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  • Todd Puhl

Black Summer

Ever wonder what a serious version of Z nation would look like? Well look no further, someone.. somewhere.. somehow came up with an idea for a show that takes place in the Z Nation universe Weird tho, Z Nation was campy, not serious(weed zombies, come on now), aliens and made to be extremely bad, so why go serious now? Furthermore, why take everything that made Walking Dead boring and expand on it? Who was drinking the Kool aid on this one?

As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 60%, Metacritic was at 48% and IMDB was at 6.5/10.

The Cast:

· Jaime King as Rose, a mother who is separated from her daughter during the earliest and most deadly days of a zombie apocalypse.

· Justin Chu Cary as Julius James, a criminal who took the identity of "Spears", the name of the guard he killed.

· Christine Lee as Ooh "Sun" Kyungsun, a Korean woman who is looking for her missing mother.

· Sal Velez, Jr. as William Velez, a pole lineman who has a sister and children in Texas.

· Kelsey Flower as Lance, a young survivor with no family.

Essentially short of Jamie King from her small bit role from Sin City as “Goldie,” there is literally not star power in the season. Which is not the end of the world, but it sure would have helped the appeal to the show.

Ideally, there is a ton of side characters that you don’t get too invested in and kinda just show up to further along a messy narrative.

The Recap:

Set in the "Z Nation" universe, this series follows a crack team of special forces as it fights for hope in the darkest hours of the zombie apocalypse.

The connection between Black Summer and its parent series will take a similar approach as the relationship between Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead, as there are no plans for any of the characters from Z Nation to appear in the companion prequel series. Z Nation actor DJ Qualls revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that the Syfy series takes place "quite a long time" after the event of Black Summer, making him feel that the cast is "too old" for a crossover to work. However, the two series do share "most to all of writing, directing, and producing staff" as well as a production company, The Asylum.

The show's starring actress Jaime King has said that the two series have "nothing to do with" each other.

The good:

· There really isnt much. The show had very appeal whether if it was script writing, gore or even a direction of where this tumbling car wreck on the 406 was going.

The bad:

· IF you are going to make a Zombie TV show, you cannot make one without intense gore. This isnt the 1950’s where cut away’s work. We need to see the realism to fully invest

· Does everyone have unlimited ammo in this show? I counted in one season where “Spears” fired 129 times without reloading. I am sure a MAG for an AR-15 is 30 rounds.

What do I know.

· I could not invest in any of these characters as they all were directionless and boring.

Things that stood out:

Clearly came across as a Netflix cashgrab on the Zombie genre. Too bad this genre has been overkilled to death. Pun intended.

Why we should watch or not watch it:

I would dodge this like the zombie plague. You end up watching 8 episodes of this stupidity and it makes you crave to rewatch the entire series of Lost in reverse so you can fully understand what happened with your life..

Rating: 1/5 Stars

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