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While there's plenty to laugh at -- like Sharknado, Z Nation knows it's bad -- SyFy's latest original series doesn't take the creative leaps to surprise an audience already too familiar with how to kill zombies.
The 13-episode series has a sweeping, impressive prologue, but the show itself almost immediately shrinks to a small-scale, dark and rustic canvas. This is the same formula that doomed NBC's Revolution.
In Syfy's new zombie series Z Nation, the priority seems to be cramming in as much violence and gore as possible. If that means skimping on rehearsal time and retakes, so be it.
Z Nation opens at a sprinter's speed and for the most part keeps up that pace. The blood flow is constant and the makeup department answers the bell.
The mundanely self-aware screenplay includes references to the zompocalypse and lines like "God, I hate moral dilemmas."
My biggest problem with the show is that it's bad by The Asylum's own low standards: Z Nation suffers from not knowing how cheeky it wants to be or should be.
It was probably inevitable, given the monster success of AMC's The Walking Dead, that another zombie horror series would be forthcoming ... but I'd hoped for something a little less slapdash and cheeseball than Syfy's Z Nation
Syfy's Z Nation has everything you want in a zombie show: stiff, shambling creatures who growl and stare with lifeless eyes. Unfortunately, these are the cast members playing survivors.
Z Nation's biggest strengths are its momentum and pacing, along with stopping short of taking itself too seriously.
Make no mistake, this is still a pretty cheesy hour of television, but they went all out in terms of setting this up as world that has just accepted the zombie apocalypse as a way of life
Even things that would be cool are rendered blah by the flat writing.
Audience Reviews for Z Nation: Season 1
Feb 10, 2021I like it wayyyy more than TWD. It doesn't take itself too seriously as it should not. TWD is quite guilty of that but alas--it's bad. Z Nation is not too dependent on c.g.i. and has some scenes that are bizarre and kind of twisted. Yeah. I like that.
Dec 14, 2020This show is horrible, the acting is awful, the plot and story is awful, its just a horrible show all around. Try too hard to be the walking dead. Also, the characters are written super poorly.
Oct 14, 2020This is a terrible series with subpar acting and terrible plot. Does captivate your mind
Sep 12, 2020Don't mess with my Z-Nation. Absolutely love the show & characters. Bring Norman Reedus over & it'd be unstoppable, 😄. Doesn't need any help, just thought that would be cool, lol. Favorite zombie series. ♥️♥️♥️
Aug 16, 2020Trash and funny, finished it in 2 days.
Jul 18, 2020Alright, like The Walking Dead but from a completely different viewpoint. Only things I don't like about it is the generic sound effects, you know the ones, haven't heard any Wilhelm Screams, but it's got the basic soundboard sfx.
Jul 16, 2020The first two seasons and a little bit of the third are a blast. The writers really had fun with it, as did the actors. After that the show starts to take itself way too seriously. It kills the show cause the fun is what made it different. If the show continues, please no more messages, no more over drama, no more socio political commentary. It's 2020 that stuff is everywhere. Get back to the fun!
Jul 07, 2020I binge watched on Netflix. It's an over the top gore fest that is fun, funny, sad, weird. I love the characters (my favourite is Addy). It is fast paced and if you want a comparison to TWD, don't. Apart from it has Zombies, it's not the same at all. So much more fun and easy watching.
Jun 09, 2020focken loved it mate
Mar 31, 2020Season 1 is pretty good, but if you live in the usa just be warned you can't get seasons 4 and 5 on region 1 discs.