"I like Z Nation better than The Walking Dead... and I'm prepared to fight any man who says otherwise" ~ King UkeThem's brave words indeed and some might say, a little foolish. I've been absent from the Blog for a while now. It's not that I've given up... I've just been busy with real life. Time for a quick update.
This past month or so has been a bit of a milestone for me in as much as I've now officially joined the on-line revolution by adding Spotify to my monthly bill for Mrs Uke, and Netflix for my kids. So far, the experience has been costly, but good. I'll no doubt share more details with you in some later post. Today I'll share a few thoughts on a programme I happened across on Netflix called Z Nation.
It's all fun and laughter until somebody gets "piked" ~ Z Nation
You might remember that I started watching AMC's Walking Dead a couple of years ago. I was patient enough to wait for it to be released on DVD and eagerly threw myself into the Zombie series with gay abandon. I'd heard lots of praise for the series and was keen to enjoy it for myself. I wasn't disappointed by the show. Go read my reviews of The Walking Dead Season 1 and The Walking Dead Season 2 if you'd like a more detailed run-down. A funny thing happened then though... I just got bored of it and I've never watched another show since. I think they might be up to season 300 by now, but I dropped out at the end of 2. What on earth went wrong?
Perhaps I just got bored of zombies?
Fast-forward to about a week ago and my discovery of Z Nation.
All good shows need good characters. I'll come clean and say that at times, the acting is pretty poor in Z Nation. Actually, that's quite a lot of the time. Ha ha. But this doesn't detract from the fun... It's not that type of programme.
I want to call out a gem in the cast in the form of DJ Qualls, who is the glue that holds everything together. His part is fundamental to the show and one that if it hadn't been delivered properly, could have spelled disaster.
I'm reminded of a similar statement I made after watching the outstanding Pontypool. In fact, there are parallels to be drawn here: DJ Quall's wonderful performance in Z Nation reminds me a lot of Stephen McHattie's outstanding performance in Pontypool: two DJs talking to themselves.
My son happened to wander into the room as DJ Qualls was on screen. "Wow... Zombie Bilbo," he said. Ha ha. DJ does look a little bit like Martin Freeman. He has one of those faces that seems to pop up all over the place. The casting for Z Nation took a gamble on him here and I can report back that the gamble paid off. Well done!
Z Nation has the feel of being produced on a budget, but to be honest it doesn't feel cheap. The zombies and practical effects are great. The bits that have made me laugh the most are the digital effects; There have been some wonderfully ambitious special effects. Some of these have been absolutely shocking! Ha ha.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the digital effects are more akin to the sort of thing that you'll see with with the brilliant "Big Tits Zombie". It's either something that you're going to love or something you're going to hate. I love it! There... no sitting on the fence for me.
I'll end it here with Mr Potato head.
It should be pretty clear now why Z Nation is better than The Walking Dead. You got a problem with that? Give me two barrels in the comments.
I dare you ;-)