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Z Nation Episode 01 – My two cents

So the first  episode of Z Natione, titled “Puppies and Kittens” has now aired, and we’ve had a chance to see what the show is all about.

If you’re like me, you probably have a alert set up, or maybe have read a review or two. To make it short and sweet, I liked it. Quite a bit actually.

If you’re familiar with SyFy’s other TV Shows and movies, the effects aren’t always the best. A TV series just simply doesn’t have the budget of a big screen movie, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I’m willing to forgive quite a bit along those lines, and being a fan of Eureka and Warehouse 13, I was expecting the effects to be a bit off.

That being said, I thought it was pretty well done. I only had a few problems with the episode, and I’ll elaborate on that after the spoiler warning.

I’m going to discuss specifics about the first episode below. If you haven’t seen the episode, you’re going to spoil it for yourself. You’ve been warned!

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The Walking Dead Vs. Z Nation

Many of the reviews that I’ve been reading are making it out like Z Nation in in a competition with The Walking Dead. OK, they are the same genre, but is there really only room on TV for one show about Zombies? Of course not. If a genre is popular, there can be all sorts of shows, look at crime or medical dramas these days, how many of those are on TV?

Yes, the popularity of The Walking Dead most definitely paved the way for more Zombie shows, but Zombie media has been around for a very long time, and although it hasn’t been in the mainstream, it’s had it’s following.

Let’s judge the show for it’s own merits and shortcomings. Personally, I welcome anything that brings more Zombies onto the TV.

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Zombie Law

Craig Engler, a co-creator / writer / co-executive producer for Z Nation did a “Ask me Anything” on reddit, and he was asked about the rules for his Zombies.

We’ve only seen this one episode, and right now the zombies all seem pretty darn fast. Like “28 days later” fast. Craig said that the rule is that the fresher a zombie  is, the faster they are. After a Zombie has been around for awhile, they slow down.

This is kind of a foreign concept for some, but it’s zombie behavior that I’ve started noticing in some books, and I whole heartedly approve.

In most of the popular zombie works, the cause of the dead rising is a virus. The virus based theories follow the premise that the body is being reanimated, and controlled by a virus which solely wants to replicate to other hosts, driving the zombies to hunger flesh (or brains).

If a virus is reanimating the body, you would think that the body would be most capable right after death. Once things start rotting, and tightening up, the zombie would slow down.

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Dormant Zombies

This one threw some for a loop too, in the scene, some survivors come upon some “dead” bodies floating in the lake. We are then shown more of the lake, and it’s just chock full of floaters, all appear to be dead.

Then one zombie opens it’s eye’s, and that’s all she wrote. All of the zombies get up and give chase, killing everyone, and overrunning the survivor camp.

If memory serves me correctly, I believe that Max Brook’s “World War Z” (the book, not the movie) was the first place I saw this behavior. The zombies are perpetually in a state of search and destroy. They travel around until they find something they want to pursue and eat. Once they catch it, they keep searching.

However, if a zombie becomes trapped, or some other way immobilized, say buried, or locked in a closet, they go into a sleep state. It conserves energy, and doesn’t move. Once there’s some stimulus that the zombie notices, it goes back to its normal behavior.

In this case, maybe the zombies get tossed into the lake somehow. They aren’t coordinated enough to swim, they don’t sink enough to walk on the bottom, eventually they figure out that they can’t do anything, so they just go to sleep.

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Baby Zombie

Me no likey baby zombie. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with a baby becoming a zombie,, my problem is a baby becoming a super zombie. Suddenly, a baby that can’t walk is able to run all over the place willy nilly. A small human who is still working on soft mushy foods can suddenly rip into human flesh. Sorry, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief that much.

Conclusion

Even if I didn’t like the first episode, I would still be watching, at least for a couple of more episodes. As it turns out, I really did like it, and I’m looking forward to seeing more. I’m not planning on writing a review of each and every episode, but I thought I should at least write my impressions of the first one. We’ll see about the rest.

All photos courtesy of SYFY’s Z Nation Web site Give it a visit, they have lots more!

