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ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 1, EPISODE 6, TS-19

TS-19 starts with an intense flashback to Shane at Rick’s bedside as the hospital gets overrun. Shane struggles, first trying to pick Rick up before going to find a gurney. As Shane is trying to find transport we see soldiers gunning down hospital staff before walkers catch the soldiers off guard and pull a few of them down. There is chaos and the soldiers appear to be shooting anything not wearing a uniform. In a panic Shane pushes the gurney against Rick’s door and flees.

Shane At Rick’s Hospital Beside During The Collapse

As the flashback ends we jump back to current time. Team Rick is entering he CDC and we are introduced to Dr. Jenner, the sole survivor left at the facility. After a quick blood test to rule out active infections Jacqui mentions they haven’t eaten in days, which leads to Dr. Jenner bringing them to the cantina.

The Survivors Enjoying Food And Drink

The food and drink flows and everyone is happy until Shane wrecks the mood by pushing Dr. Jenner for some answers. Dr. Jenner tells the survivors that there were waves of defections as things got worse, followed by a save of suicides once it was clear the city was overrun.

When dinner breaks the team is treated to a rare treat in the apocalypse, hot showers!

While Rick is in his cups Shane confronts Lori with his need and jealousy, and gets scratched up when things turn physical.

The next morning everyone is suffering from their celebrations from the previous day when Dale asks a few critical questions. This leads Dr. Jenner to show us the MRI of TS-19, Test Subject 19.

Test Subject 19 MRI

After the stunning revelation that TS-19 was actually Dr. Jenner’s wife who ran the site, Dale points to the clock, and everyone gets a kick in the gut.

The facility is running out of power, and when it does, it’s going to perform a deadly decontamination cycle which is essentially a fire bomb. Dr. Jenner is resigned to die. There is nothing left in the world for him, and he tells the survivors they should hug their loved ones and shut their eyes, it will be quick.

The message rings true for Jacqui and Andrea. They are ready to go and sit with Dr. Jenner as the others work their way back to the main lobby. Dale sits with Andrea, telling her that if she’s going to stay, he is too.

The rest of the survivors escape thanks to the grenade that Carol saved from Ricks clothing (the grenade he took from the tank in Guts) and they are about to pull away when we see Dale and Andrea. She was willing to die, but not if it meant killing Dale.

TS-19 ends with the team pulling away in their caravan.

Season 1 of The Walking Dead ends at the same amazing pace as the rest of the season, which earned it a 99/100. The whole season is Worth Your Time, and is going to be tough for any other series to compete with. If you haven’t watched The Walking Dead recently, it is well worth visiting again.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 1, EPISODE 5, WildFire

Wildfire opens at the break of dawn, Rick calling out to Morgan on the radio, warning him that Atlanta is overrun, but that he did find his family.

Catching Morgan Up

While Rick is trying to catch up with Morgan the rest of the crew is cleaning up the dead from the zombie attack. I really appreciate the fact that Daryl is spiking heads with a pick axe, because you don’t want to be picking up a zombie to find out its only mostly dead, know what I mean?

The clean up is mostly done when the survivors turn to focus on Andrea who refuses to leave her sister’s side, going so far a to pull a gun on Rick and reminding him she now knows how the safety work. Daryl wants to put a bullet in Amy’s head from a distance and walks away in disgust when the others disagree.

As the clean up crew is working Jacqui sees blood on Jim’s shirt and panics, yelling out to the others that Jim was bit. T-Dog grabs Jim’s arms so Daryl can lift up Jim’s shirt as he begs that he’s okay.

Jim’s Been Bitten

Daryl is proposing direct action. Pick axe blows to heads, and Dale regretfully agrees, but Rick hasn’t lived through people turning from bites yet, and thinks there is maybe help to be had at the CDC. Shane would rather go to Fort Benning, believing the military would be their best hope of finding other survivors and safety, but it’s a lot further away than the CDC in Atlanta.

