Because I want to see Doctor Ross return to kill some zombies, that’s why.

The Spoony One | May 29 2009 | more notation(s) | 

ER of the Dead

ER is a show that went on way too long, well past its expiration date. Sure, we’ve had hospital dramas since the beginning of television, but let’s be real, it’s a show about doctors and sick people, and once you’ve done the usual bits about doctors with drug addictions, romantic liasons, doctors euthanizing patients, doctors unable to cope with the stress or guilt of losing patients, and all that, there’s only so long you can torture these poor characters before you just plumb run out of ideas. Hell, even House M.D. has run out of wacky, impossible-to-diagnose bullshit. When you reach that point you start getting into some seriously loony stunt-writing to fill time.

And believe me, ER started doing that around its seventh season. It went on for fifteen years. Fifteen years. That’s just insane. Can you imagine the stuff they had to pull out of their asses to go that long? Eventually they realized the only way to keep it fresh was to circulate new characters in, and that meant phasing old characters out. Remember Doctor Romano?

I do. It’s probably the most cracktastic, insane soap opera death I’ve ever seen. If you remember that episode of Friends where Joey’s doctor character falls down an elevator shaft, that’s NOTHING in comparison. Doctor Romano got horribly maimed by a helicopter.

Twice.

We’re talking about a long-running storyline where a doctor got his arm amputated by a tail rotor, developed an irrational fear of helicopters… which turned out to not be that irrational when weeks later, another helicopter proceeded to get caught in sudden windshear and dropped directly on his head.

Thing is, though, it really should have saved ER. Come on, now, that’s undoubtedly the most retarded thing you’ve ever heard, but it’s also AWESOMELY retarded. You just don’t see this kind of shit every day. And I’ll be honest, it took balls to kill off a character in an otherwise serious drama in such a hilarious fashion. No brains, but massive cojones. If ER had only embraced that dark side, become some nightmare, bizarre parody of its former greatness, it might have evolved into something even greater! Oh, it would have totally alienated its old audience but found a new one altogether. It has the virtue of being new and original, instead of shambling onward for ten years, unwatched, a shell of its former self.

ER needed to do something insane, something radical, something unlike any hospital drama before it had attempted. It had mined out every other hospital drama storyline long ago, so why not get crazy? How crazy? Sometimes jumping the shark isn’t just inevitable, it’s absolutely called-for. Hell, I wanna jump that fucking shark on an ACME rocket with my hair on fire.

Sixteenth season: the zombie apocalypse hits. We’re there on Day 1: patients come in with severe fevers and dementia, most suffering from bite wounds and claw marks that show advanced stages of infection and skin necrosis despite claims that they were bitten that morning. The doctors aren’t stupid, they know what this looks like, even if they’re not willing to put anything on paper yet. They isolate the victims and start running blood tests, alerting security to keep an eye on them.

Things snowball fast, though. The ER gets swamped with injuries from riots, more attack victims, and people fearing for their safety. People are demanding answers and treatment, and a fearful mob quickly turns to a violent panic. The doctors are even temporarily forced to evacuate until the police (already stretched thin) can restore order.

Things start looking up once the National Guard responds and sets up a military cordon and mass triage in the parking lot, but already there’s talk of evacuation as the infection spreads like wildfire outside the cordon. Nobody knows what’s going on, as the national media seems to be completely ignoring the crisis, perhaps as the result of a government blackout. It leads the doctors into thinking that perhaps the infection is localized to the city, a fear that is confirmed when the National Guard commander is informed that the regular army is setting up a quarantine zone.

(This leads to several interesting subplots where the guard commander starts to fear from his communications with his superiors that the military is preparing to eradicate the infection by nuking the city. Additionally, some of the doctors realize that if the infection is local to the city, then there may be hope of a cure if they can find Patient Zero, if any of them have the balls to venture outside the military cordon.)

Days pass, and the situation grows even more bleak. The hospital is nearly overrun from within when bodies from the hospital morgue– bodies that had no contact with other infected– start to rise and attack. The doctors are now completely baffled, and there’s growing sentiment among some that they should try to take the medivac helicopter to safety, infection be damned. The military quarantine would likely shoot down such an attempt, but try explaining that to a fearful mob of patients.

Salvation finally arrives when the military starts dropping supplies, food, and ammo, as well as relief paratroopers and a new group of doctors. It seems like good news, until it turns out that these new doctors and soldiers have little interest in the hospital’s problems. They immediately commandeer an entire floor and start moving equipment in. Every day, they start asking for specific patients by name and taking them away, by force if necessary. These patients never return, and all day and all night, the helicopters fly in and out, taking sealed crates away and bringing new ones back.

One day, they all leave. They pack up their gear just before dawn and fly off, never to return. The military radios go deathly quiet. The scheduled airdrop never arrives. The next morning, the National Guard commander is found dead, a smoking gun in his hand. The best case scenario is that they’ve been abandoned to their fates. The worst case? Does anyone else hear an airplane?

  • HenrySpock

    Actually, Spoony, I disagree.

    You just gave us a reason why you SHOULD write screenplays. You should flesh this out, then recruit people to do 10 minute stretches of it as home projects, send them into you, and string it together as a movie. The combining segments can be you dealing with the madness, and of course you can reedit any of the other material to last thoughout the film (10 project at 10 minutes gives 100 minutes of footage to do with what you want.)

    So… yeah. Write it, and they will come. All over themselves.

  • HenrySpock

    Actually, Spoony, I disagree.

    You just gave us a reason why you SHOULD write screenplays. You should flesh this out, then recruit people to do 10 minute stretches of it as home projects, send them into you, and string it together as a movie. The combining segments can be you dealing with the madness, and of course you can reedit any of the other material to last thoughout the film (10 project at 10 minutes gives 100 minutes of footage to do with what you want.)

    So… yeah. Write it, and they will come. All over themselves.

  • HenrySpock

    Actually, Spoony, I disagree.

    You just gave us a reason why you SHOULD write screenplays. You should flesh this out, then recruit people to do 10 minute stretches of it as home projects, send them into you, and string it together as a movie. The combining segments can be you dealing with the madness, and of course you can reedit any of the other material to last thoughout the film (10 project at 10 minutes gives 100 minutes of footage to do with what you want.)

    So… yeah. Write it, and they will come. All over themselves.

  • Captain Kaizen

    I laughed hard. Really hard.

  • Captain Kaizen

    I laughed hard. Really hard.

  • Captain Kaizen

    I laughed hard. Really hard.

  • Captain Kaizen

    I laughed hard. Really hard.

  • diggerjohn111

    Hilarious, but no doubting the fact that everyone will say “E.R. has jumped the shark”. I agree with HenrySpock, you SHOULD write screenplays. I don’t watch E.R., but I’d watch this just for the spectacle of it.

  • diggerjohn111

    Hilarious, but no doubting the fact that everyone will say “E.R. has jumped the shark”. I agree with HenrySpock, you SHOULD write screenplays. I don’t watch E.R., but I’d watch this just for the spectacle of it.

  • Slyngel

    Ohh dear god sponny has a zombie fetish ;) The WTF lvl on that season of the show would be hard to beat. If it would have workt everydamn tv show in the world whould try to do something as insain. It would be CHAOS CHAOS i say. Hmmm u sure doctor insaino isnt behind this one?

  • Slyngel

    Ohh dear god sponny has a zombie fetish ;) The WTF lvl on that season of the show would be hard to beat. If it would have workt everydamn tv show in the world whould try to do something as insain. It would be CHAOS CHAOS i say. Hmmm u sure doctor insaino isnt behind this one?

  • Dethm0le

    THIS

    THIS 1,000 TIMES

  • Dethm0le

    THIS

    THIS 1,000 TIMES

  • Dethm0le

    THIS

    THIS 1,000 TIMES

  • Dethm0le

    THIS

    THIS 1,000 TIMES

  • Karash

    This is indeed ridicioulus.
    Also great, but: not for ER.

    If you’re gonna make a whole new show (and by throwing the seriousness overboard that you WOULD make a totally new series): Why call it ER? You would

    However I do see some potential for a Lost-like zombie show, but ER is not a good concept for this i think.

    You, again, fail to provide us with reasons why you shouldn’t write screenplays Spoony, because in this one you mostly just missed the franchise. ;)

  • Karash

    This is indeed ridicioulus.
    Also great, but: not for ER.

    If you’re gonna make a whole new show (and by throwing the seriousness overboard that you WOULD make a totally new series): Why call it ER? You would

    However I do see some potential for a Lost-like zombie show, but ER is not a good concept for this i think.

    You, again, fail to provide us with reasons why you shouldn’t write screenplays Spoony, because in this one you mostly just missed the franchise. ;)

  • Karash

    This is indeed ridicioulus.
    Also great, but: not for ER.

    If you’re gonna make a whole new show (and by throwing the seriousness overboard that you WOULD make a totally new series): Why call it ER? You would

    However I do see some potential for a Lost-like zombie show, but ER is not a good concept for this i think.

    You, again, fail to provide us with reasons why you shouldn’t write screenplays Spoony, because in this one you mostly just missed the franchise. ;)

  • Ernest

    I stopped watching ER a long time ago and didn’t realize that it recently got canceled. For a medical drama, it ran WAY TOO LONG! Again, you are stating reasons why you should write screenplays. It would have probably worked on the show, since I’d imagine that they’d ran out of ideas. It would have been best for them to cancel after seven seasons at the most.

