Zombie Cliche Lookout: Afterthoughts
Once again, I’m going to talk about a trope that isn’t isolated to the zombie genre. In point of fact, it isn’t really a genre trope at all, but rather a truism in life. Often we find ourselves in a situation where our emotions can become overwhelming to the point of making quick decision difficult. The obvious example here – pulled right from today’s comic – is what to do or say to someone that you might not see again. This question is further complicated if there are time constraints of any sort, like a flight that’s about to leave or prison visitation hours are coming to an end shortly.
Some of us are able to combat these emotions and make thoughtful decisions. Most of us cannot. Rather, we become paralyzed and awkward, unsure of the right path forward and too afraid of doing the wrong thing to do anything at all. The worst part of it is that we’ll often settle on just the right thing to do or say shortly after the opportunity has passed. The flight has left, and the prison visitors areas have closed, and only then do we realize we never said “I love you.”
About this Episode:
I thought it was going to be really hard to get Barb perched on that window for the second panel. Before I shot the episode, I had brainstormed a handful of different solutions to the problem, including using sticky tack and building up a wall on the backside of the set with a bar for her to grab onto. Oddly enough, she stayed put on the first try.
Discussion Question: Decision Paralysis
Have you ever found yourself too overwhelmed to make a decision at what felt like a pivotal point in your life? What did you do about it? After the moment passed and you were able to think clearly again, did you immediately figure out a solution to the problem?