Zombie Cliche Lookout: It’s a Long Story
I’m borrowing this trope from another genre. That’s not to say it can’t make an appearance in a zombie story, but you’ll generally find this situation in a fish-out-of-water style comedy. A character will get him/herself into a ridiculous situation, and then complicate it and exacerbate it over and over again as they try vainly to fix it. Only when they reach a crescendo of absurdity does another character come in to witness the madness. Rather than trying to explain, they usually just say “Don’t ask”, or “It’s a long story”.
Oh those wacky characters.
Of course, this could work perfectly well in a zombie flick. Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland both proved how well comedy mixes with the zombie apocalypse. Even the classic Dawn of the Dead had a number of ridiculous comic moments – my personal favorite being the blood pressure cuff guy (RIP). It also had a pie fight, which… yeah.
About this Episode:
I think at least three different people called for Murphy to take a wheelbarrow ride. I wish I could say that this was purely fan service, but I have to admit, the only reason that wheelbarrow made an appearance is because Murphy was going to need it as a crappy, crappy wheelchair. I think it’s pretty hilarious how many of you called me on my Checkov’s wheelbarrow. Good job on you all.
Discussion Question: Zombie Kill 2: The Sequel
Our last question about our favorite fictional character to accompany us on a zombie killing adventure was a lot of fun, so I’m immediately sequelizing it. Yeah, I’m a hack; sue me.
This time around, let’s pick a historical figure. The real historical figure. If you pick William Wallace, you get the real William Wallace, not the one from Braveheart. Don’t get me wrong, Braveheart was a heck of an entertaining film, but historically accurate it was not.