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Z-Realm 35: 28 Time Units Later


Episode 35 turns towards two landmark films in the zombie genre, 2002's 28 Days Later and 2007's 28 Weeks Later. These two films are where we all were first confronted with running zombies. Actually both movies use the term "infected" to describe the marauding groups of baddies. Set in Europe, these two films tell an ongoing story of a rapidly spreading infection that almost instantly transforms its victims into crazed and vicious attackers. This "Rage Virus" is highly virulent and spreads exponentially. The sights of an almost empty London and a burning countryside are haunting images that stuck with us all. Are these stories that show a glimpse into what could happen following any large-scale collapse of the status quo? Listen to this epically long conversation as we dig into both of these wonderful movies and then continue on into a range of other topics. Let us know what you think by writing to us at
The beginning of the show features an amazing audio introduction that comes to us courtesy of Mushroom Mike. It is a great new opening and we want to thank him very much for taking the time to put it all together.

Z-Realm 34: They WENT There!


Marty, Olga, and KMO take on the season two finale of The Walking Dead: Beside the Dying Fire. After a long detour from the narrative of the comic, it looks like the show might be getting back on track for season three. With Shane finally out of the picture, Rick gets to embody some darkness of his own and wear every shade of crazy. Glenn and Maggie hold zombies at bay with a bubble of warm, fuzzy love, and T-Dog has enough lines strung together to approximate a conversational exchange with Lori. Oh, Lori, you propel so many sub-plots with your cluelessness and self absorption. Still, lots of zombies in this episode, and the gang has finally left the farm!

Z-Realm 32: Marty’s Kryptonite


This week Marty, Olga and KMO gather with the stated purpose of discussing The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 11: Judge, Jury, Executioner, but the real action is in the second half of the show when Marty and Olga recount their recent adventures in New York City. KMO and Olga have just about run out of patience with AMC's much-hyped and rightly criticized zombie drama, but Marty is still on board with it. Fortunately there are only two more episodes left this season before Rick Grimes and his rag tag (but still immaculately quaffed and manicured) band take a long hiatus in which the Z-Realm crew can share some more interesting, gutsy, and varied zombie fare. Hang around for the end of this episode, and hear about encounters with sex workers, burlesque dancers, and Tibetan super heroes.

Z-Realm 31: Drawing Lines


Marty, Olga and KMO assemble in the Z-Realm to discuss The Walking Dead season 02 episode 10: 18 Miles Out in which Shane and Rick drive a miraculously recovered Randall away from the Farm only to discover that they can't afford to let him go and possibly can't even afford to let him live. KMO nitpicks continuity errors and network penny-pinching. Marty praises the inter-character dynamics and subtle subtextual story elements. Olga appreciated the examination of zombie apocalypse gender roles, and everybody was happy to see a healthy does of the living dead, action and gore.

Z-Realm 30: Transformations


Marty, Olga, and KMO assemble in cyber-space to lavish praise on The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 9: Triggerfinger. This episode features everything we look for in an episode of The Walking Dead. We have action, tension, character development, and most of all, ZOMBIES! Cracker action hero, Darryl, continues his Achilles-in-his-Tent routine and leaves this week's feats of badassery to other characters. Glenn, who up till now has danced through fire with abandon, loses his mojo when he realizes that Maggie's parting "I love you" has given him something to live for. Hershel, bleary with drink, proves himself a crack shot and a cool hand under pressure, and Lori finally wakes up and smells the Shane-is-Delusional-and-Dangerous coffee and makes sure that Rick smells it too. This week's episode debuts a new regular feature called T-Time, just so you know that IronE Singleton's character T-Dog really is a speaking role.

Z-Realm 29: The Voice of Reason


Now that the zeitgeist whale of the NFL has left the scene, there is room for the smaller creatures in the sea of culture, like the second half of the second season of AMC's The Walking Dead, to come out and play. In this episode, most of the characters are floundering in the aftermath of shattered delusions, and some of them finally tune in to the voice of reason. All of Rick's band confront the fact that their weeks-long search for the missing Sophia was a deluded folly, and Hershel turns to the bottle in the face of the realization that the "walkers" really are dead and that his wife and son will not be getting better. The episode returns us to some exhausted conversations that stand in for the rare and elusive zombies in this zombie apocalypse, and just when it seems like AMC is putting back on the same, way-too-familiar treadmill, new characters show up and give us hope for the series. Did I say, "hope?" We don't need hope. We need frakking ZOMBIES! ZOMBIES, AMC! We need zombies in our zombie TV show.

Z-Realm 28: Kc and the Z-Realm Gang


KMO, Marty and Olga welcome Kc Wayland to the Z-Realm to discuss his on-going audio drama, We're Alive: A Story of Survival. It turns out that Kc counts himself neither as a particular fan nor an aficionado of the zombie apocalypse genre, but his dedication to his character-driven narrative shines through in this conversation. The gang tries to pry out some of answers to some of the long-unaswered questions about the origin and nature of this particular zombie plague, but Kc keeps a tight lid on the We're Alive box of secrets.