After Rick takes Jim someplace safe Dale goes to talk to Andrea, telling her about his wife, and how mad he was when his wife died of cancer. He tells Andrea that her and her sister were the first people that he dared to care about. Andrea pulls out Amy’s birthday present, feeling guilty for all the missed birthdays. Glenn leaves her to her mourning as Andrea puts the mermaid necklace around her sister’s neck.

We then get to see Carol take out years of abuse on her husbands turned corpse, swinging Daryl’s pick axe with enough fervor to make even Daryl raise an eyebrow.

Andrea is still beside Amy when she turns, twitching slowly before her eyes open, slowly turning to stare at her sister. Andrea apologizes as Amy rises, trying to take a bite. The others turn, realizing what’s happening, afraid Andrea isn’t going to be strong enough to do what is needed.

Andrea Saying Goodbye To Amy

In the end Andrea does the needful and puts a bullet into her sister’s head, but if you watch the shot it looks like she likely would have put a bullet through her other hand in the process, infecting herself with infected blood and brain matter in the process.

As Shane and Rick are burying the dead Shane blames Rick for taking half their manpower to go look for Merle while Rick says without the guns they would have been in even more trouble. While they are arguing Daryl piles in saying they need a leader, that the camp needs to know the rules, which is when Lori chimes in, telling Daryl they need to bury their dead, because its what people do.

Not far off Jim is suffering from a fever, seeing flashes of walkers as the virus eats away at his brain. Rick comes to talk to Jim, but Jim’s in a fever dream, not fully aware of where he is. While Rick is talking to Jim, Lori and Shane are talking outside, which almost leads to Rick finding out just how well Shane was taking care of his wife while he was almost dying in the hospital bed. Shane short circuits the conversation after Lori chimes in to support Rick’s CDC plan, and the two sheriffs head out into the woods to do their security sweep.

Rick And Shane Alone In The Woods

This leads to a very nerve wracking moment where Shane is clearly tempted to kill his old partner.

Shane Views Rick From Behind Is Shotgun

When Shane lowers the weapon, Dale is there, having seen the whole thing.

Dale Takes The Lord’s Name In Shane

Shane tries to play it off, pretending he thought Rick was a walker, and that they might have to start wearing reflective vests, but Dale’s face says it all. He doesn’t believe Shane any further than he could throw him.

When they get back to camp everyone groups around the fire, and Shane says that he thinks they should all stay together, and that means agreeing with Rick’s plan to head for the CDC. Rick shares the news with Morgan on the following dawn, telling him he left a map behind if he wants to follow.

Not Safe

The caravan has formed up, and everyone except for Morales and his family are going to head for the CDC. Rick and Shane gives Morales a revolver and half a box of shells as a farewell present.

The caravan rolls out, on their way to the CDC as Jim burns with fever in the back of the RV. They don’t get far before the RV blows its radiator hose. Shane goes to find parts when Jacqui comes out to get Rick, Jim isn’t doing well. Jim has a moment of clarity, and begs Rick to leave him behind. He’s in pain and every bump in the road is an agony.

In the end the group agrees to let Jim make the decision and leave him propped up against a tree as they roll away.

We are then introduced to Jenner, the sole survivor at the CDC facility.

Jenner

Jenner is recording his updates and we learn that he’s concerned about savings Amps, and is having trouble sleeping due to being underground. We then see him working in a biohazard lab in a space suite when there is a small accident that leads to his experiments being burnt in a decontamination cycle.

This leads to Jenner voicing his loneliness and desperation, which ends in him admitting he’s considering suicide.

Jenner Admitting He’s Suicidal

Back on the surface the survivors have made it to the CDC and there is evidence a fierce, last ditch effort to defend the installation went on just outside its walls.

CDC Battleground

There are bodies everywhere, as well as what’s left of defense positions. As the group approaches Jenner is pulled to monitors by motion alarms, but when the team gets to the entrance the doors to the CDC are closed and sealed with protective shutters.

