could have taken a bullet in the back. This is very close to the situation at hand with Brent and Murpy vs ?Lou? With the right oppurtunity things can turn in your favour.

  8. Wow. A similar thing happened to me as well, but on a spring day, about 3 days before my girlfriend, was moving to Irving Texas. We went for a walk. 2 men came up to us, surprisingly in the middle of our local park, with no one around but the ducks. They both held brass buckles and some type of magnum. They grabbed my girlfriend, and demanded for me to give my watch and wallet. I’m just a nerd with 95 pounds of muscle on me. I don’t know karate or anything like that. But I grabbed the gun out of the thin guy’s hand and shot them both in the head, and ran.

    • … 0.0

  9. Just for clarification,When I meant ran, I meant with my girlfriend.

  10. Btw, Dave is so friggin good at making a comic. I don’t think I could do it, and succeed at making bad-ass characters at CERTAIN points of the comics.

  11. Bminus. They both survived, but were arrested.

  12. What happened to this page?

    • No clue; I’ll fix it now.

  13. Trying to negotiate in that situation is a likely way to end up dead. If you vacillate or hesitate you give the goblin time to aim. The only real decision, in my estimation, is whether you fight or run. In this case, I would opt to run in a zig-zag and test his ability to hit a moving target. That or fight.

    You have the rest of your life to make that decision. How long that is depends entirely upon how you make it.