Zombie Cliche Lookout:
Today’s episode is a shameless ripoff, but not of a zombie story. Instead, it comes from Aliens (one of my favorite films), in which Ripley manages to save some of the marines with her quick thinking, but needs to be forced to calm down after wrecking the armored car she was driving. While Cheryl’s actions are not quite so heroic, both represent characters pushing themselves to their emotional peaks in order to save their fellow people. Ripley was saving lives, where Cheryl is simply dealing with a problem – what to do with the bad guys – without forcing the rest of the group to take part. You could make a compelling argument that Cheryl is being selfish, or that she is being selfless in doing the awful thing she believes needs to be done, and thus saving the others from having to do it.
About this Episode:
Okay everyone, this is the penultimate episode of Bricks of the Dead. For Monday’s finale I’m going to dispense with the standard write-up format and just talk about the history of the comic, my goals, how things ended, and what I would have changed along the way. As the comments have suggested of late, many of you feel the ending has been rushed. I’m very sorry if that’s the perception, but it certainly wasn’t my intent. I’ve had this ending written up for a couple of months, and reviewed and tweaked it regularly prior to shooting the last few episodes. Originally, this was the ending (with a different final panel), but I added Monday’s episode to act as a sort of coda.
This, then, is the last standard Zombie Cliche, About, and Discussion Question you’re going to see. I’m sure this hits you all right in the feels.
Discussion Question: What Would You Change?
For Monday’s comic I’ll talk a bit about what I wish I had done differently in the comic, but I know you all have similar thoughts. So lay it on me. What things should I have done differently during Bricks of the Dead that would have made it a stronger story overall? And, yes, I know everyone wanted 1,000 episodes.