The CDC Is Shuttered

The team is just about to flee in a panic when the camera moves. They can’t be in the city when night falls. Rick bangs on the shutters and begs to be let in, they are out of gas and supplies. Jenner watches as Rick begs, and opens the doors just before the team flees the city.

CDC Doors Open

Wildfire ends with the survivors looking into the CDC as the doors open, flooding light out into the coming darkness.

Wildfire is Worth Your Time and scored a 95/100. There is so much depth to every scene and the acting and writing is just top notch. The only thing that would have pushed this amazing episode up to a 100/100 would have been getting to see some flashbacks or security footage of the CDC compound being overrun.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999

ZOMBIE SERIES – THE WALKING DEAD, SEASON 1, EPISODE 2, Guts

Guts opens up on Lori and Shane’s survivor group and we get introduced to characters we saw but didn’t really hear much from in Days Gone Bye. The first of which is Dale, who is dutifully watching over the camp from his perch on top of the RV. We know he’s a good guy because Lori trusts him to watch over Carl while Lori goes into the woods to scavenge for edible plants. 

Dale On Watch

Lori is in the woods when she hears movement and nearly pees herself when Shane grabs her and pulls her to the ground where they quickly get down to business. Shane pauses when he sees her wedding ring on a necklace and they don’t continue until she takes it off.

We then cut back to the tank where Rick is swarmed with walkers.

Swarmed

Glenn informs Rick he’s in trouble, but at least he’s go Glenn’s eyes outside helping him find the path of least resistance. On top of that Rick finds a grenade near the dead crew member. Glenn pushes Rick to run for it while the walkers are distracted with their horse dinner.

Rick makes it down the street and almost pops Glenn before his new friend leads him to the safety of a fire escape where Glenn gets to tell Rick what a dumbass he is again. As they flee across the roof Rick asks Glenn why he helped, and I love Glenn’s answer.

Rick: “Back at the tank, why’d you stick your neck out for me?”

Glenn: “Call it foolish, naïve hope that if I’m ever that far up shit creek, somebody might do the same for me. Guess I’m an even bigger dumbass than you.”

The exchange just shows Glenn’s nature, he’s a realist, but a glass half full type of guy at the same time.

As Glenn and Rick flee down into the building Glenn radios out that he’s got a guest. Several people come out to bash some walkers as Glenn leads Rick into the relative safety of his friend’s company. At least of Andrea puts a gun in his face, pissed that Rick pulled down walkers all around them.

Andrea Says Hi To Rick

Andrea is convinced that Rick has killed them by making so much noise. The other survivors explain to Rick that they are there to scavenge, and the key to scavenging is getting in, grabbing items they need, and getting out without making too much noise. Rick’s gunfire has pulled down the walkers all around them, and the glass isn’t going to hold for long.

Breaking Glass

The survivors ask Rick what he was doing out there, and me mentions the helicopter he heard and saw in the buildings reflection, but they thinks he’s nuts. As they decide to flee upward they hear gunshots and Andrea askes “Oh no, is that Dixon?”

Merle Dixon Having Some Target Practice

When the survivors get to the roof Merle is laughing. T-Dog is missed that Merle is wasting bullets, and bringing more walkers down on them when Merle shows his true nature. Merle isn’t a fan of diversity and isn’t willing to take feedback, much less orders from T-Dog.

I was a little shocked to hear Merle use the hard “N” word, its been a decade since I originally watched Guts during its original airing and I didn’t remember that. This of course leads to a fist fight and Merle takes down Rick, then gets T-Dog on the ground and is pummeling him until Merle goes on a power ramble. Merle votes Merle is in charge, and its honestly the only vote Merle cares about, although he does force the others to raise their hands by casually sweeping them with his pistol.

Thankfully Rick is there to even things up and he bashes Merle in the back of the head before handcuffing the Dumb-As-Sh*t, Inbred White Trash Fool before reminding Merle you “Ought to be polite to a man with a gun.” Which is exactly what Merle told the rest of them when they started to complain about him shooting his rifle.

As the others discuss their next steps, Merle hits on Andrea. Even handcuffed Merle is just a disgusting human being with no self control.

