Zombie Cliche Lookout: Zombies Abhor a Vacuum
Taken individually, a zombie isn’t terribly threatening. The zombie is easy enough to take out, at least assuming you know how. It’s even easier to simply avoid the zombie altogether. I mean, there’s not really any sense in taking the risk of getting bitten when you can simply walk briskly by. This is why you don’t usually see single zombies very often in zombie stories after they’ve gotten going; they’re simply not that scary.
Of course, we do occasionally see a single zombie. That happens at the beginning of the story, and is used to demonstrate a few things. First, it shows us the monster alone to allow us to get a really sense of it. Second, is shows how the zombie is able to “reproduce”, so to speak. Finally, they often also show us how the zombie can be killed. Of course, as zombies have become more and more popular, these demonstrations are less important.
Since single zombies don’t really offer much of a threat, the story raises the stakes by increasing the numbers. One zombie isn’t really a big deal, but a couple dozen is a whole different story. The numbers of zombies are generally increased steadily. We might start with a few zombies, but more and more slowly stream in until we reach a point of critical mass.
About this Episode:
Apologies again for calling in sick on Friday. I’m still feeling pretty terrible, but good enough to get the strip out.
Also, hey, I remembered to make it dark out.
Discussion Question: Avoiding or Destroying a Single Zombie
I made the assumption above that it’s generally better – that is safer – to simply avoid a zombie rather than try to kill it. But is that always the case? Surely leaving a zombie alone simply leaves a danger for someone else to deal with. So what’s the better approach here, in both the short and long term?