  • Ernest

    I stopped watching ER a long time ago and didn’t realize that it recently got canceled. For a medical drama, it ran WAY TOO LONG! Again, you are stating reasons why you should write screenplays. It would have probably worked on the show, since I’d imagine that they’d ran out of ideas. It would have been best for them to cancel after seven seasons at the most.

  • Ernest

    I stopped watching ER a long time ago and didn’t realize that it recently got canceled. For a medical drama, it ran WAY TOO LONG! Again, you are stating reasons why you should write screenplays. It would have probably worked on the show, since I’d imagine that they’d ran out of ideas. It would have been best for them to cancel after seven seasons at the most.

  • Ernest

    I stopped watching ER a long time ago and didn’t realize that it recently got canceled. For a medical drama, it ran WAY TOO LONG! Again, you are stating reasons why you should write screenplays. It would have probably worked on the show, since I’d imagine that they’d ran out of ideas. It would have been best for them to cancel after seven seasons at the most.

  • How I stopped worrying and lea

    This is excellent! I’ve had a similar idea for a mini series/movie actually… except it had no connection with the series ER. I would totally watch this.

  • How I stopped worrying and lea

    This is excellent! I’ve had a similar idea for a mini series/movie actually… except it had no connection with the series ER. I would totally watch this.

  • How I stopped worrying and lea

    This is excellent! I’ve had a similar idea for a mini series/movie actually… except it had no connection with the series ER. I would totally watch this.

  • How I stopped worrying and learned to love the bomb

    This is excellent! I’ve had a similar idea for a mini series/movie actually… except it had no connection with the series ER. I would totally watch this.

  • zervo

    what’s up with the doctor not trying to run away when the helicopter is about to fall on him?..
    never mind..

  • zervo

    what’s up with the doctor not trying to run away when the helicopter is about to fall on him?..
    never mind..

  • zervo

    what’s up with the doctor not trying to run away when the helicopter is about to fall on him?..
    never mind..

  • zervo

    what’s up with the doctor not trying to run away when the helicopter is about to fall on him?..
    never mind..

  • zervo

    what’s up with the doctor not trying to run away when the helicopter is about to fall on him?..
    never mind..

  • Geoffrey

    @9: well, he would’ve run, but he was too busy screaming “aaaaaaaaaaargh”!!! :P

  • Geoffrey

    @9: well, he would’ve run, but he was too busy screaming “aaaaaaaaaaargh”!!! :P

  • Geoffrey

    @9: well, he would’ve run, but he was too busy screaming “aaaaaaaaaaargh”!!! :P

  • http://becauseshithemez.blogspot.com/ Ragehead91

    Well, thanks to my mom I watched ER a lot. And I actually liked the show. Had some great charakters. But I agree. It went on WAY too long. Most of todays storys and charakters are only rehashes of old ones. Though it is nice that they brough the old charakters back in the last season. Anyway, And I have to agree with the Robert Romano thing. When i watched the scene with the helicopter falling on his head for the first time I had to laugh. It was just so ridiculous to see that in a show which had up to this point good writing. And it made me angry because I absolutly loved Dr. Romano.

    And even the idea sounds funny I don’t want it to happen. The idea is good but I don’t want to see ER ending that way.

  • http://becauseshithemez.blogspot.com/ Ragehead91

    Well, thanks to my mom I watched ER a lot. And I actually liked the show. Had some great charakters. But I agree. It went on WAY too long. Most of todays storys and charakters are only rehashes of old ones. Though it is nice that they brough the old charakters back in the last season. Anyway, And I have to agree with the Robert Romano thing. When i watched the scene with the helicopter falling on his head for the first time I had to laugh. It was just so ridiculous to see that in a show which had up to this point good writing. And it made me angry because I absolutly loved Dr. Romano.

    And even the idea sounds funny I don’t want it to happen. The idea is good but I don’t want to see ER ending that way.

  • http://becauseshithemez.blogspot.com/ Ragehead91

    Well, thanks to my mom I watched ER a lot. And I actually liked the show. Had some great charakters. But I agree. It went on WAY too long. Most of todays storys and charakters are only rehashes of old ones. Though it is nice that they brough the old charakters back in the last season. Anyway, And I have to agree with the Robert Romano thing. When i watched the scene with the helicopter falling on his head for the first time I had to laugh. It was just so ridiculous to see that in a show which had up to this point good writing. And it made me angry because I absolutly loved Dr. Romano.

    And even the idea sounds funny I don’t want it to happen. The idea is good but I don’t want to see ER ending that way.

  • http://becauseshithemez.blogspot.com/ Ragehead91

    Well, thanks to my mom I watched ER a lot. And I actually liked the show. Had some great charakters. But I agree. It went on WAY too long. Most of todays storys and charakters are only rehashes of old ones. Though it is nice that they brough the old charakters back in the last season. Anyway, And I have to agree with the Robert Romano thing. When i watched the scene with the helicopter falling on his head for the first time I had to laugh. It was just so ridiculous to see that in a show which had up to this point good writing. And it made me angry because I absolutly loved Dr. Romano.

    And even the idea sounds funny I don’t want it to happen. The idea is good but I don’t want to see ER ending that way.

  • http://becauseshithemez.blogspot.com/ Ragehead91

    Well, thanks to my mom I watched ER a lot. And I actually liked the show. Had some great charakters. But I agree. It went on WAY too long. Most of todays storys and charakters are only rehashes of old ones. Though it is nice that they brough the old charakters back in the last season. Anyway, And I have to agree with the Robert Romano thing. When i watched the scene with the helicopter falling on his head for the first time I had to laugh. It was just so ridiculous to see that in a show which had up to this point good writing. And it made me angry because I absolutly loved Dr. Romano.

    And even the idea sounds funny I don’t want it to happen. The idea is good but I don’t want to see ER ending that way.

  • DamonD

    Holy hell, the helicopter clips were hilarious. I can’t believe they’d do such surreally funny stuff like that on something that’s supposed to be a serious drama. Imagine Sex in the City where one of them suddenly gets run over by a car and bounced into a dumpster while they’re talking about shopping.

    …hmm.

  • DamonD

    Holy hell, the helicopter clips were hilarious. I can’t believe they’d do such surreally funny stuff like that on something that’s supposed to be a serious drama. Imagine Sex in the City where one of them suddenly gets run over by a car and bounced into a dumpster while they’re talking about shopping.

    …hmm.

  • DamonD

    Holy hell, the helicopter clips were hilarious. I can’t believe they’d do such surreally funny stuff like that on something that’s supposed to be a serious drama. Imagine Sex in the City where one of them suddenly gets run over by a car and bounced into a dumpster while they’re talking about shopping.

    …hmm.

  • DamonD

    Holy hell, the helicopter clips were hilarious. I can’t believe they’d do such surreally funny stuff like that on something that’s supposed to be a serious drama. Imagine Sex in the City where one of them suddenly gets run over by a car and bounced into a dumpster while they’re talking about shopping.

    …hmm.

  • JohnDoe

    Needs more Dr.Insano.

  • JohnDoe

    Needs more Dr.Insano.

  • JohnDoe

    Needs more Dr.Insano.

  • Certifiable

    Poor actor behind Romano never gets a break. Take a look how his character died in Robocop.

    Cheats a crazy death, only to die an even more implausible one!

    Pretty much same shit, different decade!

  • Certifiable

    Poor actor behind Romano never gets a break. Take a look how his character died in Robocop.

    Cheats a crazy death, only to die an even more implausible one!

    Pretty much same shit, different decade!

  • Certifiable

    Saw this when it premiered in Australia, and oddly, it got me INTERESTED in “e.r”!

  • Certifiable

    Saw this when it premiered in Australia, and oddly, it got me INTERESTED in “e.r”!

  • Aggs

    As a guy who watched a lot of ER growing up, I have to say I laughed good and long at this concept. My mind is full of pictures of the various docs growing more grizzled as the infection rages on. I would definitely watch this, but there is no way in Hell it would ever get made.

  • Aggs

    As a guy who watched a lot of ER growing up, I have to say I laughed good and long at this concept. My mind is full of pictures of the various docs growing more grizzled as the infection rages on. I would definitely watch this, but there is no way in Hell it would ever get made.

  • Aggs

    As a guy who watched a lot of ER growing up, I have to say I laughed good and long at this concept. My mind is full of pictures of the various docs growing more grizzled as the infection rages on. I would definitely watch this, but there is no way in Hell it would ever get made.

  • Aggs

    As a guy who watched a lot of ER growing up, I have to say I laughed good and long at this concept. My mind is full of pictures of the various docs growing more grizzled as the infection rages on. I would definitely watch this, but there is no way in Hell it would ever get made.

  • Aggs

    As a guy who watched a lot of ER growing up, I have to say I laughed good and long at this concept. My mind is full of pictures of the various docs growing more grizzled as the infection rages on. I would definitely watch this, but there is no way in Hell it would ever get made.

