What?!? Did Z Nation just kill off their Rick Grimes? Bravo to Craig Engler for taking out the show's "supposed" hero, something Kirkman wouldn't have the cojones to do in a million years.
That's right, this week Z Nation Season 1 Episode 6 offed another big name actor. It's almost as if the more well known on this show, the better the chances you're zombie chow.
Following that train of thought, who's next DJ Qualls or Michael Welch? I believe the rest of the cast are relative newcomers no?
The opening scene with Citizen Z talking about cataloguing where the Z virus came from was the best use of the character since the pilot. If you've been following my reviews you know I feel Citizen Z has either been used as comic relief or Addy's stalker. This week, the character served an actual purpose and in the closing moments I actually liked him again.
I loved the line about "self fulfilling prophecy." The thought that public fascination with all things zombie willed it into existence is insane. We're seeing the start of that now with the Ebola virus. How long before movies and tv shows become obsessed with this very real hemorrhagic fever? Before it's glamorized in "pop culture"?
Just look at the number of "deadly contagion" shows we've seen of late. From The Walking Dead and In the Flesh to Helix, The Last Ship, The Strain, Z Nation and soon to be released 12 Monkeys.
Are we willing some form of apocalypse into existence? Eeeek that's way too heavy and morbid to think about. Let's get back to Z Nation shall we?
So our survivors arrived in Hannibal, Missouri. That name alone foreshadows plenty of blood, guts and death on the way. Very clever Mr. Engler.
Creepy preacher Jacob (complete with upside down cross) went on and on about the resurrected. It didn't take a CDC scientist to figure out this dude's seriously disturbed. When he called upon the anointed, there were no signs he was sending them on a kamikaze mission. I loved how all this came together throughout the episode. Including the upside down cross blades, great stuff.
Once the most twisted church service ever is completed, we check back in with our gang. Murphy was definitely looking worse for wear. Addy's line was great "give him a break, it's the apocalypse none of us look our best." Was there a reason for the patches in Murphy's hair? Why is 10K the only one assuming the vaccine in not working? Can't blame Roberta for calling dibs on taking Murphy out if he goes zombie.
Roberta: You look pretty happy for someone who hasn't eaten in two days.
Charlie: Could be worse.
Charlie: We're still alive aren't we?
Roberta: You were always a glass half full kind of guy.
Boy if that wasn't a clear sign Charlie's time on the show was over, I don't know what the heck would be.
Hammond had marked Province Town on his map as a resupply place. This time around Major Williams is alive and well, unlike the nutbar in Z Nation Season 1 Episode 4.
Province Town turned out to be a sweet little utopia, for about a second there. The fact this was a "weapons free zone" made for some fun zombie kills this week. Spoons, forks and let's not forget that cake mixer. Wasn't it amusing to see all the stuff 10K had on him? The kid's a badass and someone I'd feel safe around in this world.
It isn't long before Jacob's anointed appear at Province Town's gates. The group notices the crazy followers, and at this point I realized some major trouble was brewing.
We learn from Major Williams that the entire West Coast is a "no go zone" due to megaherds of zombies. That sure doesn't sound good for our survivors as they approach Cali. Luckily, the anointed girl catches 10K's eye and he follows her outside.
All hell breaks loose as Charlie and Roberta finally get a little sexy time. By the way, I'm glad they hooked up before Charlie died, at least she's got that memory now.
How disturbing was it to learn the plan was for the anointed to commit suicide and infect everyone inside the compound? Suicide zombies, only on Z Nation.
The Z's moved fast again this week and that first Jacob follower turned in an instant. When Murphy isn't attacked by the Z's we learn once and for all he's one of them. At the very least, he's part zombie and something the Z's don't need to attack. He's a coward though, didn't lift a finger to help that poor woman in the showers. If anyone's got to go it should be Murphy. I say that every week don't I?
How freaky was the hallway scene with bodies all piling up against one another? If 10K hadn't shown up our entire gang would've been turned. I'm telling you that kid is something else. I'm team 10K all the way!
The scene with preacher Jacob threatening Charlie and the others was nerve-racking. I'm pretty sure no one expected Charlie to bite it this week. Though I'm not sure how this loss affects the group moving forward, it was a ballsy move. Any thought a particular character was safe is now out the window. Let me know in the comments who you think is next.
Though I don't like Murphy, I've got to admit his appearance in that cage full of zombies surprised me. The monologue that followed was impressive and for the first time Keith Allan was allowed a moment to shine.
Murphy: I am not one of the resurrected, I'm your messiah.
Jacob: That's blasphemy brother, we can all see you're one of the living.
Murphy: Eight times I was bitten and did not turn. Eight times I was infected by their bloody saliva and yet here I stand before you. And I am here to tell you that he is a false prophet. For I am the true incarnation of the resurrected.
Naturally, things don't go smoothly and Charlie is shot trying to save Murphy. Now that's a heroes' death for you. It was touching he confessed his love for Roberta before dying. I would have been pissed if she hadn't taken that shot and given him mercy. It sucked seeing Charlie turn didn't it?
On the other hand, it was great she didn't kill the preacher rather wounding the bastard so he could turn. What goes around comes around.
As I mentioned at the top Citizen Z was written well this week. His closing words were quite profound "We got the apocalypse we deserve. But if we're lucky some day this will all be over. I hope so and next time I hope we get it right."
What did you guys think of "Resurrection Z"? Are you bummed that Charlie is gone? Did the character's death surprise you? Will Murphy turn completely? Your turn fellow zombie fanatics, hit the comments below and share your thoughts on Episode 6 with me.
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