Posts with the tag "Zombies in Popular Culture"
Better to apologize to an animated corpse than to a regular corpse, and other lessons from last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Wildfire”
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead began slow, moved fitfully — with all the eschewing of common sense we’ve come to expect — and ended with a bang (bangs, actually, on a door).
We tally up the points below. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
For this week I’m eschewing the straight recap I’ve done earlier for “Romero Points,” a system that awards or takes away points certain scenes in the episode. A positive score is the degree to which George Romero would approve, and a negative score indicates the number of times he would roll over in his grave, if he had one, because he’s very much alive and also who knows whether or not he even plans to be cremated, or if there would be room in his grave to roll, or even if he will ever die (note: this not the real George Romero’s opinion, because I have no idea what he thinks. Rather, it is the one who lives in my head and tells me every night that I’m the “best little zombie fan ever”).
Here we go:
For swooning teen girls, there are the hairless-chested vampires of Twilight. For college English students, the wizardry of Hogwarts Academy is prime. The nerdsters have robots. The hipsters have the beats.
But for a certain group of researchers, nothing can be more alluring than the tasty study of that great, brain-chomping, ankle-biting, blood-spewing,
walking dead device — the zombie.
He reads an article in The New York Times science section, and he wonders: How does this relate to my research? He wants to know how the decomposition of human bodies works. His Twitter account whirls a constant stream of scientific dis- covery: Reuters updates, Science Daily blurbs, The National Science Foundation an- nouncements. He wonders what happens to the eye if a person never blinks, so he calls the head of the American Academy of Optometry.
He reads an article from the BBC News on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), and it gets him thinking about viruses, incubation periods, the effects on the brain, so he calls the Scripps Research Institute. When he calls another researcher, he introduces himself.
His name is Matt Mogk, and he is the founder of the Zombie Research Society.