  • Dan

    Having tragically enjoyed watching ER when I was slightly younger (and was not granted the liberty of my own television), such an idea could have single-handedly revived a seriously flagging show. Unfortunately, it was not to be. What I wouldn’t give to see George Clooney vaporised by a military-sanctioned nuclear bomb…

  • Dan

    Having tragically enjoyed watching ER when I was slightly younger (and was not granted the liberty of my own television), such an idea could have single-handedly revived a seriously flagging show. Unfortunately, it was not to be. What I wouldn’t give to see George Clooney vaporised by a military-sanctioned nuclear bomb…

  • Dan

    Having tragically enjoyed watching ER when I was slightly younger (and was not granted the liberty of my own television), such an idea could have single-handedly revived a seriously flagging show. Unfortunately, it was not to be. What I wouldn’t give to see George Clooney vaporised by a military-sanctioned nuclear bomb…

  • Moeez

    DamonD: “Imagine Sex in the City where one of them suddenly gets run over by a car and bounced into a dumpster while they’re talking about shopping.…hmm.”
    MAKE THAT HAPPEN! haha That would be awesome.

  • Moeez

    DamonD: “Imagine Sex in the City where one of them suddenly gets run over by a car and bounced into a dumpster while they’re talking about shopping.…hmm.”
    MAKE THAT HAPPEN! haha That would be awesome.

  • http://www.coldfusioninacan.com/ The Mad Scientist, J.C.

    Zombies make everything better. Look at the Pride and Prejudice remake with Zombies.

  • http://www.coldfusioninacan.com/ The Mad Scientist, J.C.

    Zombies make everything better. Look at the Pride and Prejudice remake with Zombies.

  • http://www.coldfusioninacan.com/ The Mad Scientist, J.C.

    Zombies make everything better. Look at the Pride and Prejudice remake with Zombies.

  • http://www.coldfusioninacan.com/ The Mad Scientist, J.C.

    Zombies make everything better. Look at the Pride and Prejudice remake with Zombies.

  • http://www.coldfusioninacan.com The Mad Scientist, J.C.

    Zombies make everything better. Look at the Pride and Prejudice remake with Zombies.

  • Palmertron

    id fucking pay $500 to see that in the movies sounds like an awesome concept

  • Palmertron

    id fucking pay $500 to see that in the movies sounds like an awesome concept

  • Palmertron

    id fucking pay $500 to see that in the movies sounds like an awesome concept

  • Goldstubble

    I don’t care if you think it’s a terrible idea, I’d watch it!

    And I’ve never even seen ER (pronounced *urr*).

  • Goldstubble

    I don’t care if you think it’s a terrible idea, I’d watch it!

    And I’ve never even seen ER (pronounced *urr*).

  • Goldstubble

    I don’t care if you think it’s a terrible idea, I’d watch it!

    And I’ve never even seen ER (pronounced *urr*).

  • Goldstubble

    I don’t care if you think it’s a terrible idea, I’d watch it!

    And I’ve never even seen ER (pronounced *urr*).

  • Palmertron

    id fucking pay $500 to see that in the movies sounds like an awesome concept

  • Goldstubble

    I don’t care if you think it’s a terrible idea, I’d watch it!

    And I’ve never even seen ER (pronounced *urr*).

  • Nephilim

    Lol I only saw the first couple seasons of ER. Then I started to lose interest. But those helicopter scenes… awesome stuff :D

    As for your idea.. Hell I’d watch it. Sounds cool.
    Speaking of hospital horror.. Lars Von Trier made this show called The Kingdom about freaky stuff going on in a hospital. Haven’t seen it myself but it’s supposed to be very good.

  • Nephilim

    Lol I only saw the first couple seasons of ER. Then I started to lose interest. But those helicopter scenes… awesome stuff :D

    As for your idea.. Hell I’d watch it. Sounds cool.
    Speaking of hospital horror.. Lars Von Trier made this show called The Kingdom about freaky stuff going on in a hospital. Haven’t seen it myself but it’s supposed to be very good.

  • Nephilim

    Lol I only saw the first couple seasons of ER. Then I started to lose interest. But those helicopter scenes… awesome stuff :D

    As for your idea.. Hell I’d watch it. Sounds cool.
    Speaking of hospital horror.. Lars Von Trier made this show called The Kingdom about freaky stuff going on in a hospital. Haven’t seen it myself but it’s supposed to be very good.

  • http://twitter.com/cannongod CannonGod

    I work at an ER in the UK (we call them A&E) and I can vouch that nothing exciting you see on the show ever happens. Okay, maybe once.

  • http://twitter.com/cannongod CannonGod

    I work at an ER in the UK (we call them A&E) and I can vouch that nothing exciting you see on the show ever happens. Okay, maybe once.

  • http://twitter.com/cannongod CannonGod

    I work at an ER in the UK (we call them A&E) and I can vouch that nothing exciting you see on the show ever happens. Okay, maybe once.

  • Derp

    Your Idea is awsome spoony, except for one part, nukeing the zombies. Everyone knowns that their are only 2 things worse then regular zombies: Zombies on fire, and Radioactive Zombies. Even the military knows this, which is why I think they would use an ungodly amount of MOABs and JDAMs instead of a nuke, followed up by an infantry assualt.

    Why do you keep thinking these are shitty Ideas?

  • Derp

    Your Idea is awsome spoony, except for one part, nukeing the zombies. Everyone knowns that their are only 2 things worse then regular zombies: Zombies on fire, and Radioactive Zombies. Even the military knows this, which is why I think they would use an ungodly amount of MOABs and JDAMs instead of a nuke, followed up by an infantry assualt.

    Why do you keep thinking these are shitty Ideas?

  • Derp

    Your Idea is awsome spoony, except for one part, nukeing the zombies. Everyone knowns that their are only 2 things worse then regular zombies: Zombies on fire, and Radioactive Zombies. Even the military knows this, which is why I think they would use an ungodly amount of MOABs and JDAMs instead of a nuke, followed up by an infantry assualt.

    Why do you keep thinking these are shitty Ideas?

  • Blunderbuss

    Dammit, don’t you EVER say your ideas suck, man.

    This is a brilliant idea, for one huge reason – we always hear in zombie stories that hives of mass-infection always start at hospitals and police stations, but we’ve never actually SEEN it. It’s always implied, or used as subtle foreshadowing. But these ARE amazing stories that should be told. The normal civilian has it easy; they can just run away, or barracade themselves inside, or kill the zombies. Doctors can’t do any of those things – they’re the poor bastards at ground zero trying to figure out what to do and save lives despite being in a massive hotbed of zombies.

    I mean, Cloverfield was based on the premise that seeing a horrible event from a different set of eyes can make for an awesome story. It’s a good idea, and I’d like to see more stories from people other than Typical Plucky Designated Heroes.

    This would make a great movie, or even an awesome mini-series.

  • Blunderbuss

    Dammit, don’t you EVER say your ideas suck, man.

    This is a brilliant idea, for one huge reason – we always hear in zombie stories that hives of mass-infection always start at hospitals and police stations, but we’ve never actually SEEN it. It’s always implied, or used as subtle foreshadowing. But these ARE amazing stories that should be told. The normal civilian has it easy; they can just run away, or barracade themselves inside, or kill the zombies. Doctors can’t do any of those things – they’re the poor bastards at ground zero trying to figure out what to do and save lives despite being in a massive hotbed of zombies.

    I mean, Cloverfield was based on the premise that seeing a horrible event from a different set of eyes can make for an awesome story. It’s a good idea, and I’d like to see more stories from people other than Typical Plucky Designated Heroes.

    This would make a great movie, or even an awesome mini-series.

  • Blunderbuss

    Dammit, don’t you EVER say your ideas suck, man.

    This is a brilliant idea, for one huge reason – we always hear in zombie stories that hives of mass-infection always start at hospitals and police stations, but we’ve never actually SEEN it. It’s always implied, or used as subtle foreshadowing. But these ARE amazing stories that should be told. The normal civilian has it easy; they can just run away, or barracade themselves inside, or kill the zombies. Doctors can’t do any of those things – they’re the poor bastards at ground zero trying to figure out what to do and save lives despite being in a massive hotbed of zombies.

    I mean, Cloverfield was based on the premise that seeing a horrible event from a different set of eyes can make for an awesome story. It’s a good idea, and I’d like to see more stories from people other than Typical Plucky Designated Heroes.

    This would make a great movie, or even an awesome mini-series.

  • LordFunkyFist

    Damn you Spoony, I had a similar idea as this, but yours is more serious and more thought out. ER went on for ridiculously long, I liked the show but when the final season was airing on NBC I had already lost interest in the series. This was something I think that could’ve been done, at least as a one time episode. I think it would’ve been perfect for the previous season as well, since one of the doctors (I already forgot their name) had relapsed and began drinking again, which happened just around they had their Halloween Episode.

    So both could have gone perfectly together, female blonde doctor who’s name I can’t remember begins drinking again and has an alcohol induced nightmare that involves the ER and Zombies, pretty much as you had described. Keep up the good work Spoony.

  • LordFunkyFist

    Damn you Spoony, I had a similar idea as this, but yours is more serious and more thought out. ER went on for ridiculously long, I liked the show but when the final season was airing on NBC I had already lost interest in the series. This was something I think that could’ve been done, at least as a one time episode. I think it would’ve been perfect for the previous season as well, since one of the doctors (I already forgot their name) had relapsed and began drinking again, which happened just around they had their Halloween Episode.

