Zombie Cliche Lookout: A Slight Misunderstanding
I’ll admit, the inspiration for this episode comes not from any zombie movie, or even a horror flick. It comes, instead, from the episode of The Simpsons where Homer joins the Navy reserves. In it, the drill instructor says to Homer: “Look, I don’t like you, and you don’t like me.” to which Homer confusedly replies “I like you”. What does this have to do with zombies? Well, not a damn thing, but I’m going to roll with it anyway.
A lot of interpersonal conflicts stem not from any actual issue, but from misunderstanding the thoughts and intentions of others. We do this all the time. We want to know what others are thinking – especially about ourselves – and anticipate what actions they might take because of these thoughts. Usually, this is completely harmless, but occasionally people take this way too far and act on some bizarre worst case scenario that only exists in their minds.
About this Episode:
The coffee cup has been bugging me for a while now. I’ve been wanting to get rid of it when I got back to this set, but it seemed weird just to make it disappear. So instead of disappearing it completely, I tried putting it in the sink in the background, but since the sink is so damn small, it ended up looking really bizarre. My solution? Cheryl got thirsty.
That’s right; I’m a problem solver.
Discussion Question: Engineered and Weaponized Zombies
It seems like I’ve been reading more stories lately where the origin of the zombies is intentional. That is, they were created for a specific purpose, usually as a weapon. Assuming these zombies function in basically the same manner as those in Bricks of the Dead, how well do you think they would work as a biological weapon? For instance, would they be effective at pacifying an area prior to an invasion? Would dealing with the remaining zombies after the fact be a bigger challenge than dealing with the defenders?