You can now reach all three Z-Realm hosts by sending a single email to We'd love to hear from you.

Z-Realm 27: The Hulking Dead


Join KMO, Marty, the lovely Olga and Love in a Time of Zombies author, Paul Gude, for some advanced pop culture geekery. KMO and Paul speculate on the origin of the hulking, undead monsters that populate movies like  the Resident Evil films and tie them to the evolution of super-human comic book physiques. Marty fills in the gaps in that evolutionary fossil record with his knowledge of video games in the survival horror genre. In addition to drawing from The Walking Dead, the Resident Evil Films, and the Crazies (both the Romero original and the 2010 remake), Olga's enthusiasm for the on-going, fictional podcast drama, We're Alive: The Zombie Story of Survival, transforms this episode into an extended preview for future coverage of the We're Alive internet phenomenon.

Z-Realm 26: Pretty Much Mid Season Already


Episode 26 focuses on the "Mid-Season Finale" of season 2 of AMC's The Walking Dead. This longer-than-average conversation features KMO, Olga and Marty covering the entire episode but focusing heavily on the conclusion. Suffice it to say that, if you have not watched this amazing episode, do NOT listen to the podcast until after you've seen it. This episode shook some of us up and reinvigorated our enthusiasm for the rest of season two which will be resuming in February of 2012. Please listen to the show and let us know what you think.

Z-Realm 25: Everything is Food for Something Else


Episode 25 returns to AMC's The Walking Dead and focuses on the 6th episode of the 2nd Season. KMO and Marty are joined by Mike from the Flickers from the Cave Podcast on this episode. We talk about the revelations of the episode and touch on the role that each of the characters play as a representative avatar for their own specific race/gender/etc.

The episode is titled "Secrets" for a reason, many things were exposed to the hard light of day. Listen in and see if you agree with our opinions and let us know what you think.

Z-Realm 24: People in Hell Want Slurpees


The Z-Realm lurches back on to the internet with episode 24. We return in time for episode 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead and to reflect upon the previous episode that we were unable to record an episode specifically for. Gauging by the opinions of KMO and Olga, it was probably a good episode to miss, though Marty felt like the sight of a huge, water-logged zombie bursting in two was worth the price of admission. There is much reverie in episode 24 and the conversation rambles from beginning to end. Pour yourself and adult beverage and join us as we look at our favorite TV show.

Z-Realm 23: Survival Animals


Episode 23 has Marty, KMO and Olga talking about the third episode of season 2 of AMC's The Walking Dead. We spoil the episode completely, so avoid the podcast until you have seen the episode. Lots of surprises greeted us in this episode of our favorite TV show and we talk about them all. Please let us know what your thoughts are on the Walking Dead, our podcast and zombies in general by emailing us at or by leaving a message on our Facebook page.

Z-Realm 22: Down On the Farm


Episode 22 returns to the second season of AMC's Walking Dead and picks up with the band of survivors as they find themselves split into two groups, one struggling for the life of one person while the other group continues to search for one who has gone missing.
KMO and Marty are once again joined by Olga but we also add Lorin to the group to hash out the goings-on and make some predictions for what might come down the pike.
There was a significant problem with the audio in this episode so we had to cut it short. If you stay to the end though, you will hear a great segment from Prairie Home Companion that features our favorite undead beasties.
Join us next time when we will have the technical issues ironed out and let us know what you think of our efforts by writing to us or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Z-Realm 21: OZ – Original Zombie


Episode 21 focuses on the 1st episode of the second season of AMC's The Walking Dead. The second season picks up exactly where the first one left off with the band of survivors leaving the remnants of the CDC building in Atlanta on their way toFort Benning in Georgia. Relationships continue to be stressed as the internal dynamics of the group are further explored.
We spoil the entirety of the episode, so do not listen until you have seen the premiere. Trust us, you'll be glad you watched it.
Stick around until the end to hear a little bit of the late, great, Sam Kinison.
We would love to hear your ideas for an alternate term for a roving group of zombies. The term "herd" leaves us cold and we fell certain that a better term is out there. Let us know your ideas by emailing us at or by posting your idea on the Facebook page.

Z-Realm Podcast 017: When the Poo Hits the Fan

Episode 16 of the Z-Realm podcast sees us return again to the audiobook version of Max Brooks' novel World War Z. This second section looks more into what happens in the novel when the world realizes that the dead ARE actually rising and hungering for living flesh. We also touch briefly on some recent topics like the new film Thor, 1973's cult film The Holy Mountain, the legendary Loc-Nar and other topics as well.
We hope you enjoy the show and that you'll continue to send us feedback at