Znation is such a mixed bag…
On one hand they seem to want you to take the show seriously. On the other, zombie dog sled driver. I wish I was kidding…
So here is a show that is trying very hard. The effects are ok for tv and I can’t say anything truly bad about the acting. It is straight up acceptable but not stellar. The largest problem it has is making you care about them. For instance, this weeks episode opened with the character played by DJ Qualls at Camp Northern Lights somewhere up north. From now on he will be known as Garth from Supernatural because I can’t recall his name. Or any of the other characters for that matter. They aren’t doing a bad job, but they were all introduced at once and two shows in I still don’t know or care to be bothered to memorize their names. The first few eps of a show need to be about world building, which they have not done a very good job at.
As an example, first ep was all fast zombies. This week they were old Romero style zombies. Maybe there is a reason. Maybe it is the recently turned versus the long dead. Maybe you should tell me because I don’t know the rules of your world yet, and until you do I am going to assume you suck at continuity.
So Garth, who is all alone at an arctic base and the sole voice of the government to the survivors is visited by zombie dog sled driver. I suppose he could have been bitten and turned while driving but, no, I won’t make excuses. This turn of events leads him to get a cute dog to share the end of the world with. That is after they kill the zombie dog that came along with it. Yup, zombie dog. Also, zombie in a wheel well. That was actually cool.
Cut to the other survivors(we will call them, ummm, how about Them) attempting to get gas from a refinery that was overrun at the start of the apocalypse. Good idea. Leads to some neat oil covered zombies and one shot of a huge gas tank full of zombie which is something I have never seen before. Also shows something I think will be the new “Sexposition”(Game Of Thrones”, Goresposition. There was a pretty big info dump while two characters were going up a stair case and killing zombies but talking as if they were sipping coffee at a Starbucks. Shows how used they are to the world they live in and struck me as a bit funny.
Also, Subways Fresh Buzz must have decided that The Walking Dead was too expensive because they do this now.
The rest of the episode was stupid choices like everyone getting away from zombies but leaving the gas truck next to things that can explode. Yup. It’s like they are all Carl from The Walking Dead. Every decision is bad. I wall call them all “The Carls” now.
That being said it was still enjoyable. 6 out of 10 if you compare it to similar fare. 9 out of 10 for the SyFy channel. Also next week they make Philly and the preview below makes me want to see it. Liberty Bell zombie kills. Let that sink in. At least they are having fun with it.