Z Nation starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America. (official series synopsis courtesy syfy via Blastr)
Isn’t the zombie apocalypse a crazy, quirky, gut bustingly funny hoot?
No? How about Z Nation? Better, much better.
The Walking Dead‘s goofier, eye-for-the-ridiculous cousin which features the requisite flesh hungry undead, avaricious human survivors and total breakdown of civilisation, but also giant zombie-collecting cheeses and radioactive, glow-in-the-dark walkers, Z Nation has some black humour fun examining the quirkier of existing in a world of animated corpses with one track minds.
As the trailers for the upcoming third season of the show, from The Asylum who gave us Sharknados 1 through 4, and god forbid maybe 5, illustrate with a creative mix of seriousness and slapstick humour – zombie tumbleweed anyone? – the world isn’t getting any lighter or less apocalyptically crazy anytime soon.
With the cast who finished season 2 relatively intact led by Lt Roberta Warren (Kellita Smith) and dragged down by zombie/human hybrid and all-around opportunist Murphy (Keith Allen), season 3 promises more attempts to survive the undead end of the world, more sleazy attempts by survivors to get the cure Murphy possibly represents and more visual tomfoolery and fun.
Yes fun, people.
Sure the undead are all around, and nobody is showing anybody much mercy and the world is pretty shot to flesh-hungry pieces but there’s still black humour to be had and satirical observations to be made.
And Z Nation, now pleasingly balancing the serious with the sublimely silly, is really the only show on TV proving that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Z Nation premieres this US-autumn on syfy.