Finally, a reality Show I can Sink my teeth into

I’ve never been much of a fan of reality shows. Add in Zombies, ok, I’ll watch. Yes, I’m a sucker for Zombies.

Syfy has announced the premier of their new reality show “Town of the living Dead”, which follows a town in Alabama that’s making their own independent Zombie movie. Although it’s been 6 years in the making so far.

The unscripted series will premiere on October 7th during the Annual 31 Days of Halloween Spook-a-thon.

The movie’s title is “Thr33 Days Dead”, and is based on a town urban legend.

Town of the Living Dead on SyFy

Syfy Announces 7th Annual 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN SPOOK-A-THON

Walking Dead Companion Series Pilot Ordered!

What a great week for Zombie TV Show news! First I hear that Z Nation has a premiere date (next week!), and then I hear that the pilot episode for a companion series to “The Walking Dead” has been ordered.

TV is going to get even better for Zombie fans!

According to this article in Liberty Voice, the TV Series is “yet to be named” and will take place in a different location that The Walking Dead does.

Of course the pilot script has already been written, but if Robert Kirkman is looking for filming locations, might I suggest Colorado? I mean Georgia is great and all, but you can cover the whole “What happens to Zombies in cold weather” topic. Not to mention the cast and crew could sample our wonderful micro-brews. Just saying…

Right now, according to the article, Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson wrote the pilot, although right now it’s not clear if they will be writing all of the episodes once the series is ordered.

I say “when the series is ordered”, because I just don’t see AMC turning it down. The Walking Dead is so insanely popular, there’s no way they won’t order it. Of course that could be as much wishful thinking as anything else. Keep your severed fingers crossed.

Z Nation Premieres September 12th

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I love that tag line! It’s a man eat man world. I mentioned how excited I was that some new Zombie TV shows were coming, and I neglected to say anything about the filming or anything else, but now it has a premiere date that’s very soon. September 12th, mark your calendars!

The story is that they the survivors are trying to get the only human to have survived being bitten by a zombie to a lab in California. You’ll recognize several of the actors.

At least part of the series was filmed in Spokane Washington. I have some friends that live there, and I was hoping that they were going to get involved as extras, but it didn’t happen. Sad smile

Can’t wait for these Zombie TV shows

imageThree new Zombie TV Series on the horizon?

I sure love me some Zombies! I’ve always been a fan, from way back when, reading and watching about the walking dead were one of my favorite things to do. Of course, back then, there were some really good choices, but comparatively not a whole lot to choose from.

Fast forward to present day, and there’s a smorgasbord of good Zombie material. Books all over the place, comic books, tv shows and of course movies. What a great time to be alive!

When “The Walking Dead was announced, I was ecstatic, I had loved the comic book. Then when I realized that the TV adaptation was going to be different than the comic, and that was great news.

I had two big fears about a TV Series based on the comic. Fear number one, that it would be terrible. Luckily it isn’t anywhere near terrible. It’s amazingly good!

My second fear was infinitely worse, that it would be amazing, but not enough people would watch it, and it would be cancelled. This is the path that many good shows have gone, thankfully, it doesn’t look like that will be the case for a good long while.

imageOf course now, I’m hungry for more. Then I come  across the tidbit that there’s going to be a spinoff series, and I can’t wait. Although I’m going to have to wait, because it isn’t slated to launch until 2015. Knowing how good the original “The Walking Dead”  series is, the spinoff will be worth the wait.

 

imageWait? Hold on, what’s that? Syfy is coming out with a new TV Series called “Z Nation”! Yes! My DVReth runneth over! This one premieres in the fall, and is going to place the survivors 3 years after the outbreak, with one survivor who needs to be transported across the country to a lab where his blood could be used to create a vaccine. This one is supposed to come out in the fall of this year.

imageThe third show that I’m really salivating over, but haven’t heard much about lately, is the Zombieland TV series on Amazon. They gave us a pilot, which isn’t available now,  and I don’t see any info on it’s season page. I have my fingers crossed that this comes out.

Post header photo courtesy of Todd Hryck