However, if Bub is the undead face of humanity, Dr. Logan is it's backbone.
The Mad Scientist Archetype
At our basest instincts, we want to know how things work. We want to dissect, manipulate, observe, and understand. This is why Dr. Logan is such a crucial character in DotD, he represents one of our primal psychological archetypes; that of the curious inquisitor.
Barber's essay, "The Mad Science of Zombies: In Defense of Dr. Logan from Day of the Dead" explores the mad scientist archetype and supports the argument that Dr. Logan is the best character in "Day of the Dead." The essay is written quite well. It is an intelligent examination of characters that is not often found on horror blogs.
Here's an excerpt from the essay:
"Everyone around him is horrified, giving him the nickname Frankenstein as a way to define the outrageous methods he uses during the process. Even our main character Sarah, who is also a scientist working on explaining the zombie outbreak, is at odds with Dr. Logan’s work after seeing the gruesome remains.
One must question, however, if the nickname Frankenstein is actually one that Dr. Logan accepts as a compliment; he is a man who is unafraid of the criticisms inherent in his work, and much like the scientist of Mary Shelley’s novel or the men who often populate the works of H.P. Lovecraft, he is delving into an area of science that borders on the mystical. To be compared to Frankenstein is to be at the forefront of scientific study, to work on something no man has ever seen before. And Dr. Logan, as he rehabilitates Bub from zombie to human-esque, finds that the research and gory ethical quandaries are worth the effort because they do yield results."
Such is the case with Dr. Logan.
Watch this clip from Day of the Dead to see what I mean.
Dr. Logan is one of the most important characters in DotD, and it's easy to see why. But you don't have to take my word for it, click here to read Barber's entire essay! You won't regret it.