Merle’s Weak Attempt At A Pick Up Line

Rick asks them if the sewers are an option which leads Glenn to show them what he thinks is the sewer entrance in the basement.

The team has a plan. Glenn and Morales are going to see if the sewers are a viable exit while the rest of the team monitors the store front and tries to reach out for help using the radio from the roof. Glenn and Morales find their way blocked by a massive steel grate, which already has walkers eating rats on the other side. Yum…

In the store Andrea is looking at a necklace and Rick asks her if she sees something she likes and we learn that Andrea has a sister, who is still young enough to love things like unicorns, and especially mermaids.

Andrea’s Mermaid Pendant For Her Sister

When Rick asks her why she doesn’t take it, she replies that there is a cop staring at her before Rick assures her its okay. This is what TWD does so well, shows the humanity in each of its characters.

Glenn and Morales come back up and let them know the storm drain isn’t an option just in time for the glass in the storefront to break some more. Time is running out.

As the team discusses their options Rick comes up with a crazy plan. The walkers hunt by sound, sight, and smell, and Rick wants to know if masking one of those senses might change how the walkers react to them.

They grab one of the dead walkers outside the rear door and proceed to memorialize him before hacking him up, but at least the guy was an organ donor so did sign up for this right? The team then uses a bit of emulsified walker to coat themselves.

As Glenn is complaining, Rick tells him to think about something else, like Puppies and Kittens!!!

Puppies And Kittens

I had no idea that Z Nation borrowed this from TWD! I had to go back to check. Guts first aired on November 7th, 2010 while Z Nation’s Puppies and Kittens episode didn’t air until four years later.

Rick did achieve his goal though. He and Glenn smell like walkers. The last thing Rick does before walking out into the horde is to throw T-Dog the key to Mer’s cuffs.

Rick and Glenn carefully make it through the walker horde, their disguises appearing to hold up, at least for the moment

Walker Walking

Back at the survivors camp, Andrea’s sister, Amy is worried. T-Dog just manages to get a message through as the weather changes. T-Dog lets them know they are surrounded at the department store, but the connection is poor. Amy wants people to go into Atlanta to safe her sister, but Shane say’s they can’t risk mores lives while Lori looks on, wide eyed.

Rick and Glenn are in the thick of the walkers when the rain starts to fall, washing away the precious walker gore they’ve covered themselves in.

Walker Walking In The Rain

Rick tries to comfort Glenn, but even as he’s saying their protective layer isn’t washing off, the walkers are beginning to focus on the two live humans more and more.

It’s time to run and Rick and Glenn just make it to the construction site before the horde turns on them. Thanks to the construction fencing they are able to grab a box truck and start rolling before the horde is on top of them.

As Andrea, T-Dog and Morales watch from the top of the department store they are at first afraid Rick and Glenn are abandoning them, but Rick just needed to find another vehicle so they could create a distraction. Glenn calls them on the radio and tells them to come down to the rolling gates and be ready to roll.

As they move out Merle begs T-Dog not to just leave him there and in the process of trying to do the right thing T-Dog trips and the handcuff key goes flying.

Key Down The Drain

I tried to highlight that little key flying towards the drain, and that is exactly where it went. T-Dog does the only thing he thinks will help and locks the door to the roof, so at least the horde won’t be able to eat Merle while he’s trapped.

Out on the street Glenn uses his stolen Dodge Charger (with its alarm blaring) to pull the horde away from the side entrance, giving Rick the time he needs to collect the other survivors just in time.

T-Dog tells the others he dropped the key as they flee Atlanta.

Guts ends with Glenn flying down the highway, intoxicated with speed as the car alarm continues to go off.

Glenn Speeding Away

Guts scored a 100/100, making the first time a season opener and second episode both just hit it out of the park. I forgot how awesome these original episodes were. Guts is Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Days Gone Bye100
12Guts100
13Tell It To The Frogs95
14Vatos94
15Wildfire95
16TS-1999

ZOMBIE SERIES – Z NATION, SEASON 2, EPISODE 14, Day 1

Day 1 tells the origin stories of our main characters, and does a kick *ss job of doing it.

