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The Waking Dead

Over the years, the zombie genre has become more and more saturated with hundreds of games, books and most of all, movies. You wouldn’t be able to walk ten feet without running into a story about a band young, plucky survivors trying to eke out a living in a world overrun with walking cadavers. These stories might range from straight up comedies, with the characters making light of their impending doom in Zombieland; philosophical shows that show the dark heart of man if faced with complete isolation, and how the zombies quickly become just another daily nuisance in The Walking Dead;  or an adrenaline filled horror-fest like 28 Days Later. Though each are very well made in their own ways, they all involve regular people somehow surviving a catastrophic event.

Recently the zombie genre has seen a resurgence of media, especially on Netflix, with comics and shows showing a different side of the undead phenomena. In shows like iZombie and Santa Clarieta Diet, the attention isn’t put on the human characters trying to stay alive, surrounded by the undead, it’s instead placed on the zombie.

In SCD, the main focus is a real-estate agent named Sheila Hammond who becomes infected with a mysterious plague that seems to only affect her. She carries none of the regular attributes associated with zombies, except for a taste for human flesh. The show follows the Hammond family as they try to adjust to Sheila’s new curse/blessing, while hilarity ensues.

iZombie follows Olivia ‘Liv’ Moore, (get it? Live more?) working for the Seattle police department solve crimes. Her life becomes more complicated when she finds out another zombie, Blaine, has been infecting wealthy people and kidnapping homeless teens.

Both shows have their merits, and each have their most of dark humor and tragedy.

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The new zombie survival pack.

Cody Fewer