We started The Glades Season 4 off with a ghost, while this week "Apocalypse Now" brought us zombies; all we need now is some vampires and werewolves to run the full gambit of pop culture horror references.
Don’t get me wrong; I love zombies as much as the next guy, (especially if the next guy is Brad Pitt in his new movie). But there were a few things about this episode that really pulled me out of the episode.
The biggest of these was Denny Warren, homeless zombie. When Jim found Denny he was grunting, groaning and moving like a zombie. Okay, maybe being high on bath salts will do that, I can't say as I'm not an expert in drugs that create zombie behavior.
But, given that Jim outsmarted him with a chain-link fence gate moments later, I find it very hard to believe that Zombie-Denny would have been able to roam into a park that covers more than six kilometers, find and then carry Bonnie’s body out. Make no mistake, he had to carry it out or there would have been shopping cart tracks in the dirt where Jim, Carlos and Daniel were looking.
Looking past Zombie-Denny carrying Bonnie for a few miles when he could barely walk, we had all of the zombie chasers and runners on the 10K run who took pictures with the body. I would hate to think that not even one of them would have called the police to report the body. Sadly, in this day and age I can’t rule out it happening, but it would still be upsetting.
And in case the body being found on a zombie run and it being of a woman who was a zombie fan wasn't enough zombieness for you; they threw in the obsessed guy, Nick, who also happens to be smart enough to create a non-lethal virus that mimics symptoms of being a zombie. Oh, and he had the cure of course.
I swear, Nick was so close to saying "And I would have gotten away with it, had not been for those meddling kids" that I was on the edge of my seat. Sadly (or thankfully) he didn't. He also never saw that what he was doing was wrong, which makes him a bit of a sociopath.
Hey Nick, when you’re done in Florida, you might call Dr. Evil, I hear he has an opening for a mad scientist that you'd be perfect for.
Finally, to muddle the waters further, for no apparent reason, we had the trifecta of lost souls, Jessica, Bonnie and Mary. Given the surprises revealed at the end by Jim, had the episode just been about Bonnie/Mary’s death and how Jessica didn't want to be revealed as having previously killed the real Bonnie, it would have been a really good hour.
Unfortunately, with the entire zombie Apocalypse bit going around, the murder plot just got lost in the shuffle. I didn't even catch that there was a third girl (Mary) right away. I had to rewind the episode back when Jim was explaining that Professor Plumb did it with the candlestick in the library to Jessica to hear him name Mary.
Overall, I’m beginning to suspect that I enjoyed Jim Longworth’s quirky sense of humor when it was the only thing trying to be funny during an episode.
While interviewing with TV Fanatic, Carlos Gomez said there was going to be a lighter edge to the show this season and a bit more wackiness. Well, wackiness achieved! Can we rein it back in now and get down to some quality episodes?
In conclusion, I’m giving this episode 3 zombie brains for abusing my brain along the way. Here is hoping that July sees an improvement in the episode's stories.
What did you think? Was there too much going on? Should The Glade reduce the silliness?
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.