Zombie Cliche Lookout:
They say no good deed goes unpunished, and like all things, I’d imagine that rule goes double in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. And if that deed isn’t quite as good as you might think it is, the punishment is likely going to be all the more severe. That’s a strange thing that seems to happen in horror stories. There’s a sense of moral balance. The bad guys, be they zombies, vampires, or psychotic killers, are certainly evil, but the focus is more on the ethical issues of the victims.
It’s pretty perverse, at least for the most people. “Assholes” get it the worst (remember Steve from the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead?), but it seems as though anyone guilty of a minor ethical violation is fair game. So don’t have sex or cut in line if you happen to be a character in a horror story, or you will be murdered horrifically.
About this Episode:
I had originally planned to have Emma stay right where she was throughout the episode, and gradually get closer and closer to her face. I suppose that was okay, but it wasn’t terribly visually interesting (and it’s a trick I’m sure I’ve used a few times now). So, to mix things up a bit, I had her pace around a bit, which also gave her the opportunity to end the episode with the gun pointed right at Sam.
Discussion Question: Cursing
By and large, I try to keep Bricks of the Dead pretty PG-13. There’s some blood and gore, and some mild language, but that’s about it. That’s always been a pretty arbitrary decision on my part, and to by honest I’m not even sure where it came from. I suppose I figured that, since I was using LEGO, I should keep the language fairly accessible and non-offensive.
The question is, does it work? Is it appropriate? Or should these characters be dropping f-bombs left, right, and center?