Zombie Cliche Lookout: No Plan, No Clue
Given enough time, people can get used to just about anything. Zombies are certainly strange and terrifying, but eventually survivors are going to come to terms with them, and adapt their lives to the fact that the walking dead are a constant reality. This is an interesting time for zombie stories, because it represents a paradigm shift in characters. At the beginning of the story, they were terrified, and had to act purely on instinct. Some survived, most didn’t. As more and more people were weeded out, the remaining survivors began to develop survival strategies and are much better equipped against the zombies. At that point, the characters and story are fundamentally different from before.
Of course, some characters take longer to get to this point than others.
About this Episode:
I really liked playing around with forced perspective with this set, so I thought that I’d return to it and add another factor: micro-zombies in the background. To do this, I thought I’d use 1×1 round bricks with 1×1 round plates for heads and hair/hats. Seeing the effect in the comic, I’m not sure whether it came out as well as I thought. In fact, I was so conflicted about whether those specks would be recognizable as zombies that I tweaked the script a bit to give one of them a bit of distinctive dialog.
On the other hand, I’m kind of excited about pairing Stewart and Brent together. They’re easily the two least mature characters in the comic, so I hope to use this to explore the zombie genre from a different angle than I usually do with my more capable characters.
Discussion Question: Adaptation
How quickly do you think people could realstically grow used to living in a world where flesh eating zombies are a daily reality, and why do you think that? I think you guys are going to have some fascinating answers.