    So both could have gone perfectly together, female blonde doctor who’s name I can’t remember begins drinking again and has an alcohol induced nightmare that involves the ER and Zombies, pretty much as you had described. Keep up the good work Spoony.

  • LordFunkyFist

    Damn you Spoony, I had a similar idea as this, but yours is more serious and more thought out. ER went on for ridiculously long, I liked the show but when the final season was airing on NBC I had already lost interest in the series. This was something I think that could’ve been done, at least as a one time episode. I think it would’ve been perfect for the previous season as well, since one of the doctors (I already forgot their name) had relapsed and began drinking again, which happened just around they had their Halloween Episode.

    So both could have gone perfectly together, female blonde doctor who’s name I can’t remember begins drinking again and has an alcohol induced nightmare that involves the ER and Zombies, pretty much as you had described. Keep up the good work Spoony.

  • http://pkht.org Jim Boom

    Resident Evil E.R.? Sounds like a winner.

  • http://pkht.org Jim Boom

    Resident Evil E.R.? Sounds like a winner.

  • http://www.pkht.org PKHT Jim

    Resident Evil E.R.? Sounds like a winner.

  • foo

    Your description of where ER is totally reminded me of another show that started off pretty awesome and serious then ran out of appropriate stories and turned into campy cheese: Hercules. The original Kevin Sorbo one. Unfortunately that one didn’t work out very well after the change (though Xena ran with it), but this ER revamp would be a hit if done right.

  • foo

    Your description of where ER is totally reminded me of another show that started off pretty awesome and serious then ran out of appropriate stories and turned into campy cheese: Hercules. The original Kevin Sorbo one. Unfortunately that one didn’t work out very well after the change (though Xena ran with it), but this ER revamp would be a hit if done right.

  • foo

    Your description of where ER is totally reminded me of another show that started off pretty awesome and serious then ran out of appropriate stories and turned into campy cheese: Hercules. The original Kevin Sorbo one. Unfortunately that one didn’t work out very well after the change (though Xena ran with it), but this ER revamp would be a hit if done right.

  • Olivaw

    First of all, yeah, this is a pretty shitty idea, but it doesn’t matter because the SPIRIT of it, jumping over a shark on a rocket while your hair is on fire, is something that I love dearly and so I’m behind it one hundred percent.

    Secondly, is Dr. Ross George Clooney’s character? Because I’d pay a lot of money to see George Clooney kill some motherfucking zombies, man. A LOT.

  • Olivaw

    First of all, yeah, this is a pretty shitty idea, but it doesn’t matter because the SPIRIT of it, jumping over a shark on a rocket while your hair is on fire, is something that I love dearly and so I’m behind it one hundred percent.

    Secondly, is Dr. Ross George Clooney’s character? Because I’d pay a lot of money to see George Clooney kill some motherfucking zombies, man. A LOT.

  • Olivaw

    First of all, yeah, this is a pretty shitty idea, but it doesn’t matter because the SPIRIT of it, jumping over a shark on a rocket while your hair is on fire, is something that I love dearly and so I’m behind it one hundred percent.

    Secondly, is Dr. Ross George Clooney’s character? Because I’d pay a lot of money to see George Clooney kill some motherfucking zombies, man. A LOT.

  • Kat

    Am I the only one not amused by the helicopter scenes? I find stuff like that rather traumatic ;; I don’t take death/gore/maiming/etc very well…

    On another note: ZOMBIES! :D

  • Kat

    Am I the only one not amused by the helicopter scenes? I find stuff like that rather traumatic ;; I don’t take death/gore/maiming/etc very well…

    On another note: ZOMBIES! :D

  • Kat

    Am I the only one not amused by the helicopter scenes? I find stuff like that rather traumatic ;; I don’t take death/gore/maiming/etc very well…

    On another note: ZOMBIES! :D

  • jackie

    I was actually a HUGE fan of E.R. … first two seasons. Or three. I can’t remember. In out student dorm Tuesday nights were reserved for E.R. Even if you got a big keg party going, things went on pause while E.R. was on in the rec room.

    Then in the 4th season or so the new writers kicked in and actors started leaving the show and you didn’t just feel it jumped the shark, you saw the damn thing better then Martin Brody did. I remember checking it out few years later and being horrified that the only thing that resembled the show as I remembered it were the opening titles, the rest was unrecognizable dreck. I completely agree that the zombies were in order – perhaps they wouldn’t save the show, but by that point they really couldn’t hurt anymore.

  • jackie

    I was actually a HUGE fan of E.R. … first two seasons. Or three. I can’t remember. In out student dorm Tuesday nights were reserved for E.R. Even if you got a big keg party going, things went on pause while E.R. was on in the rec room.

    Then in the 4th season or so the new writers kicked in and actors started leaving the show and you didn’t just feel it jumped the shark, you saw the damn thing better then Martin Brody did. I remember checking it out few years later and being horrified that the only thing that resembled the show as I remembered it were the opening titles, the rest was unrecognizable dreck. I completely agree that the zombies were in order – perhaps they wouldn’t save the show, but by that point they really couldn’t hurt anymore.

  • jackie

    I was actually a HUGE fan of E.R. … first two seasons. Or three. I can’t remember. In out student dorm Tuesday nights were reserved for E.R. Even if you got a big keg party going, things went on pause while E.R. was on in the rec room.

    Then in the 4th season or so the new writers kicked in and actors started leaving the show and you didn’t just feel it jumped the shark, you saw the damn thing better then Martin Brody did. I remember checking it out few years later and being horrified that the only thing that resembled the show as I remembered it were the opening titles, the rest was unrecognizable dreck. I completely agree that the zombies were in order – perhaps they wouldn’t save the show, but by that point they really couldn’t hurt anymore.

  • Jim

    I hate ER, and you’re right – no fan of ER would watch it after that. BUT I SURE WOULD. Even if that’s a bad idea for Er, but it’s a good idea. You should write that as a separate movie or something – someone’s bound to pick it up!

  • Jim

    I hate ER, and you’re right – no fan of ER would watch it after that. BUT I SURE WOULD. Even if that’s a bad idea for Er, but it’s a good idea. You should write that as a separate movie or something – someone’s bound to pick it up!

  • Jim

    I hate ER, and you’re right – no fan of ER would watch it after that. BUT I SURE WOULD. Even if that’s a bad idea for Er, but it’s a good idea. You should write that as a separate movie or something – someone’s bound to pick it up!

  • Simperin’ Fool

    @10

    Actually, I think he was simply a victim of cartoon logic: he couldn’t flee the helicopter by running away parallel to it. That’s why he squats down and is obviously so upset when he sees the ground there.

  • Simperin’ Fool

    @10

    Actually, I think he was simply a victim of cartoon logic: he couldn’t flee the helicopter by running away parallel to it. That’s why he squats down and is obviously so upset when he sees the ground there.

  • Simperin’ Fool

    @10

    Actually, I think he was simply a victim of cartoon logic: he couldn’t flee the helicopter by running away parallel to it. That’s why he squats down and is obviously so upset when he sees the ground there.

  • http://www.kekkai.org/google/ Googleshng

    Of course, the one problem here is that in using proper “EVERYONE gets back up and nobody knows why” zombies, which you have to for the morgue bit, how the heck do you rationalize it being a localized problem?

    The other odd thing here is, this sort of thing has actually been done before. Remember Dinosaurs? The Jim Henson show that was pretty much spoofing Honeymooners directly? The series finale of that involved a chain of ill-conceived solutions to a snowballing chain of ecological disasters eventually leading to nuclear armageddon.

  • http://www.kekkai.org/google/ Googleshng

    Of course, the one problem here is that in using proper “EVERYONE gets back up and nobody knows why” zombies, which you have to for the morgue bit, how the heck do you rationalize it being a localized problem?

    The other odd thing here is, this sort of thing has actually been done before. Remember Dinosaurs? The Jim Henson show that was pretty much spoofing Honeymooners directly? The series finale of that involved a chain of ill-conceived solutions to a snowballing chain of ecological disasters eventually leading to nuclear armageddon.

  • http://www.kekkai.org/google/ Googleshng

    Of course, the one problem here is that in using proper “EVERYONE gets back up and nobody knows why” zombies, which you have to for the morgue bit, how the heck do you rationalize it being a localized problem?

    The other odd thing here is, this sort of thing has actually been done before. Remember Dinosaurs? The Jim Henson show that was pretty much spoofing Honeymooners directly? The series finale of that involved a chain of ill-conceived solutions to a snowballing chain of ecological disasters eventually leading to nuclear armageddon.

  • Anonymous

    Stop writing this shit.

  • Anonymous

    Stop writing this shit.

  • Anonymous

    Stop writing this shit.

  • Jayeljay

    Some of actually like this shit, so please keep writing it, and ignore #35. ^_^

  • Jayeljay

    Some of actually like this shit, so please keep writing it, and ignore #35. ^_^

  • Jayeljay

    Some of actually like this shit, so please keep writing it, and ignore #35. ^_^

  • social_geek

    nice….

  • social_geek

    nice….

  • social_geek

    nice….

