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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 12, 2014
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  • Summary: Set three years after a zombie virus nearly kills everyone, a team that includes leader Hammond (Harold Perrineau), second-in-command Garnett (Tom Everett Scott), and a computer hacker who goes by the name Citizen Z (DJ Qualls), seek to move a survivor of the virus from New York to the onlySet three years after a zombie virus nearly kills everyone, a team that includes leader Hammond (Harold Perrineau), second-in-command Garnett (Tom Everett Scott), and a computer hacker who goes by the name Citizen Z (DJ Qualls), seek to move a survivor of the virus from New York to the only functioning lab in California to produce an antidote. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: LaToya Ferguson
    Sep 11, 2014
    75
    Z Nation is the show you watch if you want to see zombie guts splattered across the screen--and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 9, 2014
    70
    Overall, Z Nation is pretty grounded and also manages to surprise viewers with the characters it chooses to sacrifice in its pilot episode.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 10, 2014
    67
    Although the acting can be a bit mechanical, Syfy’s Z Nation may have enough pop, intrigue and indispensable gore to serve as more than a mere placeholder for AMC’s The Walking Dead.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 10, 2014
    50
    While the series incorporates a specific quest element in the form of its possible “last, best hope to save humanity,” there’s just not enough to distinguish it from the other programs dealing more inventively with similar material, including “Dead” and this summer’s FX entry “The Strain.”
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 11, 2014
    50
    Gore-hounds will find a couple of visual shots fascinating, but there’s little here for anyone to justify the hour investment.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 11, 2014
    40
    If you'll take zombies any way you can get 'em, Z Nation will hold you over. More discriminating fans may want to wait until next month, when The Walking Dead rumbles back to life.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 10, 2014
    0
    Even for SyFy, this is Grade Z television.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 95
  2. Negative: 28 out of 95
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    It's a fun show. Isn't The Walking Dead and isn't trying to be. If you want a soap opera to relentlessly explore the feelings of characters,It's a fun show. Isn't The Walking Dead and isn't trying to be. If you want a soap opera to relentlessly explore the feelings of characters, then enjoy TWD. If you want a zombie action show, then enjoy Z Nation. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2015
    10
    This is waaaaaay better than The Walking dead. Thank God! I love zombie movies and was so excited for a zombie TV show when TWD came out. IThis is waaaaaay better than The Walking dead. Thank God! I love zombie movies and was so excited for a zombie TV show when TWD came out. I was so disappointed. Don't get me wrong - I don't hate TWD. It works to pass the time. Z Nation on the other hand is just so much more intelligent and enjoyable. I don't get pissed off at the characters for doing stupid stuff as much - you know, because they don't do stupid stuff yet *gasp* they still manage to have a story. Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    9
    Super-entertaining new zombie series. Z Nation plays with long-standing zombie tropes -- accepting some and twisting others. The series doesSuper-entertaining new zombie series. Z Nation plays with long-standing zombie tropes -- accepting some and twisting others. The series does have gore, but ultimately, the writers have created a diverse group of characters that I cared about. And most importantly, these characters have a mission to accomplish, which sets the show apart from Walking Dead. Definitely worth watching! Expand
  4. Apr 12, 2016
    8
    Zombies are hot, but their entertainment lifespan is limited. So when the zombie apocalypse is the source for a series more is needed to keepZombies are hot, but their entertainment lifespan is limited. So when the zombie apocalypse is the source for a series more is needed to keep the audience entertained than running away from the shuffling dead to find a safe place and begin rebuilding humanity from there. The walking dead series outlasted its first season by turning into a soap in which the relations between the humans became the focus and the zombies were shoved into the background. They might as well be orcs.

    Z nation is set around a mission and thus has a focus, which is to transport a survivor of a zombie attack, named Murphy to a lab at the other side of the country so he might provide his blood as an antivirus against the zombie virus.This is the macGuffin that propels the story.
    As a consequence the group is small(they fit in one truck), ad hoc and more busy with the challenges that arise from travelling through a zombie infested country in which humans are hardly any friendlier than the living dead. While many concerns are similar(food, water, petrol) the aim of the group is limited as it is temporary and the need to socialize is less. When people are in dire straits they look no further than the next day and the group has never time to settle and get social. As Murphy tells an outsider: they are like foxhole buddies. It fits the mood.

    Z nation has some subplots. For one, the survivor Murphy is slowly changing because of the virus. He is also a selfish person and he will do some nasty things to people during the series, but his infliction also helps him to save the group(but for selfish reasons) several times. For another, there is Citizen Z who is holed up on the north pole on a NSA base and able to contact, guide and help the group via all kinds of communications devices he hacks from a distance. There is also a few love affairs.

    The makeup of the group throughout the series will change. Some people get killed and get replaced. At one point two members will split off and even be followed in an episode of their own..The group that starts out is therefore different from the one at the end of the season.

    The quality of the episodes varies. There are hilarious moments, for instance when the group finds the liberty bell and lose it again with the bell bouncing away and plowing through scores of zombies. There are some things that feel like a direct rip off from movies, such as one where someone relives an episode, gets killed, relives it again but changes his reaction, gets killed regardless and lives again and so on. Just like edge of tomorrow. There are the obvious setups like when someone steps in a car and doesn't check the back a zombie pops up or when one person is left alone she gets abducted. Guns run out of ammunition at convenient moments (storywise). A heavily drunken group member can shoot straight(try that with half a bottle of whiskey) when it is needed.There is an episode with religious fanatics, who think the zombies are the resurrected that walk the earth again. There is one with people who turned to cannibalism.It isn't top notch writing and sometimes an episode feels rushed.

    The redeeming factor is that the group members are basically likable people who are in a bad situation and you wonder if they ever reach their goal.There is fun, lots of zombie killing, the acting is decent but the drama flat and the story nothing remarkable. Looking forward to season two just to see how it will develop.
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  5. Sep 18, 2014
    6
    If you're someone who wants to see all of the action The Walking Dead is missing, here's the show for you. However, the action doesn't make upIf you're someone who wants to see all of the action The Walking Dead is missing, here's the show for you. However, the action doesn't make up for the terrible cliche story of the "one guy that is immune to the virus and needs to get across the country so he can save the human race". Not a bad show, not a good one either. Expand
  6. Sep 13, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Despite what others say, the special effects are not bad but sometimes just silly, like in the baby szene, most of the time the effects are ok.

    What really kills this series is the awful script. Most of the characters simply don't behave believable and are sometimes larger than life. Therefore one will have a harder time to get attached or care about any of the survivors.

    Furthermore the pilot presents a shallow szenario which fails to progress at all, making this show really boring.
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  7. Dec 1, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. All the drama spewing and horrendously written dialog aside, Z Nation did reach aspects of being entertaining in the form of me laughing at the creators..

    Until they decided to indulge themselves into mind control. That's where I draw the line.
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