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Greetings, loyal viewers! I'm Doctor N in Lego form, and this is the first episode of Comparisons!
And our subject for the day is...Mummies vs. Zombies (please note that the order of the named subject members is purely coincidental)
And now, here we have a typical zombie. Note that one may view a zombie as a reanimated ("undead") corpse, or simply as a living human with a nasty and considerably contageous disease. Either way, in most cases, zombies come in hordes and consistently have a taste for human flesh. All-in-all, a zombie is an invariably nasty creature. It may be downed relatively easily with a lucky shot to the head.
Often, one might find a small group of heroes fighting the massive zombie horde and hoping against hope that they might survive long enough to make a dent in the horde's numbers. Sometimes they appear thusly.
However, under optimal circumstances, one might find a high-tech government commando battering the horde with experimental and highly volitale weapons. This, by the way, is utterly awesome.
On to mummies. They are invariably Egyptian in origin, usually wrapped head to foot in burial wrappings. Despite these differences, the fact remains that a mummy is just a wrapped up zombie. However, they are usually found alone and are terribly hard to kill, in contrast to the ease at which zombies are normally dispatched (or should I say redispatched?).
Another characteristic of mummies that is worth noting is that they are nearly always the body of a pharaoh or one of his trusted minions, like a shaman, bound be a curse to protect his pharaoh. Thus, if there's a mummy around, things have already gotten all magicy (so to speak), wheras a zombie may not be shrouded in necromancy.
In zombie flicks, more often than not (in my experience) you find people with chainsaws and big guns fending off an innumerable horde of man-eating monsters. In mummy movies (I mean the older ones, because the new ones were too awful to count in this analysis), you get a hapless college professor running at top speed from a sluggish, rather dim-witted mummy and yet somehow getting killed anyway. Really.
Sometimes, however, the professor has the wind for that final sprint and manages to secure the help of some intrepid adventurer or two who attempt, unsuccessfully, to dispatch the creature as it lurches forward.
That's cool and all, but when was the last time you saw one of these guys fighting a mummy?
So, in the final accounting, which of these two groups, regardless of their numbers, would be considered superior and/or better and/or cooler than the other?
I don't think much deliberation is required to determine that zombie-centered characters are far superior, or at least he plots of the movies allow them the opportunity to be so. Mummy-centered plots don't allow much room for character variability.
And now for the main comparison: a mummy and a zombie: which would be considered superior and/or better and/or cooler than the other?
A hard desicion, but I think the zombie is a better subject than the mummy. Not by much though. Zombie movies can get pretty nasty, while mummy movies can be less gruesome. However, the plot devices that can be used in zombie-centered plots vary more widely, as mention above, but mummy plots are always the same old thing (not that that is such a bad thing).
Therefore, based on plot opportunities and devices alone, I would say that zombies are superior to mummies. In most other respects, however, I am unsure. Thus, I would say that in those respects, it is a draw.
Well, that's it loyal viewers! B sure to check in next time for more comparisons and commentary, and be on the lookout for a new Doctor N sigfig soon!
Wait a minute, WHAT?! A new sigfig? I must have read this script wrong. No! it says I'm being replaced?!!
My physical manifestation can't do this to me! By golly, I'll show him!
Oops! Well, folks, it appears that I have some work to do on my persuasive skills! I hope to see you again next time (if there is one)!