Zombie Cliche Lookout: Settling In
No matter how old people get, no matter how much they learn, no matter how cynical they appear, there’s something about the darkness of the night that makes the most primitive part of our brains light up with fear. This holds true even when we can be reasonably sure that we’ll survive the night, safe in a comfortable bed inside a warm house, and guarded by all the auspices of modern society. In the zombie apocalypse, terror will reclaim the night, and that’s going to really negatively affect people’s ability to get a good night’s sleep.
About this Episode:
I got rid of Sam’s goofy grin. I thought it was pretty funny as a contrast against the scowl he had in previous episodes, but the joke would have worn thin pretty damn quickly.
Discussion Question: Night Time
Look, I know we’re all adults here, or close to it anyway. We’re not afraid of the dark. Most of us anyway. In fact, I know I sleep a lot better when my bedroom is as dark as I can make it. that means I try to minimize lights from electronics, and love my black-out blinds that keep ambient light to a minimum.
Of course, we’re all living in the civilized world, and a time of unprecedented personal safety. It’s a lot easier to fall asleep now than it has been at probably any other time in history, ignoring light pollution, noise, and all the tricks we’re playing on our brains’ internal clocks with electronics. In the zombie apocalypse, we’ll have no such sense of security. If we fall asleep too soundly, and with no one watching our back, who knows what we’ll wake up to.
So how would you cope with the night, and more importantly getting the sleep you need to function well, in the midst of a zombie outbreak? What sort of safeguards would you use that would let you close both eyes in the evening?