Saturday, October 18, 2014

5 takeaways from Z Nation episode 6 Resurrection Z

I know I promised to never watch Z Nation again after episode 5 Z Nado but I'm a zombie fan so I gave the show another try. You know what I was rewarded with the best episode since the pilot in my humble opinion. Not just a good episode but one with a shocking ending, so if you have not seen episode 6 stop reading now! Here are my 45 takeaways from Episode 6, Resurrection Z

1. The crazed preacher must be a requirement for all zombie movies, books, and comics.

2. I might actually be starting to like Murphy. Yeah he's still an ahole and a coward but it looks like he's starting to get this whole surviving as group thing.

3. Obviously having a "doctor" can get you into a lot of places in Z Nation.

4. This episode had just the right balance of the humor, horror, and good storytelling that I think the writers of Z Nation are looking for. Let's hope this is not the show's peak.

5. LAST WARNING! If you have not saw episode 6 stop reading now now! The commercials for the show teased all week long that one of the group would die. Many expected Doc or Mack, who would have guessed that it would have been the group's leader Charlie? To get to the 6 episode mark and kill a character that people have now become invested in takes a lot of balls and to the credit of the writers they did it and did it unceremoniously. That was a great moment and Kellita Smith provided us with some good acting with her reactions to Charlie being bitten and when she gave him "mercy".

We will see where the writers of Z Nation go after Charlie's death. Does Warren automatically assume command of the groups, what will be her mental state, will there be a power struggle within the group, do others step up into leadership positions. I can't wait to find out!

Simply put, a great episode!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Why Syfy can't air Z Nation Episode 5 Z Nado

Syfy can not air the next episode of Z Nation titled Z Nado. Why? Because #1 It will destroy the show, and #2 it will make us idiots who defended it early on the laughing stocks of zombie fans everywhere.

Back to reason #1. Syfy has to understand that by airing the Z Nado episode they will be giving credence to those who feared that this is what the show would be, and hated it before it aired. After episode #4 which was bad, Z Nation's producers only had two choices. Come back with a great episode or come back with more crap. It's obvious they chose the latter. The commercial for the episode just made me slap my forehead and wonder why in the hell did I think Syfy would do a good zombie show.

I wasn't expecting an Emmy winning show but an episode titled Z Nado? It started off us a fun action filled show and seems determined to get more wackier and goofier each week as zombie fans feared. I guess they were right and fools like me who were willing to give the show a chance were wrong.

After episode 5 airs I'm done with Z Nation and I'm sure many others will be too. Z Nation will have finally "jumped the shark" and I and millions of others will jump ship.

George Cook

Saturday, October 4, 2014

5 takeaways from Z Nation episode 4 Full Metal Zombie

This weeks Z Nation episode was titled Full Metal Zombie. It wasn't one of the best episodes so far, but what was really frustrating for me in this episode was that this episode didn't know when to let a good or amusing idea go. Here are my five takeaways from Full Metal Zombie:

1. The beginning of the show was great. The show had some social commentary to rival The Walking Dead when our heroes encounter a family that they think are being robbed. What the parents have their kids do in order to survive is striking and not something you usually see on TV when it comes to kids and violence. That moment itself surprising and says a lot about the human condition. In my opinion the writers should have left it at that and never showed the family again but for some reason they do, and the family is in a bad way. I don't believe that was necessary.

2. This was one of the funnier episodes. Doc was actually very funny until again a bit about being stuck in an air shaft while smoking a joint carried on too long. Did anyone also notice that the zombie Doc was stuck with looked like him?

3. Bill Moseley's portrayal of a crazy general was great and while a ripoff of the crazy British officer from 28 Days Later (and several other movies), he was quite funny.

4. I guess it's a good thing that 10K has a back story but I truly didn't care. I would have rather he stayed mysterious.

5. The use of a drive-thru speaker and a satellite dish to contact Citizen Z was cute and very reminiscent of an episode of MacGyver.

Friday, September 26, 2014

5 takeaways from Z Nation episode three season 1 "Philly Feast"

One thing I can say about Z Nation is that it is getting better every week. There are getting more creative with zombie kills and each episode features more and more zombies. The show is actually getting more and more fun as each weeks passes.

Here are 5 things that I took away from episode three, Philly Feast. NO SPOILERS!

1. No one in the world of Z Nation looks into a car before opening the door.

2. I really really like "Sunshine".

3. The Liberty Bell zombie kills looked great in that scene that was ripped off right out of Asylum's own Sharknado 2.

4. Tobias Campbell equals The Governor plus Negan but even more bat shit crazy.

5. All zombie shows/movies must bash us over the head with the disturbing fact they mankind will always be its own worst enemy even during a zombie apocalypse. (Yes, Z Nation worked some seriousness in there.)

