Zombie Cliche Lookout: Focus
One of the many things I love about the classic, slow zombie is that they pose a much more sinister threat. Because people tend to downplay them and even forget about them when there are more pressing issues, the slow zombies have a tendency to surprise groups out of nowhere. I’ve always loved it when characters are lulled into a false sense of security, only to have their world shatter when the zombies show up.
That false sense of security can manifest in a number of different ways. Classically, it shows up when characters assume that they are safe. A lot of times, this is when they find a location that appears to be impregnable, but actually has a fatal flaw. However, that false sense of security can also appear when characters are so distracted in other things that they completely lose sight of the constant zombie threat. Examples of this include fighting and sex, two activities that tend to cause lots of tunnel vision.
About this Episode:
In the second panel, the shotgun that’s propped up against the shelves in the background accidentally fell to the floor. Unfortunately I didn’t notice this until it was time to edit everything together. To downplay this, I used the shot with the most severe angle, which makes the shelf harder to see. Yeah, I’m a dirty, dirty cheater.
Discussion Question: Off Guard Moments
Murphy and Inez put themselves at a severe disadvantage by fighting in the middle of a probably zombie-occupied area. This tunnel vision puts them at risk of being surprised by a zombie attack. Luckily, Brent is actually paying attention.
You can probably see where I’m going with this. What situations can you see putting yourself off guard? Where do you need to be extra careful to avoid tunnel vision?