Episode 554: Blame Game

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Zombie Cliche Lookout: Weighing a Life

In fiction, I hate the trope where the hero is forced to choose between saving two different people or groups. It always feels far too artificial. However, I do think there are some interesting things to pull out of the trope. The big one, of course, is how you weigh one human life against another. Is the life of a child more important than the life of an adult? Does the life of a scientist mean more than the life of a factory worker?

I think what I dislike about the trope is that it’s almost always revolving around how these people will affect the protagonist. Take Spiderman, for instance. Our hero has to choose between his girlfriend and a bunch of civilians. He can either lose the person he loves, or allow a bunch of people to die to save someone he personally knows. That’s a boring choice to me; I’d much rather see someone dealing with the aftermath of that choice being thrust upon them. Another annoying thing is that the heroes never really seem to have to make the choice; they almost always find a way to save both. Again, boring.

About this Episode:

So you may have noticed that Stewart and Joy have their weapons back. I meant to address this in the last episode, but the basic idea was that their weapons were nearby when they were moving the bodies, just not immediately on hand. Because they’d be insane not to keep their arms close by.

Other News:

First of all, this is our last update for the week. Here in the US, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I’ll be taking the remainder of the week off in observance of the holiday (and the fact that I’ll be out of town).

Second, I’m finally all done with my broken leg. I got the rest of my stitches out, and only need to go back to the doctor if something goes wrong. I did break one of my stitches, which sucks. But otherwise, I’m doing quite well.

Discussion Question: Giving Thanks

With apologies to my non-US readers, we’re going to go with the Thanksgiving theme here, although I would argue that even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, giving thanks for the things you have is still a good thing to do.

So with that in mind, what are you thankful for?

10 thoughts on “Episode 554: Blame Game”

  1. Typo alert, Zombie Cliche Lookout, second paragraph, fourth sentence, after the comma: “of people to do to” do–>die 😉

    Same section, same paragraph, fifth sentence, after the comma: “of the that choice” Remove either the bolded word or the italicized word, one of those two does not belong, and I’m not quite sure which one should go. 😀

    About This Episode, last sentence: “they’re be insane”they’re–>they’d 🙂

    Other News: Did you mean to say “stitches” or “screws”? I’m pretty sure the hospital put screws in your leg. Did they also have to stitch the skin back over the surgical openings, too? You never mentioned this, which is why I ask. 😀

    I know the big long screw came out already, but don’t they have to take the small ones out sometime in the future?

    • I got screws and a plate in my leg, and they stitches up the incision. They removed the one screw that went through both bones, and stitched that incision. I broke of of the stitches on the second incision, which sucks because it’s not going to take longer to heal.

      Luckily, they don’t have to remove the smaller screws or the plate. They really didn’t even need to remove the long screw. The doctor gave me the option, and I chose to have it taken out. I’m really glad I did; it feels much better now that it’s gone.

  2. Well, Stewart can go on his guilt trip if he wants to, but the fact of the matter is that Cheryl also had a tough decision to make, it wasn’t just Stewart who had a problem to deal with. We all have our problems in life, and how well we handle them will be judged by others, even if they don’t show it outwardly.

    • Well said, BrickVoid.

  3. Thankful for Gravy

    • Oh man, so am I.

  4. Thankful that I’m done with shopping for the week. Gosh, even last night it was like hell! I can’t imagine what Black Friday is going to be like. No, but in all seriousness, I’m really thankful to be able to spend time with family and friends whenever I want. It’s easy to forget that some people can’t do that as they live under oppressive governments.

    • God do I hate shopping.

      And right you are about forgetting about how lucky most of us are. It’s far too easy to take that for granted.

  5. I am thankful for another zombie-free year and also for my opportunity to get into a TRU team! Thats why I have been inactive. Training and travel. I got to jump out of a helicopter!

    • Wow, that sounds pretty awesome. What’s a TRU team?