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Posted By John Sears on June 21, 2016
When last we left our train of….
Just a minute though. What is with the trend lately of Living survivors of an allegedly bad Zombie uprising being stuck in transit?
Fear the Walking Dead, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, even some of the recent Resident Evils have been on boats and what not.
There’s a theoretical topic there we should explore in more depth at the ZRC at some point.
Posted By John Sears on May 31, 2016
Before we get into documenting the many atrocities, you might be wondering about the title of this episode, as your ZRC Reviewer was. I recognized it was latin, but didn’t know the phrase; apparently it is part of a Psalm and also the name of a famous piece of Renaissance church music. Roughly translated, it means ‘Like a deer’, but could also encapsulate the concept of wandering or longing.
Having watched the episode, the ZRC longed for a more Zombie tolerant media, anyway. Details below the spoiler-hiding cut.
Posted By John Sears on May 26, 2016
The ZRC had not planned to discuss the Daredevil tv series. There are lots of Zombies in the greater Marvel Universe, but Daredevil is about a living man with superhuman senses. The second season, we had observed from advertising, concerned his conflict with The Punisher, another Living human being.
That’s not the sort of media the ZRC routinely screens for the blog.
So imagine our surprise when we learned that the show, mid-season, introduces ZOMBIE NINJAS to the equation.
Shadow warriors scaling the walls type ninjas.
And in an interesting move, their leader is *also* a Zombie. An intelligent Zombie, albeit apparently serving a supposedly evil cult.
I say supposedly because, although many of The Hand’s actions are objectively objectionable, a lot of what we know about them comes from three very unreliable sources: two assassins and our torturer/corrupt lawyer protagonist himself.
So, grain of salt.
From a Zombie Rights perspective this is a decidedly mixed bag. The Hand in the main marvel universe are a group of demon-worshipping necromancy practicing assassin cultists, and they don’t stray far from that in the show (though they also seem to have branched out into organized crime and even respectable real estate endeavors).
But they’re a well integrated Zombie and Living workforce, and clearly, there is room for advancement for the Differently Animated in their ranks.
Plus, as mentioned, our alleged heroes are no role models either.
It’s a tricky situation. As we have discussed many times before on the ZRC blog, necromancy is a difficult subject. It’s obviously not inherently *wrong* to raise the dead, as a time honored practice and origin story of many a Zombie. But it needs to be done with care and compassion.
Zombie Employment is also a delicate topic (discussed in one of our signature ZRC pamphlets even). On the whole, of course, greater Zombie employment is a good thing, but we must always be on guard against Zombie exploitation.
The ZRC will have to monitor this situation more carefully in future Netflix shows. It wouldn’t be surprising for ninjas to show up in Iron First, for example.
We just hope the Zombie Ninjas get a fair shake.
Posted By John Sears on May 6, 2016
When last we left the crew of the S.S. Zombie Hater they had just tried, and largely failed, to ransack a plane crash. This week the inevitable consequences of talking to strangers comes home to roost as Alicia’s ham radio pals pay a visit.
It is also noteworthy for having very few Differently Animated even allowed on screen. More below the cut.