Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lessons from a Zombie Movie: Walking Dead

Ok, I know Walking Dead is a TV show now a movie... but it's close enough. Here are some pointers from the first season. If you want to continue your education, tune into AMC this Sunday, October 16th for season two!

  • Once again, do not undervalue the importance of a coma. Also, if your loved one is in a coma, don't assume they're dead.
  • Headshot. Put simply, destroying the brain is always the the best course of action.
  • Learn to blend in. This could mean using side streets and staying inconspicuous, or it could mean disguising yourself as a zombie. Either way, being unnoticeable to the zombie horde gives you greater potential for movement. On that note, keep quiet and block out unnecessary light. Only have enough light/fire for what you absolutely need.
  • If a door say, "Do not open. Dead inside." keep your distance.
  • Look for forms of transportation that do not require gas and make minimal noise: bicycles and horses are both good choices. The horse can even become a distraction if need be. And don't feel bad for the horse, in almost every movie not made by Disney, the horse dies. It's just a fact of life. On the topic of animals, if they are freaked out and don't want to go down that road, listen to them. They usually have a reason for getting so upset!
  • If you evacuate from your home, but have to leave loved ones behind. Leave a note. It's only polite.
  • Arm the children. They can fight off the undead as well, and its better to learn now than not at all. Also, be mindful of your ammo, and remember, malay weapons are always best.
  • Know the zombies. Be watchful, but don't keep a zombie lab rat. Know what the symptoms are of early infection and how the disease progresses if it's slow. Also, watch for how the zombies hunt. How do they find food? If you can answer that question, you will be better able to stay under their radar.
  • Face protection. Once again, your face is covered in open mucus membranes that are easily contaminated. Guard your face from blood splatter.
  • Communication towers will quickly go down. CB radios and walkie-talkies will continue as long as you can keep power to them. Just be careful about following a recording of unknown origin.
  • Military vehicles can be great transports. Just remember to clear any bodies and preferably hijack one with gas that you can drive.
  • Don't risk a rescue mission. That guy and that bag of guns really aren't worth it.
  • Make an alarm system. If something enters your camp, you should know about it. Early detection is key in preventing cancer and zombie deaths.

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