There’s simply not enough zombie-related “entertainment” out there and I for one will not stand for it. Completely untapped potential within a group of deeply interesting antagonists with wildly complex motivations.
No I’m only joking. I hate zombies and for the most part they seem indicative of lazy writing. I’ve previously bemoaned the use of hive-mind antagonists in films – like the Chitauri in Avengers, the things in Justice League and Suicide Squad and basically any faceless henchmen who don’t think for themselves.
But the worst offenders in this category are 100% zombies. At least the aforementioned antagonists are working on the whim of a greater power – someone who presumably has some kind of motivation – but zombies are just emotionless sh*t-stirrers who exist purely because writers couldn’t be arsed to think of a compelling reason for peril.
I hate zombies.
Anyway, I’m here to tell you about a great new zombie show on Netflix!
Black Summer is here to rival the wildly popular The Walking Dead, but rather than just being about a bunch of people with loose morals and cuts on their faces, it looks to explore the early days of a zombie apocalypse.
The Netflix original will focus on the panic and confusion surrounding the apocalypse, with military patrols, separated families and the like, rather than the general acceptance that zombies are here now and we all have to dress like we’ve been to a festival that plays exclusive Mumford and Sons.
Jamie King plays Rose, who is a mother separated from her daughter. To get back to her, she joins forces with a ragtag gang of other folk.
It does look like it’s pretty terrifying, and not at all like the thing it’s technically a spin-off to, Z-Nation, which is sort of a comedy.
Jodi Binstock, one of the producers for the series, told Mandy:
“Black Summer is referred to in Z Nation as the summer where everything went to hell, so that is where Black Summer picks up.
This show is not tongue-in-cheek, it’s very, very serious: it’s as if the zombie apocalypse really happened in 2018 and explores what that would be for all of us. It’s a very unique style that I think people will really respond to.
It’s only told from the point of view of the characters – we don’t learn anything that the characters don’t and it’s fantastically shot. The dynamics of the way that they have crafted the storytelling is very cinematic and I think people will really respond to it.“
You can get to watching Black Summer from the 11th of April and hey, enjoy that.
Good luck to you.
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