Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Here comes Z Nation

Hey There BZF fans, I know it’s only a month and a bit until we see the return of AMC’s smash hit The Walking Dead, but it would seem we will have more zombies to play with this year than we first thought.  The SyFy channel, famous for modern day classics like Sharknado and popular TV series such as Defiance and Helix is getting on board the zombie train, hoping to dip into the zombie gold mine that keeps on giving.

Don’t get me wrong, I would say that this is a huge risk considering the potential back-lash from dedicated Walking Dead fans, not to mention the critiques that will surely arise comparing it to a show that is about to enter it’s well earned fifth season.

So let’s have a look at the basic premise for Z Nation.  Upon viewing the trailer, it seems they have gone for a more campy humorous approach, which if done well could most certainly work in the shows favour and set it aside from The Walking Dead.  The overall production does look a little on the cheaper side but I think that is fair enough bearing in mind that SyFy will probably want to see how the ratings go for season 1 before they start throwing some serious cash at this baby.  Speaking of babies, watch the trailer below for your ‘huh omg’ moment:

I’m sure the first thing you are all thinking is that the plot doesn’t bare an ounce of originality and has basically borrowed from every player in the game. I will say one redeeming feature is the cast, I loved Tom Everett Scott in An American Werewolf in Paris and Harold Perrineau as Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet.

The future of Z Nation will rely heavily on building a strong fan base and if they can weave in a decent story around the cast.  I would even go as far to say that there is room out there for two zombie shows to run side by side and I will definitely be checking this out when it premiers on September 12.

Bite you later

Mr Vitamin G

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