The Walking Dead is airing a full series marathon this week on AMC, but who needs it because Z Nation has its own marathon planned for tomorrow, January 2nd.
The zombie fun begins tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST and will feature the entire season 1. Z Nation is a zombie drama known for its dark humor and memorable one-liners that features a group of survivors making their way cross country to deliver the only man to have survived a zombie bite to a California lab in the hopes of creating a vaccine. The series has already been renewed for season 2 and will return sometime in the Summer/Fall of 2015.
Every episode is unique and memorable in its own way, but here’s our top picks. Do you have a favorite episode or one that stood out among the rest? Chime in the comments below, and let us know what your fav is!
And, of course, be sure to tune into the marathon starting tomorrow morning at 8/7c on Syfy.
1. Episode 1.04 — “Full Metal Zombie”
This episode started out relatively uneventful with the group visiting an army base in Virginia with the hopes of finding a working airlift to get them to California. But, Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) ended up stealing the show in a series of hilarious scenes involving an air shaft, a zombified doctor, and some marijuana.
And, of course, who can forget the final scene of the episode when Doc stumbles out of the facility and is nearly shot by Warren (Kellita Smith) because she thinks he’s a Z. Definitely one of the most memorable “Doc” scenes, and quite possibly of the entire series thus far.
2. Episode 1.06 — “Resurrection Z”
The episode will go down as the one that shocked the crap out of the fandom by killing off its lead, and fan-favorite, Charles Garnett (Tom Everett Scott). Tom Everett Scott already had a large fanbase before Z Nation and was quite popular with the viewers, but at the end of the day, his character turned out to not be that important. Instead, the true focus of the series is the one man, Murphy (Keith Allan), who holds the hope for a vaccine, and Garnett ended up sacrificing himself to protect Murphy after he is attacked by a zealot at a religious compound.
This wasn’t the first time the series had axed its male lead, with Lt. Mark Hammond going down at the hands of a zombie baby before the show barely made it out of the gate in the pilot, “Puppies and Kittens.”
3. Episode 1.07 — “Welcome to the FU-Bar”
Up until this episode, the only things we knew were happening to Murphy were obvious physical changes. His hair was falling out, his skin was aging rapidly, and his teeth were rotting. He was clearly morphing into some kind of human/zombie zybrid but little did we know that the transformation was far more than we could see.
In this episode, after Murphy is cornered by a lawless thug and having no weapon to defend himself, he takes a big bite out of crime — literally. He attacks the guy, biting a big chunk out of his neck, leaving him dazed, confused and certain that he had been bitten by a zombie. However, the shocker didn’t come until later after the same guy had been shot and killed — and he did NOT turn into a Z.
So, here’s our first big clue that Murphy is not like all of the other boys because besides his blood, any of his bodily fluids — including his saliva — holds the cure to the zombie virus.
4. Episode 1.13 — “Doctor of the Dead”
This episode was the season 1 finale, and if you have seen it, you know that this was the most insane, shocking, memorable (and about another dozen adjectives) of the entire season. We learn that a crazy doctor (and NOT Dr. Merch as we had suspected) had engineered the zombie virus as a biomedical weapon and finding Murphy is his prime directive even if everyone in his way must die.
Before the episode’s end Doc is shot and fighting for his life, Cassandra (Pisay Pao) is bitten by Murphy and becomes a full-blown zybrid, and Murphy takes the next step towards zombie freakiness by shedding his skin and abandoning the group. Oh, and by the way, nuclear missiles are launched and heading straight for the group in the lab in Colorado as well as Citizen Z (DJ Qualls) at the North Pole.
Talking about the mother of all cliffhangers. Everyone is in peril, everyone’s life is hanging in the balance — and we won’t get a single clue about any of their fates until the series returns in 2015.
Geeky computer and math nerd by day and TV fanatic by night. My beats are The Walking Dead, The Strain, Person of Interest, Z Nation, and anything that most people would call freaky. Editor-In-Chief and Lead Writer of TVGeekTalk.com
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