The story starts with Citizen Z, in federal custody, about to go on trial for hacking when a man from the NSA comes with one last offer. We drop the charges if you work for us, while passing Citizen Z a very odd note…

Citizen Z Learns The Worlds Fate Before It Started

While Citizen is facing a hacker at Camp Northern Light, the Rest of Team Murphy has made it to the California border, and there isn’t much there. With all our survivors walking across a barren, destroyed landscape, there is plenty of time for each of them to remember where they were when the biting started.

Warren was in Trenton NJ when she encounters her first Z.

Warren’s First Z

It doesn’t take long for Warren to encounter Z’s two, three, and so on. Lucky for her she had a .45 on her hip and instinctively went for headshots as her army buddies come stumbling in.

Warren Takes Headshots

Next we get to see what Doc was going when the Zombie Apocalypse started, and I have to say, his story was one of my favorites. Doc was a drug and alcohol counselor, and I love his story.

Doc The Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Doc is who I aspire to be. Fun, upbeat, and yet when push comes to shove, just fine with doing the shoving, and then hugging it out afterwards. After Doc helps the therapist next to him, he comes back and encounters his first Z, eating his patient.

Doc’s First Z

One of the things I love about Doc walking in on Zombie Lunchtime is how quickly he assesses the situation. He says he didn’t mean to intrude, but his eyebrows are already furrowed, going through the options before he settles on “It’s a damn Zombie.”

Sadly for Doc, his five years of sobriety prior to the Z are about to end, because when people starting eating people, a few drugs are in order.

We cut back to Citizen Z next as he figures out what his hacker has been after. Someone hacked Camp Northern Light so they could keep track on the world’s most valuable asset…Murphy.

We then cut to Addy watching ice hockey and get a blast from the past as we learn how she and Mack ended up as survival partners. She’s watching the game when Mack and another skater get into a fist fight that is rapidly interrupted by an angry hobo zombie. If you look carefully in the shot below you can see just over the skaters right shoulder.

Addy’s First Z

Addy ends up saving Mack before they flee the stadium together. This was a fun segment, but it was tough seeing Mack again. I did enjoy the Addy and Mack segment though.

As 10K is watching the birds overhead its his turn to remember where he was when it started. Of all the backstories, 10K’s makes him look the youngest. He’s out fishing when he stumbles upon a game warden with a few arrows stuck in her.

10K’s First Z

Lucky for 10K his father is there to pick off a few of the horde.

The next flashback is just as heartbreaking as Addy’s. Vasquez is at the funeral parlor for his wife and daughter when the outbreak hits.

Vasquez’s First Z

Sadly for Vasquez, after he takes care of the mortuary attendant, he has to face his turned wife as she breaks out of her casket.

Vasquez Facing His Family

The final flashback belongs to Murphy. He’s in prison, playing cards in the yard when the outbreak hits. It feels so wrong to see Murphy without blue skin!!!

Murphy In Prison

The card game doesn’t last long. Two inmates get into a fight and after one stabs the other a few times, Murphy gets introduced to what is about to become his life as the stabbee quickly turns…

Murphy’s First Z

Murphy survives, but as he flees the yard, he is true to his “Murphy First” policy, locking the door behind him.

The writer’s have done an amazing job making Murphy a complete d*ck, but yet he’s likable. It’s one of those things about Z Nation that is just so well done. Murphy is a horrible person in many ways, but he also has moments of good that shine through. I guess that appeals to all of us for obvious reasons.

Murphy’s scene ends with him telling Warren he doesn’t want to keep going. He’s scared and is afraid it will hurt. Warren tells him she’s not going to lie, It might hurt, but it’s what has to happen.

We then cut to Citizen Z coming to the realization that someone has been using him to track Murphy the whole time, and he shuts down the servers that are left, trying to protect people he’s never met, but has a deep connection to.