  • rodog818

    Yes! And Dr. Romano could make a comeback from the grave only to get killed once again by a helicopter. It’s not genius, it’s SCIENCE!

  • rodog818

    Yes! And Dr. Romano could make a comeback from the grave only to get killed once again by a helicopter. It’s not genius, it’s SCIENCE!

  • rodog818

    Yes! And Dr. Romano could make a comeback from the grave only to get killed once again by a helicopter. It’s not genius, it’s SCIENCE!

  • Anonymous

    This shit happens to be pure gold in very shitty way. Keep’em coming :D

  • Anonymous

    This shit happens to be pure gold in very shitty way. Keep’em coming :D

  • Cthulhu07

    This shit happens to be pure gold in very shitty way. Keep’em coming :D

  • Galdos

    Keep writing this shit. Its awsome

    Major fan of zombies here and the idea of something insane like this would be one of the coolest shows ever… great way to kill the ER series but create a new fan base

  • Galdos

    Keep writing this shit. Its awsome

    Major fan of zombies here and the idea of something insane like this would be one of the coolest shows ever… great way to kill the ER series but create a new fan base

  • Galdos

    Keep writing this shit. Its awsome

    Major fan of zombies here and the idea of something insane like this would be one of the coolest shows ever… great way to kill the ER series but create a new fan base

  • http://forums.wolverinefiles.com/index/ Gorvar

    I liked ER for the first few seasons, and a couple of episodes in the latter.
    Though i have to admit, it began to run rather stale, and TBH your zombie idea ROCKS.
    Though pehraps not for ER, but maybe for a movie of some kind, or a series?

  • http://forums.wolverinefiles.com/index/ Gorvar

    I liked ER for the first few seasons, and a couple of episodes in the latter.
    Though i have to admit, it began to run rather stale, and TBH your zombie idea ROCKS.
    Though pehraps not for ER, but maybe for a movie of some kind, or a series?

  • http://forums.wolverinefiles.com/index/ Gorvar

    I liked ER for the first few seasons, and a couple of episodes in the latter.
    Though i have to admit, it began to run rather stale, and TBH your zombie idea ROCKS.
    Though pehraps not for ER, but maybe for a movie of some kind, or a series?

  • http://surveysafari.x10hosting.com/ Joe

    Reminds me a lot of resident evil. Lots of cliches in there, but hey I think that was the point, right?

  • http://surveysafari.x10hosting.com/ Joe

    Reminds me a lot of resident evil. Lots of cliches in there, but hey I think that was the point, right?

  • http://surveysafari.x10hosting.com/ Joe

    Reminds me a lot of resident evil. Lots of cliches in there, but hey I think that was the point, right?

  • Dylan

    this is arguably the best premise you’ve written about. awesome!

  • Dylan

    this is arguably the best premise you’ve written about. awesome!

  • Dylan

    this is arguably the best premise you’ve written about. awesome!

  • Ninja Moogle

    OK, last time (with the Terminator thing) you said that these ideas were supposed to be bad… This is the most fucking AWESOMEST idea in the history of TV EVAR. For serious.
    Clooney would definitely be down for this one, too– hell, he was in the good From Dusk Til Dawn, he can do the badass monster killer thing. So your wish of seeing Dr. Ross blow the hell outta some zombie muthafuckas could very well be plausible.
    Let’s take that a bit further: during the last season, they tried bringing back some of the original cast for a farewell tour, even going so far as to bring Goose back (somehow, didn’t see that ep). You don’t have to make Anthony Edwards do the Obi-Wan thing, but you could bring the rest of the OG docs on as like a strike force a la Day of the Dead. Souped up ambulance and everything. Like combat medics, only far better trained at the medic part. You wanna see Clooney, I wanna see Juliana Margulies. Hell yes.
    That ACME rocket looks beautiful, sir, and I’ll be waiting on the other side of that shark with a fire extinguisher or a can of gasoline. Whichever you prefer. >:D

  • Ninja Moogle

    OK, last time (with the Terminator thing) you said that these ideas were supposed to be bad… This is the most fucking AWESOMEST idea in the history of TV EVAR. For serious.
    Clooney would definitely be down for this one, too– hell, he was in the good From Dusk Til Dawn, he can do the badass monster killer thing. So your wish of seeing Dr. Ross blow the hell outta some zombie muthafuckas could very well be plausible.
    Let’s take that a bit further: during the last season, they tried bringing back some of the original cast for a farewell tour, even going so far as to bring Goose back (somehow, didn’t see that ep). You don’t have to make Anthony Edwards do the Obi-Wan thing, but you could bring the rest of the OG docs on as like a strike force a la Day of the Dead. Souped up ambulance and everything. Like combat medics, only far better trained at the medic part. You wanna see Clooney, I wanna see Juliana Margulies. Hell yes.
    That ACME rocket looks beautiful, sir, and I’ll be waiting on the other side of that shark with a fire extinguisher or a can of gasoline. Whichever you prefer. >:D

  • Ninja Moogle

    OK, last time (with the Terminator thing) you said that these ideas were supposed to be bad… This is the most fucking AWESOMEST idea in the history of TV EVAR. For serious.
    Clooney would definitely be down for this one, too– hell, he was in the good From Dusk Til Dawn, he can do the badass monster killer thing. So your wish of seeing Dr. Ross blow the hell outta some zombie muthafuckas could very well be plausible.
    Let’s take that a bit further: during the last season, they tried bringing back some of the original cast for a farewell tour, even going so far as to bring Goose back (somehow, didn’t see that ep). You don’t have to make Anthony Edwards do the Obi-Wan thing, but you could bring the rest of the OG docs on as like a strike force a la Day of the Dead. Souped up ambulance and everything. Like combat medics, only far better trained at the medic part. You wanna see Clooney, I wanna see Juliana Margulies. Hell yes.
    That ACME rocket looks beautiful, sir, and I’ll be waiting on the other side of that shark with a fire extinguisher or a can of gasoline. Whichever you prefer. >:D

  • Ed

    I think E.R. would’ve been perfect for this idea, given the pre-established histories that most of the cast would have (which would also lend weight to the inevitable horrible character deaths), but really…just the IDEA of a zombie apocalypse movie that focuses on the staff of a hospital has a lot of merit. I think playing it straight would be the way to go; no doctors wielding flamethrowers or souped up Battle Ambulances (sorry, Ninja Moogle)…just a ground-level perspective about what this would be like. (So pretty much a chapter of World War Z, yeah.)

    Anyway, your “crappy” ideas continue to be awesome. Keep it up, man.

  • Ed

    I think E.R. would’ve been perfect for this idea, given the pre-established histories that most of the cast would have (which would also lend weight to the inevitable horrible character deaths), but really…just the IDEA of a zombie apocalypse movie that focuses on the staff of a hospital has a lot of merit. I think playing it straight would be the way to go; no doctors wielding flamethrowers or souped up Battle Ambulances (sorry, Ninja Moogle)…just a ground-level perspective about what this would be like. (So pretty much a chapter of World War Z, yeah.)

    Anyway, your “crappy” ideas continue to be awesome. Keep it up, man.

  • Ed

    I think E.R. would’ve been perfect for this idea, given the pre-established histories that most of the cast would have (which would also lend weight to the inevitable horrible character deaths), but really…just the IDEA of a zombie apocalypse movie that focuses on the staff of a hospital has a lot of merit. I think playing it straight would be the way to go; no doctors wielding flamethrowers or souped up Battle Ambulances (sorry, Ninja Moogle)…just a ground-level perspective about what this would be like. (So pretty much a chapter of World War Z, yeah.)

    Anyway, your “crappy” ideas continue to be awesome. Keep it up, man.

  • Meta

    This is sounding strangely like something that should’ve been the plot for Quarantine, without the shaky camera and first-person perspective. But in hindsight, it does seem kind of a bad idea, only in the context of making it hilariously bad, and seems more like a serious drama, but it really all depends on how it is executed. I don’t completely understand the events leading to the ending though. It sounds like they took the infected civilians, stuffed them into sealed crates, flew off, and after a few runs never came back to rescue the non-infected. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know, there’s something about it that seems all too familiar.

  • Meta

    This is sounding strangely like something that should’ve been the plot for Quarantine, without the shaky camera and first-person perspective. But in hindsight, it does seem kind of a bad idea, only in the context of making it hilariously bad, and seems more like a serious drama, but it really all depends on how it is executed. I don’t completely understand the events leading to the ending though. It sounds like they took the infected civilians, stuffed them into sealed crates, flew off, and after a few runs never came back to rescue the non-infected. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know, there’s something about it that seems all too familiar.

  • Meta

    This is sounding strangely like something that should’ve been the plot for Quarantine, without the shaky camera and first-person perspective. But in hindsight, it does seem kind of a bad idea, only in the context of making it hilariously bad, and seems more like a serious drama, but it really all depends on how it is executed. I don’t completely understand the events leading to the ending though. It sounds like they took the infected civilians, stuffed them into sealed crates, flew off, and after a few runs never came back to rescue the non-infected. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know, there’s something about it that seems all too familiar.

  • finalsight

    Lol i’ve never watched ER but i have to say that the whole Dr Vs Helicopter was sure brilliance.

  • finalsight

    Lol i’ve never watched ER but i have to say that the whole Dr Vs Helicopter was sure brilliance.

