Z Nation Episode Review: Welcome to Newpocalypse

Synopsis: Warren (Kellita Smith) survives the drone crash and recovers on a farm with a mysterious man named Cooper (Mario Van Peebles). Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) and the rest of the survivors make their way to Newmerica, where they learn about a new type of zombie.


Review: After binge watching the first four seasons of this series on Netflix, it was admittedly difficult waiting months for a new episode. So, when it finally came back on TV last night, my wife and I made sure to keep our calendars clear. Sadly, after watching it, I have to say I wasn't that impressed with it.

It wasn't that the episode itself was terrible. It's just, for a season premiere, it was kind of bland. Action scenes were kept to a minimum (though the zombies being ground up by farm equipment was kind of cool) and a good chunk of the episode was kind of predictable.

This was especially true of Warren and Cooper. Not only did we see the romance coming from a mile away, my wife and I were both telling Warren (who finally started listening to us toward the end) to check the barn because, if you have a character who recently lost his wife and daughter to the zombie apocalypse, there isn't a better place to keep them.

I will admit, I am somewhat intrigued by the newly-revealed zombie evolution, which features dead people who can talk and reason. If they were to turn evil (which is what I'm hoping), it could create a brand new challenge for the human survivors.

I'm also undecided about the show's newest character, George (Katy M. O'Brian), mostly because I'm not sure what direction the series intends to take her. I am kind of hoping she turns out to be a bad guy (who controls the new zombies), just because this series has enough good guys to keep track of.

Final Opinion: As I said, this season premiere was a bit of a letdown, especially after having to wait so long for it. However, largely because of the new zombies and the potential they bring, I'm willing to give the season the benefit of the doubt.

My Grade: C

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