Day 1  ends with Team Murphy reaching the west coast. They’ve reached the ocean, and are just a few steps away from the meeting place where the CDC is supposed to pick them up and help make a vaccine from Murphy’s blood.

Instead of finding a CDC lab Team Murphy finds themselves at a diner, or a Greasy Spoon as Murphy says. Warren and Vasquez go in to check it out only to find an older woman behind the counter, ready to offer tea while she keeps a MAC-10 just out of sight.

Day 1 was just a masterpiece in flashbacks and scored a 90/100, making it Worth Your Time.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Puppies and Kittens95
12Fracking Zombies80
13Philly Feast80
14Full Metal Zombie81
15Home Sweet Zombie75
16Resurrection Z81
17Welcome to the Fu-Bar83
18Zunami64
19Die Zombie Die… Again29
110Going Nuclear79
111Sisters Of Mercy82
112Murphy's Law80
113Doctor of the Dead91
21The Murphy90
22White Light81
23Zombie Road90
24Batch 4760
25Zombaby85
26Zombie Baby Daddy86
27Down The Mississippi87
28The Collector63
29Rozwell69
210We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon72
211Corporate Retreat85
212Party with the Zeros64
213Adiós, Muchachos69
214Day 190
215All Good Things Must Come to an End 94
31No Mercy90
32A New Mission77
33Murphy's Miracle80
34Escorpion and the Red Hand70
35Little Red and the Wolfz79
36Doc Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest73
37Welcome to Murphytown 67
38Election Day80
39Heart of Darkness70
310They Grow Up So Quickly85
311Doc’s Angels70
312The Siege of Murphytown70
313Duel90

ZOMBIE SERIES – Z NATION, SEASON 1, EPISODE 3, Philly Feast

Philly Feast gives us Cassandra’s backstory, as well as give us a good picture of just how bad things are in Z Nation world. How bad? Well, let’s just say you aren’t going to want to have a Philly Cheesesteak post ZA.

There is a lot to love in Episode 3, Philly Feast. The first is the attention to detail. I’m pretty sure we see a bit of armpit hair when Cassandra takes her shirt off. Sure, it could be that she’s just adopted the European practice, but I’m going to give Z Nation credit for gluing it on there, because who has time to shave their pits when zombies are trying to eat you?

Cassandra’s Armpit Hair….Maybe?

The second was Citizen Z sharing a steak with his new dog friend, and the way they used that steak flipping to segue into the Family’s camp, which is where most of the action in Philly Feast takes place.

The third was seeing the Liberty Bell turn into a zombie killing projectile, which is also this episodes Best Zombie Kill:

Best Zombie Kill: Liberty Bell Zombie Killer

If you carefully in the lower right of the image, you can see the legs of the first zombie taken out by the Liberty Bell.

Overall, Philly Feast is a solid episode and scored an 80/100, putting it in the Worth Your Time category.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Puppies and Kittens95
12Fracking Zombies80
13Philly Feast80
14Full Metal Zombie81
15Home Sweet Zombie75
16Resurrection Z81
17Welcome to the Fu-Bar83
18Zunami64
19Die Zombie Die… Again29
110Going Nuclear79
111Sisters Of Mercy82
112Murphy's Law80
113Doctor of the Dead91
21The Murphy90
22White Light81
23Zombie Road90
24Batch 4760
25Zombaby85
26Zombie Baby Daddy86
27Down The Mississippi87
28The Collector63
29Rozwell69
210We Were Nowhere Near the Grand Canyon72
211Corporate Retreat85
212Party with the Zeros64
213Adiós, Muchachos69
214Day 190
215All Good Things Must Come to an End 94
31No Mercy90
32A New Mission77
33Murphy's Miracle80
34Escorpion and the Red Hand70
35Little Red and the Wolfz79
36Doc Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest73
37Welcome to Murphytown 67
38Election Day80
39Heart of Darkness70
310They Grow Up So Quickly85
311Doc’s Angels70
312The Siege of Murphytown70
313Duel90