  • finalsight

    Lol i’ve never watched ER but i have to say that the whole Dr Vs Helicopter was sure brilliance.

  • CapnG

    NOW you’re living up to the premise of these articles.

  • CapnG

    NOW you’re living up to the premise of these articles.

  • jadedcorliss

    Most shows hit their expiration dates at about 5-8 years, don’t you think?

  • jadedcorliss

    Most shows hit their expiration dates at about 5-8 years, don’t you think?

  • jadedcorliss

    Most shows hit their expiration dates at about 5-8 years, don’t you think?

  • http://thecanadiandefender.blogspot.com/ StacyD

    This would be the only thing that could ever intice me to watch ER. Damn you for exploiting my weakness for the undead Spoony. Dam you to hell.

    Stac

  • http://thecanadiandefender.blogspot.com/ StacyD

    This would be the only thing that could ever intice me to watch ER. Damn you for exploiting my weakness for the undead Spoony. Dam you to hell.

    Stac

  • http://thecanadiandefender.blogspot.com/ StacyD

    This would be the only thing that could ever intice me to watch ER. Damn you for exploiting my weakness for the undead Spoony. Dam you to hell.

    Stac

  • Objecterror

    Brilliant. Really Brilliant.

  • Objecterror

    Brilliant. Really Brilliant.

  • Objecterror

    Brilliant. Really Brilliant.

  • http://thecanadiandefender.blogspot.com/ StacyD

    Grr, so frustrated speaking in Hulk-like childish tones! STAC SMASH!

    Aka, the boob forgot the ‘n’ in ‘damn’.

    Stac

  • http://thecanadiandefender.blogspot.com/ StacyD

    Grr, so frustrated speaking in Hulk-like childish tones! STAC SMASH!

    Aka, the boob forgot the ‘n’ in ‘damn’.

    Stac

  • http://thecanadiandefender.blogspot.com/ StacyD

    Grr, so frustrated speaking in Hulk-like childish tones! STAC SMASH!

    Aka, the boob forgot the ‘n’ in ‘damn’.

    Stac

  • A

    I never watched E.R. but I thought this might be an interesting way to continue spoony’s idea. After the army people leave have some the uninfected fly away to a remote island. Then later on have an airplane land near the hospital to give the uninfected people in the hospital the vaccine. However, the vaccine that was supposed to be for the uninfected people who flew away to the island expires and is saved in a containment room with a video tape of the affect area.
    Back on the island the uninfected start to show signs of becoming zombies but nothing comes of it. Later on the creatures of the island turn into zombies and a few escape the island infecting areas of the world. The new strains of the zombie virus mutate before vaccines can be made. Food recalls on aired on the news and people begin to starve to death and dehydrate as the viruses spread to plant life and water sources.
    Eventually all matter on earth is in a process of decay.
    At one point a piece of space debris drifts into the outskirts of Earth’s gravitational field and picks up a version of the virus. Then the debris continues drifting through space. This spreads the virus to new planets. The different environments cause mutations in the virus strain.
    As worlds are being destroyed a group of interplanetary scientists join forces in a space station. They go to earth and retrieve the information that was preserved by the doctors and use it to create vaccines. However, they run into time constraints again as the vaccines expire before the vaccines can reach all the infected.
    The doctors are unable to save the universe. As a result of planets going into decay the planets and related stars explode burning the whole universe.

  • A

    I never watched E.R. but I thought this might be an interesting way to continue spoony’s idea. After the army people leave have some the uninfected fly away to a remote island. Then later on have an airplane land near the hospital to give the uninfected people in the hospital the vaccine. However, the vaccine that was supposed to be for the uninfected people who flew away to the island expires and is saved in a containment room with a video tape of the affect area.
    Back on the island the uninfected start to show signs of becoming zombies but nothing comes of it. Later on the creatures of the island turn into zombies and a few escape the island infecting areas of the world. The new strains of the zombie virus mutate before vaccines can be made. Food recalls on aired on the news and people begin to starve to death and dehydrate as the viruses spread to plant life and water sources.
    Eventually all matter on earth is in a process of decay.
    At one point a piece of space debris drifts into the outskirts of Earth’s gravitational field and picks up a version of the virus. Then the debris continues drifting through space. This spreads the virus to new planets. The different environments cause mutations in the virus strain.
    As worlds are being destroyed a group of interplanetary scientists join forces in a space station. They go to earth and retrieve the information that was preserved by the doctors and use it to create vaccines. However, they run into time constraints again as the vaccines expire before the vaccines can reach all the infected.
    The doctors are unable to save the universe. As a result of planets going into decay the planets and related stars explode burning the whole universe.

  • A

    I never watched E.R. but I thought this might be an interesting way to continue spoony’s idea. After the army people leave have some the uninfected fly away to a remote island. Then later on have an airplane land near the hospital to give the uninfected people in the hospital the vaccine. However, the vaccine that was supposed to be for the uninfected people who flew away to the island expires and is saved in a containment room with a video tape of the affect area.
    Back on the island the uninfected start to show signs of becoming zombies but nothing comes of it. Later on the creatures of the island turn into zombies and a few escape the island infecting areas of the world. The new strains of the zombie virus mutate before vaccines can be made. Food recalls on aired on the news and people begin to starve to death and dehydrate as the viruses spread to plant life and water sources.
    Eventually all matter on earth is in a process of decay.
    At one point a piece of space debris drifts into the outskirts of Earth’s gravitational field and picks up a version of the virus. Then the debris continues drifting through space. This spreads the virus to new planets. The different environments cause mutations in the virus strain.
    As worlds are being destroyed a group of interplanetary scientists join forces in a space station. They go to earth and retrieve the information that was preserved by the doctors and use it to create vaccines. However, they run into time constraints again as the vaccines expire before the vaccines can reach all the infected.
    The doctors are unable to save the universe. As a result of planets going into decay the planets and related stars explode burning the whole universe.

  • Dinodain

    You had me at Zombie Apocalypse. I would love to see this idea on television, not a lot of zombie stories from the point of view of Doctors (or at least not to my knowledge). This would be interesting, and fun to watch.

  • Dinodain

    You had me at Zombie Apocalypse. I would love to see this idea on television, not a lot of zombie stories from the point of view of Doctors (or at least not to my knowledge). This would be interesting, and fun to watch.

  • Dinodain

    You had me at Zombie Apocalypse. I would love to see this idea on television, not a lot of zombie stories from the point of view of Doctors (or at least not to my knowledge). This would be interesting, and fun to watch.

  • DrGero

    Fun read. It really strikes me as some out there fanfiction, but the type I’d like to give a read.

  • DrGero

    Fun read. It really strikes me as some out there fanfiction, but the type I’d like to give a read.

  • DrGero

    Fun read. It really strikes me as some out there fanfiction, but the type I’d like to give a read.

  • FunkyChunkyDude

    Fuck, I’d watch it.

  • FunkyChunkyDude

    Fuck, I’d watch it.

  • FunkyChunkyDude

    Fuck, I’d watch it.

  • Newt

    Amen! All Hail, the spoony one!

  • Newt

    Amen! All Hail, the spoony one!

  • Newt

    Amen! All Hail, the spoony one!

  • Terry

    Make it part of a World War Z story.

  • Terry

    Make it part of a World War Z story.

  • Terry

    Make it part of a World War Z story.

  • DelVaro

    wow dude, this is an original plot for a zombie outbrake movie! :D sell this thing and earn a lot of money! :P OR direct the movie yourself to make it shity-proof

  • DelVaro

    wow dude, this is an original plot for a zombie outbrake movie! :D sell this thing and earn a lot of money! :P OR direct the movie yourself to make it shity-proof

  • DelVaro

    wow dude, this is an original plot for a zombie outbrake movie! :D sell this thing and earn a lot of money! :P OR direct the movie yourself to make it shity-proof

  • B

    Now, that would be the best possible season 16 /ever/. And i agree with DelVaro, you’ve actually got an original zombie plot on your hands. We want more! Future video, perhaps? *hopes*

  • B

    Now, that would be the best possible season 16 /ever/. And i agree with DelVaro, you’ve actually got an original zombie plot on your hands. We want more! Future video, perhaps? *hopes*

  • B

    Now, that would be the best possible season 16 /ever/. And i agree with DelVaro, you’ve actually got an original zombie plot on your hands. We want more! Future video, perhaps? *hopes*

  • Minsky

    This first started to sound like Von Trier’s Hospital (not to be confused with the americanized ‘Stephen King presents’ version (saw a few eps of it, but just didn’t get as interested as I did with the original).

    Then with the inclusion of zombies, it sounded like E.R. meets The Walking Dead.

    However, I’ve got a question for you (that probably will never be answered): If you were to cliche the undead into one of two groups: Night of the Living Dead -OR- Return of the Living Dead zombies, which would you choose?

    See, on one hand, you’ve got your slow, weak shambling flesh-eaters that can only be destroyed by damaging their brains.

    On the other: Fast, smart, normal human-strengh, sentient brain-eaters…oh yeah, and they talk and can’t really be destroyed-or else the trioxin (or whatever you’d prefer to make corpses animate) is spread to further the plague.

