Zombie Cliche Lookout: Time to Panic?
There comes a time in every good zombie story (and most bad ones too, to be honest) where someone just needs to freak out. It’s all perfectly understandable, of course. They’re under a tremendous amount of stress, have probably lost loved ones, and are likely suffering from lack of sleep. That’s a lot to ask of a person who hasn’t gone through special forces training, and so there’s generally at least one person who can’t quite handle it.
This is where the leader in zombie survival story is really put to the test. One person’s meltdown can quickly become contagious, spreading to the rest of the group in no time. This destroys morale, which can make long term survival all but impossible. A good leader must act quickly, decisively, and effectively. Failing at any one of those things is a surefire recipe for disaster (and zombies eating people’s faces).
About this Episode:
Looking at this episode now, I can see the hint of a smile on Teddy’s face. I figured shooting it from the side would make him look panicked, but now I’m thinking it looks like I was just too lazy to swap out faces before I snapped these photos.
Discussion Question: Pushing The Panic Button
I assume most of us aren’t current or former special forces operatives who can handle ludicrous amounts of stress. In fact, I’m thinking we’re mostly pretty normal folk. Parents, students, professionals, etc. We do fine during normal circumstances, and probably have no problem with rising to a challenge, but sooner or later, something is going to trip us up. The question is, what?
This is probably a tough one to answer; honestly, I’ll bet most of us couldn’t tell what our melting point would be outside of the traumatic loss of loved ones. But play along and take a guess, why don’t you?