Syfy channel debuted a new zombie series yesterday, Z Nation. It has an interesting premise: a group of survivors have to ‘escort’ someone who’s immune to the zombie virus across the apocalyptic U.S. to a laboratory 3000 miles away. That should help give the show a little direction.
However, if you’re looking for something like Walking Dead, you’ll be disappointed. First off, the production quality, while acceptable, doesn’t live up to Walking Dead’s level (think Syfy special zombie movie turned into a series). The acting is passable…it gets the job done but won’t win any awards. Also, my feel for the show is that it has a bit more camp than WD; there’s still drama, and survivors with mysterious backgrounds and all that, and the immune survivor is a convicted criminal who’s not too keen on saving humanity (a nice twist). But the gut-wrenching drama and horror of Walking Dead isn’t there.
Personally, I enjoyed the first episode, but I’m not sure how well the premise will hold up over the long haul. It was fun, and I’ll give it a chance, but the show may not be for everyone. Cheers.