Zombie Cliche Lookout: Cocked and Ready to Rock
Today’s cliche isn’t really something you see too often in zombie stories, because it doesn’t work on zombies. That said, you still do see people cock their guns to make a point, intimidate others, or to just generally look cool and threatening. You see this on The Walking Dead quite a bit, as Rick seems especially enamored with this trope.
I’m going to look at a different piece of fiction to examine this cliche: Caliban’s War. This is the second book in The Expanse, a hard sci-fi series that has also been adapted into a show (that you should totally watch, because it’s great). In the second book, one character who isn’t familiar with guns tries to cock his pistol to intimidate. Unfortunately, this causes the other side to perceive him as escalating, and a violent firefight ensues. Good times.
About this Episode:
Okay, so here we are. You guys have been waiting for this to turn to violence for a few episodes now, but I held off because I wanted to do a couple things. First, I wanted to give Ned and his group an opportunity to explain their motives. Second, and more importantly, I wanted the Murphy’s friends to attack only after things had devolved to the point where they could not be salvaged peacefully. This is classic good guy stuff here. They’re not going to be the first ones to escalate to violence, especially early on before they see where the others are. They have to be pushed to that point.
Discussion Question: Cool, but Stupid and Dangerous
Cocking your gun to look badass is only one example of a fictional cliche that is incredibly stupid in real life. Give me a few more examples, your personal favorites, if you will.