Monday, September 22, 2014

New clip from Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead

Check out this crazy scene from the sequel to everybody's favorite nazi zombie movie Dead Snow, Dead Snow: Red vs Dead.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Z Nation premiere draws 1.6 million viewers





NEW YORK – September 15, 2014 – Syfy’s new zombie series Z Nation bit 1.6 million total viewers during its Friday, September 12 premiere at 10PM (ET/PT), becoming the channel’s highest rated acquired scripted series premiere since Dr. Who in 2006.

The dynamic action-drama from The Asylum (producers of the Sharknado franchise) also chomped on 695K Adults 18-49 and 853K Adults 25-54.

Z Nation was #1 in the 10PM time period among total viewers, Adults 25-54, Men 25-54, Women 25-54 as well as #2 among Adults 18-49.

In the past week, more L+SD total viewers fell victim to Z Nation than the most recent telecasts of The Leftovers on HBO, Teen Wolf on MTV and Doctor Who on BBCA.

Z Nation was also Syfy’s most social acquired scripted series premiere ever across all social metrics (tweets, unique authors, and tweets per unique). For the night, Z Nation ranked as the #4 entertainment program in tweets in both broadcast and cable.

In Z Nation, three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. Z Nation stars Harold Perrineau (OzLost) Tom Everett Scott (SouthlandBeauty And The Beast), DJ Qualls (Supernatural), Michael Welch (Twilight trilogy), Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.

Karl Schaefer (Eerie IndianaEurekaThe Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Z Nation review: You have seen worse.

Many watched Z Nation expecting the worst and I believe many were pleasantly surprised. The show is obviously shot on a small budget but that doesn't keep it from being a zombie ass kicking good time.

One reason I love the show is that the characters in Z Nation have heard of zombies before the apocalypse. That means we don't have to go through those annoying scenes where no one knows how to stop a zombie until they hear or see a news report.

The acting is much better than expected for a zombie flick and maybe I shouldn't have been surprised by that. Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, Kellita Smith, DJ Qualls and Keith Allan are all veteran actors who know what they are doing.

I'm going to split this review up into three part, The great, the good, and the bad.

THE GREAT: A Star is Born

Move over bicycle girl zombie, well zombie, and tree zombie there is another famous zombie joining the pantheon of famous TV zombies, Zombie Baby!

Many slapped their heads and moaned when they first saw the Z Nation trailers featuring the zombie baby. It had campy written all over it and could have went badly. Instead the zombie baby was the highlight of the show. The zombie baby got more screen time than I expected and was crazy delight. (Although I would to see what Greg Nicotero would do with the zombie baby concept.) Two things bugged me out, how the baby went from not even being able to walk to moving 100 miles an hour and when did it get bit? I never saw it get bit. (Did anyone?)

THE GOOD: Zombie killing Action And a Few Scares

The show wasted no time in showing its propensity for violence and gore. There are several zombie and human kills early on and the action just ramps up from there. There are even two or three genuine scares especially the scene at the lake. Even though I knew what was coming it was still well done. Although the show seems to be more action oriented it doesn't forget the horror elements. If this continues this is most definitely a show I will continue to watch.

THE BAD: Lack of a budget and lacks of common sense.

I mentioned earlier that the show has a small budget and you can tell that what they do have to spend they put on the screen. The problem is with what they can't put on the screen. How many would have liked to actually see the zombie attack on Camp Blue Sky? Hopefully if the show proves to be a hit Syfy or whoever actually produces it can come up with some more money for the show's budget.

My other issue is not exclusive to Z Nation or any other zombie book or movie. The characters say or do incredibly dumb things to push the plot forward or just because the writer had a brain freeze. There were two instances that stood out for me. One in the beginning of the show where a character read a presidential executive order in the middle of a zombie attack before performing a medical test. The other was at the end of the show where the thought process had a main character going back in a building to kill zombie baby because they just couldn't leave it like that. Those that saw the show know what happened to that main character and although I expected that character to die in the pilot that was a shitty way to go out.

The zombies seem to be fast or slow depending on what the script calls for. Sometimes the zombies are hauling ass after our heroes and in other scenes they slowly enter a room one by one so that a single character with a hammer can kill several of them. But I can overlook that.

My only other gripe is why did the brotha have to die (both of them actually)? LOL.

SUMMING UP: I Like Z Nation

I like this show and will be tuning in weekly. I love the action, the sense of humor, and I really want to know where the phrase "I give you mercy." comes from.

Z Nation is good zombie fun!

George Cook