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Z Nation Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Fracking Zombies

didn't z-dog bite friendly-dog?

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@ sensorsweep

I thought that as well, sure seemed like it. Maybe friendly dog will turn next week? Eeeeek!

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Carissa, in your review, you suggest that Grace and Anika have lost their self-esteem. My take is that until the last episode, there was no indication of any cause for that except the suggested cause that her mother may feel that Grace had failed her. Postponing her career to raise a daughter should not lower a persons self-esteem unless she was told by an authority figure or she felt herself that she had failed. In the last episode, she told her sister that she was a bad mother and wife, so that could lead to low self-esteem. In the final episode she tells the Zen master that she has been
going through a period of self-discovery, so that is what led her to having an affair, not low self-esteem. As far as Anika, she is a-ok in the self-esteem department. She sold some songs and offered Mateo half of what she made to help him because he was going on the road. Being a man, he refused. That didn’t deter her. She bought a car and headed out to festival where Mateo would be playing. If there is anyone in this show to worry about, it isn’t Anika.

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@ sojourner

I agree with you! Grace simply wants and takes experiences that feel good to her. It's her wild side coming to the forefront with her complete agreement to let it out. I don't equate her actions with any loss of self-esteem. I don't even think self-discovery is in play; maybe re-discovery. She's always been this way; she just sublimated her true feelings for 18 years of marriage. Throughout the series she says "this is me", whether she's had sex with Simon (muddy shoes), or posing nude for Dylan and with her sister's encouragement, or telling Dylan about her college lap dance. Her marriage was probably more of an impulse decision when she fell in love with Neil and she kept her bad girl side hidden. Remember that her first encounter with Simon was at a club where she was letting her inhibitions go out the window. She was suddenly sexually attracted to Simon whose current date was annoyed with his interest in Grace, and the next day she decided to have an affair with him. She didn't know that he was a paid escort; she just wanted to let her wild side have an affair. I have no idea how Simon introduced her to pay for play. Maybe he gave Grace a free sample. Anyway, the developing relationship was exactly what Grace wanted and felt no real guilt since that was who she really wanted to be. I expect that her infidelity would have continued for a very long time.

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@ Winter

And her infidelity will probably flare up again.

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@ Winter

Hi, I had a little free time, so I re-watched the last episode. It was a productive session. First let me say the writers have done a masterful job of obscuring whatever would resemble a timeline. In the first episode we are taken back to 6 months prior when Grace begins the affair. In the most recent episode we are reminded, by the psychologist, that 6 months have gone by since Grace began the affair with Simon. So all the events, we have witnessed in the first 10 episodes have occurred presumably within this time frame. Grace started seeing the psychologist while she was actively bedding Simon. Grace, in some aspects, had a full understanding of her spouses' feelings and emotions. We will return to that in a moment. Grace began her affair consciously to cheat. We have been privy to her personnel justifications for the act, but she internally and consciously knows she did wrong. The exposition to Stephanie "I am a bad woman". That is true. Stephanie goes on a retort, about the fact that Grace should protect herself against Neil springing divorce papers on her ( probably citing adultery {southern state, no fault doesn't exist}). Grace's retort, "Neil would never do that, he love's me". Again, she knows, and has known, that Neil is hopelessly in love with her. She has some intuition that she is safe in the affair. Neil would never leave.
Now we come to the really interesting moment for me. Stephanie makes the masterful suggestion that Grace knows nothing about Neil's life in the 12 hours a day when he is gone. True, she doesn't. Recall her absence of knowledge of his work environment for the past 5 years. Grace consciously and intuitively realizes that there is a weakness to her safety perception of her marriage. What if Neil's acceptance of her affair, is not based on Neil's overriding love for her, but actually that he too has an alternate source of physical and emotional gratification, a mistress. That starts Grace searching through Neil's clothes looking for a hint, and the path to the zen master. is discovered. Self-discovery is the zen masters' euphemism for Neil's justification for his own bouts of adultery. Grace immediately grabs onto that handle for herself, not knowing that she is copying Neil exactly. Grace is now consciously and subconsciously convinced that Neil has been faithful, and that his acceptance of her affair is his overriding love for her, and not an alternative source for what she has been denying him. If you look at Grace, from this perspective, and that hints are right there in front of you, Grace is not actually a lost woman looking for herself. She is as stated earlier, just the true person escaping the shell she has been in. Grace is fundamentally a repressed party girl. She wants excitement, and adventure. Sexual freedom and open emotional expression are trademarks of that culture. Grace has repressed that portion of her personality during the 20 year course of marriage and motherhood. She has felt the bindings of that repression loosen during the past 6 months, not because of Neil, but because she perceived that Anika did not require much more maternal supervision. Recall in episode 9 "I didn't know that you needed me in that way", and also Stephanie's assertion that she has been an absent parent. This allowed Grace to take the bike ride to adultery. The knowledge of safety and time. Grace went to the psychologist because she realized that she was finally at a crossroad. Do I stay with my husband, or leave him for the other man? That is what she is actually grappling with. The exposition to the psychologist, that "maybe it is too late", comes from the fear that maybe Neil's lack of open confrontation comes from exactly the same source of activity as she has been engaged.. This is further proof that Grace is subconsciously afraid that Neil may dump her because of her betrayal. She knows Neil has changed since his plane meltdown, now she knows the real reason. Discovery of her affair.