    Send more paramedics

  • Minsky

    This first started to sound like Von Trier’s Hospital (not to be confused with the americanized ‘Stephen King presents’ version (saw a few eps of it, but just didn’t get as interested as I did with the original).

    Then with the inclusion of zombies, it sounded like E.R. meets The Walking Dead.

    However, I’ve got a question for you (that probably will never be answered): If you were to cliche the undead into one of two groups: Night of the Living Dead -OR- Return of the Living Dead zombies, which would you choose?

    See, on one hand, you’ve got your slow, weak shambling flesh-eaters that can only be destroyed by damaging their brains.

    On the other: Fast, smart, normal human-strengh, sentient brain-eaters…oh yeah, and they talk and can’t really be destroyed-or else the trioxin (or whatever you’d prefer to make corpses animate) is spread to further the plague.

    Send more paramedics

  • Minsky

    This first started to sound like Von Trier’s Hospital (not to be confused with the americanized ‘Stephen King presents’ version (saw a few eps of it, but just didn’t get as interested as I did with the original).

    Then with the inclusion of zombies, it sounded like E.R. meets The Walking Dead.

    However, I’ve got a question for you (that probably will never be answered): If you were to cliche the undead into one of two groups: Night of the Living Dead -OR- Return of the Living Dead zombies, which would you choose?

    See, on one hand, you’ve got your slow, weak shambling flesh-eaters that can only be destroyed by damaging their brains.

    On the other: Fast, smart, normal human-strengh, sentient brain-eaters…oh yeah, and they talk and can’t really be destroyed-or else the trioxin (or whatever you’d prefer to make corpses animate) is spread to further the plague.

    Send more paramedics

  • Minsky

    Addendum: This, as well as many of your other ‘Reasons’ writings could actually, under certain circumstances, take off or be successful.

    As you likely know (or at least are aware of by now) many people really dig on zombies or the undead in general.

    However, I think you’d need to include a few Mengle types-y’know, the sadistic and cold doctors who take the undead plague as a chance to practice their darker desires, like splicing zombies together to make a “super zombie” or something equally nasty. They could abduct healthy victims and subject them to either an injection or a bite from one of the infected to see how the process works firsthand or (as per Day of the Dead) attempt to perfect a docile and compliant ghoul (and)or attempt to make an army of loyal zombies to enact some sort of take-over-the-world scenario.

    You could even have a parallel show wherein it deals with the local police force and how they treat the growing situation.

    Just think of the possibilities, man!

    Of course, without creative plot twists and writing, the show would last for (at best) one season, but what a season it could be!

    Noodle that one around, Satchmo.

    By the way, have you (or anyone else) seen Cemetary Man, or read the source material-an Italian comic called Dylan Dog? The comic has just been reprinted in the US for the first time in about a decade and is a must for fans of Paranormal Detectives like Steve Niles’ Cal McDonald/Criminal Macabre series or Mike Mignola’s Hellboy/B.P.R.D. series. It’ll knock your socks on your ass!

    They’re dead. They’re…all messed-up.

  • Minsky

    Addendum: This, as well as many of your other ‘Reasons’ writings could actually, under certain circumstances, take off or be successful.

    As you likely know (or at least are aware of by now) many people really dig on zombies or the undead in general.

    However, I think you’d need to include a few Mengle types-y’know, the sadistic and cold doctors who take the undead plague as a chance to practice their darker desires, like splicing zombies together to make a “super zombie” or something equally nasty. They could abduct healthy victims and subject them to either an injection or a bite from one of the infected to see how the process works firsthand or (as per Day of the Dead) attempt to perfect a docile and compliant ghoul (and)or attempt to make an army of loyal zombies to enact some sort of take-over-the-world scenario.

    You could even have a parallel show wherein it deals with the local police force and how they treat the growing situation.

    Just think of the possibilities, man!

    Of course, without creative plot twists and writing, the show would last for (at best) one season, but what a season it could be!

    Noodle that one around, Satchmo.

    By the way, have you (or anyone else) seen Cemetary Man, or read the source material-an Italian comic called Dylan Dog? The comic has just been reprinted in the US for the first time in about a decade and is a must for fans of Paranormal Detectives like Steve Niles’ Cal McDonald/Criminal Macabre series or Mike Mignola’s Hellboy/B.P.R.D. series. It’ll knock your socks on your ass!

    They’re dead. They’re…all messed-up.

  • Minsky

    Addendum: This, as well as many of your other ‘Reasons’ writings could actually, under certain circumstances, take off or be successful.

    As you likely know (or at least are aware of by now) many people really dig on zombies or the undead in general.

    However, I think you’d need to include a few Mengle types-y’know, the sadistic and cold doctors who take the undead plague as a chance to practice their darker desires, like splicing zombies together to make a “super zombie” or something equally nasty. They could abduct healthy victims and subject them to either an injection or a bite from one of the infected to see how the process works firsthand or (as per Day of the Dead) attempt to perfect a docile and compliant ghoul (and)or attempt to make an army of loyal zombies to enact some sort of take-over-the-world scenario.

    You could even have a parallel show wherein it deals with the local police force and how they treat the growing situation.

    Just think of the possibilities, man!

    Of course, without creative plot twists and writing, the show would last for (at best) one season, but what a season it could be!

    Noodle that one around, Satchmo.

    By the way, have you (or anyone else) seen Cemetary Man, or read the source material-an Italian comic called Dylan Dog? The comic has just been reprinted in the US for the first time in about a decade and is a must for fans of Paranormal Detectives like Steve Niles’ Cal McDonald/Criminal Macabre series or Mike Mignola’s Hellboy/B.P.R.D. series. It’ll knock your socks on your ass!

    They’re dead. They’re…all messed-up.

  • FionordeQuester

    “Salvation finally arrives when the military starts dropping supplies, food, and ammo, as well as relief paratroopers and a new group of doctors. It seems like good news, until it turns out that these new doctors and soldiers have little interest in the hospital’s problems. They immediately commandeer an entire floor and start moving equipment in. Every day, they start asking for specific patients by name and taking them away, by force if necessary. These patients never return, and all day and all night, the helicopters fly in and out, taking sealed crates away and bringing new ones back.”

    “One day, they all leave. They pack up their gear just before dawn and fly off, never to return. The military radios go deathly quiet. The scheduled airdrop never arrives. The next morning, the National Guard commander is found dead, a smoking gun in his hand. The best case scenario is that they’ve been abandoned to their fates. The worst case? Does anyone else hear an airplane?”

    Does this mean that the ER doctors are either going to be killed by the zombies, or killed by the army?

  • FionordeQuester

    “Salvation finally arrives when the military starts dropping supplies, food, and ammo, as well as relief paratroopers and a new group of doctors. It seems like good news, until it turns out that these new doctors and soldiers have little interest in the hospital’s problems. They immediately commandeer an entire floor and start moving equipment in. Every day, they start asking for specific patients by name and taking them away, by force if necessary. These patients never return, and all day and all night, the helicopters fly in and out, taking sealed crates away and bringing new ones back.”

    “One day, they all leave. They pack up their gear just before dawn and fly off, never to return. The military radios go deathly quiet. The scheduled airdrop never arrives. The next morning, the National Guard commander is found dead, a smoking gun in his hand. The best case scenario is that they’ve been abandoned to their fates. The worst case? Does anyone else hear an airplane?”

    Does this mean that the ER doctors are either going to be killed by the zombies, or killed by the army?

  • FionordeQuester

    “Salvation finally arrives when the military starts dropping supplies, food, and ammo, as well as relief paratroopers and a new group of doctors. It seems like good news, until it turns out that these new doctors and soldiers have little interest in the hospital’s problems. They immediately commandeer an entire floor and start moving equipment in. Every day, they start asking for specific patients by name and taking them away, by force if necessary. These patients never return, and all day and all night, the helicopters fly in and out, taking sealed crates away and bringing new ones back.”

    “One day, they all leave. They pack up their gear just before dawn and fly off, never to return. The military radios go deathly quiet. The scheduled airdrop never arrives. The next morning, the National Guard commander is found dead, a smoking gun in his hand. The best case scenario is that they’ve been abandoned to their fates. The worst case? Does anyone else hear an airplane?”

    Does this mean that the ER doctors are either going to be killed by the zombies, or killed by the army?

  • Chibito

    Well it’s not like a zombie apocalypse episode could make the series worse right?

  • Chibito

    Well it’s not like a zombie apocalypse episode could make the series worse right?

  • Chibito

    Well it’s not like a zombie apocalypse episode could make the series worse right?

  • Kraken

    I don’t see a problem with shows running on and on. When you are cycling new characters in and out on a constant basis, it becomes, structurally, less like a traditional US drama and more like a British soap opera. You’re following CHARACTER arcs and when you constantly retire old characters and introduce new ones, there’s no real reason it couldn’t continue indefinitely. Look at soaps like Eastenders, that’s been running several times a week (we’re up to 4 currently) for twenty four years, that’s 3787 episodes and counting. Corination street? even longer. Even Casualty, our long running medical drama, has been running for nearly 700 episodes. Not to say those shows are high art or anything, but some formats lend themselves to indefinite runs. You don’t NEED to re-invent the wheel, you can show similar emergency incidents to, say, 5 years ago, and with a new cast of characters reacting and dealing with it in a new way, it can still work and not bore the audience.

