“Z Nation” is coming back for a third season, but fans of the show already knew this Syfy great would be slated for the long-haul. The writers and cast have struck gold as this show just clicks. “Z-Nation” is not at all like the other famous zombie apocalypse that continues to unfold on AMC, as Doc, Murphy, Roberta, “the kid,” and company have a beat all their own on Syfy!
According to The Hollywood Reporter on November 6, “Z Nation” is pulling in 1.5 million viewers on Friday night. The Syfy channel has ordered another 15 episodes of this series, bringing it back for a third season in 2016.
One of the main reasons this show does so well is the character of Doc and the acting Russell Hodgkinson brings to this role. He is the guy that pulls it all together for “Z Nation.” Doc is the one person you would most likely want with you during a zombie apocalypse. His laid-back demeanor keeps folks at an even-keel and his one-liners keep you laughing.
Doc is one of those memorable characters that comes along once in a blue moon. There is so many levels to the aging hippie that fans can’t help but want him for a friend. While you have seen Hodgkinson as quite a few characters throughout his career, this is the role that has put him on the main-stream Hollywood map.
Like Spock from “Star Trek” and Han Solo from “Star Wars,” Doc is becoming that iconic character you will never forget. While the show is built around Murphy, a man who is half zombie and half human, Doc and his quirky observations and hilarious one liners has become the character to watch.
Other than having zombies, that is where this show and “The Walking Dead” end in similarities. The show is unpredictable, unlike “The Walking Dead,” with “Z Nation” you have absolutely no idea what is around the next corner, in the duct-work or beneath their river boat, which makes it all the more interesting.
The writers have a terrific sense of humor when it comes to zombie kills and they also show this sense of humor with the things they do with zombies. Because Murphy is half zombie he has control over the living dead and in one episode he created a disco bar with zombies as dancers and patrons in the club.
They had a zombie doing the stripper pole dancing and she went around and around until her zombie body broke away flying across the room, leaving just her arm still spinning on the pole! Not only was the scene of the flying body hysterical, when the camera pans to Doc, Roberta and the crew, the looks on their faces were priceless.
Zombies have been killed with a huge round cheese the size of a bus. This cheese went rolling over them for one hysterical scene. Who can forget the Liberty Bell mowing down zombies and severing them in two as it rolled down the road? Then there was the scene of Doc stuck in the duct-work with a zombie sharing a joint and Murphy giving his half-zombie baby a severed finger to suck on like a pacifier. This is just some of the original and very funny stuff this show has come out with.
This week the group landed in Roswell, New Mexico, in an episode titled “Rozwell.” While Geek Mash suggests this plays out too much like a “Scooby-Doo” episode, this episode had everything from zombie kills to comedy antics. One of the more notable, however fleeting, moments of this week’s show came from the background of a scene.
So far the group has traveled down desolate roads with cities and towns deserted except for herds of zombies. This week the show had a quick few frames of a highway bustling with traffic far away in the background as they pulled into Roswell.
This had to be purposely put into the scene because with the computerized editing today, just a click of a key would take that out if it was filmed by mistake. When you see that traffic you have to laugh. It is almost like the writers throw in something perplexing now and then.
It is the little things like this that give the show that special touch and keeps you fixated on the screen as you find yourself looking into the background of some of the scenes to see what surprises are planted! While “The Walking Dead” has one kind of zombie, the zombies from “Z Nation” come in many different shapes and forms.
“Z Nation” has plant zombies and “Z Weed,” which is pot grown using zombies as compost. They have zombies with some level of intellect, fast and slow zombies and this week they had what looked like alien zombies. Who can forget the baby zombies, one from the beginning of the series in that garage and the other zombie baby being a spawn of Murphy’s.
The alien zombies were just men dressed as aliens who died and turned zombie while still in their costume, but the writers take all kinds of liberty with zombie creations on this show! When “The Walking Dead,” characters come across zombies, they are the same week-in-and-week-out, but “Z-Nation” puts a spin into their zombies for the laughs and element of surprise, like a bus load of Abraham Lincoln zombies.
Another plus for “Z Nation” over “The Walking Dead” is the fast pace of the show. Nothing drags on with “Z Nation” as each week as they are someplace different with something new and rather odd going on. Like Murphy giving his half-zombie baby away after turning a couple into half zombie/ half human like him by biting them.
Murphy giving the half-zombie baby that severed finger to suck on sounds absolutely dreadful. Instead of it being a scene of gore, it was hilariously funny. The writers of this show have found the perfect middle ground of horror and comedy making “Z Nation” a show that people are talking about today. Now with another season on the way, they will continue to talk about this show for a while!