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@ sojourner

In telling Stephanie that she felt that she was a bad mother and wife, Grace showed the first pangs of conscience.

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Supergirl Drama: Flying to CBS!

Another blonde headlining a show??? Not again!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Z Nation Season 1 Episode 2 Review: Fracking Zombies

I liked this episode a lot better than the pilot. But I'm fully in the cheesy camp. The second this gets serious, I'm outta there. The cast was wonderful in tweeting tonight, in particular Kellita and Michael (who did both east and west coast). I am curious about Cassandra and 10k/Jeff.

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Hanko9
@ kd94025

Really better than the pilot? I seriously doubt Z Nation is going to get serious, it's not in the show's DNA at all. What do you think Cassandra is? A mutant? Don't know how I made it through the East coast live-tweet, was nodding off hehe

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@ Henry A. Otero

Maybe it was my mood during the second one. Or the cast tweeting. Hahaha.

Noisy-from-norway

I for one am looking forward to this. Hopefully she'll be much nicer to Tony than Ziva ever was. And maybe she can be his permanent girlfriend. I'd love for Tony to settle down and have a family.

Tonygurl

I like Ziva but I don't care if love interest for him

Ronald-simkins

This was a really good review! You didn't miss too much. I like that the show isn't without humor.

Hanko9
@ isoron

Thanks so much, I appreciate that. Yep I'm with you, the humor's what works for me as well. It's just a ton of fun and sometimes that's all you need.

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Well, I hope she's not a potential love interest for Tony. This character does look like a Ziva wannabe. I feel bad for the actresses who will have to play against Michael's Tony.

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@ Marla

Yes, it does Marla, and I hope she's not a potential love interest either. I feel bad for the actress too. It won't work like none if the others in the past worked.

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Marisol Nichols to Blast from Tony’s Past on NCIS Season 12

Looks like they are trying to bring on someone who could favor Ziva. I for one don't want to see a parade of women like they had before. I want the Tony that was in Israel with Ziva. That loved Ziva.

Dido-twite

Looks like NCIS is giving us a parade of Ziva wannabes for DiNozzo to chase this year. Great! she said, sarcastically.

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@ Dido Twite

I for one don't want to see it. Would make me sick.

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@ Jeanie

same - I'm not interested in seeing Frat Boy Tony again, even if his taste stepped up from dumb blondes to smart brunettes.

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@ Dido Twite

Looks like Ziva obsessors are going to see Ziva in everything. I really don't understand why Tony can't move on just because the actress who played Ziva decided to leave. She's gone he's not. MW/Tony shouldn't be punished for her decision. Tony's a single guy, he's going to date and yes he can work with other women. The fact she worked with him in Philly intrigues me.

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