“Z Nation” has upped the ante with these new zombies created in the nuclear fall-out, called “Blasters.” They are scary because they look as if they understand, unlike the regular run-of-the-mill Z’s. Not only do they seem to zone into what the “Z Nation” survivors are thinking, but these dead guys are way too quick! They take off running and achieve such a high rate of speed that they actually become invisible.
IGN News suggests in an article from September 25, that something was missing from this episode titled, “Zombie Road.” It “fell short of some of the better character moments” seen over the last few episodes.
While the mass of zombies climbing over the wagon train in a modern-day Keystone Cop-like scene was hysterical, more one-liners from Doc, Murphy and Roberta would have enhanced it a bit. These guys are funny and even though they were in the middle of a zombie storm, they can still be funny.
The International Times suggests that this week’s episode paid tribute to “Mad Max” with “Zombie Road.” That wagon train was a great piece of work, as was the driver, who you knew immediately was not long for this world. What was with all the riddles?
The “Z-Nation” writers make another genius move with Z-weed that lit up Doc’s face when he first heard about it. Even after they told him that it is called Z-weed because zombies were ground-up in the compost used to grow the weed, he didn’t care. Once he smoked it he looked like he didn’t care much about who was ground-up in the weed.
Is this a hint of things to come when Cassandra, who is given a shotgun puff of the Z-weed from Murphy, felt somewhat normal for a minute or two? Have they stumbled on a cure without the help of Murphy’s precious blood?
Somehow Doc is going to have to get high with a few more zombies before finding out this has some potential! Murphy has taken quite an interest in the Z-weed too, so maybe it is something that works well with partially zombified folks?
During this episode Doc brought up the day he got stoned with a zombie when both of them were stuck in a building shaft. This was a verbal flash-back to last season, which was one of the funniest scenes to come out of “Z Nation” so far.
He also was called “hippie” on this week’s episode, which is exactly what he appears to be. He’s like a laid back child of the ‘60s who never quite shuffled out of that mode .
When it comes to his medicine or pharmaceuticals, Doc knows his stuff. He always seems to have a stash of the more popular medication today!
Although he’s not a real doctor, Doc is the next best thing while they are on their mission. He most likely stays alive because he just doesn’t get rattled when things look grim.
It is like Doc has no fear. He quite possibly could be permanently mellow from all the pharmaceuticals. That’s not a bad way to go through life!
Murphy’s bizarre hold over Cassandra continues to be comical-like and while Murphy’s looking more like a zombie these days, he is still as human acting as he once was. It looks like his bite put Cassandra half way between zombie and human, which speaks to the need for Murphy to get to California so his blood can be used in making a cure for the zombified world.
Cassandra’s presence is a bit bizarre as she only chews on people who become a threat to her group. She does have some will power in that half-zombie body of hers.
It’s eerie to see “The Kid” hung up on her and the glances the two of them share are worth mentioning. There’s a longing for each other, but it is hard to wrap your head around it as Cassandra stands there with blood dripping from her mouth after eating the enemy.
The antics of comedy weaved into these scenes are a work of genius from the writers. Cassandra, who says very little now that she’s in a new state of mind, is demonstrating acting at its best with her facial expressions and body movements.
There seems to be a lot of thought going into these scenes. Even when the zombies are on attack, glances and innuendos seem strategically placed throughout the entire venue. It’s TV watching at its best!