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Z Nation is a show that aired on Syfy that is a combination of genres, so with each episode, you can get a little drama, comedy, horror, and action to keep you entertained. In fact, the creators of the show, Schaefer and Engler, have often compared the show to The Walking Dead, which they have considered to be far too serious for a zombie television show.
When the show started in 2014, the characters are in the third year of a zombie apocalypse that has already nearly made the human race extinct. In a flashback at the beginning of the series, you will learn that one of the characters in the show was living in prison in Kittery, Maine with two others. The prisoners were given one of three different vaccinations by the government to see what effect the drug had on them.
Murphy is the only survivor that was given any of the vaccinations, and when he was later bitten by a zombie, he remained human. This means that his blood has antibodies that could potentially save humanity, so they must transport him from New York to California's CDC, which is the last known government facility of this type that is still functioning.
Murphy is not 100 percent during the trip across the country, and he actually seems to be turning into a type of hybrid that is half human and half zombie. His skin appears to be changing, and he is able to control some of the zombies that the group encounters along the way. He still has full control over his body, so he is not a full zombie, but he is hiding secrets about the changes that could put them all in danger.
The main story focuses on the journey that these characters are making across the country and the struggle that they are facing during the journey. Intended as a show that can bring the fun and laughter to the zombie apocalypse, this show is quite successful at doing just that. One of the most memorable scenes is the opening sequence that shows a space wasteland where a band of survivors encounters endless hordes of zombies. Suddenly a giant wheel of cheese that is at least 20 feet tall starts rolling down the street to kill the zombies.
Another fun aspect that many fans enjoyed was the play on the movie Sharknado when there are zombies in the tornado instead of sharks. There are also a lot of different types of zombies that would not be encountered in similar shows to bring up the antics during their journey. In fact, the show was so popular that Netflix released a prequel series called Black Summer that leads up to the events that begin the apocalypse. The series ended in 2018 after the airing of the fifth and final season.
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If you enjoy a good science fiction series that is post-apocalyptic, then this is a great option to consider. It deals with all of the tough calls that survivors need to make when it comes to zombies in a series like this, but it also includes a lot of humor, so that is fun to watch as well as dramatic. It can be a bit camp at times, but the fun scares that it introduces into the plot helps to keep the show less serious. Even though the show is not airing currently, it is still a series that is well worth watching.