    Anyway, that said, lose the “canon” ER connection and I think this could make a cool movie or miniseries. Zombie/monster attacks seen from an unconventional perspective are pretty popular at the moment; Cloverfield (average guy on the street), Dead set (zombie apocalypse and Big Brother contestants), Sean of the dead (zombie romantic comedy). etc, and the hospital setting would be a cool take on things.

  • Kraken

    I don’t see a problem with shows running on and on. When you are cycling new characters in and out on a constant basis, it becomes, structurally, less like a traditional US drama and more like a British soap opera. You’re following CHARACTER arcs and when you constantly retire old characters and introduce new ones, there’s no real reason it couldn’t continue indefinitely. Look at soaps like Eastenders, that’s been running several times a week (we’re up to 4 currently) for twenty four years, that’s 3787 episodes and counting. Corination street? even longer. Even Casualty, our long running medical drama, has been running for nearly 700 episodes. Not to say those shows are high art or anything, but some formats lend themselves to indefinite runs. You don’t NEED to re-invent the wheel, you can show similar emergency incidents to, say, 5 years ago, and with a new cast of characters reacting and dealing with it in a new way, it can still work and not bore the audience.

    Anyway, that said, lose the “canon” ER connection and I think this could make a cool movie or miniseries. Zombie/monster attacks seen from an unconventional perspective are pretty popular at the moment; Cloverfield (average guy on the street), Dead set (zombie apocalypse and Big Brother contestants), Sean of the dead (zombie romantic comedy). etc, and the hospital setting would be a cool take on things.

  • Kraken

    I don’t see a problem with shows running on and on. When you are cycling new characters in and out on a constant basis, it becomes, structurally, less like a traditional US drama and more like a British soap opera. You’re following CHARACTER arcs and when you constantly retire old characters and introduce new ones, there’s no real reason it couldn’t continue indefinitely. Look at soaps like Eastenders, that’s been running several times a week (we’re up to 4 currently) for twenty four years, that’s 3787 episodes and counting. Corination street? even longer. Even Casualty, our long running medical drama, has been running for nearly 700 episodes. Not to say those shows are high art or anything, but some formats lend themselves to indefinite runs. You don’t NEED to re-invent the wheel, you can show similar emergency incidents to, say, 5 years ago, and with a new cast of characters reacting and dealing with it in a new way, it can still work and not bore the audience.

    Anyway, that said, lose the “canon” ER connection and I think this could make a cool movie or miniseries. Zombie/monster attacks seen from an unconventional perspective are pretty popular at the moment; Cloverfield (average guy on the street), Dead set (zombie apocalypse and Big Brother contestants), Sean of the dead (zombie romantic comedy). etc, and the hospital setting would be a cool take on things.

  • Asimov

    Spoony, wtf are you talking about you shouldn’t write screenplays? That is some awesome shit right there. I never watched ER, but I would if that was the plot!

    Inserting Zombies into anything automatically makes it THAT much better. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was AWESOME. It turns something unwatchable or unreadable into something palatable. You think the publishers of PPZ limited themselves by saying they shouldn’t do something like that? Heck no.

    You should have more confidence in your abilities to make things better. I liked your version of terminator, it just needed to be fleshed out a bit.

  • Asimov

    Spoony, wtf are you talking about you shouldn’t write screenplays? That is some awesome shit right there. I never watched ER, but I would if that was the plot!

    Inserting Zombies into anything automatically makes it THAT much better. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was AWESOME. It turns something unwatchable or unreadable into something palatable. You think the publishers of PPZ limited themselves by saying they shouldn’t do something like that? Heck no.

    You should have more confidence in your abilities to make things better. I liked your version of terminator, it just needed to be fleshed out a bit.

  • Asimov

    Spoony, wtf are you talking about you shouldn’t write screenplays? That is some awesome shit right there. I never watched ER, but I would if that was the plot!

    Inserting Zombies into anything automatically makes it THAT much better. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was AWESOME. It turns something unwatchable or unreadable into something palatable. You think the publishers of PPZ limited themselves by saying they shouldn’t do something like that? Heck no.

    You should have more confidence in your abilities to make things better. I liked your version of terminator, it just needed to be fleshed out a bit.

  • Taliesin

    Is it wrong that so far, every single one of your ideas sounds completely awesome?

  • Taliesin

    Is it wrong that so far, every single one of your ideas sounds completely awesome?

  • Taliesin

    Is it wrong that so far, every single one of your ideas sounds completely awesome?

  • FionordeQuester

    Can someone please answer my question?

  • FionordeQuester

    Can someone please answer my question?

  • FionordeQuester

    Can someone please answer my question?

  • Selfish

    I really didn’t need another reason to hate ER.
    Not that I’ve ever seen a full episode…

  • Selfish

    I really didn’t need another reason to hate ER.
    Not that I’ve ever seen a full episode…

  • Selfish

    I really didn’t need another reason to hate ER.
    Not that I’ve ever seen a full episode…

  • Mycroft

    I know these aren’t too popular on here (compared to your videos) but please write more of them. They’re awesome.

  • Mycroft

    I know these aren’t too popular on here (compared to your videos) but please write more of them. They’re awesome.

  • Mycroft

    I know these aren’t too popular on here (compared to your videos) but please write more of them. They’re awesome.

  • http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/ DrLecter

    This is awesome. I think if you were to drop the whole connection to E.R and maybe try to change up the aspects that sound similar to “Outbreak” then you could have a pretty solid epic zombie movie on your hands! Hell I’d even help you if I didn’t live in Scotland.

  • http://www.spoonyexperiment.com/ DrLecter

    This is awesome. I think if you were to drop the whole connection to E.R and maybe try to change up the aspects that sound similar to “Outbreak” then you could have a pretty solid epic zombie movie on your hands! Hell I’d even help you if I didn’t live in Scotland.

  • http://www.spoonyexperiment.com DrLecter

    This is awesome. I think if you were to drop the whole connection to E.R and maybe try to change up the aspects that sound similar to “Outbreak” then you could have a pretty solid epic zombie movie on your hands! Hell I’d even help you if I didn’t live in Scotland.

  • http://www.myspace.com/pvtcaboose-1 pvtcaboose

    OK, FUCKING EPIC, and you could turn this into ur own movie, just rewrite the bits about any specific ER chars, this is more amazing than PIE or CAKE its better than PIKE i love this its amazing

  • http://www.myspace.com/pvtcaboose-1 pvtcaboose

    OK, FUCKING EPIC, and you could turn this into ur own movie, just rewrite the bits about any specific ER chars, this is more amazing than PIE or CAKE its better than PIKE i love this its amazing

  • http://www.myspace.com/pvtcaboose-1 pvtcaboose

    OK, FUCKING EPIC, and you could turn this into ur own movie, just rewrite the bits about any specific ER chars, this is more amazing than PIE or CAKE its better than PIKE i love this its amazing

  • James Collinge

    The funny thing is, a Hospital Drama just like the one Spoony describes here has actually been made as a parody of low budget sci-fi shows that were popular in the 80s, search on youtube for ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ and prepare for the insanity.

  • James Collinge

    The funny thing is, a Hospital Drama just like the one Spoony describes here has actually been made as a parody of low budget sci-fi shows that were popular in the 80s, search on youtube for ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ and prepare for the insanity.

  • James Collinge

    The funny thing is, a Hospital Drama just like the one Spoony describes here has actually been made as a parody of low budget sci-fi shows that were popular in the 80s, search on youtube for ‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’ and prepare for the insanity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000056430186 Daniel

    ER + what sounds like Shadowrun’s “Bug City” + zombie Paul McCrane = good family fun

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000056430186 Daniel

    ER + what sounds like Shadowrun’s “Bug City” + zombie Paul McCrane = good family fun

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=name&id=100000056430186 Daniel

    ER + what sounds like Shadowrun’s “Bug City” + zombie Paul McCrane = good family fun

  • psychokitty

    I watched maybe the beginning of ER with my parents when I was a kid and I definitely remember that death scene, which was epic by the way, but this sounds ever better. I would so get into ER if it had that plot.

  • Wilbert Gyllenhal

    The nuclear bomb actually seems to be the best case scenario.

  • Wilbert Gyllenhal

    The nuclear bomb actually seems to be the best case scenario.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Stephenson/1381510872 Shane Stephenson

    The worst bit about Romano’s death is that nobody on the show seemed to notice. In the episode it happened, everyone was distracted by other things. By the next episode, I guess they were over it already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Stephenson/1381510872 Shane Stephenson

    The worst bit about Romano’s death is that nobody on the show seemed to notice. In the episode it happened, everyone was distracted by other things. By the next episode, I guess they were over it already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Stephenson/1381510872 Shane Stephenson

    The worst bit about Romano’s death is that nobody on the show seemed to notice. In the episode it happened, everyone was distracted by other things. By the next episode, I guess they were over it already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Stephenson/1381510872 Shane Stephenson

    The worst bit about Romano’s death is that nobody on the show seemed to notice. In the episode it happened, everyone was distracted by other things. By the next episode, I guess they were over it already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Jay-Harington/100000016038880 Edward Jay Harington

    The scary thing is, that little plotline for a show about a hospital in a Zombie outbreak? Easily better than anything I’ve seen on TV in a while.

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