Black Summer: Season 1 (2019)

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Black Summer

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Black Summer has enough undead carnage and a sinewy pace to please zombie fans, but the series suffers from scant characterization and doesn't add much storytelling meat to the genre's gnawed-on bone.

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User Ratings: 808

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 11, 2019

At the onset of a zombie apocalypse, chaos descends as Rose loses her family, Ryan tries to get his bearings, and a desperate man finds a new guise.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

William, Sun and Barbara try to drive to the stadium, but it's tougher than they thought: They're blocked by both living marauders and roving undead.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

Rose, Spears, Ryan and Lance find a refuge. Learning they're not alone, they're schooled on the dangers of following the heart rather than the head.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

Forced to fend for themselves, the survivors that were left behind must improvise and look out for both the dead and the living.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

Trapped in an abandoned diner, William and Sun must decide whether they can depend on the survivors from the truck as their alliance is tested.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

The desperate yet determined group undertakes a daring hit on a weapons stash, but the pandemonium threatens to swallow them up.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2019

Soldiers arrive with both plans and promises. But questions remain as a survivor makes a bold move. Who can you trust? Where do your loyalties lie?

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As the group approaches the stadium, everything goes sideways. The survivors blast through their bullets -- and their options.

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In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones.

Cast

Jaime King
as Rose
Christine Lee
as Kyungson

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Critic Reviews for Black Summer Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

A bleak, dull affair that mistakes camera movement for narrative energy and has about as much life as the walking dead.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's formally brilliant, politically loaded, terse and terrifying.

Jun 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Yet if the zombies are defined by frantic agitation, the show itself stands out from the pack thanks to a pensive, almost dreamlike economy.

May 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It is a relatively minimalist series, which favours tension and suspense over character development or even dialogue. [Full review in Spanish]

Jun 17, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

There were several moments in Black Summer where I was cuddled up under my blanket, a little bit terrified. For me, this makes it a must watch.

Nov 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Although far from being the best of the genre, Black Summer is the zombie apocalypse series I've most enjoyed since the first season of The Walking Dead. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[Will appeal] to those seeking frantic, intense entertainment, without deep dialogues. [Full review in Spanish]

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Fast-moving zombies terrorize survivors in grim, gory drama.

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An entertaining, exciting and tense, introduction to what I hope will become a brilliant zombie series.

Apr 30, 2019 | Full Review…

If you're a fan of the zombie subgenre, Black Summer should be right in your wheelhouse. It's a bleak, fast-paced action drama heavy on the action and light on the personal drama.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's just straight-up, kick-you-in-the-mouth zombie horror, and it is metal AF.

Apr 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The stiff acting in Black Summer is also a broad issue throughout the series, accentuated by the bad scripting and ineffective plotting.

Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Summer: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    I watched half of the first season. Nothing happened. It's just people running scared from zombies. No story. No character development. Nothing. How is this even a show? Children could come up with a better plot.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    The most realistic feeling zombie series yet. Want to get a real feel into how people would act and how they would react to a zombie outbreak? Here is your show.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    Will not recommend this. There are scenes that are just too annoying to watch. Two thumbs down for me.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    ---SPOILERS--- Where do I even begin??? 1. Character Development - HORRIBLE - Rose, Main Character, is made to be the prototypical blonde you see in a cliché horror movie. Dull, Dumb, Unlikeable. She takes it to a whole new level by constantly getting into horrible positions. - Spears aka Julius, Main Character. is so inconsistent, very vague backstory and horrible personality just seems to be more of a mime on screen then a character that should help build the story. - Sun, Main Character. Surprisingly the only main character that is even bearable to watch, and she doesn't even speak English or Spanish at all until randomly she understands everything told to her one moment and the next moment doesn't understand a word. Horribly written Character that is sad due to the Actress did a great job playing this part - Velez, Main Character. He comes into the picture seemingly as the nice guy just trying to get to his family but whomever wrote his character thought it be cool to just have him say, "MotherF*****" every time he is infront of the camera. Guessing to make sure the show would seem more edgy, then lets just randomly kill him off after giving him the most backstory between most of the characters. - Lance, Main Character? I Guess. Wow, if you could think of the most useless and unlikeable character to make in a Zombie show, this would be the guy. 50% of the time he's just running and the other 50% he's crying. 2. The Episodes ---WTF--- - First episode "Human Flow" basically drops you into the chaos with the evacuations and had good pacing and did somewhat with some back story. By far the best episode, that's not saying too much though - Second episode "Drive" continues to introduce new characters and work towards the main plot which is to get to the Stadium where the survivors where evacuated to. No complaints with this episode. Decent plot twist at the end but overall just a OK episode - Third episode "Summer School" this is when the wheels fall off and the show becomes almost unwatchable. the plot is horrible. they seek refuge in a seemingly abandoned school where nothing seems touched until they realize they aren't alone and some how in just a couple days time a group of kids had orchestrated elaborate traps and made the school their own in order to kill people. The characters make the dumbest decisions you will see in a show and lets not forget the yelling for a deaf guy while trying to find him like he can hear you... SMH... oh and some random dude Earl saves them with zero explanation - Fourth episode "Alone" nothing too special. shows us how Lance gets out of the school and then follows him to a grocery store which is fully stocked where he shops "yes it is abandoned but he still shops" then the same zombie who chased him from the school, catches up to him there which becomes a 20 minute cat and mouse episode. and just like before a random stranger just magically shows up to save the day. Good news, were halfway done this insanity - Fifth episode "Diner" Back and Forth between the five survivors at the diner to devise a escape plan. gets to a breaking point where 3 of them want to sacrifice Sun in order to escape and Velez protects her and convinces Manny and Carmen that the other guy has a bite and he should be the one they sacrifice. Then at the end of the episode the other group of characters just magically happens to end up at the diner and they all save each other. Basically making the whole episode irrelevant since they would had just been saved 5 min later - Sixth episode "Heist" … Wow, just wow. ok, so the newly formed group execute a plan to infiltrate a compound in order to steal weapons within hours of meeting each other. You cant make this stuff up. they almost pull it off without a hitch until a random bullet hits Manny in the ducts which causes him to turn and chase Sun through the maze of vents which she Magically navigates perfectly somehow and Spears saves her... Notice a trend yet? - Seventh episode "The Tunnel" after they reunite from the heist they get cornered in a tunnel until the 2 soldiers that are seen from the previous episode magically save them in a corridor. Then in the middle of night, somehow the 2 soldiers take Spears away from the group since they knew he wasn't who he said he was and magically Rose is the only who wakes up and the others seem to be in a coma and not notice a thing. she ends up saving spears after she finds out the soldiers just want "Loot" and she shoots the one soldier in the head and the other one in the chest and somehow he doesn't turn into a zombie, WTF ... They all regroup and leave for the stadium, and randomly Earl whistles and a dog magically comes to his side and he walks off with him. and when he gets about 200 yards away then Lance softly speaks and says "Where are you going" as if he could hear him. - Final episode "The Stadium" how can you make a season finale that is only 17 minutes long? They regroup with other survivors in front of the stadium until the are attacked by zombies which causes chaos and panic. Carmen is hit with a stray bullet, which makes her turn instantly... ok ... and Lance gets split up and gets chased by a group of zombies and that's the last you see of him. Velez now hobbling along does his best to keep up with the remaining 3 until they get about 200 feet from the gate to the stadium where he just gives up and asks Rose to kill him... sure why not... Rose, Spears, and Sun get in the gate and lock it. They then realize that the stadium is actually empty but PLOT TWIST... Magically Rose's daughter appears is seemingly one of two survivors who are at the stadium. 3. Final Impressions I found myself going from intrigued at episode 1 and 2 to almost laughing at the sheer stupidity and horrible story telling and characters from episode 3 until the end. I really wanted to like this show, Netflix hyped it up and I thought that it could finally fill the hole that the walking dead left after that show became stale and dead but this just ended up being a disaster. I hardly ever get the urge to review a movie/show unless it was either extremely good or absolute trash and unfortunately this is the latter. Avoid this show at all costs. its really that bad
  • Jul 12, 2020
    I am so tired of these zombie movies coming out and the people are so stupid that you wish they would just die already. Seriously, 5 episodes into this and only Spears deserves to live. The rest of them just keep on running around in circles and literally act like they are trying to get eaten.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    Mientras Z nation era querida por su irreverencia, esta serie que intenta ponerse seria ofrece puro aburrimiento.
  • May 20, 2020
    In a generic zombie apocalypse embodying the trope of "everyone's either an asshole or an idiot" a group of generic characters develop enough character over the episodes to at least keep me wanting to watch it to the end.
  • May 18, 2020
    To put it in simple terms you can watch 1 min and skip 4 minutes you wont miss a think.... The season is actually 2 episodes the rest is time wasting . It needs a more content
  • May 17, 2020
    Thought it would show the collapse of society that always gets skipped over. Zombies don't really show up until the last episode.
  • May 10, 2020
    Fantastic show! In an overdone genre, Black Summer manages to bring suspense in the unfolding chaos. Brings a lot of elements from classics like 28 days later and Dawn of the Dead to the storyline. The idea that no one is safe (like Walking Dead) also helps in enhancing the tensions watching the show. The drawback is that by series end, the plot movement still does not seem entirely clear beyond the end goal. A lot is left to be imagined, hopefully those answers and more will come in season 2.

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